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Event Space in Washington DC: The Top 25 for 2019

By EventMB Studio Team

Searching for an event venue in Washington DC? EventMB has you covered for the city’s best corporate and private event venues. Choose between cheap event spaces, party venues, mansions, and more.

 

The nation’s capital is brimming with museums, iconic monuments, political hubs, and not to be overlooked, renowned event venues. Washington DC is home to some of the most historic buildings in the country, while also attracting the world’s innovators and trailblazers. This discrepancy promotes a range of old-world charm and innovative amenities in the city’s event spaces. If you’re searching for Washington DC event venues, take a look at the city’s top 25 locations for 2019.

 

This post shares the best event venues in Washington DC, in the following categories:

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THE BEST EVENT VENUES IN WASHINGTON DC

 

These multi-purpose venues are suited for a wide range of events. Due to their flexible spaces, noteworthy aesthetics, and comprehensive amenities, they deliver top tier service, no matter the occasion.

The Loft at 600F, Downtown

 

While this spacious event venue neighbors many of DC’s primary convention centers, the refurbished building adds a charming element and offers an alternative to the city’s major conference facilities.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The old building, built in 1909, is characterized by its high ceilings and exposed brick. To balance the historic charm, modern technology and chic furnishings make the space event friendly. The style is reminiscent of Italian Renaissance revival, with contemporary touches from Restoration Hardware.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is three floors with three distinct spaces. The Loft and The Lounge are both relatively adaptable spaces with open floor plans. The final floor hosts The Retreat, offering two business rooms and a foyer across 2,100 square feet. One room holds up to 60 guests while the other holds up to 12 guests. The largest space can accommodate up to 120 guests standing.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, conferences, seminars, trainings, cocktail parties, dinner parties, charity events, fundraisers, product launches.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: HD projector, HDMI, 10ft widescreen projection screen, sound systems and wireless handheld microphones, Apple TV, 60” HD TV, fiber internet.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Gallery PI-Chinatown Station (Green, Red, Yellow). There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: reinvention, in demand, immersive.

National Union Building, Downtown

 

In the heart of Chinatown and Penn Quarter, connected to every metro line in the city, this historic event venue delivers both convenience and a stunning environment for event delegates.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The Romanesque-style building was designed by local architect Glenn Brown in 1890. It maintains many of the original details, including the stone clad facade. The venue’s staff are available to assist with layout options, timetables, vendor recommendations, and various other venue logistics. The venue can also provide a range of furniture that the onsite staff will set up and take down.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: 28,000 square feet of event space includes seven rooms over six floors that can be rented individually or combined. The basement hosts a speakeasy that can also be rented for events. The venue hosts up to 500 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, fundraisers, lectures, private dinners.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Bose surround sound system, projection system, microphones, WiFi.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro stations are Metro Center (Blue, Orange, Red, Silver) and Gallery PI-Chinatown (Green, Red, Yellow). There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: human friendly, reinvention, immersive.

Andrew W Mellon Auditorium, Penn Quarter

 

Built in 1932 as a part of the Federal Triangle, this stunning building became the primary meeting space for large gatherings in the nation’s capital. To this day, the venue continues to host some of the country’s most distinguished events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The grandeur of the building’s exterior, complete with 62-foot columns, Beaux sculptures, and limestone walls, is matched by the interior’s elegant marble floors and limestone pilasters. Crushed clam shell was used to construct the auditorium walls, standing more than 60-feet high. For events, the venue provides security guards, a building engineer, and on-site staff.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The auditorium is made up of six spaces. The largest, the Great Hall, holds up to 1,000 guests reception style or 600 guests around 60” round tables. Due to the historic nature of the building, the entire venue can hold no more than 1,000 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, receptions, product launches, dinner parties.

AV and Technology: AV capabilities, WiFi.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange, Silver). Majority of the events hosted at the venue use valet services. However, there is also limited metered parking along the neighboring streets, as well as a parking garage at the Ronald Reagan Building.

Tags: iconic, experience friendly, immersive.

