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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?

Most socializing seems to be structured around kids, kid activities. If you don't have kids, there are still opportunities arranged by CLO. Lots of day trips. Great theater opportunities. - Aug 26, 2017
Most people go out to restaurants or other people's homes. The two main squares downtown often have events which are a lot of fun and draw crowds. In the summer there are outdoor concerts frequently and you can sit outside at the restaurants and bars and listen or grab a gelato and listen from a bench. The malls are also really nice and have great activities for kids so they are a great meeting place for parents and kids. - Jun 22, 2017
It will be easier if you speak Slovak and are white, hetero and young. People are not very fond of foreigners. Arabs may have a very hard time here. - Feb 11, 2017
Going out to restaurants and bars in old town, parties at homes. There's a Facebook group Bratislava & Me that is helpful. There's also an international women's group and Internations here. There's a group for moms of babies and toddlers on Facebook, too. - Sep 19, 2016
There are many bars, nightclubs and restaurants, so there is something for everyone. Many people entertain at home. - Dec 25, 2009
More to do than you can ever do. - Apr 7, 2010