Lake Charles isn't just a meeting destination–it's a place where productivity thrives and fun fuels connections. With venues like the Lake Charles Event Center or one of the luxurious casino resorts at your disposal, your gathering will surely be a success. But that's not all! After a day filled with sessions, attendees can unwind and connect over delicious food, lively music, or even a friendly game of axe throwing. From laid-back bars and pubs to trendy restaurants with stellar cuisine and dynamic live entertainment, Lake Charles offers something for every attendee to keep the good times rolling. Let's explore some options!

 

Casual Dining

After a day full of conference sessions, network with colleagues over brews and bites at Crying Eagle Brewing Company! This lively taproom boasts house-made beers, wines, and even mocktails for everyone to enjoy. Its bistro menu offers delicious burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas to fuel your evening. Want to make it a private event? Rent one of the brewery’s indoor or outdoor spaces for a dedicated networking area. Attendees can also get a behind-the-scenes look at how the beers are made by booking a brewery tour.

 

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Darrell's Famous Poboys boasts a wide selection of sandwich options to satisfy any craving. Choose between several toppings and fillings, from classic shrimp to decadent surf and turf. Short on time? Darrell's has a convenient drive-thru that is perfect for pick-up orders. Call ahead to order, as this place is a local favorite.

If you’re meeting at the Lake Charles Event Center, you’ll find plenty of gems downtown, perfect for lunch or dinner. Enjoy delicious Southern comfort cuisine and cocktails at Pujo St. Café, which also features a private dining room for groups. For lunch or dinner, head to Steamboat Bill's on the Lake, known for its Cajun and seafood staples.

You’ll also want to add either location of Luna Bar & Grill (south and downtown) to your group itinerary. The downtown location is incredibly convenient, just steps from the event center, and serves seafood and steak dishes with a side of live entertainment.

 

Semi-Casual Dining

Lake Charles is home to many restaurants that offer elevated dining. These restaurants focus on fresh, local ingredients and relaxed elegance. Consider 121 Artisan Bistro, Restaurant Calla, or The James 710–all part of the same restaurant group and all highly recommended.

121 Artisan Bistro provides an intimate setting perfect for smaller gatherings, with made-to-order pizzas, pasta, and steaks alongside an extensive drink menu. Restaurant Calla boasts a sophisticated ambiance and a menu featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients with a modern American twist. There’s also a delicious weekend brunch option. Finally, The James 710 serves up globally inspired food with a southern flair, all featuring local Louisiana ingredients. This spot is perfect for team bonding over happy hour or Saturday brunch.

Steeped in history and serving up modern Italian, The Villa Harlequin is a Lake Charles gem. Located in downtown’s restored Noble Building, this restaurant offers a unique blend of rustic charm and elegant ambiance. Their menu features a fusion of favorites from two longtime Lake Charles eateries, Harlequin Steaks and Seafood and The Villa, which merged to create this must-visit spot.

 

Nightlife

The Lake Charles nightlife scene keeps the energy going after dark with live entertainment, gaming, and more. Head to any one of the area casino resorts for a variety of fun under one roof. In addition to the slots and table games, you'll find concerts and comedy shows, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Popular choices include Golden Nugget's Blue Martini and L'Auberge's L Bar.

Go beyond the ordinary with the ultimate team bonding experience at Game2Life. Enjoy friendly competition and camaraderie with a game of laser tag, axe throwing, or pickleball. Plus, the entertainment center caters to corporate events with private group sessions.

 

Panorama Music House

 

There’s no shortage of bars and pubs for happy hour and late-night bonding. If you’re looking for electric performances, stop by Panorama Music House. Treat attendees to a wine tasting or book a private room for your group at Bodega Wine Dive.

 

Plan the Ultimate Group Experience

For popular restaurants, particularly on weekends, reservations are a must. You can make a reservation online or call ahead. If you have a large group, planners can work with the destination services specialist to get recommendations on restaurants that can accommodate your group size, discuss capacity limitations, and make any special arrangements, such as reserving private dining rooms.

So, gather your colleagues, explore all the things to do in Lake Charles, and create connections beyond the conference room.