Welcome to Washington DC, the epicenter of America and home to no shortage of museums, government buildings, and marble monuments. Still, there’s a lot more to DC than the politics and history. The compact city is a hub for conferences and events, and it answers the call with a heaping helping of event spaces that could only be found in the capital — including these 25 unique DC event venues that you don’t want to miss.
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Choose any of these 25 DC event venues for weddings, business meetings, and more.
The Renwick Gallery is an iconic space that will give attendees an event space they won’t soon forget. Dubbed by some as the “American Louvre,” this grand building makes for a dramatic and elegant DC event venue, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, unique installations, and memorable exhibits. It offers 4,000 square feet of inspiring space for meetings, weddings, and parties, and can accommodate up to 1,200 attendees.
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With over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors spread throughout four maze-like floors, the Mansion on O Street describes itself as “the most unique venue on the planet.” The expansive space includes 12 conference rooms, large meeting galleries, ballrooms, and a bounty of other quirky spaces. The Mansion boasts 23 themed hotel rooms and suites for executive lodging, each jam-packed with hundreds of pieces of art, books, and other treasures to discover.
Located in Virginia about 45 minutes from Reagan International Airport (and 12 minutes from Dulles), the National Conference Center offers 16,500 square feet of auditorium, ballroom, and patio space. Well-suited for corporate meetings, government events, and social gathers, the DC venue has won several awards including a Green Seal for using eco-friendly products and practices.
Tucked away in the busy streets of Chinatown, The Loft at 600 F is one of DC’s hippest hotspots for events of all flavors. Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and industrial-chic lighting fixtures provide an on-trend backdrop for weddings, parties, and cocktail events. One, two, or even all three floors can be arranged as chic lounging areas for receptions, conference space for meetings, and more.
The Watergate scandal rocked American politics (and Nixon’s presidency) in the 1970s, and the famous Watergate Hotel has always intrigued those wanting to experience a slice of American history. The hotel offers 27,000 square feet of meeting space in total, including the Moretti Grand Ballroom and the world-famous Top of the Gate rooftop bar (up to 300 guests) — perfect for your next cocktail event.
Your guests can channel their inner Nicolas Cage as they explore the vast holdings of the National Archives and gaze upon the “National Treasure” itself – the Declaration of Independence. There are spaces to suit events of all shapes and sizes. The Rotunda Galleries are great for seated dinners or receptions of up to 250 guests. The elegant 290-seat William G. McGowan Theatre is ideal for large keynote speeches and presentations. And don’t forget the Presidential Conference Centre.
One of DC’s most distinct boutique hotels, the Line Hotel offers over 10,000 square feet of event space, including a rooftop terrace and grand ballroom. Boasting spaces for every event, from intimate gatherings to a 500-person affair, the Line’s onsite events team will help you create an incredible event experience.
8. Hill Country
Looking to ditch stuffy venues for something with a little flair? Hill Country is an authentic slice of Texas right in the heart of Downtown DC. The bi-level roadhouse barbecue can accommodate parties of over 300 sitting or up to 750 standing, and will serve up some good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality and a heaping helping of homestyle comfort food. Yee-haw!
For events that are a home run, give Nationals Park a try. This venue has some really fun and unique spaces to suit smaller groups of up to 100 guests, such as VIP boxes or the Nationals Clubhouse, plus larger areas to hold literally a stadium full of people. To really knock things out of the park, you can even rent out the entire baseball field for the day.
Make a splash at the Embassy Row Hotel Rooftop Bar and Pool. The event space is complete with a bar, grill, daybeds, cabanas, shaded lounge area, and of course, it’s very own private pool. Able to accommodate up to 250 guests, the Rooftop is open May to September (weather permitting) for a truly relaxed experience that sets the perfect tone for social gatherings and business networking alike.
The National Portrait Gallery is elegant, enchanted, and renovated to pure perfection. Located in the bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood, this storied DC venue houses portraits of the many individuals who have shaped the history of our nation. You’ll choose from a variety of event spaces, including the Kogod Courtyard (up to 1,200 guests), the Great Hall (up to 366 guests), and the Portico (up to 50 guests).
