Is your team starting to feel burnt out?
Or maybe you have important clients in town and want to show them a great evening out?
Or the holidays are coming up, and you’re looking to ditch the standard holiday party and go with something new?
Whether you’re hosting important clients or planning a fun office outing for your coworkers, there are plenty of unique team outing ideas for Denver companies.
The standard happy hour at a bar near the office may be easiest, but unique and engaging outings can have positive effects on a team’s overall bond, and they can increase morale back at the office.
Luckily, there are plenty of unique team outing ideas for Denver companies all across the Mile High City.
Here are our favorites:
1. Drive Super Cars through the Mountains
Car enthusiasts will love this rally style tour through the foothills. Choose from their fleet of premier luxury vehicles and tackle the many switchbacks and straights aways their routes provide.
Routes range from 15 to 105 miles long with instructors and staff photographers in a lead vehicle to maximize the experience.
2. Put Your Heads Together in an Escape Room
If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, you’re in for a treat! The experience will engage the entire team as you work against the clock to solve puzzles and complete your mission.
We love Puzzah, located just 5 minutes walking from Union Station. They offer four different missions with varying difficulty levels and themes than range from time traveling to disarming a hidden bomb before it’s too late.
3. Sample the City’s Best Dishes on a Private Food Tour
Are your coworkers foodies? Rather than planning a nice dinner out, why not try several top dining spots all in one private food experience?
Private food tours are a great way to taste different unique and delicious dishes while learning more about Denver’s thriving food scene. Your group will walk to some of the top restaurants in town and get the VIP treatment at each tasting stop.
Tour are guided by local foodies, and drink pairings are available.
4. Race at a High-Speed Go Karting Facility
Adrenaline junkies will love this unique team building idea.
Located just north of the city, Unser Karting offers high-speed go kart racing in a state of the art facility complete with a bar and restaurant.
They offer both an indoor and rooftop track as well as a game room with billiards and ping pong, making this the perfect spot for a high-energy team building activity followed by drinks and food.
5. Create Delicious Dishes in a Cooking Class
Plan a private hands-on cooking class, or join one of their many public classes for home cooks at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in downtown Denver. Their professional chefs will put together a mouth-watering menu for a fine dining event with your team.
Join one of their open classes, and your group will learn how to make traditional cuisine from Italy, Spain, India or France.
6. Craft and Drink at Grandma’s House
This South Broadway brewery celebrates all things craft. Bring your team after work to try some delicious beers and spend a relaxing evening making fun crafts.
The name of the bar is well deserved. The decor is straight out of your grandma’s house and feels very retro.
Check out their full calendar of events and choose from Crafty Mondays or Dirty Doodles (yes, you create foul-mouthed crafts at this one) for a fun and unique team building idea!
7. Taste the Best Cocktails in Denver on a Private Cocktails Tour
Sip and savor the city’s best craft cocktails on a private Cocktails & Tastes tour through downtown Denver. You’ll start at Union Station and visit four of Denver’s best bars and restaurants for a total of five cocktail tastes paired with appetizers.
Discover amazing new spots and try delicious craft cocktails on this elevated private experience.
8. Give Back at a Group Volunteer Day
Combine your team outing with a great cause by volunteering for the day. There are many non-profit organizations in Denver that are working to support the community and those in need. Many of those take volunteer groups for one-day events.
We especially like Food Bank of the Rockies, which has been working to fight hunger in Colorado since 1978. They offer a number of group volunteer activities like sorting donated fruits and vegetables or preparing meals in their community kitchen.
9. Take a Swing at Topgolf
Seasoned golfers aren’t the only ones who love to visit Topgolf. This Centennial facility features bays where your team can try their hand at a number of golf games.
In their most popular, TopGolf, players score points by hitting balls (assigned using their microchip technology) into any target.
Reserve a bay online, or reach out to plan a full private event, and you can take advantage of their full bar and restaurant onsite.
10. Explore Downtown Denver on a Scavenger Hunt
Urban scavenger hunts are a great team outing idea that let you bond and see more of Denver. With Urban Adventure Quest, your two-hour city scavenger hunt will feature 17 challenges across the two miles covered with bonuses along the way.
Your group will start at the capitol and take you on a journey through art and culture, ending at the historic Brown Palace.
If your group likes to move, solve puzzles and enjoy time outside, this is the team building idea for you.
11. Try Your Hand at Axe Throwing
Axe throwing definitely falls under the umbrella of unique team outings ideas for Denver companies. This trend is gaining momentum because it’s so much fun.
At Bad Axe Throwing, a coach will teach your group to throw axes like a pro. As a bonus, their location (just north of downtown) is now serving an extensive list of beer and wine!
Bring your team for an out-of-the-box experience.
12. Tour Local Breweries
With the second most breweries in the country (after California), Colorado is home to some delicious craft beer. Instead of picking just one brewery to visit, why not book a private brewery tour for your Denver team outing?
Denver Brews Cruise has 9 years of experience showing guests and locals some of the best breweries in Denver. Book a private experience, and you’ll have the guide all to yourself! The best part is they’ll provide a bus, so you don’t need to worry about walking or driving.
13. Sip and Paint
Do you have a lot of creatives in your office? Check out Painting with a Twist for a fun experience creating beautiful works of art while sipping wine. Located right in the ballpark neighborhood of lodo, this is an easy stop for teams that work downtown, and instructors are all experienced artists.
Check out their website for upcoming works, many of which are themed for the seasons or upcoming holidays. They also offer private events for up to 50 people!
14. See a Standup Comedy Show
Everyone loves to laugh! Book tickets for your team at an upcoming comedy show at ComedyWorks for a unique and fun team outing idea.
Known for its standup, this underground downtown comedy club hosts some big names throughout the year. Equipped with a full bar and food menu, this is a perfect outing for teams that want to kick back and have a few laughs.
15. Bowl a Game at Lucky Strike
Located right on the 16th Street Mall, Lucky Strike has something for everyone. Their huge bar and full food menu has something for everyone, and the arcade features 130 games. Bring your team for pool, ping pong or bowling in one of their 12 bowling lanes.
This is a popular team outing idea for holiday parties and private events!
16. Pedal Pub Across Town
If you’re local to Denver, you’ve likely seen these mobile pubs cruising through lodo and the ballpark neighborhood. Reserve your own and treat your coworkers to a unique team outing activity!
Rent your very own private bike bar for 10-16 people, and you get to pick the stops and the music.
17. Unplug and Play
If your team prefers a low key activity, head over to Board Game Republic on South Broadway and spice up the usual team happy hour with board game play! This full bar offers food and 750+ different games to choose from. This is a great way to unplug and connect with your coworkers.
By: Jessica Baumgart
Jessica worked as a private chef and cooking class instructor before founding Delicious Denver Food Tours in 2017. Her passion is food, and she loves introducing locals and visitors to Denver’s amazing food scene on her downtown Denver food tours.