Unique Venues for your Next Event

When you’re purchasing a home, it’s always about location, location and location. The same holds true when you’re searching for event venues as location can have a significant impact on attendance.

While it’s important to find a venue that’s easily accessible to public transportation or major highways, it doesn’t mean you can’t hold your event in a unique space. Here are some of our favorite event venues that are guaranteed to make your attendees take notice.


With the craft beer industry taking off in recent years and breweries popping up across the United States, consider hosting your next retreat, meeting, workshop, birthday party or networking session at a brewery. The intimate atmosphere combined with alcohol is a win win for the the event organizer and attendees. One brewery space we love right now is Khoffner Brewery in Ft. Lauderdale. They not only produce high-quality, balanced and drinkable beer, they also rent out their private room as well as the entire brewery to companies or networking groups looking to work hard, and play harder without ever having to leave the space. Likewise, 3 Star Brewing Company in DC and Threes Brewing in Brooklyn also have great spaces. 

Photo Credit: Antoinette Bruno/StarChefs

Photo Credit: Antoinette Bruno/StarChefs


Barns have become popular venues in the wedding planning world but they are also unique spaces for company retreats and meetings. Barns are great for allowing your employees to brainstorm ideas in a new environment and enjoy the natural surroundings. In addition to having a unique venue, you will also help preserve America’s disappearing rural heritage. Check out the National Barn Alliance which dedicates an entire page on its website listing barns available for rent.

Art Gallery

Art galleries are ideal for networking events, receptions, celebrations, workshops and fundraisers. They provide an intimate space where your guests can gather and be surrounded by art, leaving little for you to do to enhance the space. Long View Gallery in Washington, DC is a great venue as is the visually stunning Wynwood Walls in Miami. It has the cool distinction of being the only outdoor street art museum in the country.

Photo Credit:  Long View Gallery  in Washington, DC

Photo Credit: Long View Gallery in Washington, DC

Industrial warehouse

What’s great about warehouse event space is that it’s usually located in the heart of the city or near major highways, making it an ideal location for attendees. Some industrial event spaces we’re digging right now are located in Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage and Miami’s Wynwood District, Washington, DC’s The Loft at 600 F and New York’s The Dumbo Loft.

Photo Credit:  FATVillage Project North

Botanical Gardens, Greenhouses and Glasshouses oh my!

Looking for a wow factor? Tired of the stuffy and traditional hotel ballroom? Botanical gardens, greenhouses and glasshouses should be on your list. They have a way of bringing the outdoors indoors. They are great for galas, company retreats, bridal showers, and other milestone celebrations. Florida’s Naples Botanical Garden, Indianapolis’s Artgarden and The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden are terrific options. 

Photo Credit:  Indianapolis Artsgarden


Rooftops are great venues for late spring, summer and early fall and in most major cities, they are plentiful and available for rent. They are ideal for bridal showers, birthday parties and networking events. For your next social or corporate event, consider 230 Fifth in NYC, Perch in downtown L.A. or P.O.V. at the W hotel in Washington, DC.

Photo credit: Perch LA

Photo credit: Perch LA

Do you know of other types of unique venues for an event? Shoot us an email and we’ll add it to this list.



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