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The Top 25 Orlando Venues for 2019

By EventMB Studio Team

From party venues to cheap rentals, here are the best Orlando venues for events. Choose between both small and large spaces for your next private or corporate function.

While it is most commonly known as the home of Disney World, Orlando is also a popular destination for events. Outside of the amusement parks, the city has a lot to offer in terms of its art scene, culinary and sporting attractions, and intellectual capital. The city itself carries a slower pace of life than the bustling tourist attractions, but its event venues offer the perfect balance of entertainment and functionality. If you are searching for an Orlando venue for your next event, these 25 locations are a great place to start.

 

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THE BEST ORLANDO MEETING VENUES

If you’re searching for Orlando FL venues for meetings, these top four locations offer large spaces with various breakout rooms and spaces. Complemented by a range of services, they are equipped to host both small and large scale corporate events.

 

Orange County Convention Center, South West of Downtown

Orlando’s primary convention center is host to some of the city’s most influential and large-scale events. With the mission of boosting the local economy by attracting new business opportunities, OCCC has become the second largest convention facility in the United States.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The facility is well prepared to assemble and disassemble conventions with its 174 truck bays. Besides its developed meeting spaces, the facility includes a 2,000 square foot aeroponic garden with 3,564 plants.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The convention center is 7 million square feet, divided between West Building and North/South Building. This includes 74 meeting rooms and 232 breakout rooms spread across 479,190 square feet. There is an additional 2,053,820 square feet of exhibition space. The convention center’s largest ballroom, Valencia Ballroom, is 62,182 square feet with 6,000 seats.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverage services are organized exclusively by Orange County Convention Center.

ACCESSIBILITY: The facility has wheelchair ramps, automatic doors, passenger elevators, and accessible restrooms. Scooter and wheelchairs rental is available.

SUSTAINABILITY: The building has LEED Gold and ISO 14001 certifications. Key features include garden to table produce in the Westwood Lobby, food donations to local charities, 85% use of natural gas in the kitchens, five solar energy programs, and stormwater treatments.

TRANSPORT: There are multiple bus stations along I-Drive, adjacent to the convention center. Guests can also arrive via I-RIDE Trolley. There are stops in front of the West and North/South buildings. The facility has 6,227 onsite parking spaces.

TAGS: corporate friendly, future proof, sustainability.

 

 

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, South of Downtown

Combining hotel amenities with corporate services, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center is a conveniently located, all-inclusive event hub.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? To complement its extensive conference facilities, the hotel is famous for its warm hospitality and guest services. Hotel amenities include onsite dining, a fitness and business center, and a heated, outdoor swimming pool. The facility is also a short walk from the Florida Mall, the biggest mall in the region.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: 50,000 square feet of event space is divided between two floors. The largest space, Legends Ballroom, is 9,285 square feet and holds 930 guests reception style or 760 guests banquet style.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, product launches, galas.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, onsite AV technicians, WiFi.

CATERING: The hotel provides food and beverage services. There are also four onsite dining options.

SUSTAINABILITY: The facility implements various practices to minimize its environmental impact. Key features include recycling receptacles in public areas, digital climate control in guestrooms, an energy management system for public areas, fluorescent bulbs on auto shut-off, and water saving auto flushers in public bathrooms.

HOTEL ROOMS: 511 rooms.

TRANSPORT: There are multiple bus stops along S Orange Blossom Trail adjacent to the facility. The hotel has self-parking, or valet parking can be hired for a fee.

TAGS: corporate friendly, sustainability, human friendly.


 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, South West of Downtown

Surrounded by Walt Disney World and situated on 482 acres of natural preserve, this resort-style hotel also offers nearly 175,000 square feet of flexible event space.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? This hotel and conference facility focuses on customization, from configuring spaces to the event planners needs, to coordinating front desk and back-of-house logistics. In between meetings, guests can enjoy world-class dining, a 3-acre pool with a lazy river and waterslide, a golf course, a spa, and complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World Resort.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The meeting and function space is spread across nearly 175,000 square feet. The largest is the 35,925 square foot Bonnet Creek Ballroom, divisible into 12 sections. It accommodates 4,692 guests theater style or 2,000 guests banquet style. There are four ballrooms in total, 40 breakout rooms, four boardrooms, and several outdoor function venues. The two primary outdoor venues are Signature Island and the 10,000 square foot Bonnet Creek Pavilion.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, onsite AV technicians, WiFi.

