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Theme Night Ideas for Restaurants

have any of you been to cool parties and original fun themes?


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After tons of thought and consideration, I believe ya'll should definitely consider some of these themes for your next party.

  • Take it underground
  • Believe in Magic
  • Partner with big businesses
  • Give your restaurant a fantasy theme
  • Find creative ways to make guests put away their cell phones
  • Wax poetic with your menu item names
  • Offer a tasting room
  • Art Gallery
  • Do away with the brick and mortar, and focus solely on delivery
  • 70s Night
  • Pre-Game Pep Rally
  • Charity Guest Bartenders
  • So, host a live trivia event! It’s insanely easy with Buzztime
  • Take a look at these quirky dating events for inspiration when planning something a bit different
  • Open Mic: Upgraded
  • Do away with waiters completely
  • Hire a masseuse to give chair massages
  • Work with local artists to amplify your brand
  • Just be sure to schedule the band for after your dinner rush – no one likes yelling over dinner
  • Take beloved pop culture restaurants and make them real
  • Open Mic Night: DJs
  • As one of your go-to bar and restaurant promotion ideas, “gamify” Open Mic night
  • Bring in a Celeb
  • Create restaurant promotion ideas and specials for your richest appetizers and best booze
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  • Combine food and beauty
  • Partner with other restaurants
  • Serve draft coffee
  • TV theme nights
  • Remember: food and drink can be medicinal
  • Give your guests a show
  • Use the view to your advantage
  • Host a “joke off” event
  • Give $2 off any drink if the patron is donning a hideous sweater
  • Moonlight as another concept
  • Try a pop-up restaurant
  • Open multiple concepts in one location
  • Invite guests into your home
  • As one of your bar and restaurant promotion ideas, host a VIP “gallery opening” on your slowest night
  • Add animals to the ambiance
  • Add function to your design
  • Invite guests to climb a tree to get to your food
  • Celebrate a Milestone
  • Poker Tournament
  • April 1: April Fool’s Day Joke Competition
  • Open a chef incubator
  • Sponsor a Sports Team
  • Flip the speakeasy on its head
  • Live Trivia Night
  • Go to infinity… and beyond
  • Use the decor to delight your guests
  • Have a service guarantee
  • Allow guests to pay what they want
  • Most stations require payment, but you can always offer trade instead
  • Team up with local farms
  • Business Networking
  • Turn off the lights
  • And your bar sales will benefit from the nervous attendees who need a little liquid courage before the event kicks off
  • Do one thing… really well
  • Radio Remote
  • Battle of the Bartenders
  • Let guests pour their own Guinness
  • Make food waste profitable
  • Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll get crowds – and media coverage – for the attempt
  • Just Dance
  • Got extra space outdoors? Fire up the grill to create a tailgate vibe
  • Get creative with the seating
  • Open Mic: Comedy
  • Make your restaurant or bar exclusive… extremely exclusive
  • Around the world nights
  • Singles
  • Black Friday Escape
  • Millennials
  • Partner with charity organizations
  • Make your favorite movie into a restaurant
  • Open a tribute bar or restaurant
  • Make the history of your building work for you
  • Really simplify your pricing
  • Take your restaurant on the road
  • Give your servers the opportunity to lift their voices
  • Couples
  • Give your restaurant a theme
  • Appreciate your staff
  • Break a Record
  • Reward anyone who eats it all within a set time period with a free t-shirt
  • Mid-January: Resolution Ruiner Party
  • Offer self-serve beer
  • February 2: Groundhog’s Day
  • Give your guests a mission
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Allow guests to build their own meal
  • March 14: Pi Day
  • Specific Professions
  • Take a well-known ingredient, and do something totally different with it
  • Take your guests to another world
  • Partner with local breweries
  • Schedule your theme nights for Tuesdays and Thursdays when Buzztime’s nationally scheduled Glory Daze trivia runs
  • Test your more shareable menu items
  • Or, scrap your menu completely and instead totally personalize the experience
  • Invite a charity to send a guest bartender or two – with all tips and 10% of sales going to that charity
  • Early October: Oktoberfest
  • Reduce overhead by offering your restaurant as a coworking space over the day
  • Give your guests taste tests
  • Go all in with prix fixe
  • Fantasy League Headquarters
  • Capture millennials with arcades
  • Speed Dating Nights
  • Create interactive menu items
  • You’ve already got the great food and drinks, you just need the mic and the comedians
  • Throwback rap is popular with trendy millennials and Generation Xers
  • Make it all about the kids
  • Nearby Office Employees
  • August 26: National Dog Day
  • Let guests float on water as they eat
  • Big Eats
  • You’ll turn the tables on slow nights
  • Be Dramatic
  • Go cashless
  • Guests receive supplies and instruction to create potted plants and terrariums
  • 80s Fever Night
  • Band Together
  • Call it a “Day at the Ball Park” and turn on the baseball games
  • Combine food and movies
  • Put out water and offer complimentary dog treats
  • Post bar training videos and chef videos online
  • Be the “Home” Of
  • Invite guests to dine on a train… or a bus
  • Plant and Pour
  • Offer bar and restaurant promotions around the drinks they whip up
  • Trivia League
  • Invite the team to your place after games for special league-only offers
  • Make your restaurant an art installation
  • Beer pong
  • Turn the kitchen into a stage
  • Offer free wings and fries from 5-7pm
  • Get in on the trend
  • Mid-December: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • Create food that reflects the area
  • Bar Olympics
  • But don’t focus on the obvious holidays
  • May 4: Star Wars Day
  • Turn guests into patients
  • Ask your liquor distributor if they can send a wine rep to do a tasting
  • Families
  • Seniors
  • Make eating at your restaurant a holy experience
  • Bartenders can offer 2-for-1 specials on all rum drinks
  • Tap Takeover
  • Host a stoplight party
  • July 21: Hot Dog Day
  • Dart League
  • Keep your guests on their toes with a happy hour that sells all "needs to go" items
  • Pitch it to the theater as a promotional event: a few of their actors can perform one scene from an upcoming play
  • Use history as inspiration
  • September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • 90s Rap Night
  • Busy Moms
  • Feature rotating chefs
  • Test kitchen nights