Seattle Spotlight: Great Venues for Hosting a Party

Happy to share another great post from our resident party planners, Danielle and Alicia! Thanks for the great advice ladies!

Square footage is not our friend. Never has been. We lived with 18 girls in college and then outgrew our homes the day we got our keys. Good thing we’re on better terms with borrowed space. Seattle has a plethora of venues you can call your own for just a few hours. So don’t let square footage (or lack thereof) stop you from throwing a good party for family and friends. Here are a few of our favorite locales to get you started.

The Brave Horse Tavern: Great rustic venue in South Lake Union. They take reservations for groups or private parties for up to 75 people standing in The Tack Room. Delicious food (our favorite pretzel in Seattle!), shuffleboard, and great whisky make this the perfect spot to celebrate the men in your life or get together with girlfriends who are still willing to eat a good burger. It’s a Tom Douglas restaurant, so keep in mind it books fast!

Glassybaby: A simple floor plan with tons of Glassybaby at your disposal? Yes, please. You can rent the entire gallery or just part of it during hours when glass blowing lessons are available. There is a rental fee, but Glassybaby might be willing to waive it for negotiated product purchases (done!). Insider’s tip: Bring in your own food and drink, and then let guests sip beverages from their very own hand-blown Glassbaby drinkers. We surprised Danielle here for her bridal shower- her Glassybaby collection is still growing.

Park Public House: You’ll be misled if you read reviews, this low key neighborhood pub is a must for drop-in events or all-nighters (which we ended up doing for a recent birthday). The pub food is tasty (our group drooled over the mac-n-cheese & tater tots) and everyone found a beer they loved from their impressive rotating selection. The owner was fun to work with, cared about our event, and offers a flexible lounge style area where no minimum is required. This is a new favorite of ours, and we heard a rumor there might even be trivia!

Black Bottle: Celebrate wine lovers in this bistro-style tavern. It's easy to dress the venue’s clean, modern interior with party décor, and your guests will appreciate dishes made fresh-to-order from local and sustainable ingredients. There is a minimum if you’re renting a room or bar, but Black Bottle does a wonderful job managing open tabs for each of your guests if you’re not “hosting”. The perfect pair to your event is ‘black bottle’ wine favors, courtesy of chalkboard paint. More to come on that DIY later!

Bastille Café and Bar: Delicious French cuisine. Roof-sourced herbs and greens. A consummate restaurateur. A divine urban interior that needs little to no décor. Need more reasons why this French-meets-Northwest style café is a top choice for chic baby or bridal showers? No problem. You can host up to 100 people in the restaurant’s back bar or 60 in their beautiful (and covered) indoor/outdoor terrace. They make hosting easy by offering an amazing prefixed menu at two different price points for private parties. And we must say, they've certainly “mastered the art of French cooking.” If you're not hosting anytime soon, you still should mosey on in. You won’t be disappointed!

One of the best parts of this hobby is trying out new places, and in our very unbiased opinion, Seattle is the best! Any new suggestions we should try?

(Brave Horse, Glassy, Park, Bottle)