Our blended group of clients, readers, friends, and other community business and organization leaders came together last month on June 16 for Friends4Lunch at Cactus by Venue, and we had a muy bien time! Cactus is a family-oriented restaurant that utilizes fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to dish out innovative, modern Mexican cuisine. Some of the restaurant’s amenities include a cantina bar, private dining room, and spacious outdoor patio. Thank you to all who came out for a fun-filled lunch and time to connect with each other!

Friends4Lunch at McKinney’s Irish Pub on Friday, July 8, 11:30-1 p.m.

Our next Friends4Lunch event will be on Friday, July 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mckinney’s Irish Pub in the downtown Haymarket! While McKinney’s is known for being a fun bar to grab drinks at after work or on the weekends, they also have delicious food. The restaurant’s menu has some Irish classics, such as Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie, in addition other filling items like yummy soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, mac and cheese, fish and chips, and chicken tenders. There is also a Seasonal Chef’s Menu that offers unique dishes. Since it’s a Friday, you may want to wash down your food with a Snake Bite or another one of McKinney’s specialty Guinness Combinations!

Friends4Drinks at Ironhorse Bar & Event Room Wednesday, July 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

We’re very excited for this month’s Friends4Drinks after-hour networking as it will be an experience that is not only new to us, but new to Lincoln as well! While Ironhorse Bar & Event Room has been open since September 2016 as an ideal downtown venue for rehearsal dinners, receptions, birthdays, showers, holiday parties, corporate events, tailgates, meetings, and much more, they have recently expanded their hours to be open to the public on Wednesdays from 4 to 10 p.m. Ironhorse has lined up fun activities for guests on these Wednesday nights, such as trivia, live music, and bingo. They even provide free appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. and drink specials until close. So please join the Strictly Business team on Wednesday, July 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Ironhorse Bar & Event Room, located at 728 Q St. above the N Zone Bar. Learn more about Ironhorse at ironhorseroom.com.