It may be the height of Christmas-party season, but sometimes you just want to be with the handful of co-workers that you actually like. Here are some options for after-work fun without having to book out an entire floor.
For board games
Depending on how well you know your co-workers (or how much you want to know about them), games like Cards Against Humanity can bring out sheepish types or just make everyone more offensive than they already are.
Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor St. W., at Bathurst)
Castle Board Game Café (454 Spadina Ave., at College)
Roll Play Café (10A Edward St., at Yonge)
Heading to an actual karaoke bar with private rooms is a little less intimidating than getting up in front of everyone at a bar on karaoke night. The centrally located Bar Plus Karaoke Lounge has one of the more contemporary song selections in the city like Miley’s “Wrecking Ball,” Lorde’s “Royals,” and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
Bar Plus Karaoke Lounge (360 Yonge St., at Dundas)
Get your pent-up workplace aggression out by imagining those pins as the jerk who stole your yogurt from the fridge. The bonus of having a smaller group means you only have to rent one lane (which can accommodate six to eight bowlers) during peak holiday time.
The Ballroom (145 John St., at Richmond)
Playtime Bowl (33 Samor Rd., at Dufferin)
Danforth Bowl (1554 Danforth Ave., at Coxwell)
Show off your skills with a paddle in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Table tennis club Spin just launched a new winter cocktail and food menu with finger foods like fried pickles and pretzels. The new crab-cake sandwich with a black hamburger bun is pretty tasty.
Spin (461 King St. W., at Spadina)
Snakes and Lattes photo: Aaron Harris/Toronto Star