With more than 1 million square feet of meeting space—including state-of-the-art convention centers, full-service hotels and a variety of unique off-site venues (think historic airplane hangars and chic rooftop decks)—it’s easy to find a location to suit your event’s needs in Aurora, Colorado. But for most attendees, the meeting itself is only half of what compels them to click register. Once the workday is over, they’ll want to know where to grab a cocktail, meet up with colleagues for happy hour, stay sufficiently caffeinated for an all-nighter, or have some fun with new friends. Here are four places where your attendees can mingle, unwind and make the most of their time in Aurora.
Best Place for Cocktails: Annette
Tucked away inside Stanley Marketplace is Annette, an intimate and stylish eatery founded by Caroline Glover, who was recently named one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America by Food and Wine Magazine. Come to Annette to share a table of small, creative plates with colleagues, and stay for the incredible cocktails.
Best Place for Happy Hour: Ursula Brewery
A favorite local hangout for after-work drinks, Ursula Brewery is perfect for meeting up with fellow attendees come 5 o’ clock. Located near the Anschutz Medical Campus, Ursula’s beer menu is filled with their own award-winning brews, seasonal specialties and year-round staples.
Best Place to Get a Caffeine Fix: TBaar Aurora
Keep energy levels up before nighttime work sessions with a visit to the cheerful TBaar Aurora, located in the Pacific Ocean Market plaza and open until 10:00 pm. Purveyors of bubble tea, milk tea and a delightful assortment of fruity beverages, those looking for a flavorful break from the ol’ cup of joe will find a refreshing cup here (not to mention a sweet dessert to make tackling that mountain of emails a little more bearable).
Best Place for Recess: Stanley Arcade
This newly opened, vintage-style arcade on the third-floor of Stanley Marketplace is ideal for casual, after-hours networking, team-building nights and some good old fashioned fun. Whether on their own or with a group, your attendees will love feeling like kids again as they play classics like pinball, air hockey, skee ball and Ms. Pac-Man.