Why Bars and Breweries Are Great Additions to Any Community

Bars, breweries, and other drinking establishments do more for the communities in which they reside than simply provide a place to drink. Sure, offering a place for a cold beer after a long day’s work is a vital service, but drinking establishments do so much more for their communities.

They provide a hub for socialization

Beer lovers know that bars can serve as the great equalizer. When you enter a bar, you’re sharing a space with other members of your community, all united for a common purpose. More so than any other public establishment, everyone is your friend when you’re drinking in a bar.

The socialization opportunities provided by drinking establishments are well-documented. Oxford University cites a study that shows how local bars make us feel more connected to our communities.

“[Researchers] found that people who have a ‘local’ that they visit regularly tend to feel more socially engaged and contented, and are more likely to trust other members of their community. They also observed that those without a local pub had significantly smaller social networks and felt less engaged with, and trusting of, their local communities,” says the University.

Local drinking establishments provide us with a way to experience some face-to-face, real-life interactions with people – as opposed to the digital interactions that have overtaken our culture. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with connecting with people online, but there really is no substitute for in-person socialization.

They provide spaces for community activism

The “pub” has a long tradition of being the place where people of action meet to formulate ideas and plans about doing good for their communities. Centuries of public drinking haven’t changed this. When it comes to organizing, promoting, and hosting community events, there’s no better place than a local drinking establishment.

These days, if you want to hold a fundraiser for a local charity or community organization, you’ll likely turn to your favorite bar or brewery for support. Not only will your fundraiser benefit from being held in a drinking establishment, but your local bar or brewery will likely be more than willing to host fundraiser that benefit their community (the uptake in business is a nice bonus, too). One of the most popular forms of community fundraising these days is the bar crawl, in which groups organize at bars and walk from bar to bar, drinking and raising money at each stop.

At Lang’s, we host many fundraisers throughout the year and support many non-profit’s through charitable donations. We also host our annual Ed Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund Singles Tournament and Car Show in the summer. The Ed Lang Memorial Fund raises funds for college bound junior bowlers through the tournament and for the RI Community Food Bank through the car show. Ask us about hosting a great fundraiser for your cause!

They provide a friendly atmosphere for the community’s pets

Drinking establishments have fast become the premier place to bring your canine friend, and pet-friendly bars and breweries are now the norm. There’s really nothing better than the ability to stop by a bar and have a drink when you’re out on your evening walk with Rex.

While many focus on human socialization as a prime benefit of bars, their role and a venue for dog socialization is just as important. Most dog experts say that it is crucial to expose your dog to people and other dogs of all shapes and sizes, in varying environments. Drinking establishments can, at times, be a little more raucous and, at times, a bit more on the chill side. You’re bound to meet people and dogs of all stripes at a bar or a brewery.

“Your dog should meet men, women, boys, girls, babies, old people, large and small people. He should meet people with sunglasses, big coats, beards, mustaches and people of all races. Your puppy should also meet dogs of all sizes and colors. He should visit many different environments – parks, pet stores, lakes, restaurants and noisy areas,” notes BarkHappy.com.

Drinking establishments provide much more than alcohol. They are vital pillars of their communities than give us a place to socialize and organize.

Here at Lang’s, we recently opened the all new Lang’s Lounge, featuring over 20 local, domestic and craft brews on tap, full bar, a Whiskey Bar with over 60 brands, specialty drinks and much more. We welcome you to come visit the new bar, check out photos of Lang’s past preserved in time under the counter top, people watch the bowlers on the lanes and make Lang’s Lounge your local hangout.

For more information on Lang’s Bowlarama parties and events, contact Dayna at 401-944-0500 or email dayna@langsbowlarama.com.

3 Tips for a Fun Family Reunion!

3 Tips for a Fun Family Reunion!

Every year families get together to catch up. But if you’ve seen the movies, then you know how boring and dreadful these events can feel. While those scenes are caricature of reality, they contain nuggets of truth.

Many people dread family reunions. Not necessarily because Aunt Kathy pinches their cheeks, but because when the family is all together there’s often nothing to do! They’re forced to engage in small talk and tediously update each other on their lives.

Follow these three tips and your family reunion will never be boring again!

Plan an Activity

Have your family reunions, up till now, been a dinner or picnic where the only activity is eating and talking? Big mistake.

