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Need suggestions for venue near convention center

doxiemom Apr 25, 2012 06:29 PM

A friend is looking for a bar venue near convention center that can hold 300-600 people for a launch party. Nothing immediately came to mind, so thought fellow hounders might be able to help.

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  1. bluehensfan RE: doxiemom Apr 26, 2012 08:47 AM

    Reading Terminal Market could accomodate that group if you had it at night.

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      samichluvr RE: doxiemom Apr 26, 2012 09:08 AM

      Trust Building (Old MTV House) in Old city 3rd st - Can't hold 600
      Loews Philadelphia Hotel -12th & Market
      Yards Brewery? Delaware Ave

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      1. re: samichluvr
        urbanfabric RE: samichluvr May 3, 2012 06:02 AM

        We did an event at Yards, they can't do 300.
        I like the suggestion of the Reading Terminal Market.
        You might be able to use that Field House place that is across Filbert from the RTM.

        That's a lot of people, though, I think barryg is right, your friend may have to stick with the convention center.

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          gina RE: urbanfabric May 3, 2012 02:49 PM

          Field House can accommodate those numbers, but unless they let you bring in your own food...I would avoid it.

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        barryg RE: doxiemom Apr 26, 2012 10:45 PM

        Im guessing your friend already thought of this, but the new ballroom at the convention center expansion is designed precisely for this kind of event.

        1. gina RE: doxiemom May 2, 2012 04:17 PM

          Underground Arts might work with you. Located in the Wolf Building at 12th and Callowhill, it's a couple of blocks north of the Convention Center. It's a rough space, but interesting and artsy, and they do have a bar. They are having a food event this weekend, so I'm assuming they have a kitchen, too.


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