 

 

The City Club of Washington, Penn Quarter

 

As one of the DC’s premier business clubs, this event venue is a stomping ground for some of the city’s most prominent influencers. Events are hosted in a fittingly regal ambiance.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The building is conveniently located in DC’s legal, business, and theater district. Dark wood, chandeliers, and gold accents create a sophisticated backdrop for events.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The club includes 12 private event rooms, accommodating up to 300 guests. Additionally, there is a large atrium holding 800 guests standing or 500 guests seated.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, seminars, luncheons, dinner parties, cocktails parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue provides food and beverage services. The executive chef crafts a customized menu for the event.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Metro Center (Blue, Orange, Red, Silver). The Columbia Square Parking Garage offers parking for guests. Private parties can arrange to pay for their guests’ parking ahead of time.

TAGS: corporate friendly, future proof, tapping into local intellectual capital.

 

 

Sphinx on K, Downtown

 

Supreme elegance characterizes this DC event venue. Built in 1929, the historic landmark offers beautiful spaces with some of the most competitive rates in the downtown area.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Sphinx on K has one of the largest ballrooms in Washington DC at nearly 7,000 square feet. Its Persian-style carpeting, vaulted ceilings, and butterfly staircase make an impressive backdrop for corporate and social gatherings. In-house event staff take care of set up, tear down, and cleaning services.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue includes a ballroom, dining room, and four private meeting rooms. The Grand Ballroom is nearly 7,000 square feet and holds up to 700 guests. The dining room seats up to 100 guests, with an adjacent lounge holding 50 guests. The largest meeting room holds up to 120 guests. Event planners can reserve any combination of rooms.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Galas, corporate meetings, private parties, dinner parties, product launches, receptions, ceremonies.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Full AV capabilities, projection system, WiFi.

CATERING: In-house catering is provided by 202 Eat Well Catering.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is McPherson Square (Blue, Orange, Silver). There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: attention to planner, future proof, corporate friendly.


THE BEST CHEAP EVENT SPACE DC

These four Washington DC event venues are a few of the city’s best kept secrets. They provide spaces with strong character for a memorable event backdrop, while still managing to keep costs low.

 

Arts Club of Washington, Downtown

 

This landmark mansion was once the home of President James Monroe. Built around 1800, the current structure showcases much of its original character.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The Arts Club of Washington was the first art club in DC. It offers a theater, multiple art galleries, a sculpture garden, and a permanent collection. Every month, the work of a new artist is showcased around the facility.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue covers three floors with a ground-level walled garden and terrace. It holds up to 400 guests for a cocktail reception or 180 guests for a seated dinner. There is room for up to six breakout spaces.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Dinner parties, receptions, corporate meetings, conferences, performances.

CATERING: The venue offers full-service catering. The executive chef designs a menu catered to the event.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Farragut West Station (Blue, Orange, Silver). The venue offers complimentary parking.

TAGS: reinvention, tapping into local intellectual capital, immersive.

 

 

St. Francis Hall, Brookland

 

This converted century-old Franciscan Monastery hosts events with old-world, romantic charm, while still managing to offer reasonable rates.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Situated in the quiet streets of Brookland, the venue provides a peaceful oasis from the city’s buzz. High ceilings, open wood beams, and arched windows fill the space with natural light. An 8-hour weekday event starts at just $2,500. Discounts are offered for non-profits and Catholic organizations.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue holds up to 250 guests across an indoor hall and outdoor terrace. The whole property is 42-acres.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, receptions, ceremonies, corporate meetings.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Sound system with microphones, 12-foot projection screen, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue offers a list of approved caterers, but also welcomes different companies upon approval.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Brookland-CUA (Red). There is ample free parking at the venue.

TAGS: reinvention, immersive, experience friendly.

Ebenezers Coffeehouse, NoMa

 

Competitive rates, fair trade coffee, and chocolate pastries aren’t the only things to love about this DC cafe. With the motto coffee with a cause, all profits at Ebenezers Coffeehouse go towards community outreach projects.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Starting at just $650 for four hours, this coffeehouse provides a sleek and contemporary event space at an affordable price point. More so, nonprofit organizations may apply for a 20% discount. The industrial atmosphere includes garage doors that double as windows, exposed beams and pipes, and high ceilings.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The room holds a maximum of 103 guests over 800 square feet. The current cafe seating includes stools for the bar and wood tables, but the venue can provide folding chairs and additional tables upon request.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Concerts, corporate meetings, private parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Sound and video equipment, multiple TVs, large pull-down screen, WiFi.

