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What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

Apartment parties, the Duck and Cover bar, CLO parties (very well attended since no one is allowed to socialize off the compound), exercise classes, meals in the cafeteria (poor quality food but since everyone eats there, it's sociable). - Jun 18, 2014
People make things happen. Try not to abuse alcohol. That's probably the biggest reason people are sent home. There's a zero tolerance policy for public intoxication. - Jul 12, 2013
Again, most socializing revolves around the Duck or CLO events. There are some private parties in apartments. All-in-all, it is a very college-like scene, with a skewed gender ratio in women's favor. - Mar 30, 2013
Not much, so one must be creative. Drinks at the Duck and Cover, dinner out now and then if RSO permits it, some entertaining in folks' apartments. Most of us work 6 to 7 days a week, 10 to 14 hours a day. - Dec 27, 2010
On the compound, eating and drinking in people's apartments or in one of the few outdoor spaces. There is a bar on compound called the Duck and Cover that sometimes has live music. In the city, usually at people's houses or restaurants. A lot of socializing in Kabul revolves around alcohol - I think it would be difficult for non-drinkers. - Aug 2, 2010
Depends on how comfortable one is with pushing the rules. There's lots of drinking on the compound, if that's your scene. Contractors and other embassies host events as well. - Jul 10, 2010
A lot of drinking/partying goes on here, but there are those who don't partake in this at all and do just fine. They read, watch movies or get together at friends' apartments. - Sep 7, 2009
Hanging out with friends, watching movies, playing Wii, playing soccer or going to the bazaar. - Mar 19, 2008