50 Fun Places To Hang Out With Friends

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Looking for different places to hang out with friends? Different venues? Different meeting points? With slightly different things to do at each? Then you’ve come to the right place landing on this blog post right now! Here’s 50 fun places to hang out with friends – filling you with inspiration! That’s right, “mates day” doesn’t have to be dull anymore. So let’s get stuck straight in…

50 Fun Places To Hang Out With Friends

In no particular order, here’s 50 fun places to hang out with friends – PLUS, suggestions for how to make each of these meeting points, that little bit different, in terms of extra activities to do there.

So why not hang out with your friends at…

1) Your House

Let’s start off by stating the obvious, because meeting at your house (or theirs) is one of the BEST places to hang out with friends… Hands down!

There’s so many fun things to do with friends at home. The options really are endless. This means you could keep on meeting in the same place – and yet still do different things each time!

What’s more, it’s also cheap (if not free) to meet at home, and do something altogether there; making it a budget-friendly meeting point too!

TOP TIP: Try asking your friends more interesting questions, to keep the conversation flowing and your bond strengthening, even if you’re just chilling at home, not doing that much!

2) Online – Via Zoom

Can’t always get together in person? Then that doesn’t mean you can’t still hang out with friends… It then just comes in a different form!

With Zoom, anything you’d rather do face to face, can be done virtually. So it’s well worth considering – especially if you guys have busy schedules, or one of your friends lives further away.

3) Restaurant

Restaurants are another classic and common place to hang out with friends. But again – it’s a no brainer. We’ve all got to eat, and there are always plenty of different restaurants to choose from.

From Chinese to Japanese, Indian to Italian, the list really could go on and on…

The great thing is, every time you try a different type of restaurant, it makes it slightly different. And even within these types of restaurants, there are multiple options too.

You can also pick the type of restaurant you want to hang out in, based on the occasion.

For instance, a fast food restaurant may work for a casual catch up, whereas a finer dining restaurant may be a better fit for a special occasion… So you can mix it up in many different ways!

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4) Bar

On a similar note then – you’ve also got bars.

Bars are a popular place to hang out with friends as they’re simple, can be as affordable or expensive as you want / need, but you still get the good atmosphere from being “out and about!”

5) Live Music Venues

Want a little extra added entrainment?

Then a live music venue is a perfect meeting point for friends… Especially if the music isn’t too loud. (That way you can actually still sustain a decent conversation!)

6) Coffee Shop

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more casual… And without the temptation of alcohol(!)… You may like to consider a coffee shop instead.

In fact, grabbing a coffee and cake with friends, is the perfect afternoon activity; giving you ample opportunity to catch up!

7) Gym / Leisure Centre / Health Club

On a health kick? Looking for a positive, productive place to hang out with friends? Then a gym / leisure centre / health club will ALWAYS ‘fit the bill’ for that. Talking of which…

8) Spa

Ommmm. Need a little detox? Want to switch off and relax, whilst hanging out with friends? Then meeting at a spa is a no-brainer.

You can still do your own thing; with treatments to break things up.

But it’s a more relaxed way to spend time with friends. It also ticks off that essential daily self-care (which we all need and deserve!)

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9) Nail Salon

A different place to hang out with friends (that you may not have thought of) is a nail salon.

It sets the scene for a perfect girly session, where you can be properly pampered whilst you have a natter!

Most nail salons are pretty friendly already, so you may find your nail technician jumps in with the conversation too! But… you can never have too many friends, right?!

Just book your treatments for the same time (or as close to as you can) and you’ll find this becomes a super cool – and monthly – place to hang out with friends!

10) Beauty Salon

Not into manicures? Then consider hanging out at a beauty salon instead, where you have a whole range of treatments to choose from.

Hair? Brows? Lashes? You decide! The benefit is – you can get your friend’s opinions on which look to go for, whilst you’re there!

11) Museum

Liking these different places to hang out with friends? Then, how about heading to a museum?

There’s so many different types, with so many different things in each – you’ll never run out of things to see, which means there’s endless things to talk about too!

Museums are also generally free, which certainly another added bonus. Similarly…

12) Art Gallery

An art gallery is another great place to hang out with friends; especially if you’re pretty creative, or have an appreciation for arts. Talking of which…

13) Painting Studio

One of the coolest places to hang out with friends is actually a painting studio.

