Get a bunch of boffins off their home turf, stick them in a pub, and sit back to watch and listen. http://pintofscience.com/http://pintofscience.com/ It’s touted as the ‘science equivalent of Glastonbury,’ but without the mud I hope. Five hundred academics from 22 universities. They’re covering all sorts of topics in a whole slew of venues. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-set-to-hit-over-70-uk-pubs-in-the-pint-of-science-festival-10256828.html?origin=internalSearch There are better nights out, I suppose, but this has to be up there in the top flight.