As are all my blog posts, here’s today’s wacky spin on communications
4:31 p.m. class dismissed? Try again. This is “corporate America” folks. Often times the wheeling and dealing doesn’t begin until after trading hours. If you really want to close that deal or get the latest scoop on office drama, understand that just because the closing bell sounded doesn’t mean the day is over.
Next stop is a place where phones don’t ring, Outlook is put to sleep and florescent lights can’t blind you. Ahhhh – it’s a little place called happy hour.
Generally between the hours of 5:01 p.m. and 7:02 p.m., professional men and women close their office doors and it take to the bar. Be it with colleagues or clients, there’s a place for everyone.
Coworkers, need to decompress AND still haven’t had enough of each other? Here are a few good “team building” spots that ought to appeal to the masses:
Nava: Want light and breezy? Grab a table on the patio at Nava. Always a lively after work crew, handful of good sharable apps and a terrific selection of margaritas (the prickly pear margarita is always a crowd pleaser).
JCT: The upstairs patio screams, “Wine me!” Live music, southern-inspired eats and the urban décor make JCT an office win/win.
Paul’s patio: Meeting a few folks from the office down the hall? Head to Paul’s patio. TVs are set up – for those awkward pauses – and a revamped bar menu with everything from sushi to patty melts will please everyone’s palate.
Need to schmooze your out-of-town client? Head to…
Bistro Niko: Ooh Lala oui, oui, Paris-inspired bistro comes equipped with lots of suits, a great selection of drinks and good eats. BN has a spacious bar area, nice little patio and waiters on their A-games, waiting to refill your glass.
The St. Regis: Trying to pull off the “look at me, I’m a V.I.P?” Head to The St. Regis. You’ve got three areas to choose from – the airy wine room (PR folks and movie stars), the wood-paneled bar (attorneys, real estate junkies, investment bankers) or the outdoor patio (everyone friendly!).
This wouldn’t be my blog post about food and drink if I didn’t include….Holman & Finch. I’ll leave the raving to you.
Stolen from a delightful restaurant in Amelia Island, PLAE – I’ll leave you with this… people, laughing and eating. Enjoy.