DC’s Best Kept Secrets: 10 Reasonably Priced Venues to Host Your StartUp Launch Party
It’s commonly known that housing and leasing prices in Washington, DC are among the highest in the nation.
If you are a StartUp founder, entrepreneur, or other independent vendor or artist ready to launch a product, service or album, you know finding a chic, classy and suitable place at a decent price that won’t break your budget to host your launch party or event will be a challenge.
Fret no more, I bugged my contacts, searched past event invites, and did some other research and discovered about 10 best kept secret spots to host an event for a very reasonable and nominal price. These chic nooks have personality and would not break the bank and are modestly priced compared to what you’d pay to host an event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts History Museum which starts at $10,000.
Most of the places on the list require a deposit of $200-$500 at contract signing to secure the date. They all offer discounts to non-profits and tax exempt entities. Some have various rooms to accommodate different size events. Audio visual equipment is usually thrown in and some even have small stages for your big reveal.
For example, a 4-hour event at the swanky event spot The Loft at 600 F will run you just $3,500 and can accommodate 100 people standing or 50 banquets or 60 theater style. It comes with wood-topped tables, intimate seating areas, sofas and leather chairs. It’s ideal for offsite retreats, corporate meetings, training seminars or a cocktail reception in a chic atmosphere.
If you don’t mind crossing the river, the best deal around is the relatively new event space (opened August 2014) at R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center located on the St. Elizabeth East campus in SouthEast on a secured lot with free parking. You can rent the 1,750 sq. ft Demonstration Hall for just $400 for 4 hours.
Here is what the ten venues are and what they have to offer:
Venue: Ebenezers Coffee House Basement
Address: 201 F St, NE
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill /Union Station
Space Description: A sleek lower level event space ideal for concerts, film screenings, meetings, parties or vending equipped w/sound & video equipment, multiple flat screens & a pull down screen. Fits 100 seated
Cost: Starting at $800 for 4 hours. You could probably get it later during off peak times. Call and find out.
Contact Number: 202-558-6900
Venue: We Work Wonder Bread
Address: 641 S St. NW DC
Neighborhood: U Street
Space Description: Transformed Wonder Bread Factory that is a co-work space with meeting and event space. It is limited to those who are members, but open to others on a negotiated basis. Call First.
Cost: Starting $2000
Contact Number: 877-868-8335
Venue: Studio 52
Address: 52 O St. NW DC
Space Description: A 2600 sq. ft NYC-style loft with pre-war details, hardwood floor, high ceilings, exposed brick, wood beams and large windows. Can accommodate 150 standing, 80 seated.
Cost: $2,000 to $5,000 for 6 hours
Contact Number: 301-919-3838
Venue: R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center
Address: 2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.,
Washington, D.C. 20032
Space Description: On the former campus of St. Elizabeth hospital, this building is housed in a secure, fenced in campus with a security guard and free on-site parking; Features renovated event rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms with advanced Audio Visual capability
Cost: Meeting rooms $20 per hour (5 capacity), Conference Room $40 per hour (15 capacity), Digital Inclusion Center 1,930 sq ft; $100 per hour(50 capacity w/ 20 computers); Lecture Hall $80 per hour; Demonstration Hall 1,750 sq ft , 150 capacity $100 per hour
Contact Number: 202-727-6365
Venue: The Yards Park (Outdoor events)
Address: 355 Water St, SE DC
Neighborhood: Navy Yard
Space Description: New Navy Yard development is a public/private partnership featuring play areas and is perfect for an outdoor wedding or event.
Cost: $2,000, weekdays; $3,000 weekends for 4 hours
Contact Number: 202-465-7080
Venue: Sewall-Belmont Museum
Address: 144 Constitution Avenue, NE
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Space Description: Historic museum with terrace, outdoor patio and interior space
Cost: Starting $1,100 for 4 hours
Contact Number: (202) 546-1210
Venue: North Hall at Eastern Market
Address: 225 7th St. SE
Neighborhood: Eastern Market
Space Description: Inside Eastern Market secret, Newly renovated 3,500 sq. ft event space with historical ambiance, vaulted ceilings, hardwood movable dance floor, gallery walls,
Cost: Starting at $500 for a public event M-Thur, $600 Fri-Sunday to $2,500 for M-Thurs for Private event; $4,300 F-Sunday
Contact Number: 202-345-2861
Venue: Hillyer Art Space
Address: 9 Hillyer Ct, NW
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Space Description: A nonprofit contemporary gallery space in Dupont Circle for up to 175 people standing, 75 people seated featuring hardwood floors,
Cost: Starting $600 for 1st two hours on Tuesday, $150 additional hour thru $1000 for 2 hours Fri-Sunday.
Contact Number: 202-338-0325
Venue: Thurgood Marshall Center
Address: 1816 12th St. NW
Space Description: Historic First Place for meetings, receptions, and small events for up to 200-300 persons, conference space seats up to 60 and historic lounge for up to 100
Cost: Starting at $500
Contact Number: 202-462-8314 or info@TMCSH.org
Venue: St. Francis Hall
Address: 1340 Quincy St
Space Description: . A charming event venue built in 1931 & featuring romantic Renaissance architecture. Adjacent to the beautiful Franciscan Monastery in Washington,DC
Cost: Saturdays $6,000, Sundays $4,500
Contact Number: 202-425-6548
Venue: The Loft at 600 F
Address: 600 F Street
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter
Space Description: . A Historic building with exposed brick and hardwood floors throughout, accented with comfortable furniture, chic antique decor, modern tech and chic furnishings with lots of large windows letting in natural light.
Cost: Starting at $3,500 for the first 4 hours for the Private Retreat on the Third Floor
Contact Number: 202-431-8516