Mom and Dad are celebrating their 50th anniversary, your daughter just graduated high school, your rad startup job is looking for a holiday party venue…sometimes we need a great place to have an awesome special event. Event venues in Atlanta offer options that run the gamut.
Be it an attraction, a brewery, a historic home or a renovated factory, we’ve got the rundown of where to book your next unforgettable soiree.
Unique and Unforgettable
Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center
This beloved Atlanta nonprofit’s Reynoldstown office boasts a multi-purpose, customizable space, the focal point of which is a beautiful tree sculpture. You’ll also have access to the smaller Greenroof, which boasts some pretty enviable views of the Downtown skyline. Bonus: rental fees go back to the organization to further their efforts.
Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
Nestled in the retail trip in the Candler Park neighborhood, Dr. Bombay’s is a tea shop infused with color, whimsy, and shelves lovingly crammed with books. Host your book club, shower, or girls meetup here over their High Tea service – the sweet and savory array of snacks are to die for.
Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce
Paris on Ponce—huge, eclectic, vintage and artsy—is a great pit stop along the Beltline any day of the week. For a private event, look no further than Le Maison Rouge, rich in hues and period furniture that will leave you feeling like you’re on the set of a Baz Luhrmann film.
If you haven’t experienced the Gothic-revival architecture of Oglethorpe’s campus, you’re missing out. Nestled in Brookhaven on the north side of the city, the campus offers event space for groups large and small, from weddings to meetings to family celebrations, including the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ackerman Hall at the Carlos Museum (located on Emory University’s campus) can accommodate up to 250 people standing, and all facility rentals have the option of adding on the galleries. With an impressive collection of artifacts dating back to antiquity–yes, including mummies–this is a hard amenity to refuse.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
A nonprofit dedicated to environmental education along the banks of Georgia’s signature river, the Chattahoochee Nature Center also doubles as an event venue. Check out Kingfisher Hall for an indoor group gathering or the Heron Pond Picnic Pavilion for outdoor fun, among other options.
The Town of YNOT
Two veterans with a love of the Wild West created this one of a kind Georgia wedding and special events venue that will take you back in time — to history and your childhood imagination. Let a carriage take you down the Outlaw Trail to the hand-made wedding chapel, then celebrate your nuptials in Sugbunk Hall. YNOT, right?
The Margaret Mitchell House
On the corner of Peachtree and 10th Streets, the Margaret Mitchell House is the Midtown extension of Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center–and more importantly, it’s where Gone With the Wind was penned. Between the neatly trimmed lawn, rocking chair-adorned porch, and versatile indoor space, this house museum offers a variety of event options and is a cozy enclave in the bustling heart of the city.
The Wren’s Nest
A house museum that preserves and interprets the history of Joel Chandler Harris (who penned and published the Uncle Remus oral folktales) and Atlanta during the 19th century, the backyard and front porch (the house interior is off limits) of the Wren’s Nest are perfect for casual affairs. Tack on a house tour and storyteller performance for a complete experience.
Georgia Freight Depot
Most suitable for large events, the Georgia Freight Depot is one of the oldest buildings in Downtown Atlanta (built in 1869) and will take your guests back to Atlanta’s Terminus roots–you’re just yards away from the Zero Milepost.
Known as the “castle on Peachtree,” Rhodes Hall is a house museum and an award winning venue, best known for weddings. It’s also ideal, however, for parties, dinners and beyond, and don’t let the word “castle” throw you off – for seated dinners the max capacity is 100 guests, keeping this historic gem appropriate for more intimate gatherings.
The Trolley Barn
Built in 1889 to house the city’s Downtown-Inman Park streetcar, The Trolley Barn fell into disrepair in the 20th century but was resuscitated and scrupulously preserved. Now managed by a nonprofit as a private event venue, guests will appreciate the building’s historic integrity, in addition to the patio garden and the charm of surrounding Inman Park.
Located southwest of Atlanta in McDonough, Hazlehurst House has maintained a reputation as an epicenter of social activity since the early 1800s. Today, it remains a highly popular and quintessentially Southern wedding and event venue, one carefully restored and historically rich.
Old Fourth Distillery
Located in the historic Old Fourth Ward, Old Fourth Distillery is full of Atlanta heart. The tasting room is ideal for an intimate gathering—up to 60 people. Do a tour buyout and everyone will get to sample and savor their gin and vodka wares.
Red Brick Brewing
Where better for a large gathering than a spacious brewery warehouse? The laid back folks at Red Brick will serve tastings of their sunny beers and even school you on the brewing process while you’re there.
Three Taverns Brewery
The parlour at the Three Taverns Brewery is gorgeous yet laid back. Staff will help with onsite coordination, pours of their Belgian-style brews, and guided brewery tours. Enjoy the corn hole set, too!
Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery
A small brewery in Roswell focused on the gastronomical relationship between beer and food, and the first Georgia brewery started by a woman (!), the Tasting Hall at the Abbey has a 2.5 ton community table as its centerpiece. Host your event here for what many say are true Game of Thrones vibes.
Urban Tree Cidery
Not a fan of craft beer? No worries – take your next gathering to Atlanta’s first craft cidery. Rent out the Barrel Room, where you can enjoy tastings, a tour, and get schooled on the cider making process, all while enjoying curated cheese and app pairings.
American Spirit Works
The Stave Room functions as the special events complement to the darling distillery that is American Spirit Works. This is another large-scale, industrial, and uber trendy event space, but the craft whiskey makes it a real standout.
A Touch of Luxury
CineBistro at Town Brookhaven
Who doesn’t love a night at the movies? CineBistro has private screening options for groups small to large and options for in-theatre dining or private bookings in their onsite restaurant. The cushy chairs and surround sound are worth it.
Oozing sultry luxury, Havana Club has been a Buckhead mainstay since 1996. The Club includes the Main Room, Latin Studio, and The Gallery, each playing different genres of music, and where full bars and cigar bars await.
Stonehurst is a B&B the perfectly blends luxury with coziness. If you’re looking for a unique wedding opportunity, check out their elopement package. Their packages include flowers, cake, photographer, ceremony, and lodging – a true one stop shop.
This gorgeous restaurant rests along the railroad tracks in Downtown Decatur. Their private event space, Bonanza!, seats up to 46 guests. Amenities include decor, customizable menus, private entry and bathrooms, and is open to all dinner guests on Friday and Saturday if events aren’t scheduled (a good opportunity to a preview of the space).
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
This restored 150 year old farmhouse lies north of the city in Historic Crabapple. Your guests will love the secluded lawn, garden, and private rooms. And forget “farm to table” – Milton’s prides itself on “seed to fork,” marrying New South dining with Old South charm.
Studio No. 7
A venue that purports to “slow down time” is definitely one worth investigating, and certainly Studio No. 7’s past life as an art gallery is what infuses the team’s approach to events and “curated experiences” with true artistry. This is a well-kept Atlanta secret.
The Painted Pin
Buckhead’s beloved bowling alley boasts a full bar, game courtyard, and 20 lanes. Reserve a semi-private selection of lanes and booths, or go for a full venue buyout. Either way, this venue is perfect for a gathering of friendly competition.
How often do you get to combine the words luxury, houseboat, and cruise? Take your party out onto Lake Lanier, stewarded by the experts at My’StiQ Entertainment. In addition to the typical DJ and catering, you can also enjoy face painting and a candy buffet. Sign us up!
The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Located in the King Plow Arts District west of Downtown Atlanta, Puritan Mill was once the Atlanta headquarters of Puritan Chemical Company, where soaps and cleaning products were manufactured. Now, it’s a sweeping and stunning mixed-use event facility best suited for large events–up to 1200 guests.
King Plow Arts Center
Once a plow factory, now a mixed-used redevelopment and hub of arts and culture, King Plow’s event gallery is managed by Bold American Events, housed in the center. Also on campus is music venue Terminal West, another industrial-chic, full-service event space option.
Atlanta Attractions & Icons
Woodruff Arts Center
On a campus that encompasses the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, and the High Museum of Arts, the Woodruff Arts Center is positively brimming with event space options. As the cultural heart of Atlanta, this is an ideal venue option for an art-infused occasion.
While the Aquarium can certainly accommodate large events—proms, corporate functions, and more—their gallery event series is geared toward smaller groups. Enjoying a meal while being immersed in the magical marine lifeof this iconic attraction—from coral reefs to the Arctic—makes for an event experience like no other in the city.
Church turned hospital turned live music venue, the Tabernacle is a great story in and of itself. Boasting ten different private event spaces, your selection ranges from the full concert hall to cozier VIP lounges.
Longleaf at Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Garden’s anchor dining concept, Longleaf, has private indoor dining, but the real gem is the rooftop patio that offers spectacular views of the gardens and skyline beyond. Bring your camera for this one.
As the crown jewel that sits atop Ponce City Market, Atlanta’s hottest destination, Skyline Park is ideal for all ages, thanks to its “old-timey” carnival style amusements, from ski ball to mini golf. Book a private or semi private event here for games and Instagrammable city views. Eating and drinking at 9 Mile Station are musts, too.
The Rialto Center for the Arts
Located in the historic Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood of Downtown Atlanta, the Rialto has been a cultural mainstay for 100 years, morphing from movie theater to performance venue boasting jazz and international dance and music. Even if you don’t find yourself needing an 800+ seat theater, the lobby comes with a small, built-in stage and high windows that showcase the surrounding neighborhood, perfect for an event or reception.
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