5 Apps That’ll Lead to Bold New Friendships


Prepare to find your tribe.

Three friends sit on a jetty by a lake

Sure, it’s fine for Taylor Swift to have her squad down, but the majority of us don’t have time to print matching T-shirts, or the money to host a bunch of models at our beach house in Rhode Island for a 4th of July weekend extravaganza.

With apps like Tinder and Bumble already adding purely platonic branches to their swipe-based pairings, it’s clear there’s a market for matchmaking that goes far beyond romance. New app Hater, which pairs people according to mutual distaste, has just announced a six-month rollout of a friends-only version of their aversion-based matchmaking.

If you’ve moved cities, or university was more about sleeping than socialising, the chance to find and keep new adult friendships has always been an uphill battle. But tech has your back (as it seemingly always does). These apps will have you batting off social engagements like the rest of the ‘popular’ population.

Meet my dog
Is there a better excuse to bond over than a new furry friend? This app matches potential pals with man’s best friend at the centre. Your profile includes information about both you and your dog and while you’re at the park, you can check in so all the little ones score a play date.

Secret supper clubs aren’t as secret as they are popular, with a boom in at-home hosting across abodes from Sweden to Spain. AirDine allows you to post a dinner event where strangers can sign up, come to your home for a meal cooked by you, and then reimburse you for your efforts and hospitality. What’s more friendly than a dinner party?

Founded by two women, Olivia Poole and Jen Aprahamian, who struck up a kinship in the tech-engineering space, Hey! VINA is the app for women who want to meet only women and strike up a friendship.

“We built this app for our own needs as women who have moved, travelled, changed careers, and shifted lifestyles and life stages,” Olivia explains. “Through our adult lives, we go to a lot of places that our existing friendships don’t always support and it becomes time to expand our circles.”

Currently only available in the US, the app already has global waiting lists.

Like Tinder for pals, this San Francisco-based app allows you to swipe through potential friends, pairing you up based on shared interests and locations. The app also focuses on giving tourists access to locals for a meal or drink while they’re in town, offering both short- and long-term friendships.

In more than 30 cities globally, this UK-based app plugs you into events happening in the city, with a view to securing a few friends along the way. You’ll be notified when events are happening around you that you might be interested in, leading you to a likely place for a like-minded buddy.

Bridget de Maine

Staff Writer Collective Hub



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