Georgia easily conjures images of daytime activities, from relaxing at the host hotel’s outdoor bar with fellow attendees to hitting the links for a friendly round of golf.
But the Peach State is just as sweet after hours.
From bowling and planetarium shows to ghost tours and toasting the day over a glass of locally made moonshine, nighttime brings many fun opportunities for groups meeting throughout the state.
At Atlanta-based Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, groups can book a private two-hour pizza-making class during which they’ll stretch and throw the dough, create their own crusts and build their toppings before finally enjoying their creation.
Another great option for groups looking to experience Atlanta’s nightlife is the Painted Pin, according to Kristin Delahunt, director of convention services at the Atlanta CVB.
“It’s more than a bowling alley,” she says. “The 22 lanes feature custom Chesterfield couches and full-service staff to deliver balls, shoes and food to each lane.”
Elsewhere in Atlanta is the Pub Perimeter, which according to Sarah Anne Steadman, sales coordinator at the Dunwoody CVB, has private space for group events, traditional British fare and a fun Pour Your Own Beer wall.
“It’s a great place for interactive receptions paired with excellent hot and cold hors d’oeuvres,” she says.
In Dunwoody is Vino Venue, which hosts cooking competitions, hands-on classes, pairings and active demonstrations that are well-suited for groups interested in teambuilding and networking.
Gwinnett County is home to a grown-up playground called Slingshot Entertainment, where visiting groups will find private meeting rooms, bowling, a restaurant and bar, an arcade, go-karting and the country’s largest ninja course.
“The ninja course is similar to those on the TV show American Ninja Warriors,” says Victoria J. Hawkins, marketing communications director at Explore Gwinnett.
Specialty menu items at Slingshot, she adds, include the Georgia Burger, topped with pimento cheese, pulled pork and slaw, and adult milkshakes, including the Dirty Turkey, which is made with Wild Turkey, creme de cacao and chocolate ice cream.
An after-hours tour at the Dalton Distillery is always a big hit with visiting groups.
“Experience a variety of historic items on display, used in the early days of moonshining in Georgia,” says Cassie Cochran, marketing manager at Dalton Visitors Bureau. “Tours include a sample bottle of original moonshine and a souvenir ‘prescription’ for moonshine.”
After the tour, groups are seated in the tasting room and a local comedian entertains the crowd.
Groups meeting in Albany might check out the evening Cocktails & Acrylics class at the Albany Museum of Art.
According to Kristen Schuette, manager of marketing and communications at the Albany CVB, participants sip a beverage of their choice while following step-by-step instructions in order to complete a lovely painting to take home.
Schuette adds evening is also a good time to explore Thronateeska Heritage Center’s Wetherbee Planetarium for an intimate look at the stars.