CATERING: The hotel provides food and beverage services with personalized menu planning.

HOTEL ROOMS: 1,001 guest rooms.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Chelonia Parkway/Bonnet Creek Resort Lane (306). The hotel offers 24-hour valet parking and self-parking options.

TAGS: bleisure friendly, attention to planner, experience friendly.

Hub 925, South West of Downtown

Both a coworking and event venue, Hub 925 provides four flexible spaces in an industrial-chic setting.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The venue’s refined-bohemian style setting creates a casual backdrop for both corporate and private events. Industrial features include a salvaged steel factory window wall, overhead beams, and lofted ceilings. The venue is conveniently located one mile from I-Drive and five miles from Orange County Convention Center.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue has four event spaces. Grand Central comes furnished with six 8’ x 30” banquet tables and 50 event chairs. Sojourn Lounge comes with lounge furnishings that can accommodate up to 50 guests. Great Northern comes furnished with two 6’x3’ tables, 10 chairs, and a countertop with two barstools. Union Pacific includes three desks, eight chairs, and a small sofa.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Prepared sound system zones for a DJ or band, microphone, projection system, LED colored lighting, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue allows event planners to hire their own choice of caterer. Alternatively, they provide discounts for using one of their preferred catering partners.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Turkey Lake Road/Sand Lake Road (21). There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: attention to planner, human friendly, experience friendly.

 

 

THE BEST CITY OF ORLANDO VENUES

In the heart of Orlando’s downtown, these Orlando meeting venues offer well-connected locations with impressive backdrops. Ranging from a large performing arts theater to a Spanish themed bar, the venues’ environments add a touch of personality to the event.

 

Dr Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Downtown

Spread across two blocks of downtown Orlando, this impressive performing arts center attracts a range of international, national, and local artists. The event space is highly adaptable, accommodating more than just performances.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Event planners can choose from an array of spaces with varying capacities. One of the most adaptable spaces, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, can be used for presentations and performances, or the orchestra level seating transforms into a flat floor to accommodate galas, dinners, and cocktail parties. The colorful ceiling with abstract artwork adds a creative flair. The largest indoor space, Walt Disney Theater, provides tiered seating designed so that each seat receives the best in terms of sight and sound.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility currently offers ten event spaces, with an eleventh set to open in 2020. The largest, the open-air Jim Seneff Arts Plaza, holds 1,800 guests reception style. Other large spaces include Walt Disney Theater, holding 2,700 guests theater style, and Della Phillips Grand Lobby, holding 600 guests reception style or 240 guests banquet style. The entire facility can be rented for 3,000 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Performances, presentations, galas, private parties, product launches.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Theater-grade light and sound systems, AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: The in-house full-service catering team prepares plated or buffet menus.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is E Anderson Street/S Magnolia Avenue (03, 13, 15). Guests can use either the Front Porch Valet Parking Service or self-park City Commons Garage.

TAGS: theaters, immersive, future proof.

 

 

The Ballroom at Church Street, Downtown

While this historic venue is distinctly elegant, it’s also easily transformable, capable of hosting both corporate and private events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Elegance, glamour, and charm characterize this 19th century Victorian style mansion, from the floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows to the crystal chandeliers. To assist event planners, the venue offers complimentary menu tastings, a range of rentable furnishings, and optional event packages.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue has more than 10,000 square feet of function space. It can accommodate up to 1,000 guests reception style or 540 guests seated.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Galas, dinner parties, private parties, presentations.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: Puff ‘N Stuff Catering is the exclusive food and beverage provider. They offer preset menus or can customize the menu to the event planner’s request.

