This article is from the Go FAQ, by Morten PAHLE email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Go in real life is easiest played in a Go-club. Most Go-clubs have
club nights when they are open for anyone to come and play. In larger
cities there may even be Go-clubs that are always open. Sometimes you
may be asked to pay a small fee to play a game, but more often than
not, this is not the case.
However, if you wish to continue to play in a club, you should become
a member. Depending on country/club, this also includes other
benefits: reduced entry fees in competitions, free teaching, monthly
Go is often surrounded by an eastern aura of tradition (and
mysticism), and you should remember to always be polite, towards
opponents and other players. As Go is a game of concentration, some
players are sensitive to noise and other disturbances during the game.
It is therefore good courtesy to avoid these.
When watching a game, advice should in general not be given to the
players, although commenting ('kibitzing') the game with other
bystanders is fine, as long as the players do not mind.