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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?

It's a social city with festivals of everything all the time – especially food-themed. Tons of bars. Young people do Tinder! - Dec 12, 2017
It's a pretty social city. - Jan 23, 2012
There is always something going on here, Budapest has a very vibrant social scene. Clubs, bars, and restaurants aplenty. - Apr 28, 2010
Lots to do. - Dec 29, 2009
This is strictly what you make it -- few demands are placed on embassy staff except at senior levels. Many sections of the embassy have wonderful local/American informal social events. Nightlife, concerts, festivals abound. - Feb 24, 2008