Ten DC Venues We Love

Museums, historical homes, conference centers, hotels and found spaces—we’re certainly not without a wide variety of venues here in DC. In honor of our 10th Anniversary, here are ten that we’ve been buzzing about lately, in alphabetical order:

District Architecture Center

A wall of windows facing Seventh Street NW and glass meeting rooms allows light and energy into this flexible space featuring state-of-the-art technology. Home to the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the DAC is great for large receptions and can section off for smaller meetings.

Gaylord National

Service included! The Gaylord National handled a client’s multi-day 1600 guest event with attention and a smile. What impresses us most is the desire to learn and improve their already-stellar service – they are always looking for new ways to grow as a team.

The Hamilton Live

This new live music venue can handle more than just bands. With sound and lighting toys, warm, ambient lighting, and a full kitchen on-premise, the Hamilton Live is a great one-stop-shop for all event needs.

JW Marriott

The guest experience at Marriott’s flagship property is flawless. Each guest is treated as if he or she were Mr. Marriott himself. From the valet greeting you on the front drive to the customized details on the dessert buffet, you are taken care of each and every time you visit.

Long View Gallery

Get your art ON! We love that this urban gallery space was constructed with events in mind – the 5,000 square foot warehouse includes a catering kitchen and distinctive lighting. It’s great when a new space anticipates the needs of special events in addition to their primary use.

Newseum

Sleek and modern, the space is impressive, and the staff at the Newseum makes the experience just as smooth. With downright brilliant ideas and can-do attitudes, it’s amazing to watch all the pieces come together in this beautiful museum.

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Step back in time to classic Washington when men tipped their hats and women got “dressed” for dinner. I always expect to turn the corner and find a couple strolling down the Bird Cage Walk in black tie attire! Every event here feels truly special.

Ronald Reagan Building for International Trade

As the sun sets and the “we-all-wear-the-same-colored-shirt” tourists head home, the stars rise and transform the airy Atrium to a magical place, making it hard to believe you’re in a federal workplace!

United States Institute of Peace

Wow. Just WOW. The soaring glass ceiling and tall windows let in the sun and stars with a great view toward the Potomac River. USIP is set up for small meetings around the perimeter of their atrium, as well as high-tech presentations in their auditorium. Who will be our first event there?

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth’s space just like the work they produce: edgy, bold, and FUN. Full disclosure: as the former Special Events Manager at Woolly, I’m totally biased, but I’m not alone!  Corporate and social events alike are catching on to this hidden gem in the Penn Quarter, taking advantage of the raw look as an opportunity for creativity with event design.