Across many towns and cities, events like “Drink and Draw” or “Paint and Prosecco” are TOTALLY a thing. (Who’d have thought?!)

It’s fun, keeps you busy, gives you a focus, yet still gets you that quality time with your friends… So it’s a win-win, all round.

14) Book Store

Ever thought of hanging out with friends in a book store? Well you totally should!

Yes, you generally have to be a little quiet, but that can often be a blessing, because it gives a very calming “vibe” when hanging out.

Got a book club going on? Then even better! But even if not – you can browse the vast array of books, picking out ones for each other, and discussing your favourites to date!

15) Library

A library is another place you can hang out with your friends, and – the good news is – there’s some key advantages to this.

  1. It’s free, so you can still “borrow” books, without having to buy them.
  2. You can hang out in them as long as you want or need.
  3. They usually have a coffee shop in, so you can combine different types of venues, all in one! This also means there’s a mix of quiet areas and not-so-quiet areas. So there’s something for everyone!

Uh huh, library’s aren’t just for kids or students. They’re for everyone; of all ages. On this note…

16) Park

The park is a classic place to hang out with friends, and one that you DON’T have to grow out of!

See, parks offer great, open spaces, usually with plenty of trails. Have a walk through the park, take a picnic blanket to lie on, indulge in your favourite nibbles, or take some garden games – like croquet or badminton.

There’s endless things to do (even if they’re the smallest, simplest things!)

But it’s yet another public place that you can make the most of when looking to hang out with your friends. On the flip side…

17) Garden

If you or your friends do have a garden, this also makes a great hang-out spot, especially in the Summer. (Soak up that Vitamin D, my friends!)

By chilling out in your own space, you then also get to nip inside to use the toilet you need, or can keep food / drinks, cold and fresh. (Which certainly comes in handy.)

So… garden party anyone?!

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18) Summer House

Summer house’s have become an obsession since getting our own. But they’re perfect…

Summer house’s offer shade, style & extra quirky things inside. I mean, take a look at some of these. How cute are they?!

Can’t you just imagine sipping Prosecco in a summer house, whilst hanging out with friends, on a hot day?!

So if you and any of your pals have got one – use it! As it’s one of my all-time favourite places to hang out with friends!

19) Botanical Gardens

Next up – we’ve got botanical gardens. And these are a great (and again, different) venue of choice; combining flowers, greenery, coffee and good company… of course!

See, it’s all about finding what’s in your area, and taking the initiative to organise something there, instead of hanging out in the same places every time. Similarly…

20) House & Gardens

Depending on where you are in the world, you may find that there’s beautiful public houses and gardens that you can visit for your next social gathering.

For instance, here in the UK, we have National Trust Houses, which are historic buildings open to the public, but they’re the perfect place to get together with friends.

So see what’s out and about near you!

Talking of which, if you and your friends are fans of history…

21) Castle

A castle… Really?! I bet you never thought of THAT as a place to hang out with friends.

But why not?! If you have one in your area, there’s plenty to do there… So why not add it into the mix?! (You only live once, as they say!)

It’s maybe not somewhere you’d hang out every week (unless they’re free, old, castle ruins – which have to be safe remember guys!)

But every now and then – it’s good to go somewhere different!

22) Nature Reserve

One place you can hang out endless times – and will never get bored – is a nature reserve. Especially if you love the outdoors!

The walks, the wildlife, the tranquility… What’s not to love?!

It certainly sets a different tone for your social gatherings, and gives you a bit of much-needed fresh air and activity in the process too. Similarly…

23) Woodland

Live near beautiful woodlands? Then it’s a great place to hang out with friends!

Whether you tackle their scenic trails or take a picnic then just hang out and chill – the choice is yours. But it’s certainly a spot to consider!

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24) Hills / Mountains

Imagine hanging out with friends on the hills!

Go for a hike, take lots of snacks, and admire the incredible views from the top.

Hills or mountains can be a great place to hang out with friends if they’re close by, easily accessible and safe.

Just make sure you allow plenty of time to get home before darkness hits. (Safety first, my friends!)

25) Lake / Pond

Ever fancied hanging out with an ice-cold drink, on a hot summer’s day, fishing next to a lake / pond? Sounds pretty idilic right? And it is!

