TGIF: How to host a virtual happy hour this Friday

Quarantini anyone? Friday drinks is NOT cancelled – here's how to make it virtual.

Pretty much all events across Australia have now been put on hold and majority of the population (hopefully) are self isolating and working from home.

But there’s one event we won’t allow to be cancelled amid the crisis, and that’s Friday happy hour.

So we’ve devised a simple three-step process to ensure workplaces across the country can still enjoy the most important part of the week.

Step 1: Get your AV set up

First things first, get your video calling technology set up so you can watch your colleagues enjoying Friday drinks in real time.

Skype, Zoom and Hangouts are the obvious choices, but don’t forget you can also use FaceTime, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for an easy mobile option for a virtual happy hour.

Remember the basics for video calls – simple background, good lighting and put the kids in another room.

Step 2: Stock up on supplies

If you haven’t been able to sneak in a trip to the bottle shop while in self isolation, never fear – you can now get your Friday drinks delivered.

Just this week, liquor regulators in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have announced licensed venues can now offer alcohol delivery and takeaway services.

If you’re in Melbourne, The Everleigh is offering a selection of hampers that can be delivered to your door. The Happy Hour at Home package is stocked with four bottled cocktails, two glasses, artisan ice and garnishes, bringing the fancy Friday cocktail bar to your home.

For Sydneysiders, Maybe Sammy in The Rocks and The Golden Gully in Leichhardt are just a few of the venues offering take-home tipples.

Step 3: Line up the entertainment

While most teams will be happy enough making their own entertainment and recapping the week that was, there’s also a bunch of great virtual entertainment options going around right now.

The team at Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo are live streaming interactive tasting sessions know as Digital Happy Hour, while a number of Aussie comedians are planning to stream their comedy specials online.

Check out Facebook for the latest virtual performances and events, or get creative and host a happy hour trivia competition amongst your team.

Or you could simply take each other on a house tour around you new work digs, MTV Cribs style.

If all else fails, you can always be this guy:

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