TRANSPORT: The nearest train station is Church Street (SunRail) and the nearest bus station is W South St/Boone Ave (62). Guests can park at a selection of nearby public and private downtown lots. Three nearby options are SunTrust Parking Garage, 55 West, and Eric Geico.

TAGS: the age of all-inclusive, immersive, attention to planner.

Ceviche, Downtown

There is no shortage of Spanish charm at this downtown restaurant. From the Mediterranean flavors to the sultry music, events are hosted in a romantic backdrop.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The interior is distinguished by its trusses from a 19th century New Orleans church, old-world tile and iron accents, and antique stained glass windows. Guests can enjoy city skyline views from the second-story balcony or musical performances in the Flamenco Room- with Spanish dance shows upon request.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The Banquet Hall holds 165 guests seated, with a dance floor, or 200 guests for a cocktail party. There is an outdoor balcony, private kitchen, and full built-in bar. The Chapel Room holds up to 60 guests seated.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: The restaurant provides Spanish-style food and beverage, including ceviche, paella, and wines from Spain, Portugal, South America, and the United States. Food can be served passed appetizer, buffet, food station, or family style.

TRANSPORT: The nearest train station is Church Street (SunRail) and the nearest bus station is N Garland Ave/W Central Blvd (20, 21, 36). There are public lots and street parking around the venue.

TAGS: immersive, experience first, boutique.

 

 

Crowne Plaza Orlando- Downtown, Downtown

Located just minutes from many of downtown’s top venues, including The Amway Center, Camping World Stadium, and Orlando City Stadium, this Crowne Plaza branch is a convenient location for business travelers. Even so, the hotel’s own conference facility is capable of hosting a range of meetings and events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? All events organized through Crowne Plaza are guaranteed a response within two hours of event inquiry, a dedicated meeting director, and a daily meeting debrief. The meeting rooms at the Orlando- Downtown branch are simple, but functional. Hotel amenities include a fitness center and wine bar.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The hotel has 8,050 square feet of event space, made up of eight meeting rooms. The largest, the Grand Ballroom, is 3,654 square feet and holds 400 guests reception style or 250 guests banquet style.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverage service are provided by the hotel. Menus are customized to the event.

SUSTAINABILITY: IHG Green Engage is a program utilized by the hotel to measure and manage their environmental impact. The hotel chooses from over 200 solutions in an online system to reduce their energy, water. and waste while mitigating their impact.

ACCESSIBILITY: Features include accessible public spaces, wheelchair parking spots, lift access to all floors, wheelchair accessible guest rooms and business center, visual alarms and alerts, and braille in public areas and guest rooms.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus stations are W Colonial Dr/Lexington Ave (48, 49) and N Hughey Ave/W Concord St (48, 49). The hotel offers parking discounts for event delegates at their onsite lot. Valet parking is available.

TAGS: corporate friendly, attention to planner, sustainability.

THE BEST ORLANDO VENUES MUSIC

While not primarily used as concert spaces, these party venues in Orlando are fully equipped to host live music. Their state-of-the-art sound and light systems, large stage areas, and innovative designs are ideal for music-forward events.

 

Standard Motorcycle Co., North West of Downtown

During the day, this venue is a community motorcycle garage. By night, it transforms into a social hub for private events, corporate parties, and concerts.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The rustic, motorhead atmosphere of the space creates a casual but edgy backdrop for events. The bar partners with Will’s Pub, a local live music venue and bar, to serve guests craft cocktails, gourmet coffee, and kombucha, a bubbly fermented tea.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is 3,000 square feet and can hold up to 650 guests. It is spread across five different rooms. The outdoor space holds a maximum of 500 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, cocktail parties, product launches, concerts.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Sound system, TV, projector and screen, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue partners with Will’s Pub to offer a full-service bar. They also offer optional catering services with space for food trucks.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Silver Star Rd/Dinneen Ave (125). There are 100 onsite parking spots.

TAGS: reinvention, experience first, forward thinking.