Sometimes the simplest things are the best… But by mixing it up, to make it slightly different each time, it makes it far more interesting when hanging out with friends!

26) Beach

Next up, we’ve got the beach, and this is a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to places to hang out with friends. After all, it really has got it all! Need we say more?!

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27) Beer Garden!

Want the “best of both worlds” with drinks AND nature?! Then scrap hanging out with friends in a bar or park, and head to a beer garden instead!

This is – of course – more of a Spring / Summer hang out spot, but when the weather’s good – make the most of it, with some social drinking outside!

(Psst, don’t forget – you can still opt for soft drinks or non-alcoholic drinks remember!)

28) Riverside

A riverside is another cool, chilled place to hang out with friends.

Whether you simply sit by it, paddle along in a boat, or spend your time walking alongside it – it’s entirely up to you and your friends.

The great thing is – there really is something especially relaxing about flowing water.

In fact, researchers believe that the sound of water can guide the neuronal waves in our brain, allowing for a calming effect.  (Which makes sense right!)

Yep, there’s many psychological benefits of being outside, along a riverside. So it’s things like this that should be considered when weighing up different places to hang out with friends.

Essentially – you can feel good by the company you’re in and the place that you choose to meet!

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29) Golf Course

Around 77% of golf players are men, but that doesn’t mean that women can’t get into it too!

Golf is a great sport, that’s simple, relaxing and social – making a golf course a great place to hang out with friends.

You’ve just got it all – good company, a different activity and something that can keep you guys busy for hours on end. So consider this – even if it means taking up a new hobby.

Because you may well find you enjoy it more than you think!

30) Mini Golf Course

“Normal” golf, not your thing? Then a mini golf course is a great hang out spot for anyone and their friends… as anyone can do it!

The great thing about hanging out with friends at a mini golf course, is they usually have a bar, a little restaurant and other games to keep you busy there too. Talking of which…

31) Pub

Now if you’re looking for places to hang out with friends and read “the pub” as a suggestion, you may think: well, that’s not very original!

But it’s not just about WHERE you go, but WHAT you do there too.

Many pubs have dart boards and pool tables, for cheap, simple entertainment whilst you catch up. So be sure to make the most of the things that are on your doorstep!

32) Arcade / Arcade Bar

Arcade bars are something that are dramatically growing in popularity now. But they’re great fun as they offer classic games, good music and food / drinks.

So this is another great venue to consider when looking for places to hang out with friends.

33) Theme Park

Every now and then, theme parks can be another cool place to hang out with friends.

They can be pretty pricey, but they make a great day trip… And lasting (usually hilarious) memories there too.

Remember: return visitors are usually free or a fraction of the price, and there’s usually some pretty great offers going on too. So it’s things like this you want to look out for!

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34) Zoo

Are you and your friends a fan of animals? Then the zoo is another different place to meet and catch up; walking around, nattering away, whilst admiring your cool FURRY friends! Similarly…

35) Aquarium

An aquarium is another cool place to hang out with friends. Again, maybe not every week, but breaking it up every now and then. In fact, speaking of which…

36) … Any Attraction Really!

We could take this list of places to hang out with friends FAR beyond 50 if we were to list all the different types of activities / attractions…

But the best thing to do, is work out what you guys want to do, then create a little “wish list” of places and experiences, then work your way through.

That way you’re continuously going different places and doing different things, as you hang out. It brings you far closer and keeps it nice and fun!

37) Shopping Mall

Whether you’re looking to go on a shopping spree, or just want to use the shopping mall as a different place to hang out – both work well!

Even if you just grab a coffee there or do a little window shopping!

See, you can buy or do, as much or as little as you like at a shopping mall. But it’s a warm, dry, easy place to hang out with friends…

38) Ice Skating Rink

Talking of both warm and cold places – indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks can be a COOL, fun place to hang out with friends too. Glide around whilst having a natter! (Because – why not?!)

39) Cinema

The cinema is another great hang out spot, if you’re looking to switch off for a little bit, whilst still being in good company.

The great thing about hanging out at a cinema, is you can meet there a little earlier, before the film, to catch up. But there’s also endless new movies coming out – giving you something different to watch each time.

In summertime, there’s also open air / rooftop cinemas too, which provide an extra special experience.

