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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?

If you are eligible/can get on the list, the Marine Bar and British Club run two of the main games in town for diplomats. There is a running club, also elusive to track down/join, and a few diplomat mailing lists for activities. - Sep 19, 2016
There is a Brit Club with food and booze every Tuesday and Thursday. - Jun 9, 2016
Home entertainment only. There are a few parks scattered about, but that's it. - Mar 15, 2014
Nothing; hanging out at other embassy people's apartments. - Oct 25, 2013
As noted above, options here exist but can be limited. - Dec 18, 2011
We had a great time with our drivers. We also went out to a lot of hotels and restaurants and met people there. The Algerian people are very friendly and helpful and go out of their way to look after you. There were bars to go to but it was mainly men who were determined to get drunk. - Sep 23, 2008
Mainly private dinners/parties. - May 9, 2008
Eating out, some group get togethers, musical/art events - Mar 4, 2008
Bring, movies, toys and lots of entertainment if you have a family as you will spend a lot of time at your house for the foreseeable future. - Mar 3, 2008
Mostly embassy-based. - Feb 25, 2008