This page includes our list of virtual happy hour ideas.
Virtual happy hour ideas are ways to increase the fun and engagement for attendees of virtual happy hours. For example, ideas may included themes or team activities.
Specifically, this list includes:
- virtual happy hour ideas with coworkers
- fun virtual happy hour ideas
- virtual happy hour ideas for work
And more 🙂
That’s a good start though, so let’s get into it.
List of virtual happy hour ideas
We compiled this list of fun virtual happy hour ideas to inspire better virtual meetings. These ideas are meant to span the duration of the happy hour, so you could also think of them as virtual happy hour themes.
1. Murder Mystery
Murder Mystery game mechanics work well in virtual conference rooms because the experience is mostly talking, listening and playing detective. You can plan your own Murder Mystery, get one out of a box, or work with us to do a Murder in Ancient Egypt themed event.
2. 80s Party
In the early 2000s, retro 80s parties were all the rage on college campuses across North America. Now, you can have your Vanilla Ice and eat it too, with an online 80s Party during your next virtual happy hour.
A successful 80s themed party has several key elements:
- 80s music. Your playlist will probably include Michael Jackson, MC Hammer and Kris Kross.
- 80s clothing. Bring your colorful swag and shiny bling.
- 80s hairdos. You don’t have to cut your hair into a mullet, but you could.
Here is some inspiration for your party:
You could choose another decade for your virtual happy hour theme too, for example the 50s.
3. Halloween Any Time
In the real world, sometimes it is Halloween and sometimes it isn’t. Online, you can have Halloween any damn time you please.
Halloween Any Time is a way to do virtual happy hours with a haunted aesthetic. Here is how it works:
- Encourage your team members to dress up in Halloween costumes.
- Prepare spooky backgrounds for the virtual conference call.
- Ask icebreaker questions like “where would you haunt for all of eternity?
- Tell ghost stories.
Halloween Any time is a fun way to get together that breaks the normal expectations of what a virtual happy should be. You can do iterations on this idea with Christmas Any Time or Thanksgiving Any Time, but Halloween is better.
4. Ocean’s 5 or So
Ocean’s 11 is a heist movie that includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and some other fancy people. George Clooney, like me, was recently spotted in the Canary Islands.
Ocean’s 5 or So is an activity you can do during virtual happy hours that explores similar concepts. For this activity, assign your people to small breakout rooms with around five people. Each group must develop a wildly ambitious heist of a high-profile target. When you bring everyone back to the main room, have the groups present their devious plans and vote on which one is most likely to succeed.
5. Staring Contests
One idea for virtual happy hours is to hold a staring contest. Choose two people to face off and see who blinks first. The winner then competes against the next person and so on. A staring contest often ends super quickly, so you should combine this idea with others on the list.
For now, that is our list of virtual happy hour ideas. For further inspiration, check out 5 Virtual Happy Hour Games to Play With Coworkers.
I encourage you to develop your own ideas for virtual happy hours too. When you come up with something unique that matches your company culture, it can be 10x more powerful than an idea you read on an internet list.
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