The first of its kind in the Twin Cities, Hop21 is a table tennis club and bar that doubles as an ace team-building outing. The 4,500-squarefoot space is fit for 20-125 guests. “Anybody can play; you don’t have to be a super athlete … that’s what’s great about pingpong,” says CEO and Chief Manager Max Vinogradov, a self-deemed pingpong amateur who grew up playing in Russia.

Think pool hall, only pingpong, boasting seven tables in an open floor plan that allows guests to eat, drink and play all in one space (cocktails come with aptly clever names like the Paddle Master, Backhanded Bloody, Topspin Tequila and You Just Got Served). Minnesota brand Heggie’s Pizza and a full bar invite guests to relax and have a good time. Each table is $20 an hour and can be reserved online. For events, planners can choose from an array of appetizer plates, or bring in an outside caterer. hop21.com

A New Jersey restaurant boasts versatile high-end settings.

 

Any planner knows that reliable Wi-Fi and networking opportunities are necessary, but here are 10 equally crucial elements for executing successful meetings and events.

1. CLEAR OBJECTIVE Attendees need to know what they’ll gain from the event, and speakers need to know what to prepare for. Once you determine the objective, run all decisions regarding the event through that filter: Do the chosen speakers and breakout session topics all contribute to achieving your event’s purpose?

 

INGREDIENTS:
→ 2 oz. London Dry Gin
→ 3/4 oz. raspberry syrup*
→ 3/4 oz. lemon juice
→ egg white
→ Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS:
Place all ingredients into a shaker. Shake without ice. Add ice and shake hard. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with three drops of Angostura bitters.

* P.S. Steak’s team adds grains of paradise, rose and other botanicals to its syrup.