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ISO Venue for Cocktail Party/Reception for 150+ near convention center

jennifer42 Jan 8, 2013 01:00 PM

The trick is that it cannot be a hotel ballroom or at the convention center (rooftops are okay, but nothing at the Marriott or Loews), cannot be a chain restaurant, and must be within walking distance (around 1/2 mile max) from the Marriott.

Restaurant or bar buyouts tend to work well, but other interesting venues that I can bring in a caterer are also great. Really looking for a place that you would want to go to, even if you weren't just in the area for a convention.

Was interested in The Franklin, even though it's on the far side of my walking-distance limit, until I saw that they can only accommodate 60.

Locals, what would you suggest?

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    jfr Jan 11, 2013 06:31 AM

    Another place to consider is the Independence Visitor Center across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. It has a nice space on the second floor overlooking the mall. It has been a few years but I have been to a couple of nice events there.

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      lillotis Jan 10, 2013 11:22 AM

      I would contact Stephen Starr catering to see if any of there restaurants could do it. The Continental Midtown has an awesome rooftop deck! I once did a really cool coctail party for 100 at the bar at the Lowes hotel- not a ballroom but a cool space. I have also thrown a party at Moshulu- but that may be a little more than half mile. Cescaphe Event Group has some cool spaces too.

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        Philly Ray Jan 10, 2013 12:41 PM

        Does Stephen Starr still do catering events in the old Tangerine location (3rd and Market)? That's probably over the geography limit too, but just a thought.

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          barryg Jan 10, 2013 12:54 PM

          Cescaphe has the Vie space just up Broad St from the Convention Center. Same development as Route 6 and Alla Spina.

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            Philly Ray Jan 10, 2013 01:07 PM

            If you are going to do Cescaphe, go for the atrium space in the Curtis Center on 7th and Walnut Sts.


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          urbanfabric Jan 9, 2013 06:16 PM

          You might look at the WHYY studios or the Mutter Museum/College of Physicians for interesting locations.

          I had my wedding at Top of the Tower and view couldn't be beat (the food was great as well, and it was BYOB).

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            Mark C. Jan 9, 2013 09:41 AM

            Crystal Tea room In the Wannamaker Building is an amazing space,I know you said no to the Marriott but they have two
            ballrooms in the ReadingTerminal Headhouse.

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              sylviag Jan 8, 2013 07:30 PM

              We attended several functions at the Constitution Center. Very impressive and interesting. It's five blocks away.

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                Meann Jan 8, 2013 06:48 PM

                Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Across the street from the convention center.

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                  chowinpa Jan 8, 2013 05:52 PM

                  The Reading Terminal! We had our wedding party there and I have nothing but wonderful things to say!


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                    BelgianBeerMistress Jan 8, 2013 03:56 PM

                    You might want to consider Valanni. Perfect for a cocktail party. I know they do packages. Not a big place, but they may be able to work with 150. I think it's Spruce and 12th, so definitely within walking.

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                      cwdonald Jan 8, 2013 01:40 PM

                      Penn owns a private club called the Mask and Wig. Its great for private parties, (and any Penn alums may remember it) It is 6 tenths of a mile according to Google Maps. They have a full bar there, and a catering company that can arrange food. Truly a great location. Max accommodation is 200.


                      I know the Barnes Museum is now available for private functions, especially in the evening. Again a bit further than you wish to travel.

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                        Karen K Jan 8, 2013 01:25 PM

                        National Constitution Center?

                        There are other potentially wonderful venues for an event like this in Philly (Art Museum, Barnes, Kimmel, College of Physicians), none within walking distance unfortunately

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