Although you may be family, you might not have much in common.

Plan your reunion around a fun, casual activity, like bowling, and you’ll have a common experience to bond over. You’ll find it much easier to connect and have fun with your cousins and other relatives.

 

Plan to Be Proactive to Prevent Problems

We’ve all got at least one family holiday, birthday, or reunion in which one member wasn’t kept in the loop about something … that rarely ends well. BUT, when you define clear expectations for your family reunion, people arrive with an understanding. They’ll know their place and if you need their help or not.

To start, make sure you and your attendees know answers to these questions:

  • Who is paying for what and how much?
  • Who is staying where and for how long?
  • Who is responsible for doing what?

 

Plan for Success

Start with the basics. Choose a time and place that most people can get to. Remember, your primary goal is to get everyone together, so accommodate that. If only a handful can show, your event might be boring.

Food and drink should certainly be available at your family reunion gathering. If it’s not, people will be upset and “hangry”. If you let Lang’s Bowlarama help plan your party, you not only get a fun activity, but access to food, beer, and more without having to lift a finger.

 

Plan Your Family Fun Today!

If you’re in charge of planning your family reunion, make it count. We can help ensure it’s fun, engaging, and will have family members talking about it for months.

Lang’s has experience planning family reunions and we’d love to help. Contact Dayna (401.944.0500, dayna@langsbowlarama.com) to learn more about how we can take care of everything.

Your family reunion shouldn’t be dull! Use these simple tips and you’ll transform your familial gathering into a great memory. When you do, next year, your family will be begging to get together.

 

Plan Your Bachelor or Bachelorette Bowling Bash!

A bachelor or bachelorette party must accomplish two things: bring you and your friends together to celebrate the momentous occasion of marriage, and be fun!

If you’ve been thrust into the role of Best Man or Maid of Honor, you’ve got a lot of planning to do for your party! Fortunately, some friendly competition on the bowling lanes can be a great way to have fun and bring friends together.

Settle on the Details … And Send the Invitations

The first step to planning a bowling-themed bachelor or bachelorette party is to pick a location and a date. Unless your mansion has lanes built in, book the time and space at your local bowling alley before another event steals the date.

Not every facility accommodates a private party well. But The Nelson at Lang’s Bowlarama offers you a beautifully renovated mid-century modern space with a private bar, along with 40 pristine lanes for fun bowling!

You also should get your guests in the bowling-frame of mind with themed invitations. Not only are these enjoyable, but they tell guests what they can expect.

Ask to Speak to the Events Manager

When you call the bowling alley to plan the party, speak to the events manager. At Lang’s you would talk to Dayna (401.944.0500 or dayna@langsbowlarama.com), who would go through all the details with you to ensure your party is memorable and offers what you want.

Ask how the facility can help you plan the themed party to honor your special bride or groom. They’ll help you decide what food to serve and walk you through everything else.

 Personalize the Experience

While the bowling alley will provide most of your supplies (shoes, bowling balls, beverages, and snacks), the groom or bride will have a more memorable time when you personalize it.

Order custom t-shirts or baseball caps for the party. Besides being a great way to divvy up teams, these items can serve as party favors when the party is over.

Competitive Shenanigans

After your teams are assigned, get the games going. Friendly competition will keep your bachelor or bachelorette party rolling along. And it will motivate the party-goers to play their best.

Bachelorette or Bachelor inspired bowling team names can add tons of fun and humor. Perhaps you can offer a prize to the team with the best name.

If you live in Southern New England and want to plan an unfogettable  bachelor or bachelorette bowling party at Lang’s, call or email Dayna at 401.944.0500 or dayna@langsbowlarama.com.

 

 

Business Lessons from Google’s Private Bowling Alley

For years, we’ve heard how Silicon Valley is an amazing place to work. With free lunches, napping pods, and games to be played at almost every corporate headquarters, it’s a mystery how any work gets done at all … or is it?

While corporate culture might seem incompatible with bowling alleys and ping pong tables, things have changed in the last decade or two. Now, companies want to focus on employees at every level – because they risk losing them to competitors who will appreciate them. Doing so reduces turnover and boosts loyalty.

Google understands this workplace trend and has stepped ahead of it. Let’s examine some business lessons from Google’s private bowling alley. See why it works for them, so you can improve your business.

