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

Making the most of Minnesota’s ideal (and ever-fleeting) outdoor event season is a time-honored tradition, but outdoor venues hold a whole new appeal in a post-pandemic landscape. 
Plein air events can offer planners plenty of space to safely distance their guests as well as peace of mind to attendees still wary of in-person gatherings—as well as some much-needed screen-free interaction.

 

As co-presidents of Eureka Recycling, a social enterprise dedicated to demonstrating that waste is preventable—not inevitable—Kate Davenport and Lynn Hoffman want to help planners think beyond recycling bins and compost collection.

 

Just minutes from the buzz of downtown Minneapolis, The West End Conference Center is a haven for meetings and events. With smart, distraction-free conference spaces, loads of free parking and walkable post-meeting fun, this St Louis Park gem is a win-win for everyone.