Across the country, group-friendly
destinations feature standout bar settings
with inviting decor, ranging from rustic to
industrial, and menus starring world-class
wines, microbrews and exquisite specialty
The Penrose, New York City
A meeting’s topic may resonate better
when discussed over creative drinks in a
fun bar, including The Penrose in New York
City’s Upper East Side.
“A bar is a casual setting that allows
coworkers to get out of their comfort zone
and mingle with people who they may not
ordinarily talk with,” said Mayra Velasco,
events coordinator at The Penrose.
The Penrose, named after a railroad
station in Cork, Ireland, and situated near
New York’s new Q train, is laid out rail-road-style with three main areas: the front
bar and the Station and Spencer rooms.
Buyouts for up to 300 people are also
available and allow access to amenities
including a DJ, audiovisual equipment and
special food requests.
“The Penrose has a really cool downtown
vibe, very inviting to all ages and walks of
life,” Velasco said. “The decor is very cozy,
rustic and warm.”
Pete Vasconcellos, the bar director here,
enjoys creating signature cocktails for
groups. Favorite spirits and theme colors
are among the considerations when he
concocts a special drink.
The Penrose also offers interactive cocktail classes for groups of eight to 10 people,
during which they’ll learn about the
foundations of classic cocktails and how to
manage an in-home bar.
Nine Mile Station, Atlanta
At Atlanta’s Nine Mile Station, an elevated
beer garden on the roof of Ponce City Market,
the engagement factor for groups that would
like to mingle and network is exponentially
increased, according to Chris Eldridge, the
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Unique, booze- infused venues, including traditional
bars, speakeasies and
distilleries, await groups
that would like to toast
over delicious handcrafted
cocktails after a meeting.
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
Kick back, raise a glass and
regroup at nine great bars
TOP TO BOTTOM: TATTERSALL DISTILLING, MINNEAPOLIS; SEVEN GRAND, LOS ANGELES; THE PENROSE, NEW YORK; BITTER
& TWISTED COCKTAIL PARLOUR, PHOENIX; TEDDY & THE BULLY BAR, WASHINGTON, D.C.; NINE MILE STATION, ATLANTA