The region offers plenty of fun nightlife
opportunities to get out and about after a
day of meetings, including a culinary tour
in Columbia, a waterborne cruise in Lake
of the Ozarks and an escape room experience in Jefferson City.
Evening experiences in Columbia are
delightfully diverse and certain to appeal to
the interests of various groups.
The 2.5-hour Night on the Town tour
facilitated by Columbia Culinary Tours is a
popular option for groups with attendees
who identify as foodies and appreciate
exploring local cuisine.
“Your group will be wined and dined as
they venture throughout the downtown
district on a walking history tour with stops
at various restaurants,” said Megan McCo-
nachie, strategic communications manager
for the Columbia CVB.
Columbia Culinary Tours offers private
as well as public outings that attendees can
join in on, also including a Dessert Tour
and Craft Beer & Food Pairing Tour.
Active groups will have a ball at Lazer Lanes, a veritable playground where
attendees can engage in friendly competition during a game of laser tag, bowling or
The facility, which hosts group events,
also features the largest arcade in mid-Mis-souri with over 40 games.
Groups with attendees who would rather
scroll through Pinterest than discuss the
differences between Xbox and PlayStation
will appreciate an evening outing to Con-
fetti Craft Co.
“Get your group together to make
something you can take home,” McCo-
nachie said. “You can choose from several
different projects and fancy a cocktail while
you’re at it.”
Confetti Craft has a DIY Bar with more
than 20 self-led projects to choose from,
such as creating a personalized coffee mug
rack, leather sunglasses case and various
pieces of jewelry, as well as partaking
from a menu of wine, beer and whimsical
Among them are Girls Just Wanna Have
Funfetti, which features vanilla vodka and
a candy-fetti rim, and Purple Rain, which
is made with gin, house-made lavender
simple syrup and San Pellegrino Limonata.
Groups meeting in Columbia can also
participate in what is decidedly the latest
craze in teambuilding: escape rooms.
At Epoch Escapes attendees can put their
heads together to solve puzzles in order
to unlock the door and free themselves,
according to McConachie.
Groups visiting Jefferson City will find a
Busy groups convening in Central Missouri can consider an
after-hours excursion when
the morning and afternoon
are too jam-packed with
sessions for a break.
THE BRIDGE, JEFFERSON CITY
Central Missouri gets playful with after-hours fun
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
COLUMBIA CULINARY TOURS