Dec 10, 2018
Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews
The movies always make the annual office holiday parties look like a wild affair where everyone in the office loosens their ties, gets a keg for the office, and someone inevitably ends up with a lampshade on their head. Whether this is an accurate representation of corporate America, is something I’m not exactly keen on, since my office operates a bit differently and I can’t imagine our office of 10 swinging from the chandelier and photo copying different parts of their body. Luckily, Charlotte has an abundance of options for fun and different types of office parties, depending on the overall personality of your company.
For the Active Office
The is a pedal-driven (with some engine assistance) trolley that travels around Charlotte and stops at your choice of 3-4 bars. It also allows you to BYOB to keep the party going both on and off the trolley! Luckily, they have a weather friendly tarp that will assist with the blocking the wind, rain, and some of the cold!
Renting out a bay or two is a great way to bond with your coworkers over a couple rounds of drinks and TopShot. Plus, with the heaters and indoor bar options, this option is winter friendly as well!
For the Adventurous Office
Axe Club of America
What better way to bond with your office than by throwing axes at a target? You can rent out a space for approximately 2.5 hours, and there are catering and drink packages available to create more of a holiday party experience!
Blackstone Shooting Sports
Another risky activity to enjoy with your coworkers, this luxury shooting club has all the items in place to host the perfect holiday party! They have private party packages that will allow you to customize your experience. P.S. Post Malone is known to frequent this location when he comes to town!
For the Professional Office
If your office isn’t one to get out of their comfort zone, then the safe option is a nice sit-down dinner at any number of the delicious and popular restaurants around Charlotte. Most restaurants can accommodate smaller groups via reservation, but if you’re looking to host a larger group, check the company website to see what needs to be done in order to reserve and plan!
Rent out a Rooftop Bar
Another popular location that Charlotte has a lot of, is a rooftop bar. Renting out a select space in the bar is a great option for having some drinks and hors d’oeuvres with your company, while still keeping a professional vibe.
For the Laid-Back Office
Rent out a brewery space
If you and your coworkers like to just kick back and relax, and are known to end the weeks with a beer or two already, renting out a space at a brewery is the obvious option. There are a handful of breweries that will allow you to reserve the space for free as a service to the community, but looking at the brewery websites will let you know what needs to be done in order to reserve.
One thing that Charlotte is rich in for some reason are bowling alleys. There seems to be one in almost every neighborhood, and luckily, they all have a bar and food to create a real party. Additionally, places like Queen Park Social and Piedmont Social House offer other activities to split up the events of the night in case bowling isn’t for everyone.
Does everyone in your office have a four-legged child? If so, then reserving or just meeting at one of the dog bars in Charlotte could be a viable option to host a fun event for not only the office, but your pets as well!
For the Creative Office
Maybe your office is smaller and in a line of work where creativity is key. If this sounds like you, then trying out an escape room might be a great event to celebrate the holidays with your coworkers! Groups of up to 8 can solve one room at a time, and places like Escape Tactic are located near a bunch of popular breweries, distilleries and cideries to move the party to afterwards!
Wine and Design
This activity may not be for everyone, but if your office can come to a consensus, a BYOB with a crafty activity could be the perfect option for bonding over your works of art, or attempts at them at least.
The Candle Bar
One of the newest popular activities in Charlotte is the Candle Bar. A make your own candle business that, you guessed it, is BYOB!
For the Outgoing Office
If your office is always joking around, pulling pranks, or showing each other YouTube videos, then renting out the Funny Bus would be a hilarious holiday party idea! It seats up to 30 people and (let’s hear it one more time), is BYOB! You’ll get taken all around Charlotte and hear some hilarious and interesting facts about the city while laughing and drinking the whole way.
Brewery Bus Tour
Last one, I promise. This BYOB bus tour takes you to 3-4 breweries around the area, based on their premade schedules. Fitting up to 25-30 individuals, you and your coworkers can all bond on the bus and enjoy some local brews!
Karaoke rooms are available for rent at locations like Seoul Food and Meat Co. and the cocktails and food options are sure to be a hit, along with the activity, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love karaoke?!