10 Fun virtual happy hour ideas (drinks not included)

Missing a few months-worth of Friday night happy hours with the team? Why not create a virtual happy hour session with the team?

Just because everyone’s social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t have some team bonding time. Thanks to the internet, video conferencing, and interactive platforms, virtual happy hour — or as the millennials call it, “quarantini parties”—are now a thing.   

All you need to do is set a time, a conference call, and a couple of drinks (alcoholic or not, your choice) and your virtual team to get started. 

Spice up the occasion with a few virtual happy hour ideas like classic drinking games, virtual trivia and puzzle games, and don’t be afraid to have a party! Here are a few ideas you could apply on your next Friday night:

Who is the Meme King

What you need: 

How to set it up:

  • Everyone submits the funniest meme they saw this week via Toasty Group Response
  • Vote for the Meme King
  • The Meme King directs all the other team members to do a meme impression and take a group photo together

Never have I ever

This is a classic drinking game where people take turns announcing one thing that they have never, ever done, and anyone in the group who’s done it has to take a sip. 

What you need: 

  • Drinks of your choice

How to set it up: 

  • Traditionally, this is done in a round-robin set up. But since this is all done online, you’ll have to decide on the order in your own way. You can have people type in “x” in the group chat, and whatever order they send it in is the order you’ll follow. 
  • You can choose to have a host or facilitator to keep track of the order, but this isn’t necessary as you can all just police each other.
  • Whoever has done the “thing” has to take a sip.

Name that song

Are you a group of audiophiles? Well, why not challenge each other’s song recognition in your virtual happy hour! 

What you need: 

  • Drinks of your choice

How to set it up:

  • Each person will have to hum a tune, which the others will have to guess
  • The winner gets a prize! Namely, street cred. 

Netflix parties

Netflix and chill can be turned into Netflix and virtual drinks instead. Have a movie marathon or binge on the latest series over drinks, and make sure that you’re all watching the same thing at the same time with Netflix Party!

What you need:

  • A Netflix subscription 
  • The Netflix Party third-party extension installed in your browser (completely free)

How to set it up:

  • Once everyone’s downloaded the Netflix Party extension, you can simply go on Netflix and select a show. 
  • To watch the same show at the same time, click on the Netflix Party icon in your browser and get a shareable link. 
  • Share that link with friends and they should be redirected to the show you’re watching, and have access to a chatroom where everyone can comment while the movie’s playing.
  • Play some fun party games, like taking a shot every time a character says a certain word. 

Have a themed virtual dinner party

Make the party fun and immersive by creating a theme. You can have everyone come in costume, 

What you need: 

  • Drinks and foods of your choice
  • A costume, outfit, or prop that will match the theme!

How to set it up

  • Invite everyone to show up in a con call in themed attire.
  • Vote for the best attire and he/she deserves a drink!

Classic virtual team game night

Board games aren’t limited to family get-togethers! There are virtual versions of some of your favorite board games, and there are also exclusively virtual board games to keep you preoccupied. 

What you need: 

How to set it up: 

  • Set up the game as per the instructions.
  • Invite everyone to prepare their drinks and join the session.

Virtual Pictionary contest

Pictionary is fun offline and it is even more fun as a remote team building activity.

What you need: 

How to set it up

  • Invite everyone to a call on Toasty
  • Use Toasty Form Groups to create teams of 3-5
  • Send teams into breakout rooms and compete on Skribbl.
  • Winners of each team will have a Virtual Pictionary Finale where everyone will watch in the main room. 

Give virtual house tour

WFH poses the rare opportunity to get to know each other outside of the office. The home decor gives away what your team members enjoy outside of their work life.

What you need: 

  • Preferably having everyone video conferencing via cellphone

How to set it up

  • Invite your team to give a tour of their living spaces

Make signature cocktails together

Got a bartender in your crew? Well, this is the perfect time to host a little signature cocktail making session to better educate yourselves in the best mixes. 

What you need: 

  • Drink ingredients of your choice to form a special drink, like spirits, syrups, and juices
  • Bartender tools, like cocktail shakers, bar spoons, ice buckets

How to set it up

  • Invite everyone to a Toasty call.
  • Each team member will teach the team how to make their favourite cocktail
  • At the end of each person’s turn, each member submits a photo of what they made via Toasty Group Response
  • Vote for the best drink!

Personal Interest Guessing

Get to know each other on a deeper level by testing people’s impressions of one another.

What you need:

How to set it up:

  • In Toasty, put your team into groups using the grouping features.
  • Once groups are formed, send groups into breakout rooms.
  • Run Who Said That activities with some of the following questions:
    • Where did you go to school?
    • What was the subject you majored in?
    • How many siblings do you have?
    • What sports do you play?
    • What musical instruments do you play?
    • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • What is one thing your co-workers wouldn’t normally know about you?
    • What was your most memorable moment of high school (or college)?
    • What is something you are very proud of?
  • Each person will write down his or her secret answers on Toasty
  • Reveal each answer one by one and have everyone guess who in the group wrote down that answer. 
  • Whoever gets it wrong will have to take a sip.

That’s it! All of these activities can be done with a drink in hand so self-isolation doesn’t have to be so isolating. Hopefully the virtual happy hour brings back some excitement and socialization back into your Friday nights.