 

 

Ace Cafe Orlando, Downtown

Originally established in 1938 in the UK, this rock ‘n roll cafe has expanded as a stomping ground for bike, car, and rock music aficionados. The Orlando location can be rented for both corporate and private events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The London cafe’s iconic rock vibe has been recreated in Orlando. Events are hosted in an industrial setting among an impressive motorcycle collection, rock ‘n roll inspired artwork, and vintage memorabilia.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue has two floors, three kitchens, three stages, multiple bars, a back porch and a large backyard. The main dining room holds 135 guests seated or 320 guests reception style. The whole venue can be rented to hold 7,000 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Concerts, private parties, cocktail parties, receptions.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, concert-grade sound and light systems, WiFi.

CATERING: The in-house kitchen provides food while the full-service bar provides beverages. The menu is inspired by American diner fare and British pub food.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is W Livingston St/N Garland Ave (60) and the nearest train station is LYNX Central (SunRail). The venue has an onsite parking lot.

TAGS: immersive, experience first, iconic.

Chapman/ Leonard Studios, South of Downtown

The primary purpose of this company is manufacturing custom camera support equipment for motion picture and TV productions. These high level technical capabilities enable immersive events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The venue is set on a private lake, while still conveniently located near the MCO International Airport. Three stages are accompanied by a green room, kitchen, dressing rooms, and production office space, making the space fully equipped to host all styles of performance.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space has three stages, with a small, medium, and large option. It holds up to 400 guests standing over 9,000 square feet.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Product launches, presentations, concerts, private parties, dinner parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: The stages are equipped with climate control and concert grade sound and light systems. WiFi throughout.

CATERING:  The in-house catering provider is Luis Bernabe of 5 Senses Event Services. Outside caterers are welcome.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Consulate Dr/Delegates Dr (111). The venue offers ample onsite parking.

TAGS: future proof, immersive, forward thinking.

The Venue at Thornton Park, North East of Downtown

Four courtyards in between five elegantly restored 20th century homes play host to a range of events, with full AV support for concerts.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? When you search for ‘Orlando venues wedding’, The Venue at Thornton Park is a top result due to its romantic and inviting setting. Its four courtyards are nestled under century-old trees and Victorian homes, transposing guests to another era. This historic ambience is countered by state-of-the-art technology and room for a live band, making it fit for corporate celebrations as well.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The four courtyards can accommodate a total of 500 guests standing or 300 guests seated.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: High-bandwidth video conferencing, smart office technology, WiFi.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is E Central Boulevard/N Summerlin Ave (313). There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: immersive, boutique, experience friendly.

THE BEST ORLANDO CONCERT VENUES

If you only search for ‘event venue Orlando’, you’ll miss out on the range of concert venues in the city that also host private functions. Since these three locations primarily host public concerts, the spaces are all the more impressive for private events.

 

House of Blues, South West of Downtown

Originating in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992, House of Blues was founded by Isaac Tigrett in an effort to introduce the world to the rural South’s music. To this day, the corporation celebrates the history of Southern and African American culture, and the Orlando event venue is no exception.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The venue is divided between seven environments, all with unique capacities. The onsite kitchen serves contemporary and traditional Southern cuisine, while multiple bars can be found throughout the venue. The focal point is the Main Hall, complete with a large stage and mood lighting.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: Over 43,000 square feet of event space can accommodate up to 2,500 guests. There are seven unique spaces that can be rented separately or adjoined. The largest is the Music Hall, holding 1,500 guests reception style, while the smallests are Water Tower Patio, Voodoo Veranda, and Lightning Room, each holding 40 guests reception style. There are three outdoor spaces.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Concerts, presentations, reception, dinner parties, cocktail parties.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue provides customized menus for events, including beverage service. The kitchen cooks Southern inspired dishes, such as New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, shrimp and grits, and pulled-pork barbeque.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus stop is Disney Springs Superstop (50, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306). There are two multi-level Disney parking garages behind the building.

TAGS: iconic, experience first, future proof.