But in summary – a cinema work well as a one-off meeting spot, but also the perfect place to hang out with friends, regularly, if you guys are movie buffs! (Awesome!)

40) Theatre

Want to step it up a notch? Then a theatre is another option when looking for places to hang out with friends.

It’s very much like a cinema, but all-the-better if you’re hanging out for a special occasion.

(After all, you’re unlikely to be able to see a play or musical EVERY week! But aren’t they brilliant when you do?! Uh huh – they’re well worth it!)

41) Comedy Club

Next up, we’ve got to throw in a comedy club! It’s the PERFECT place to meet up with friends.

I mean, you’ve got – a bar, entertainment, lots of laughs, good vibes, and of course then, good conversation!

Comedy clubs can be pretty cheap too, making it an affordable to hang out, whilst supporting local talent!

42) Bowling Alley

We also can’t forget a good, old, bowling alley when it comes to fun places to hang out with friends.

This is another affordable activity venue that never gets old, and ALWAYS brings a lot of laughs… Especially when you have that one friend who is just TERRIBLE at bowling!

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43) Sports Ground

Sports grounds offer endless options to hang out and do different things.

For instance, you can socialise over the football, basketball or cricket – to mention just a few. And HEY – it’s not just for men!

In fact, ogling at the hot athletes with your single friends can be super funny and entertaining in itself! (Especially if you have a Singles Dating Challenge going on!)

So see what’s on. Or, on the flip side, give these sports a go yourself…

44) Sports Club

Hit the badminton courts or tennis grounds, or maybe battle it out with some squash!

Sports clubs are a great place to hang out with friends because it keeps you busy and active, doing something fun and healthy.

There’s also heaps of team activities, whether you play singles or doubles – so it fits well for different friendship group sizes.

If you go to a sports club regularly enough – you’ll also end up getting pretty good at your chosen sport and will likely find, you’ve developed a new hobby! (Woohoo!)

45) Food & Drinks Festival

Depending on the time of year, a food & drinks festival could be a good choice, when it comes to places to hang out with friends.

You’ve got the food (obv!), the drinks (obvs!), the great atmosphere and the entertainment, all in one!

It’s simply about finding different things that are going on – and opting to give them ago, as opposed to meeting up in the same spots each time. Talking of festivals…

46) Music Festival

A music festival has GOT to be added onto your bestie bucket list, because… well… need we say more?! It’s great fun and got it all!

47) Party

Then of course, whenever there’s parties going on – this is a great place to hang out with friends.

During these, you’ll mix with your closest friendship circle, but are also likely to meet older friends you’ve not seen for a while, as well as making new friends too.

So it’s a great place to socialise as a whole. And hey – if there aren’t many going on, why not host one yourself one of the times?! It can be as chilled or wild as you like… honestly!

48) Social Club

Talking of social settings, a social club is another great place to hang out with friends – especially if that’s how you found / made the friends in the first place!

Whether that’s within a Uni / college, a country club, a dinner club or a hobby club (to mention just a few), there’s plenty around and the whole purpose of the venues if to get you mixing!

49) Community Hall

Community hall’s are also places you can go with friends, particularly when local events are going on. They’re also places you can host your own…

For instance – Mother & Toddler events are popular within community halls (although it depends what life stage you’re in, of course!)

50) Church / Religious Centre

Last but not least – we’ve got a church / religious centre. And this is certainly not to be discounted!

You’ve got events, services and the “vibe” there can be super fun.

So if you and your friends are religious, don’t be shy to get involved and start to use your places of worship as a place you can get together more.

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That’s All For This One

So there we have it – our mighty list of fun places to hang out with friends!

I hope this has filled you with ideas and inspiration. Remember – romantic relationships are important, but they’re not EVERYTHING!

Value the friends you have in your life, and really put the time & effort in.

After all, they’re the ones who will help you through the bad times and the good. They’ll be your rocks (if you let them!)

So this is one of the key steps to developing your friendships!

Have fun. Take care.


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Ella Stearn
Ell is a Breakup, Dating & Relationship Specialist & Coach, with over 3 million annual readers, globally. As the Creator of Forgetting Fairytales, her mission is to help you learn to love yourself, find the right person to give your love to, then make it a love that truly lasts.