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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?

Let me count the ways. Lots of bars, restaurants, clubs. Art shows, theatre, live music. Beaches, camping, sports clubs. - Mar 23, 2017
There are restaurants. There are two movie theaters. There is a local night life of mainly rap/ R&B music in Portuguese, but it's at clubs where you, as an expat are in danger. - Apr 23, 2016
Lots of staying in and hanging out with friends; going to the beach (there are private beaches linked to restaurants/clubs in Luanda), going to Embassy for picnics, the pool and to play volleyball; there is one first-run movie theatre with films in English. There is a bowling alley where it costs US$20 a game and the power often goes out. - Aug 31, 2014
We have friends over for dinners and drinks, but it is harder in Luanda than my past posts because of the traffic and because we are in an apartment and so we cannot do bbqs or outdoor entertaining. Mostly, we stay home and play games or watch movies. - Jul 11, 2013
There are several night clubs, but they are not very safe to enter or exit late at night. You must stay alert. - Apr 24, 2013
Nightclubs are abundant. That's about it. - Aug 3, 2011
Mainly for singles (then it is great!). - Apr 15, 2009