 

 

The Plaza Live, East of Downtown

Established as a two screen cinema in 1963 and later adapted into a live music hall, The Plaza Live has become one of the most iconic concert venues in Orlando.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Steeped in history, The Plaza Live has hosted top acts such as The Zombies, Childish Gambino, and Bon Iver. The venues two theaters provide highly transformable spaces due to the state-of-the-art audio, visual, scenic, and staging capabilities.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is divided between a main hall and a small hall. The main hall holds 1,095 guests standing, plus 155 balcony seats. Fully seated, the main hall holds 748 guests on the floor plus 155 guests on the balcony. The small hall has 200 seats and space for 350 guests standing.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: In-house sound and lighting system, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue provides food and beverages from its onsite bar and kitchen. There is a food and beverage sales minimum, and if the minimum is not met, the difference is added to the rental fee.

ACCESSIBILITY: While the first floor is wheelchair accessible, the balcony has no elevator access.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus stop is N Bumby Avenue/E Livingston St (313). The venue has free onsite parking. Guests can also park at the adjacent Colonial Plaza Center parking lot.

TAGS: iconic, experience first, reinvention.

Howl at the Moon, South West of Downtown

This high-energy live music show has made a name for itself since opening in 1990. Now established in 17 cities across the country, the venue is no stranger to throwing upbeat, cocktail-fueled private parties.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The venue’s musicians create a setlist customized to the party, or the live music can be cut all together. The full bar is infamous for its specialty cocktails, including the mighty 86 oz. buckets. For additional creative touches, the venue can provide photo booths, candy buffets, and ice luges. Strong branding opportunities are available using piano banners and various TV screens across the venue.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue offers both semi-private and private spaces, accommodating up to 355 guests.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, networking.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: On-stage AV equipment, microphone, optional photo booths, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue offers both food and beverage packages from their onsite kitchen and bar, as well as several local restaurant partners.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is 17-Walgreens Drug Store/TGI Friday’s (Red Line). The venue provides parking for guests.

TAGS: experience first, iconic, immersive.

THE BEST ORLANDO EVENT VENUES

Versatile, technologically advanced, and in demand, these top Orlando venues for both corporate and private parties are on the cutting edge of Orlando’s event scene.

 

Snap! Orlando, North East of Downtown

As an upscale warehouse gallery and event venue, Snap! Orlando curates high profile art exhibitions and hosts private gatherings throughout the year.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Located in the Mills 50 district, the building was renovated from the old Cameo Theater. Its interior fuses upscale industrial with contemporary touches, including a polished concrete floor, exposed beams, and white walls throughout. Due to its art gallery nature, the space can be easily transformed to fit a myriad of themes.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is 5,000 square feet, including 4,000 square feet of indoor space and a 1,000 square foot terrace. It can host up to 300 guests reception style or 75 guests seated over the interior and terrace.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, DJ setup, LED light show, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverage is provided by AEG.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is E Colonial Dr/N Thornton Ave (28, 29). The venue has a 60 spot parking lot for guests.

TAGS: future proof, in demand, attention to planner.

The Hangar, East of Downtown

Situated inside an airport, spanning 20,000 square feet, The Hangar is a massive blank canvas.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The polished white floors, white walls, and 40’ high white ceiling provide a substantial backdrop that can be easily customized. While it’s clearly fit to host large scale events, planners can also bring in spandex sails, LED wall washes, and cubes to adapt the space for more intimate events. One wall of the venue is entirely retractable.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The main venue spans 20,000 square feet and accommodate up to 1,500 guests reception style or 800 guests seated. Smaller groups can rent the Hangar 15, a separate 12,800 square foot space.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Concerts, galas, charity events, private parties, conventions.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverage are provided by AEG.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Maguire Blvd/Fairgreen St (13). Guests can park at the free onsite lot.

TAGS: reinvention, forward thinking, future proof.