CATERING: The in-house kitchen can provide lunch or coffeehouse fare for small events. Any food and drink that the venue can’t provide may be catered from an outside vendor.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Union Station (Red). The Union Station train station is also one block from the venue. There is public street parking around 201 F St NE. Additional parking can be found at the Union Station parking garage.

TAGS: human friendly, forward thinking, reinvention.

Spaces NoMa, NoMa

 

DC’s fast-developing neighborhood NoMa is home to this creative working space. Functioning as both a coworking facility and event venue, Spaces NoMa offers a range of services at a reasonable price point.

 

Why is it cool? Many new businesses are moving to the NoMa area, making it a hotspot for ideas and networking. More than just a social hub, the venue offers all-inclusive event rooms in a modern industrial environment. Meeting rooms start at just $90 an hour.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility is equipped with a variety of spaces to accommodate events from one-on-one meetings to large workshops. The communal business club has a range of desks, tables, and sofas. Additionally, private office space can be rented, ranging from a few square meters to a few hundred square meters.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, seminars, workshops.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue provides food and beverage services. Packages are customized to the event, including the likes of healthy lunches, pastry selections, large buffets, and more.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave (Red).

TAGS: corporate friendly, innovative, emerging.

THE BEST CONFERENCE EVENT SPACE RENTAL DC

While DC has its fair share of world-renowned conference centers, event planners are looking more and more to unique, experience friendly locations for corporate functions. These four Washington DC event venues offer similar amenities to the country’s most infamous conference centers, but with unique backdrops.

 

House of Sweden, Georgetown

 

Inspired by Swedish design, this conference center is also the only venue in DC with panoramic views of the Potomac river.

 

Why is it cool? The design of the venue is Scandinavian minimalism. Its two most popular venues are the Anna Lindh Hall and Rooftop Terrace for their stunning views. Surrounded by moveable glass, the Anna Lindh Hall blurs the separation between indoor and outdoor space.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue offers over 12,000 square feet of event space, accommodating a maximum of 500 guests. This includes two halls, one lounge, and four boardrooms. The largest hall is 2,670 square feet and holds 180 guests reception style or 120 guests classroom style. The boardrooms range between 340 and 870 square feet, with the option to combine two for a total of 1,340 square feet.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, workshops, trainings.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: High-end sound system, projection systems, electric screens, video conferencing, WiFi.

Sustainability: In true Swedish form, the venue is striving to become the leading Green Conference Center. Key initiatives include a recycling program in the Event Center, automatic dimmer and LED lighting, eco-recycled conference products, 100% environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, and promotion of eco-friendly vendors.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue, Orange, Silver). As one of their green initiatives, the venue provides bicycles or pedicabs to event delegates upon request. The venue also offers valet parking.

TAGS: sustainability, forward thinking, corporate friendly.

Mead Center, Southwest

 

Mead Center was one of the first non-profit theaters in the U.S., thus laying the ground for the theater movement in DC. Its theaters host events as large as Broadway productions and as small as private gatherings.

 

Why is it cool? With a combination of unique event spaces, the facility is able to accommodate events for as little as 30 or as many as 675 delegates. Its three theaters were renovated with acoustical improvements to eliminate any ambient noise. Even in the largest theater, event delegates are never more than eight rows away from the stage.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue offer nine event spaces in total, including four performance spaces, two lobbies, two multi-purpose rooms, and a terrace. The largest theater, The Fichandler Stage, holds 680 guests seated across 10,000 square feet. The rooftop terrace holds 250 guests standing.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, performances, product launches, ceremonies, private parties, cocktail parties, dinner parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Theater grade sound and light systems, microphones, projection systems, multiple plasma screen TVs, WiFi.

