50 Bar and Restaurant Party Ideas to Liven Up Slower Nights

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50 Bar and Restaurant Party Ideas to Liven Up Slower Nights

If you are looking to add a little buzz to your slower nights to attract new guests and entice your existing customers to come back more often, then hopefully, at least, one of these 50 ideas will work at your location:

  1. Theme nights: Disco, 80’s, 90’s, Mardi Gras, Toga, Crazy hat, Pajama, Gangster – theme nights are only limited by your imagination.
  2. Charity events: You can draw a crowd that’s ready for a good cause, and donate a portion of your proceeds for great charities like Toys for Tots, Walk-a-thons, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer and more.
  3. Guest bartenders: Whether it’s a celebrity or one of your more avid customers, putting them behind the bar is sure to draw a crowd of fans (or their friends and family).
  4. Coupons: Offer Buy One, Get One Free, free desserts or appetizers, or Kids Eat Free coupons only redeemable on your slow days.
  5. Leagues: Start a weekly league where your customers form teams to play billiards, darts, trivia, card games, and even Buzztime!
  6. Sports teams: Sponsor local, community teams – whether it’s little leaguers or an adult softball league. Not only will the team hold their victory celebration with you, they’ll come in during the off season as well!
  7. Loyalty cards: Print up pocket-sized cards with an area to track how many times a guest has visited or how much money they have spent over time. When the card is completely full, reward their loyalty with a free appetizer, drink or full meal.
  8. Football parties: With pro football training camps opening up in the summer, August is the perfect time to host fantasy football draft parties. And, then, provide football drink or food specials every week so your fantasy leagues go to your place each Sunday.
  9. Wii or Xbox or PlayStation night.
  10. Ladies’ night.
  11. Men’s night.
  12. Hospitality or Industry night.
  13. Karaoke.
  14. Live music.
  15. Buzztime LIVE Trivia.
  16. Buzztime Texas Hold ‘Em or Blackjack.
  17. Pig roasts or cookouts.
  18. Corn hole tournaments.
  19. Jersey night: Anyone who comes in wearing the jersey of their favorite team will get 10% off their bill.
  20. College night:  Similar to jersey night, dress up in your favorite college gear – hat, scarf, shirt, shorts, socks. The more they wear, the better prize they’ll receive.
  21. Speed dating.
  22. Singles’ night.
  23. Wing special night.
  24. Swarm Check in: and receive a special deal.
  25. Swarm Mayor: specials (they will bring friends!)
  26. UFC fight night.
  27. Beer pong.
  28. Open mic night.
  29. Comedy night.
  30. Battle of the Businesses: Let businesses around your bar or restaurant know that whichever company brings in the biggest crowd will receive 50% off their bar tab!
  31. Yappy Hour: If you have an outdoor patio, host a weekly happy hour that is dog-friendly. Remember to have plenty of water bowls around – and offer a biscuit to every furry friend as they arrive.
  32. Mug night: Bring your favorite reasonably sized coffee or drink mug and get refills of your favorite beverage at a discounted price.
  33. Community newsletter advertising: Ask apartment complex offices to put a coupon in their monthly newsletter that can only be used by residents.
  34. Paycheck coupons: Ask local businesses put a coupon in their paycheck envelopes or in their office common room.
  35. Kids eat free night: Anyone under 10 years old with an accompanying adult eats free.
  36. Pick an NFL team with an active fan base in your area, i.e. Stacy’s Place, home of the Buffalo Bills (but located in your state).
  37. The place to be for Bachelor or Bachelorette parties.
  38. Host monthly dance instruction (salsa, line dancing, swing, etc.)
  39. Chili cook-off.
  40. Rent a party bus and sell package deals including tickets to a sports game, round trip bus transportation, drinks and a safe ride home.
  41. Work with your local wine company to host tastings once a month.
  42. Invite local artists to set up their work on Saturday afternoons.
  43. Get donations from customers/vendors and auction off items on a slow afternoon. All proceeds go to charity of your choice.
  44. Walk-a-thon: Teams or Walkers sign up friends and family to donate money for every mile they walk; meet back at your place to celebrate your charitable contributions.
  45. Sponsor a fishing tournament with prizes donated from local companies/vendors. Make your place the pre-tournament & post-tournament hot spot.
  46. Military, Firemen, Police appreciation day.
  47. Student discounts.
  48. Prize wheel: Put numbers on the back of every chair in your location, spin the wheel each hour and that seat wins a free drink.
  49. Oscar or Emmy night: Make an event out of the awards shows. Have customers dress up and give out prizes for the best dressed.
  50. Make one night/week your Buzztime night! Get Buzztime today or give us a call at (877) 963-9200 to learn how Buzztime can help you boost sales and drive traffic on slow nights.


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