Organizing events in bars and restaurants is a great way to attract customers and stand out in a crowded industry. But coming up with creative ideas for events can be a challenge. To help you get started, here are 30 of our favorite ideas for events in bars and restaurants that will make your events unforgettable. Wine tastings are an excellent way to give guests the opportunity to learn more about wine and enjoy their favorites.
Consider basing your event on different vintages or regions, such as the 5 best wines from South Africa or the wines that put Italy on the map. Madklubben is a great example of how to organize dinners and conferences. They schedule regular conferences that include everything from real crimes to lifestyle counseling, and each ticket includes a prepaid 3-course shared menu and beer and wine with everything you can drink. A four-handed dinner is a type of collaborative dinner between chefs in which 2 or more chefs cook together to enjoy an extraordinary gastronomic experience.
From delicious dishes to expertly blended wines, the only limitation is the size of the kitchen. Organizing a charity event is a great way to get involved with the community. For example, Barr restaurant partnered with other restaurants in Copenhagen to create a tasting menu with dishes from each of the participating restaurants and wines from Lieu Dit and Rosforth & Rosforth to support the World Wildlife Fund's wildfire campaign in Australia. Christmas parties and dinners are always popular, so make your restaurant the ideal place for these holidays.
Be inspired by Pru, winner of a Michelin star, and his Christmas Eve experience: a 6-course menu with a combination of top quality drinks. Themed trivia nights are a big hit and don't require much work: just a presenter, a microphone, questions and prizes. Choose themes based on popular shows like Game of Thrones or the MCU, or buy the classic Trivial Pursuit and save yourself asking questions from scratch. If you're not scared of a loud crowd, organize an Olympic bar night and play beer pong, darts, Jenga, or even Cards Against Humanity.
Encourage guests to choose their team before they arrive (encourage more participants), to choose a country and to see who wins the gold. After a few successful singles nights, it's time to organize a couples night. Games for couples, such as a fake dating show and special 2-for-1 drink offers, are ideal for a night that celebrates married couples or couples as a couple. With a theme night in your pub or bar, your guests won't have to wait until Halloween to dress up.
From the neon of the 80s to the goatees of the 2000s, theme nights are fun ways to fill your bar. You can even serve drinks from that time and offer prizes to the best dressed. Cocktail workshops are also popular events in bars and restaurants. Be inspired by Gedulgt in Aarhus, Denmark where guests learn how to prepare 2 different pre-selected cocktails.
As an additional sale, they offer a different package with snacks and sandwiches. Celebrate random holidays such as Throwback Day (January 3) or Wearing Pyjamas to Work Day (April 1), or focus on holidays that people really know: Christmas, New Year's Eve, Halloween and Valentine's Day. Don't forget seasonal drinks that match the theme! This event at a restaurant is just like a guest chef's night, but with a waiter who creates new drinks to add to your menu and attract new guests. Located in downtown Minneapolis next to Loring Park, Lurcat Café and Bar offers convenient valet parking on Friday and Saturday nights and upon request for private events. Organizing events at your bar helps generate traffic on less crowded days, so it's important to come up with creative restaurant promotion ideas that guests will love. Have your best waiters dazzle guests with flying bottles and flaming beverages, and watch the crowd arrive to test their talents. Finally, consider partnering with professional networking groups in your area for events such as flea markets or jazz festivals at your patio. These 30 creative ideas for events in bars and restaurants will help you stand out from the competition while giving your customers an unforgettable experience.