 

 

Studio One, South of Downtown

While primarily a photography studio, this highly customizable space also hosts corporate gatherings and private parties.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The studio is white throughout with a minimalistic design, bar a couple of pillars and exposed beams. The space includes a VIP client lounge/green room, changing rooms, and private meeting areas. Both natural and blackout lighting are available.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue is 6,000 square feet and holds up to 300 guests.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Stereo system with iPod connection, WiFi.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is E Sand Lake Rd/Sunport Dr (42, 111). There is a large parking area outside the venue with 500 spots.

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

Orlando Science Center, North of Downtown

For a fusion of science and celebration, this five-floor facility offers more than 200,000 square feet of event space, all revolving around interactive science exhibits.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Seven spaces inside the museum can be rented individually or adjoined, each offering a unique theme. For example, events in DinoDigs are hosted among towering dinosaur sculptures, while Our Planet educates guests on the four spheres of the Earth. For corporate events, the Founders Room offers a simple, functional space with a range of AV equipment.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: 200,000 square feet of event space is spread across five floors and seven spaces. The whole facility hosts 2,500 guests. All of the spaces can be arranged reception style, except the theater which seats 220 guests.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: The Founders Room includes a screen, projector, and sound system. The Digital Adventure Theater includes a retractable screen, projector, sound system, and three microphones. Dr. Phillips CineDome includes one microphone, a screen, projector, and sound system. WiFi throughout.

CATERING: Puff’n Stuff Catering is the preferred caterer. However, event planners can choose a different company from the venue’s list of exclusive caterers.

SUSTAINABILITY: In 2010, the facility implemented the “Green Building” project, based on four elements: a new HVAC system, a lighting upgrade, a roof replacement, and installation of a 45Kw solar power system.

ACCESSIBILITY: The facility offers accessible parking spaces, wheelchair rental, accessible restrooms, and an accessible theater.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Princeton St/ Bedford Rd (125). The venue offers complimentary covered garage parking with 500 spots.

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

THE BEST ORLANDO PARTY VENUES

From an American diner serving candy cocktails to a sports pub with a private lounge, these four locations are top choices for party venue rental in Orlando. The unique settings and impressive drink menus are the perfect formula for a memorable occasion.

 

Sugar Factory, South West of Downtown

As the name suggests, this American diner serves endless varieties of desserts, paired with top dance hits, a dance floor, and inventive cocktails.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? While diner classics are served, including crepes, milkshakes, burgers, and ice cream sandwiches, guests will also find one-of-a-kind signature treats, like candy-infused cocktails and the King Kong Sundae. The expansive interior is incredibly flexible with its movable or removeable furniture, earning it a place among the top Orlando venues for parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The whole venue can be rented to hold 500 guests reception style or 250 guests seated over 8,150 square feet. The dining room by itself holds 400 guests and both the patio and Candy Shop hold 50 guests each.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, dinner parties, cocktail parties, networking.

CATERING: Food and beverages are provided by the inhouse kitchen and bar. The menu is flexible, but is inspired by American diner food with an upscale twist.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is 14-I-Drive 360 (Red Line). There is a free parking garage directly behind the venue.

TAGS: innovative, immersive, experience first.

 

 

Crooked Can Brewing Company, West of Downtown

Farmers market meets craft brewery in this Orlando event venue. The configurable layout, extending across both indoor and outdoor spaces, caters to private parties.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Over 15 craft beers can be enjoyed in the industrial interior, among stainless steel brewery equipment, or on the oak-lined brick paved patio. Connected to the brewery is the Plant Street Market, an indoor farmers market with over 20 vendors selling artisan food and products. Events can be organized with a brewery tour.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The venue holds up to 1,200 guests across 12,000 square feet. This is divided between four spaces, including one outdoor area of 8,000 square feet.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, dinner parties, cocktail parties, team building events, fundraisers.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, TVs in the tap room, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverage is provided by the venue. The neighboring Plant Street Market has over 20 vendors, with a large range of food options. The inhouse bar specializes in craft beer.

TRANSPORT: There is a free parking lot at the venue.

TAGS: experience first, immersive, bleisure friendly.

