Louisville is a friendly city but hard to make friends
I am one of Louisville’s biggest fans and rarely have anything to complain about when it comes to my hometown. There is however one thing about this city that frustrates many new residents. Whenever you have an extreme positive, like the tight knit community that makes Louisville so unique, there is often a negative that comes along with it. Many new residents that I have spoken to have all had similar complaints; that it is difficult to make new friends. Louisvillians are not unwelcoming people, in fact they are some of the most welcoming people I have encountered. Friends are hard to make in this city because social groups are loyal and circles hold on to each other for a long time.
I myself have experienced this problem even as a native Louisvillian. After moving back home after college, I found myself alone in the city that used to be filled with familiar faces. All of my friends had decided to stay in their college towns or move away to other cities. I was back in Louisville by myself. As a Louisvillian, you hold on to your circle of friends and are not very good at making new ones. I was stuck and didn't know what to do with myself. Luckily, I broke out of my self-pity fueled shell and found sources around town to create my new social life. Now, I am happy to pass along my insight to those struggling with the same problems
My first tip to making new friends is to know where to go. You don’t always have to have a partner to go out with if you are going to the right place. There are plenty of places that you can visit alone and not feel out of place. Pool halls are excellent places to meet people. Playing pool automatically gives you an excuse to meet and have a conversation with new people. It is absolutely fine to walk up to a pool table and ask to join the existing players, and who knows you may hit it off and have easily made some new friends! Louisville has several nice pool halls, such as The Back Door, Diamonds, and Barret Bar.
I would also suggest using my favorite website that addresses this problem head on. New2lou.com is an excellent resource for new resident to Louisville looking to meet other new Louisvillians in the same boat. New2lou.com keeps you informed on the important events coming up as well as valuable information about the city. New2lou also puts on a social event every second Wednesday of the month allowing anyone interested in meeting new people to come out for a good time. For information on this month’s social event go to new2lou.com.
My third tip is one that I have not used personally but I have a friends that swear by it. Reddit.com is a self proclaimed “website about everything.” If you have an interest in golf, needlepoint, or cooking, you can chat with people on reddit.com about your similar interests. Normally I wouldn't recommend meeting people online and meeting them in person, but a friend of mine has actually made several real-life friends through the website.
If you are struggling to make friends in Louisville don’s get frustrated. Many of us have been in the same position but there are ways to find great people with similar interests to you in this city.