A party table at The Studio in Boulder. Courtesy photo

Boulder’s 5 Top Party Venues

In Entertainment, Things to do by Aimee Heckel1 Comment

There’s something about the bright blue Boulder sky and cheerful residents that makes you want to celebrate.

Whether it’s a wedding, a reunion, a corporate gathering or another special event, Boulder offers some really cool and unique party venues.

Here are five of our favorite places in Boulder to hold your next party.

Rembrandt Yard

The outside of the Rembrandt Yard. Photo by Jim Heckel

1. Rembrandt Yard

The Rembrandt Yard event center and art gallery, 1301 Spruce St. right in downtown Boulder, offers a great first impression: Inspirational quotes line the exterior of the building. Inside, that same level of thoughtfulness and creativity resounds. The art gallery is always changing, highlighting Colorado artists, so the interior is always different.

Another draw: the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a stunning view of the Flatirons.

Specs: The Rembrandt Yard opened in 2004. It features more than 6,500 square feet of gallery space on two levels. The space itself is pretty contemporary with wood floors.

What makes it special: You get to hold your event in a stunning art gallery that’s located in the heart of downtown. That’s hard to beat. Looking for some sophisticated touches? There’s a fireplace and baby grand piano.

Local tip: One thing that makes the Rembrandt Yard so appealing is it doesn’t require you to buy a special event package. You can mix and match and have more control over the details and finances of your event (and you can bring your own alcohol). Ask about the venue’s preferred vendors for suggestions.

The Studio Boulder

The indoor-outdoor patio at The Studio. Courtesy photo

2. The Studio

The Studio Boulder, 3550 Frontier Ave., unit A2, is a fun, flexible space that has many functions. By day, it houses co-working offices, an art gallery and workshops and has a public, creative space. By night, it hosts private events. You’ll find a variety of rooms here, including conference rooms for smaller work gatherings and a lounge and common areas for hanging out.

Specs: More than 2,900 square feet, accessible for people with disabilities. Capacity: 250 standing, 200 buffet, 100 seated.

What makes it special: The vibe here is a bit raw, urban and industrial, with reclaimed and repurposed materials, but it also serves as an art gallery with high-end finishes. The combo creates a totally unique environment.

“Our space is an industrial chic venue, also part gallery, that provides creative couples with a blank canvas for their event.  Our staff is friendly and flexible, and we help our guests imagine the perfect use of this unique space to make it their own,” says William Goodrich, co-owner and co-founder.

Did we mention there’s an old-school Airstream here? You can rent the Airstream Media Lounge for your next conference meeting. It can hold up to 10 guests and includes coffee, wifi, a large-screen TV with video projection and more.

The Studio Boulder

The Airstream meeting room at The Studio in Boulder. Courtesy photo

Local tip: In warmer months, incorporate the outdoor patio into your event. You can open the glass garage door for some fresh air. Hire a food truck to park outside for a unique dining option.

3. Millennium Harvest House

The Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th St., is a hotel settled on 16 acres near the University of Colorado. In addition to boasting 269 guest rooms, this hotel is also a popular place to hold special events. There’s no shortage of stunning mountain views, and the lush gardens are full of flowers in warmer months. Guests who stay here can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor tennis courts and sand volleyball courts. A fully-equipped business center makes this an appealing destination for professional gatherings.

Specs: About 18,000 square feet of meeting, ballroom and event space, plus an outdoor pavilion. That’s a lot of space.

What makes it special: The proximity to CU is a major attraction for the Harvest House.

Local tip: Ask about the Pick Your Perk deal to save money.

4. The Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center

The Wedgewood features Boulder’s best: views of the canyon, mountains, the bubbling creek and the enchanting forest. This is where to go if you desire an outdoor event in the midst of evergreens, although you can also rent the indoor hall (with over-sized windows to bring the view inside) or an indoor-outdoor tent. The environment here is a bit rustic with a classic Colorado mountain vibe.

In 2014, the Wedgewood was totally renovated.

Specs: Capacity: 250.

What makes it special: The Wedgewood is located just a few minutes west of Boulder in Boulder Canyon, along Boulder Creek, which cuts right through the property.

Local tip: Ask about the Flagstaff Room, which has two cozy fireplaces.

5. Agora

The Agora at the Riverside, 1724 Broadway, is another creative, multi-purpose space where you can hold special events. It’s located not only in the heart of downtown Boulder but also right on the creek.

Downstairs, you’ll find co-working office spaces. On the main floor is a great little café with excellent food and a menu that changes daily. Just off the café is a large room, fully set up with technology for a live band and more.

The Agora offers everything in one spot: full catering, a liquor license, video projection, concert lighting, even modular staging.

Specs: Capacity: 40 people in the café, 120 people in the main room, 24 people in the Creek Room, 100 people on the outdoor patio.

What makes it special: The Riverside claims to feature Boulder’s only patio directly on Boulder Creek.

Local tip: This is a great place to grab a bite to eat or hold a work meeting. In the summer, pop in for a sandwich and take it down to the river while you daydream of holding your event here.

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