Skip the bar and have wine, beer and cocktails at the office for your next after work drinks.
One of the best parts of the week has got to be waking up on a Friday morning and realising that the weekend is almost here. And what better way to celebrate the end of a hectic working week than with a few Friday night drinks and nibbles with your colleagues?
Here are some of our best food ideas for your Friday after-work get-together.
Cheese and charcuterie boards
A party without cheese is just a meeting. Our Sydney corporate caterer, One Pot catering offers a platter with a mix of Australian and continental cheese, dried fruit and crackers, perfect to fill the post-lunch void.
Mini burgers are perfect for any foodie gathering. With the burger trend hitting Sydney and Melbourne hard, all your colleagues will be impressed with the cocktail burgers from Palace Café Catering. Offering chicken, lamb and beef burgers you'll have no problems with catering for everyone's needs.
What we'd drink with it: White wine or rosé in summer, red wine in winter and Champagne or sparkling all year round.
Asian inspired finger foods
Gourmet finger food is always a great go-to when it comes to Friday night gatherings, but adding an Asian twist to it is a great way to spice things up.
Get some crunchy spring rolls, satay skewers and curry puffs that will pair perfectly with an ice-cold beer. For something a bit lighter, consider rice paper rolls or sushi.
Sydney's LHM Catering makes Vietnamese, Thai and yum cha platters that we can't even write about without our mouths watering. Canberrans and Melbournites can chow down on mini banh mi rolls and bite-sized rice paper rolls from Roll'd
What we'd drink with it: Cold beers from your favourite Southeast Asia holiday destinations, including Bintang from Bali and Chang from Thailand.
Healthy grazing platters
We're thinking plates and boards packed with colourful vegetables sliced into pieces perfect for scooping up rich hummus, babaghanoush or any other dips you fancy, Mediterranean vegetables like grilled eggplant, capsicum, artichokes and olives and some fresh bread or seeded biscuits to pair with it.
If you're in Sydney, The Blonde Butler offers an array of delicious natural foods. There are a huge range of different salads for the health conscious, as well as platters perfect for your after-work office do. Those in Adelaide can order an array of grazing platter options from Luxurious Grazing, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.
What we'd drink with it: Crisp white whites or fruity punches (with a little rum or gin, of course!)
Why not spice up your office drinks with do-it-yourself food stations, so everyone can get something just the way they like it prepared. Sydney's Pablo's Kitchen offers a few different make-your-own taco kits, each sounding more delicious than the last!
What we'd drink with it: Freshly made margaritas, either shaken or blended. And cervezas, of course.
If you want to make sure everyone is well fed, pizza catering is a fool proof menu item to serve up. Grab some classics like margherita, peri peri chicken, vegetarian supreme and meat deluxe from Crust Pizza in Sydney or Crisp Handcrafted Pizza in Melbourne.
What we'd drink with it: An Italian red wine, like a chianti.
Now, this one might sound a bit out there, but we once brought out the leftover sushi on a Thirsty Thirsty drinks night at the EatFirst office and every single piece was eaten up. Who knew it would be such a hit with after work drinks?
Sushi is filling enough to line everyone's stomachs for a few drinks, you can order it for any special diet you need to cater for and it's small and easy to eat. For something extra fancy, try out the fresh sushi and seafood platters from Sushi Lian in Melbourne. Yum!
What we'd drink with it: Japanese beer, such as Asahi, or go all out with sake.
The perfect way to end a meal is also the perfect way to end the week! Treat the team to some sweets, like cupcakes, brownies, doughnuts and chocolate for a delightfully indulgent Friday wrap-up.
(Chocolate pairs surprisingly well with chocolate, too, if you want to add something savoury to the mix).
What we'd drink with it: Espresso martinis, of course!
Skip the bottle shop and supermarket
Get everything for your after work drinks from EatFirst!
Whether your next Friday night drinks are just you and a couple colleagues, or your whole office, Eat First is the perfect hub for all your office catering and alcohol must-haves in Sydney, Melbourne, BrisbaneAdelaide and .
With access to all of the best food and beverage options you need, staff drinks has never been easier (or tastier). Give our corporate catering experts a call on 1300 851 900 or get a free quote online for your next Friday drinks party.