Catering: The venue has an exclusive catering list.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Waterfront (Green). The venue has its own parking garage, The Mead Center Garage, with 65 parking spots. There is also street parking on M Street, I Street, Main Ave and 4th Street SW. Valet services or shuttle services can be contracted.

TAGS: theaters, immersive, iconic.

The Hay-Adams, Downtown

 

The fully-serviced meeting spaces and event venues at this luxury hotel accommodate a wide range of events, with distinct sophistication.

 

Why is it cool? This iconic 5-star hotel is steeped in history, starting in 1884 when Romanesque homes were built on the land and became hubs for DC’s intellectual activity. The Italian Renaissance architecture of the building is complemented by Elizabeth and Tudor motifs. French doors, balconies, and trellis-like lattices add more regal touches. The event spaces offer views of the White House and Downtown DC.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is composed of five rooms. The largest space, Top of the Hay, holds up to 340 guests, or can be divided into five contiguous rooms. The smallest space, Private Dining Room, holds up to 40 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, dinner parties, cocktail parties, networking, fundraisers, charity events.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Visual and audio equipment, WiFi.

Catering: The venue provides in-house catering, led by Executive Chef Nicolas Legret. The menu can be customized to the event.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is McPherson Square Station (Blue, Orange, Silver). The hotel offers valet parking.

TAGS: iconic, boutique, experience friendly.

20 F Street NW Conference Center, Capitol Hill

 

One of the most recent additions to DC’s conference facilities, this Capitol Hill venue offers functional event spaces in a central location.

 

Why is it cool? While 20 F was designed for conferences, it also offers a rooftop terrace with views of the Washington Monument and Capitol Dome. The meetings rooms are easily customized, with optional breakout spaces available. Their design is simple and functional.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility includes a lobby, four meeting rooms, and an outdoor tented roof terrace. The main meeting room holds up to 200 people theater style or 130 people banquet style. The room also divides into two spaces if needed. The rooftop terrace holds up to 22 guests standing or 100 guests for a seated meal.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, workshops, trainings, private parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: High tech audio and video equipment including LCD projectors, drop down room screens push to talk microphones, WiFi.

Catering: For events hosted on the first floor, Windows Catering Company is the exclusive caterer. Menus cover breakfast (a la carte and hot), sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, dessert, hors d’oeuvres, and buffet packages. For events on the rooftop terrace, the venue provides a list of preferred caterers.

Sustainability: The venue catering partner, Windows Catering Company, received a Certified Green Restaurant distinction for its sustainability practices, including water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sourcing from environmentally-friendly partners, and pollution reduction.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Union Station Metro (Red). There is a parking garage below the building with limited spots. Guests can also use the parking garage at 500 North Capitol Street.

TAGS: new and newsworthy, corporate friendly, emerging.

 

THE BEST SMALL EVENT SPACE DC

From a four-person lounge to a boutique loft, these intimate event spaces are steeped in character, but offering the same services as their larger counterparts.

 

Henley Park Hotel, Downtown

 

Fusing historic elegance with modern amenities, the four intimate meeting rooms of this luxury hotel are well suited for small events.

 

Why is it cool? From its central location, the hotel is walking distance to both the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and central business district. In the meeting spaces, Tudor-style architecture transplaces guests to a European estate. This intimate ambiance is further enhanced by fireplaces, low lighting, and warm furnishings.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The hotel offers four meeting rooms, with capacities ranging between 60 and 110 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, workshops, private parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

Catering: The hotel provides food and beverage services, with both break and banquet menus.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Mt Vernon Square-7th St-Convention Center (Green, Yellow). The hotel provides valet parking.

TAGS: boutique, immersive, experience friendly.

Cabinets, The Jefferson, Downtown

 

Operating since 1923, this boutique hotel showcases its rich history through sumptuously-appointed event spaces. Three of the most intimate meeting spaces in the city can be found here.

