Looking for a great space to throw a birthday party? Here are some of my favorites. Keep checking back because I’ll be adding more!
We threw a great surprise party at the K.R. Trigger Building for a friend’s 30th birthday party. The bar itself is in shape of a boat, and you can bring all of your own alcohol and throw a party for about 50 guests. The space offers a great view of the city, a peek-a-boo view of Mt. Rainier, and awesome lighting courtesy of the giant neon signs in the building!
The private room and dance floor in the basement of the Alibi Room is a great place to host a party of about 25+ people. We threw Leah’s 25th birthday party here and hung up a giant rasterbated photo of her, played our own iPod of tunes until the house DJ showed up and danced the night away. But – beware of the stairs on the way down to the basement – my friend Jamie took a wrong step in a pair of Dansko’s and broke her leg into like a million pieces.
If you’ve got money to blow and can control the weather, you might want to consider hosting a private party on the Hardrock Cafe rooftop. It’s lounge-y atmosphere features great views of the Pike Place Market but also comes with the STEEP price tag of $2500 for a party of 50 people. Yikes!
Rent the rooftop patio for your next event and enjoy a great view of Lake Union in the summertime! I’ve tried to rent this several times but the dates never worked out and the price is pretty steep.
Cicchetti is a beautiful bar tucked away behind it’s sister restaurant, Serafina. Though I prefer to spend my time seated at the bar with a glass of wine, the upstairs Mezzanine would be the perfect place for a fabulous celebratory dinner party, wedding rehearsal dinner or company event. You could also arrange for a full restaurant buy-out and throw a grand soiree!
Pool, snooker, shuffleboard, darts – this cash-only, beer-only bar is the definition of a dive, but much loved by the neighborhood. For a casual night of games, this is a great place for a group.
I rented the private room overlooking the main floor for my 27th birthday. It gets really hot in Havana (the city and the bar) so I made paper fans with my face on them so people could cool down. Give them a call to find out the minimum and get ready to dance because their DJs throw a great party. Get there early if you’d like to snag a booth.
Rent Grim’s Butterfly Lounge because it’s REALLY cool. It’s a long narrow room which is dark and lined with butterfly specimens. There’s a bar at the far end and seating that lines the perimeter of the room. This is a great place for a large-ish private party, and you can also hop upstairs to The Woods for some dancing.
Check out Liberty’s secret-ish back room whenever the front of the restaurant is too packed. As long as there isn’t a private party, enjoy your cocktails and sushi behind the mirrored door. This is also a great space for a private event or informal meeting.
My friends reserved booths at Barboza for my garden party after-party and it was great to have a guaranteed spot to throw down our stuff while we hit the dance floor.
I’ve always had fun at parties at the BalMar. The brick walls make a great backdrop for photos, there are pool tables and plenty of room for a group of about 25-40. They ask for either a $50 or $100 deposit by credit card when you book, and a $500 minimum, so be prepared!
Bottlehouse is one of (if not THE) loveliest wine bars in the city. The ambiance is delightful, the staff is friendly and wildly knowledgeable about the wine and cheese, and everything is spectacular. You cannot go wrong by spending an afternoon or an evening here. It’s like being in a magazine like Kinfolk– no detail has been overlooked. Click here to inquire about event space rental.