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Thomas Paris
February 25, 2021
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9 Virtual Happy Hour Ideas for Remote Teams

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9 Virtual Happy Hour Ideas for Remote Teams

Thomas Paris
February 24, 2021
9 Virtual Happy Hour Ideas for Remote Teams

Happy hours give teams the opportunity to socialize, build bonds and improve rapport. Ever since COVID-19 confined us to work from home, remote teams have been hosting virtual happy hours via video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Skype, or GoToMeeting. While virtual team-building sessions focus on activities that improve collaboration and communication, remote happy hours tend to focus on games and fun sessions to lighten up the mood.

Workplace happy hours shouldn't just be about grabbing a drink and chatting about work; plan some activities to ensure that everyone feels involved and engaged in the party. If you are looking to take your virtual happy hours to the next level, here are nine ideas you can consider for your next session:

1. Show and Tell

You can learn about team members’ interests and passions through virtual show and tell. It’s a typical classroom exercise that you can use as an icebreaker to know about the various aspects of your teammates’ life and personality.

To kick-off the session, you can ask team members to show an item and talk about it. Here are a few prompts you can use as a topic for your next virtual show and tell:

  • The beverage they’re drinking
  • Movie/album/book recommendations
  • Their pet
  • Their prized possession
  • Their best purchase under $100 that helped them work better
  • Their hobbies
  • Their favorite photo/painting

2. Showcase Fun Party Tricks

People possess some form of weird, fun skills that don’t have any practical applications but are impressive nonetheless. Some can raise their brow like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, some can whistle the intro to Guns N’ Roses’ Patience or write sentences backwards.

Let your team members showcase these unique talents and ask them to share how they do it. Of course, you don’t need to make this a training workshop. Demonstrating these skills alone can make the party more interesting.

3. Virtual Cosplay Party

A screenshot of three people cosplaying online with superhero costumes
Costume parties can be a fun way to shake up your virtual happy hour session

The happy hour cosplay party doesn’t have to be too elaborate, although if your team members want to throw on some haute couture, that’s encouraged!

You can decide on a party theme where everyone dresses as their favorite character or plan themes such as movies, TV shows, anime, or a trend. For instance, at a 90’s sitcom party, everyone will dress as their favorite sitcom character. Time to take that puffy shirt from Seinfeld out of the closet.

4. Netflix Watch Party

If your cosplay party is movie or TV show themed, how about extending it to a Netflix watch party? Unsure how? Check out this Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party that lets everyone in your group watch the same show at the same time.

A screenshot of a virtual Netflix watch party
Set up a Netflix watch party for your virtual happy hour with a Chrome extension

Simply share the link with the team, and they will be redirected to the show you are watching. The extension also comes with a chatroom so you can share show trivia, crack inside jokes, or dissect the plot.

Crank it up to a drinking game where everyone takes a shot every time a character repeats a popular phrase like Robin Scherbatsky’s ‘but… um’ from How I Met Your Mother.

5. Happy Hour Bingo

Bingo fits seamlessly in every happy hour session. There are just so many ideas you can try out when creating a bingo card for your next happy hour party. Here are some example prompts:

  • Things Marketing/Sales/<insert team name> says 
  • Remote work or conference call woes
  • Quarantine
  • Have you ever____
  • Getting to know you
  • Holiday
  • Monday blues
  • A bingo card based on the party theme

You can pick winners incrementally on criteria like inside boxes marked, boxes marked in a row (across, down, diagonally), outside boxes marked, and finally, all boxes filled.

6. Mixology Session

A photo of different screens showing a virtual mixology session in progress
Shake, pour, and sip your own fresh cocktails in an interactive virtual happy hour and mixology session | Source: LayLow

What makes a virtual happy hour even more exciting? Learning to make fascinating cocktails and mocktails. Invite an expert mixologist who can teach your team different cocktails and mocktails. You can either share a list of ingredients required beforehand and give attendees a Hoppier card or have ingredients delivered to team members.

The expert will demonstrate how to make various cocktails that include different spices, flavors, and seasonal ingredients. You can also explore non-alcoholic alternatives. This can be a fun educational session to learn the importance and benefits of the ingredients. Bonus if team members can get creative and create their own infusions while learning unique tips through the session.

7. The Board Game Night

A photo of a virtual pandemic board game in progress
Virtual board games provide can be your next immersive happy hour activity | Source: Slate

The virtual board game night needs to be fun and casual. So, no monopoly! Just kidding.

You can pick the categories of games depending on how serious board game players are. Start with Codenames or Pictionary as an icebreaker and move to more intense games such as Catan, Lords of Waterdeep, and Pandemic.

If you want to keep things more free-and-easy, you can play Dixit, where you can let your inner wordsmith or singer shine, or play a party game like Mafia.

8. Happy Hour Trivia

Virtual pub trivia sessions are entertaining because they tend to focus on some of the most unusual facts. For instance, did you know that Jerry Seinfeld decided to pull the plug on Seinfeld after nine seasons because the Beatles broke up after nine years?

Having a themed virtual happy hour lets you plan the trivia session around a theme. To make it more interesting, you can set quiz questions around the content you watch during the Netflix watch party. If you have a sitcom fan on your team, you can put them on different teams and have the ultimate trivia showdown to find out who is the nerdiest fan of them all.

9. Guess the Song Challenge

As the name suggests, a person on the team will hum a tune, and the rest of the team members guess the song. The teammate who makes the most correct guesses becomes the senpai of the guess the song dojo. If the game is too easy for the team, you can challenge members to guess the song in a second.

Invite everyone to add songs to a collaborative Spotify playlist, which you keep changing after a minute.

Conclusion

Virtual happy hours break the monotony of work and bring your team members closer where they can unwind and enjoy a drink ‘together’. So, remember to keep the party lighthearted and fun.

Most of these ideas can be executed as standalone events or clubbed together if you’ve decided on a theme. Setting a theme for your virtual happy hour will make it more engaging and fun.

Looking for a virtual happy hour experience personalized for your team? Get in touch with Hoppier to learn more!

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