 

Why is it cool? Behind discreet pocket doors, these private spaces are warm and intimate, reminiscent of a warm living room. Each cabinet offers in-room temperature control, printed place cards, oil votives, and single bud vases for decor.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The hotel’s meeting space includes three cabinets, ranging between 117 and 180 square feet. Two cabinets hold four guests, while a third holds six guests. For larger meetings, the hotel offers six other event spaces, with a maximum capacity of 80 guests reception style.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, networking.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, onsite technology support, WiFi.

Catering: The cabinets come with complimentary house-bottled Natura purified water. Custom menu cards are used for plated meals, crafted by a Michelin star chef. The kitchen can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Farragut North Station (Red). The hotel offers 24-hour valet parking.

TAGS: boutique, immersive, experience friendly.

 

 

Studio 52, Ivy City

 

While it’s only seven years old, this studio has managed to gain a name for itself. It’s hosted notable companies such as Marriott, the Food Network, and the Discovery Channel, all in a warm and rustic environment.

 

Why is it cool? The two founders of the venue handpicked each design element in order to create a boutique feel where no detail is overlooked. Notable features include a reclaimed wood wall, made from two barns over 100 years old, vintage 1920s window frames from a Cincinnati factory, and a motorized garage door.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue accommodates up to 200 guests standing or 80 guests seated. A kitchenette and coffee bar are included in the space.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, networking, fundraisers, corporate meetings, workshops.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

Accessibility: The venue is street level and has no stairs.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is West Virginia Ave NE & 16th St NE (D4, E2). The venue is less than half a block from a 6-level parking garage.

TAGS: new and newsworthy, future proof, human friendly.

THE BEST PARTY ROOM RENTALS IN DC

Food-forward, beautifully designed, and entertainment friendly, these four Washington DC event venues provide all the necessary components for a memorable party.

 

Engine 12 Company, Bloomingdale

 

What started as a neighborhood fire station, built in 1897, has since transformed into a historic landmark and event venue, well suited for parties.

 

Why is it cool? The original fire station architecture has been maintained, as seen through the brick facade and two large, red garage doors that greet guests upon arrival, along with the fireman’s pole in the middle of the main hall. The weathered brick walls and vintage chandeliers create a cozy environment for parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is divided between four spaces. The first floor holds up to 160 guests reception style or 80 guests seated, the second floor holds up to 200 guests reception style or 120 guests seated, the lounge holds up to 40 guests reception style or 12 guests seated, and the patio holds up to 150 guests reception style or 80 guests seated.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, receptions, workshops, product launches, corporate meetings.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV and lighting services are provided by Arcadian Productions.

Catering: The venue provides a list of approved caterers.

Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the venue, the second floor and lounge are not ADA accessible.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave (Red). Valet services can be contracted through an exclusive third party.

TAGS: reinvention, human friendly, immersive.

Newseum, Penn Quarter

 

This museum operates with the mission of increasing public understanding of free press and the First Amendment. Along with being one of the most interactive museums in the world, it also offers a myriad of immersive and technologically advanced event spaces.

 

Why is it cool? The museum offers a wide range of spaces with varying capacities. From conferences to parties, presentations to workshops, the museum is fully-equipped to host it all. Due to the museum’s focus on broadcasting and communication, the spaces include state-of-the-art AV equipment with strong branding opportunities.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility has multiple event spaces with a range of capacities. The two Knight Broadcast Studios are 2,800 square feet and hold up to 150 guests seated. The Knight Conference Center includes seven meeting rooms, with the largest space holding 350 guests reception style. The exhibit galleries offer 250,000 square feet of event space, holding up to 3,500 guests reception style. The Private Dining Room and Capitol terrace cover 3,190 square feet and hold up to 75 guests reception style. The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater holds up to 450 guests seated.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, workshops, presentations, product launches, private parties, dinner parties, networking, charity events.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities and WiFi throughout. The Knight Broadcast Studios have HD TV control rooms, radio control rooms, quality-control monitoring, routing for all TV production transmissions, and eight high-definition TV cameras. The facility has an in-house AV team.

Catering: The exclusive catering partner is internationally acclaimed Wolfgang Puck. Menus are customized to each event.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green, Yellow). The museum does not provide onsite visitor parking, but will assist with hiring a valet service.

TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capital, future proof, forward thinking.

