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

People tend to socialise in the area they live in, due to the bad traffic. We tend to socialise with other school parents or work colleagues. - Aug 2020


British embassy has Addis Arms with quiz, movie, and karaoke nights. People tend to host various events on the weekends. There’s usually something to do. - Mar 2020


Restaurants, get togethers at homes, art exhibits, there are several expat groups. - Feb 2020


Typical ways to socialize might include restaurants or formal events. There are some nice bazaars to go to that occur every month or around certain holidays. There are groups but we're not involved in those. We generally socialize with other families with kids. - Feb 2019


Expat events are heavily visited. - Oct 2018


Through school, get togethers at houses, jazz clubs, and embassy events. I'm not sure about clubs - Aug 2018


Going out to eat, home entertainment, hiking, running. There are running group to toast masters. Your children's school or organization may have more. - Jul 2018


School is a great place to meet for coffee, otherwise I think most people host their own events at home. - Jan 2018


Eating out, movies, dancing, live music, house parties. There are lots of festivals and bazaars in the dry season, especially in the run-up to Christmas. Internations is relatively active here, and the Hash is a good way to meet people. - Sep 2017


Parties mostly (at peoples' homes). I ride horses and use the British Embassy so that's been nice to meet people. For local stuff, I'm not really sure how to answer. - Aug 2016


At home. Some restaurants, but expensive, difficult to access and not of great quality. - Aug 2016


Mostly social life revolves around house parties, meeting for meals at restaurants, or group trips to the embassy campsite. That probably changes slightly when kids get older and families are more involved with the international school. - Feb 2016


Entertaining, cultural restaurants, clubs. - May 2014


Happy hours at work (finally starting to take off). Meeting up at hotels for entertainment/restaurants, but mostly entertaining at home. - Jan 2014


Watch DVDs in your own home. Visit other expats' homes. Basically, just things at home. There is one movie theater that plays *some* American films. - Nov 2013


Many short trips outside of the city are a good way to keep social and happy. - Jun 2012


Lively. - Aug 2010


Just about anything you want. There are plenty of restaurants and nightspots, everything from hole-in-the-wall to modern and opulent. Many people entertain in their homes as well. Ethiopians and expats from many countries mingle in many areas. - Jun 2010


As the mother of a school-age kid and a toddler, I'd say there's plenty to keep you entertained. I can't speak for singles and childless couples. I've heard that the nightlife gets old after a while. - Mar 2008


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