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5 unique event venues in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Christine Mulcahy on July 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM PDT
Christine Mulcahy

The difference between a good and a first-rate event coordinator is knowing how to secure the best event venue in any city, worldwide.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite event spaces in our nation’s capital. These venues suit a wide range of events—from corporate luncheons to executive business meetings to cocktail receptions and beyond. Even though they are only a small selection of the venues D.C. has to offer, each one is unique and would make a stunning event space for any occasion.

Top of the Hay Adams

Stunning views of the White House and Washington Monument make this venue an instant winner for impressing your guests. The entire venue is spectacular … from the intoxicating scent of white lilies that greet you as you enter the lobby, to the warm and friendly staff that accommodate you with white glove service at every turn. Built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, this classic venue in the heart of D.C. is close to historical monuments, shopping, and night life.

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We highly recommend this venue for executive luncheons, cocktail receptions, or gala dinners. The food is delicious, and it easily has the best view in town. The posh experience is one your guests will not soon forget.

The Jefferson

Distinguished and awe-inspiring, The Jefferson hotel offers private dining and world-class service. The black-and-white marble checkerboard floor, the hand-carved fireplaces, and tall velvet curtains take you back to a more noble time. Close the doors for a private business meeting or enjoy the luxury while you build relationships with partner executives or dignitaries.

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We love this venue for the same reasons as the Top of the Hay … the food, the service, the location, the dignified décor. There is no view, but the price tag is more affordable for a private dinner meeting, and the experience is remarkable.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab

Regal is the word that comes to mind when you walk into Joe’s … with stately marble pillars, dark wood wainscoting, and ornate crown molding on the interior, this place screams “Classic D.C.” This historic building was originally a hotel, then a bank, then the home of the Bar Association, so I think it’s fair to say some important D.C. deals were transacted within these hallowed halls.

And, the food … oh my … the food is to die for (and I don’t use that term casually). Honestly. If I had one meal left on this Earth, I would hope it was at Joe’s … the steak, the crab, the bread, the wine. Your guests will not be disappointed!

District of Pi Pizzeria

If you’re looking for a casual dinner for a team meeting or informal gathering, Pi Pizzeria is the best! There’s a cool loft for a private event in this red brick–lined venue. The black wrought-iron scrolling banister and red checkered napkins make for the quintessential pizzeria experience. The entire menu is pure culinary creativity.

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Even if you’re not hosting an event, mark Pi on your list of places to eat while you’re in D.C. Grab a slice on your way to the National Archives Museum, or while shopping on H street. There’s sure to be something for everyone—including gluten-free pizza crusts!

Vue Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Washington

Looking for an after party? The Vue offers an edgy, hip, young D.C. vibe with a breathtaking view of the Washington Monument and a tree-covered view of the White House. You can’t see the White House directly, but you can see Marine One landing and taking off as VIPs arrive and depart the grounds. Always a crowd pleaser. It is hot in the afternoon sun, but as soon as the sun goes down and the lights dim, the view is amazing.

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Schedule a small team celebration, or a social event for less than 12 people in the Monument View section of the balcony for an exclusive and memorable experience.

Securing the perfect venue is only one part of the event planning equation—let us help you plan the perfect event. Learn more at odigoevents.com.

Topics: Event Coordination