 

 

District Winery, Navy Yard

 

DC’s first and only commercial winery offers a light-filled event space. Small batch wines, made on-site, make for an ideal party venue.

 

Why is it cool? Sweeping views of the Anacostia River are enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling windows. The contemporary space is decorated with custom walnut tables, glass votives with candles, and hanging edison bulbs, creating a casual but modern backdrop.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The private event space at the Winery holds up to 200 guests for a seated dinner party or 450 guests for a cocktail party.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Dinner parties, cocktail parties, networking, receptions.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Screen, projector, WiFi. There is an in-house AV vendor for additional services.

Catering: Food and beverage services are provided by the in-house kitchen and bar. The executive chef prepares hors d'oeuvres, family style seated dinners, and plated dinners, all customized to the event. There is an open bar with exclusive use of District Winery wines.

Accessibility: All rooms in the winery are ADA compliant. There is an elevator in the venue.

TRANSPORT: The closest metro station is Navy Yard (Green). There are several paid public parking lots around the venue as well as valet options in The Yards neighborhood.

TAGS: the age of all-inclusive, experience friendly, innovative.

 

 

Kreeger Museum, Foxhall Crescent

 

Designed by Philip Johnson in 1963, this modern architectural masterpiece houses both an internationally acclaimed art collection and event spaces.

 

Why is it cool? The museum’s event space boasts 25-foot vaulted ceilings and walls decked in modern art. Nestled in the woods, it’s an artists’ oasis in a lush setting.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The indoor event space holds up to 350 guests standing or 150 guests seated. Events can also be hosted in an outdoor space.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, receptions, dinner parties, corporate meetings, charity events.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Limited AV equipment, WiFi.

Accessibility: The main floor, the Sculpture Terrace, and the restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. The lower galleries have no elevator access.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Tenleytown-AU (Red). From here, the M4 bus line can be taken to Foxhall Road. There is limited parking onsite. The venue is best reached by taxi.

TAGS: conventions off the beaten track, experience friendly, immersive.

THE BEST PARTY VENUES IN DC FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Birthday parties call for good drinks, upbeat music, and plenty of space to invite the whole crew. This DC event venue excels at bringing all of the above, plus a taste of Germany, to private events.

 

Dacha Beer Garden, Shaw

 

Inspired by the traditional beer gardens of Bavaria, this party space hosts food-forward events with rotating craft beers on tap.

 

Why is it cool? Parties can enjoy either a Bavarian beer garden atmosphere, complete with picnic tables, string lights, and plenty of green foliage, or a private loft. The bar provides a rotating visiting beer menu, with seasonal brews and local rising breweries highlighted. Best yet, the venue is dog friendly!

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The restaurant and bar offers two event spaces, the Dacha Beer Garden and Dacha Loft. For full buyout, the space holds 250 guests. Just the Dacha Beer Garden holds 150 guests, but can be sectioned off for smaller gatherings. The Dacha Loft holds 40 guests for a seated dinner or 80 guests for a cocktail reception.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, dinner parties, cocktail bars, corporate retreats, receptions.

Catering: The restaurants provides a German and Belgian inspired menu. American craft beers, local meads and ciders, draft cocktails, and wine are provided from the in-house bar.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Shaw-Howard University Station (Green, Yellow). There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: bleisure friendly, human friendly, experience first

 

 

THE BEST FREE MEETING SPACE IN DC / BEST FREE EVENT SPACE IN DC

Whether you’re after a free meeting space for nonprofits in DC or a local joint to arrange cocktails with business colleagues, these Washington DC event venues offer their event spaces without rental fees.

 

DC Public Library, multiple locations

 

As long as an event isn’t based on commercial or personal interest, DC Public Libraries provide a meeting space free of charge.

 

Why is it cool? In order to support the dissemination of literary, cultural, educational, and community information, the city’s public libraries open their doors without a fee. Rooms are basic and functional, but provide the added benefit of proximity to a wide range of written resources.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The DC Libraries offer both meeting rooms and study rooms. All locations have at least one meeting room, except for Deanwood, Northwest One, Southwest, and Rosedale.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Workshops, breakout sessions, presentations, seminars.