Promote Team Building from Within

Since Google has a bowling alley at their corporate headquarters, Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, teams simply book time on the lanes and go roll a few strikes and spares together. Considered the most popular participatory sport in America, bowling has been proven to bring people together and forge relationships.

Want to know more? See our blog post about why bowling strengthens your business team.

Reduce Turnover

Hiring a new employee is said to cost about 150 percent of that person’s first year of salary. When you tally up HR costs, employee turnover is expensive. When companies invest in their employees, turnover drops. Maybe the bowling alley at the Googleplex campus is a better investment than it appears to be on the surface.

Boost Focus

Since employees are encouraged to have fun while on the job, Googlers aren’t dying to clock out at the end of the day. Instead, employees at Google work longer and harder without complaint. Since they can go bowl a few rounds during their corporate meeting, there’s no rush to get out by six.

Happy Employees = Happy Business Owners

A grumbling employee drags his feet through the day. One that feels appreciated and happy is excited and eager to get things done. While it can be difficult to measure this, small actions to improve workplace morale can produce a lasting impact. And simple appreciation events, like taking your team bowling, can make a difference.

Apply Google’s Business Lessons to Your Company

Since Google employs thousands of people, building a bowling alley in their corporate headquarters was a sound investment. For smaller companies, this just isn’t feasible. But borrowing from their lessons could be good for your business.

Instead of dedicating the ground floor of your office building to your own private lanes, book ours and we’ll set everything up for you. Take a hint from Google – Contact Dayna at 401.944.0500 or dayna@langsbowlarama.com to set up an unforgettable event!

5 Reasons Why Putting on Bowling Shoes Together Strengthens Your Business Team

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At the Skyline Event Center at Lang’s Bowlarama: presentations on our 16ft projection screen!

High-performing companies are only as strong as their teams. Great leaders focus on building strong teams in order to reach goals and achieve more for the organization.

But do trust falls and ropes courses really strengthen teams like they seem to in the movies?

Research shows that team events will strengthen your business, but only when they’re organized with purpose. When it comes to moving the needle and making improvements, bowling remains one of the best team-building activities available.

Here are 5 reasons why your team needs to lace up your bowling shoes together.

  • Bowling Has a Clear Objective

Unlike most common team building activities, bowling is a purpose-driven game—the team that knocks down the most pins wins. When people on your team work together to get the highest score, they develop better communication skills and camaraderie. Wearing bowling shoes as a team can also break down barriers. While entry level employees might be afraid to mingle with the managers and executives at cocktail hour, bowling makes it easy to establish new relationships.

  • Bowling Is Inclusive

When someone on your team feels left out, they become detached and feel unappreciated. With 40 lanes, Lang’s Bowlarama can accommodate business teams of all sizes!  Whether your team has only four people or four dozen, we can make sure every member of your team feels included and has fun.

  • Bowling Offers Controlled, Lighthearted Competition

Good-natured competition is a requirement for a successful team building event. If team members can’t come together to achieve a result or work toward a goal, they won’t leave feeling more connected. Isn’t the point of team building to bring your team closer? Knocking down more pins than the opponent requires ambition. Whether or not your team wins on the lanes, everyone has fun.

  • Bowling Isn’t Just Social

Taking your team out for drinks or throwing a party might be fun, but how does it improve your team? Bowling unifies your team around a specific activity, encouraging conversation and helping unfamiliar people get to know each other better. Sharing the common experience of bowling helps people establish rapport.

  • Bowling Promotes Cooperation

When you assign people to their bowling teams, they’ll need to work together in order to succeed and get the highest score. During the team selection process, make sure you balance the teams equally. Spread the good bowlers and athletes out across teams. Then encourage anyone with bowling skills or athletic ability to help coach their teammates to improve.

The Bottom Line

As a team building exercise, bowling will be a hit for most people on your team. The sport promotes cooperation and teamwork plus rewards those that work well together. As a social event, bowling helps team members connect, meet new people, and walk away with stronger bonds.

Are you planning a team-building event? We have great packages guaranteed to have fun! Give us a call and come lace up your bowling shoes! Call Dayna at 401-944-0500 or email dayna@langsbowlarama.com to get the ball rollin’!