Is there a fee? There is currently no fee for members. (The organizer pays $140 annually to keep the account active and may ask for donations in the future if this becomes a burden.)
How many people usually show up? We usually get around 30 people at our weekly meetups.
What is the format? Is it formal, casual, etc? It is very informal and casual. There is no set topic or agenda. We just get together and chat in Russian!
How late do your Thursday night Meetups usually run? The official end time is 8:30 p.m. If there is not a reservation after our group, we are welcome to stay in the space later.
What skill level are most people at language-wise? In general our members range from beginner to native speakers. The goal of most of our events is to practice speaking Russian, so you should be prepared to speak only in Russian. The level at those events is intermediate to advanced.
Sometimes we hold culture appreciation events that are open to non Russian speakers as well. Check the event description to find out if there is a language requirement.
The time/place you meet is inconvenient for me. Can we change it? It's taken a lot of hard work and persistence to get our group to where it is today, with a large group attending most meetups. It's not realistic to change the time or place of our regular meetups to suite the needs of one individual. Feel free to search Meetup.com to see to see if there is another group in the area that better fits your schedule - they are adding new groups all the time!
If you are interested in getting a regular Meetup going in a new area of town, please email the organizer to discuss.
Is it cool if I bring my own food/vodka to a Meetup? If the Meetup is at a restaurant or business - no. We negotiate with local businesses to arrange a free space for our group to meet. Please help support these businesses by buying something to eat or drink. Bringing in outside alcoholic beverages can cause legal troubles for the restaurant.
In the event a Meetup is held somewhere that is not a business, it will be up to the host or Meetup organizer.