i dont have any idea what your interests are, generally hobbies are something which builds on a strength/talent you have so idk
darn it. vague questions lead to vague answers. Whodathunkit? Lol.
check out meetup.com and see what kind of groups are in your area
cool idea. There's alas nothing with 5 miles of where i live. And anything much firther that becomes difficult owing to the fact i don't drive. and the buses ain't great either.
ask a friend with a car to go with you
Yep, I second this. If there's nothing in your area, make one! Have a "sci-fi enthusiasts of X" group. I bet you'll get pretty good responses right now; lots of people list "make new friends" or "do something new" as their resolution.
If you can't afford meetup, try CL. There is a platonic section.
Try something you've never tried before.
Right now, my only social life involves going to a local board games meetup on Friday nights.
Well really we know nothing about you or your interests, so i guess try a shotgun approach. Sign up for several classes, start participating in several hobbies where you interact with people, and keep doing that until you find something you enjoy. Plenty of people who like reading (ie: book clubs) and watching sci fi (ie: web forums, movie groups, etc) have social lives, stop boxing yourself in to a category you say you dont want to be in and put yourself out there! Try taking a dance class, participating in a local recreational sport or club, go to a wine tasting, check out a new bar, etc.
thanks for the advice. this response made me realise i was shooting down suggestions as they were suggested. Which is counter productive.
Dont worry, lots of people do exactly that (including myself). its easier to give advice then take it ;)
Cartooning. Teach yourself basic cartooning proficiency and start hanging out at small press events in your area. Set up an Etsy for your minicomics and start trading and selling your work. Find a group of like minded cartoonists and join them for drink and draw nights.
this qualifies as most awesome and original response, thanks.
i second the suggestion about checking out meetup.com - ime, the meet ups take place all over. like the foodies group meets at different places every month, as does the nightlife/socials group - they go to various bars, pubs, vineyards, etc. i know theres also a hiking/walking group and they do different parks, trails, etc.
so maybe if there arent any in your immediate vicinity right now - still join up, and keep an eye on their meetings to see if any take place closer to your home. otherwise you can either suggest meet ups near you, or start your own group of your interest - geek group? culture group? anything!
otherwise - does your city have a free newspaper? those usually list all the bands playing at bars/pubs but they generally have write-ups for all kinds of city events. like pumpkin carving, art festivals, street/vendor fairs, taste of [your city] food festival, etc.
I suggest outdoor hobbies, such as bike riding, hiking, camping, or canoeing. For one thing, they're fun. For another, you meet such interesting people. Or, some fitness-related activity, such as weight lifting.
If you don't care for the outdoors, you might look into photography (my wife's hobby-of-choice) or something such as painting. I'd suggest writing (my main hobby) but at least with painting you have something you can hang on a wall when you are finished with a project. I have met many, many interesting people at writer's clubs and conventions, and Toastmasters.
As John Irving said in "Hotel New Hampshire," the key to the meaning of life is to find something and getting obsessed about it.
um, do you like board games? perhaps there is a club in your area. not just monopoly but the more fun, european style like agricola