12. Meridian House
Once the home of Ambassador Irwin Boyle Laughlin, the Meridian House is a residential jewel designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope (who also designed the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives). Available to host up to 200 guests, it’s located in the heart of Washington DC for easy transportation and convenient proximity to local hotspots.
It’s all fun and games at Pinstripes! From social celebrations to corporate gatherings, this venue is guaranteed to bowl over your guests. Not only is Pinstripes equipped with an adaptable ballroom to accommodate up to 240 guests for receptions, dinners, and conferences, it also plays host to a bar, bowling lanes, and bocce courts when you need to take a break from official business.
The Graham is a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of the charming Georgetown neighborhood. Offering a range of high-end meeting and conference spaces, such as a private restaurant and bar, the Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, and the breathtaking rooftop bar, the Graham Rooftop. Boasting high-end service and a multilingual staff, the Graham is conveniently located next to embassy row.
Inject some color into your next event at the Blind Whino. Housed in the historic Friendship Baptist Church, built in 1886, the Blind Whino has 15,000 square feet of spaces available for cultural, corporate and social events — from art showcases to hip weddings. Each space pops with color and unique amenities, making for a totally immersive and experiential event venue.
The Engine Company 12 firehouse was placed in service in 1897. Over a century later, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The meticulously restored DC venue offers four timeless, industrial-chic spaces with capacities ranging from 12 to 200 guests, making it ideal for small to mid-size weddings and more.
Part of the Joie de Vivre Hotel group, Liaison Capitol Hill offers 17,000 square feet of event space to accommodate up to 500 guests. With 343 spacious rooms where your guests can make themselves at home for the night, it’s the perfect DC meeting space for mid-sized, multi-day conferences.
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What was once a small gallery focused on local artists has grown into a 9,000 square foot DC event space boasting some of the most exciting contemporary art in the city. Situated adjacent to the Washington DC Convention Center, Long View Gallery features cutting-edge event technology, a dedicated catering staff, ample natural light, and space to host anywhere from 25 to 400 guests.
Capitol Hill Hotel offers 2,000 square feet of versatile DC event space, spread across three meeting rooms and two multi-use lounge spaces. With stylish Federal-chic design and first-class audio visual technology and amenities, your next event will feature exceptional service and an air of sophistication.
While in Washington, it seems only fitting to host an event in a space that pays homage to one of America’s most famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Featuring original artworks, reclaimed New England barnwood, the one-million penny floor, and feature walls scribbled with the timeless words and ideas of Uncle Abe himself, the Lincoln Restaurant is a unique DC event venue suitable that’s great for up to 80 people.
Surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and overlooking Meridian Hill Park, the Josephine Butler Parks Centre touts a global mission that drives its nickname, “the Embassy of the Earth.” Featuring 18,000 square feet, this 40-room Renaissance-style mansion is open to host both indoor and outdoor events and performances.
22. STUDIO 52
A boutique event venue located in Ivy City, Studio 52 has been home to some of the hottest events in DC. The founders, Drew and Chelsea, handpicked all the unique elements that give the space its warmth and personality – such as the reclaimed wood wall sourced from two 100-year-old barns in Pennsylvania, and the ever-popular photo booth where your guests can create lasting memories of events. Studio 52 is suitable for up to 200 during receptions and 80 attendees for sit-down dinners.
Nestled between the historic Georgetown and hip Dupont Circle, Embassy Suites Georgetown is geographically located for an exciting attendee experience. Offering a variety of meeting spaces (largest 950 square feet) including 4 boardroom suites, this upscale hotel is perfect for corporate events, business meetings, conferences, and and social gatherings of up to 100 people.
From standing wedding receptions to seated corporate events and movie premieres, the Newseum exhibit galleries offer 250,000 square feet of event space to make it happen. You can rent the New York Times Great Hall of News (levels 1 and 2) or opt for a full takeover and enjoy access to all exhibits. Add the Annenberg Theater to the mix (pictured above) to seat another 45o guests.
25. Dock 5
A trendy DC event venue located in the historic Union Market district, Dock 5 sits directly above the artisanal marketplace. The large warehouse venue spans over 12,000 square feet, boasting urbane architectural design features such as 22′ high ceilings and glass garage doors, as well as an extension into an outdoor dock and private alley.
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