Accessibility: The libraries in Anacostia, Mount Pleasant, Shepherd Park, Tenley, and Woodridge are equipped with audio looping for the hearing impaired.

TRANSPORT: Transportation options vary by location.

TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capital, human friendly, future proof.

Roofers Union, Adams Morgan

 

Spread across three levels, with one of the best rooftop bars in the city, this restaurant’s numerous spaces can be rented for private events free of charge.

 

Why is it cool? Expansive views characterize Roofers Union. From the floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor, to the covered open-air rooftop, guests can enjoy the buzz of the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The bar offers 22 beers on tap, including two cask ales, plus craft spirits, bourbon, ryes, and scotch whiskeys. The event spaces are free to reserve, but include a food and beverage minimum.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The restaurant is divided between a first floor, second floor, and rooftop. The first floor is called Jug and Table and operates as a separate wine bar. Its private event space accommodates up to 50 people reception style. The second floor holds up to 150 people reception style and the rooftop holds up to 70 people reception style.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Dinner parties, cocktail parties, networking, receptions, corporate retreats.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: HD TVs, sound system, WiFi.

Catering: The restaurant provides food and beverage services. The menu in inspired by classic American cuisine.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro station is Woodley Park Zoo-Adams Morgan (Red). There is street parking around the restaurant.

TAGS: iconic, experience first, human friendly.

 


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THE BEST PLACES TO RENT A MANSION IN DC

If looking to rent a mansion in DC for party or businesses purposes, consider the elegance and old-world charm of these two locations.

 

Rock Creek Mansion, Bethesda

 

While this Bethesda mansion is only a thirty-minute drive from downtown DC, it offers maximum privacy complemented by an adaptable event space.

 

Why is it cool? Guests are greeted by a field stone facade, circular driveway, and well manicured lawn, creating a regal entrance. Inside, chandeliers, sconces, and black and white tiled floors add sophisticated touches. Parties can move outside to the private patio with views of the property’s expansive lawn.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The mansion accommodates 160 guests seated or 200 guests with partial seating to dine and space for a dance floor. There is an onsite prep kitchen for caterers.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, fundraisers, charity events.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

Catering: The venue welcomes outside caterers, but all alcoholic beverages must be purchased and served by the Rock Creek Bar staff.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is W Cedar Ln & Old Georgetown Rd (70, J1, J2). The house has a large parking lot.

TAGS: conventions off the beaten track, experience friendly, human friendly.

Josephine Butler Parks Center, Columbia Heights

 

This Renaissance-revival style mansion is operated as a greenhouse for supporting DC’s parks and public spaces. Once the Hungarian Embassy, its now a hub for green urban revitalization, as well as an event space.

 

Why is it cool? The historic venue was recently restored, maintaining the Renaissance Revival design but adding business, community, and event amenities. The land where the mansion sits is also steeped in history, gaining notoriety when Thomas Jefferson planned to mark the Prime Meridian of the Earth from the hilltop.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The mansion is 18,000 square feet spread across 40 rooms. Private events have access to five of the rooms, plus two foyers, the south garden, the driveway, and the terrace. The largest event space holds up to 300 guests standing.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, conferences, corporate retreats, fundraisers, charity events, galas.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

Accessibility: The mansion offers handicapped parking and ramp access to the first floor. While one of the restrooms is not technically ADA compliant, it is wide enough for wheelchair use. There is no elevator access to the second floor.

TRANSPORT: The nearest metro stations are U Street Metro (Green, Yellow) and Columbia Heights Metro (Green, Yellow). The venue provides limited on-site parking for guests.

TAGS: experience friendly, reinvention, iconic.

 

 

IN CONCLUSION

From its flourishing cultural scene to its government resources, Washington DC brings a lot to the table. It’s no surprise that the city is consistently a top choice for events. The melting pot of traditions and ideology create an experience-friendly backdrop for gatherings, while the intellectual capital of the city takes networking to a new level. For the year 2019, these 25 event venues in Washington DC promise to host some of the city’s most talked about corporate and private events.

 

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