 Kokinos Tapas & Cocktails, South West of Downtown

American-style tapas and craft cocktails are served in this modern lounge-style venue, offering both indoor and outdoor event spaces.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The sleek interior features royal red furnishings and low lighting to create an intimate ambiance. This contemporary backdrop is complemented by optional in-house entertainment and catering from world-renowned chef, Christopher Mosso.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The restaurant has two rooms, The Main Room and Terrace, each with their own full service bar and private entrance. The entire venue holds 250 guests reception style and 140 guests seated over 3,500 square feet.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, dinner parties, cocktail parties, networking.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: TV branding, audio system, projector and screen, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverages are provided by the in-house kitchen and bar. Meals can be served as canapes or a sit-down dinner.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is Turkey Lake Rd/Majorca Place (21). The restaurant has a free parking lot onsite.

TAGS: immersive, experience first, forward thinking.

Owner’s Suite at Lion’s Pride, Downtown

With the goal of providing a stadium experience in a comfortable environment, this soccer fan restaurant offers a private suite for parties wanting the sports experience without all the crowds.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? While this VIP seating area is located in a secluded lounge above the pub, the glass banister allows the high-energy of the downstairs pub to permeate the whole venue. The space includes a private meeting room connected to the large entertainment area.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space is divided between a large entertainment area with lounge chairs and tables, plus a private meeting room. The lounge holds up to 40 guests while the private room holds up to 20 guests.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, nine TVs, WiFi.

CATERING: Food and beverage are provided by the inhouse kitchen and bar. The menu features sports bar cuisine, such as hamburgers and BBQ wings.

TRANSPORT: The restaurant is located adjacent to Church Street (SunRail) train station. The nearest bus station is N Garland Ave/W Central Blvd (20, 21, 36).

TAGS: experience first, immersive, corporate friendly.

THE BEST CHEAP VENUES IN ORLANDO

If you’re organizing an event with a tight budget, consider these two venues for their affordable but comprehensive offerings.

 

The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, Downtown

This bed and breakfast, located just minutes from the downtown business district, hosts affordable events in its conference room.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Tucked in a charming garden property, this historic home offers both guestrooms and one conference room. The meeting space comes with AV equipment and onsite meeting professionals. For breakout sessions, the surrounding gardens provide a peaceful retreat.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The meeting and reception area hold up to 60 guests.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV equipment is provided by Photo Sound. The company must be contacted separately.

CATERING: The venue offers menus from local caterers and restaurants.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is S Rosalind Ave/E Anderson St (07, 11, 18). There is free onsite parking for guests.

TAGS: boutique, experience friendly, corporate friendly.

Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, South West of Downtown

Just off I-Drive, the affordable conference facilities of this Crowne Plaza branch are complemented by a convenient location near dining, shopping, and entertainment attractions.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The hotel can host a wide range of events due to its versatile event spaces. Planners can choose from a newly-designed, elegant ballroom, a modern lobby connected to a bar and grill, a light-filled atrium, or a garden courtyard, just to name a few. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant and bar, and fitness center.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: 7,000 square feet of event space includes 19 configurable meeting spaces. The largest, Crowne Ballroom, holds up to 420 guests banquet style or reception style over 3,470 square feet. The space can also be divided into four smaller areas. The outdoor courtyard is 2,400 square feet and can hold up to 300 guests reception style.

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

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: The hotel provides food and beverage. Menus are customizable to the event.

HOTEL ROOMS: 308 guestrooms and 92 Queen Studios.

TRANSPORT: The nearest bus station is W Sand Lake Rd/Universal Blvd (304, 305). The hotel offers both paid self-parking and valet parking.

TAGS: corporate friendly, attention to planner, experience friendly.

IN CONCLUSION

 

Orlando has a lot more to brag about than just Disney World. Hosting the second-largest convention center in the country, Orange County Convention Center, along with the second-largest concentration of hotel rooms, the city is fully equipped to host some of 2019’s most impressive occasions. These 25 Orlando venues for events provide all the necessary services to host the year’s top events.

 

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