Unique party spots in Orlando
If you’ve ever tried to find a location to host a party, chances are you may have gotten frustrated very quickly. Large corporate run venues have pricey food and beverage minimums, no flexibility in what you can bring, or even how you can decorate. Why not find a small local business that could benefit from the event you need to host?
While every spot mentioned may not meet every need, or work with just any budget, it certainly focuses on places that may not have been on your radar to host a shower, party, or other celebration that doesn’t require a grand ballroom or hoping you have a friend that lives in a nice apartment complex with a great clubhouse.
If you are having trouble finding the perfect spot for the party you are throwing I have two suggestions beyond this list.
Call your favorite restaurant, bar, or small business and see if they offer private event areas and packages. Often many do, but they make the mistake of not advertising it. Even if they don’t, they may be more than willing to work with you.
Search the site eventective. It has a rich listing of all sorts of event spaces.
FOOD + BOOZE
This beautiful bar located in the Milk District (which also houses the coffee counter run by Easy Luck) is a great space for a small party. One of my friendly followers recently had her baby shower there with picture perfect results. While it wasn’t a completely private affair, her party of 24 people had most of the space to themselves and the attention of the bartenders. Depending on your needs you can work with the owners on logistics. Contact them for info and rates.
2525 E. South Street Orlando
It just might be the most comfortable place to grab a brew and try food from various trucks without ever having to eat over a trash can. Beyond that, À La Cart doubles as a chill spot for a great party. They host private events, so contact them to see if they can accommodate your needs. Chances are this could be the easiest party you’ve ever planned.
609 Irvington Avenue Orlando
Tucked behind Mills and Virginia is Quantum Leap Winery which has multiple options for private parties. They have three space options: The Barrel Room for smaller parties (less than 35), the Tasting Room (less than 175), and the entire winery (400 maximum). It’s a popular wedding venue, but seems to be able to accommodate just about any type of event for a wine lover in your life. Photo: Quantum Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive Orlando
There is no mention of holding private events on their website, but I’ve been told by locals that they’ve have had small gatherings here. Make sure to contact management and see what options they have available. Since the space is so pretty, there is the perk of not having to decorate. Photo: Garp & Fuss
348 N. Park Avenue Winter Park
Beer and pizza take away all the work in regards to what you are going to feed and serve people, so Orange County Brewers may be a great spot for a low-key gathering. They offer full and half space rentals, and even drink tickets and food and beverage packages to make your life a little easier. Photo: Orange County Brewers
131 N. Orange Avenue Orlando
One of the most picturesque restaurants in Orlando also doubles as a private event space. The back area of the restaurant can be closed off to host a private event fitting around 50-60 guests. Additionally, there is the cocktail lounge that holds about 20, and when Florida is at peak dining al fresco weather, you can reserve the covered patio that can hold 45 - 65 guests. Setups vary. Beautiful decor, good food, and margs! Can’t beat that.
821 N. Orange Avenue Orlando
If you want the backdrop of your small event to feel a bit Mad Men inspired, or at least a bit retro, then Park Social in Winter Park is the place to check out. Group pricing starts with parties of 15 or more, and reservations with food and/or beverage will be required. Photo credit: Park Social Winter Park
358 N. Park Avenue Winter Park
A few other restaurants or bars that double as smaller event venues:
FOR THE GAMERS
What use to be a small hang out in the back of A Comic Shop in Winter Park, is now a larger event space next door that hosts live music, watch parties, trivia nights, and much more. The space is also available for rentals, so take advantage of the open area and bar that is filled with nostalgia and pop culture for all the gamers in your life.
114 S. Semoran Blvd. Winter Park
It’s both a restaurant and a gaming space with plenty of room for a party. Downstairs you can request an area for your friends to feast and select from the many board games they have on hand. Upstairs is a digital game room with large comfy chairs, lots of t.v.s and gaming consoles. Contact them for rates and details.
875 Woodbury Road Orlando
Acme Superstore in Longwood may look like your typical comic and collectible shop, but they have a large space called the “Danger Room” that you can rent out for parties. The comic book theme is in full swing here with pop culture art, and vintage comic book flooring, so decor is barely needed. The space is affordable and comes with add-ons like a popcorn machine and a projector and screen rental.
905 E. State Road 434 Longwood
Player One is definitely my favorite barcade in Orlando and it offers an engaging atmosphere for a party where you want to give your guests something to do. With old-school arcade games and current game systems available, paired with a bar serving several types of beers on tap and bottled, you don’t have to do much here outside of sending out the invites. They have different packages and complete buy-out options available.
8562 Palm Parkway Orlando
K Restaurant in College Park may be well-known by foodies, but there is a smaller addition perfect for hosting intimate parties on site. The Garden House has an indoor and outdoor space and has even been used for intimate weddings. Indoor: 50 seated (25 per room) Outdoor: 100 seated Photos: The Garden House
Infusion Tea not only offers private events in their space, but if your crew is vegan then you will won’t have to worry about special menu requests. The interior recently got a new look, and gone are the lime green chairs. They offer different packages to fit your needs depending on what you want to include, and the space can fit up to 75 people. You even get to chose from three different styles of table decor to fit your desired look for your event! Photo Credit: Infusion Tea
If you are looking for something a bit more feminine and posh with no work on your end, the Tea Room Experience in Downtown is the way to go. They have two packages you can choose from for the private event that best meets your budget. The space is already decorated, so there is little to do here but select your menu and send out your invites. Photo Credit: Tea Room Experience
If you are looking for something a bit more intimate with shopping just steps away from the action, the studio at Paper Goat Post doubles as a small event space. It can hold 30 people seated (tables and seating included) and you can bring your own food and drink! It makes a great space for for showers, special occasions, dinner parties or even creative workshops. Photo Credit: Paper Goat Post
CASUAL COFFEE HOUSE
Did you even know Altamonte Springs got a Boston Coffeehouse? I found out a few months ago and was shocked. It’s a bit hidden on the side of the Publix shopping center on S.R. 434. It’s a great open space with plenty of seating. There is also a private room and lounge area in the back of the space that gets utilized for meetings and showers quite frequently. They serve food items in addition to coffee, so this could easily be a one-stop party spot!
If the vibe at Stardust is your jam, your party needs no decoration. They rent out their space that has plenty of seating and loads of coffee. There are plenty of picturesque spots and even a small stage should you need it.
You can rent any of the three Credo locations for your private event. In my personal experience, renting the College Park location has been a breeze. Plenty of seating, better parking options (especially after hours) and you can bring in your own food!
Other small coffeehouse event spaces:
NOT A HOTEL BANQUET ROOM
The Hidden Barn is a truly unique venue that serves as a great space for weddings, but other events as well. There are many facets to the property including a courtyard with a pool, a Saloon, a bridal garden great for pictures, and of course a main hall. With lots of rustic charm and several DIY options, it could be a great place to have an event that’s a bit off the map. Photo credit: The Hidden Barn
This beautiful Mediterranean style home right on Lake Eola is available for events. I’ve seen several wedding showers take place here and it’s clear why it’s a frequently used space. With several different rooms within the home you can find a space for small parties and showers, and the hourly fees are surprisingly affordable! Photo Credit: Eola House
Described as an urban loft, Hub 925 in Dr. Phillips can transform for any event need. It’s part co-working space, part event space. Yes, even weddings can happen here! Parking should never be an issue as it’s located in a large strip center off Sandlake Road. The decor is modern and alluring, and they offers tours of the space to see if it fits your needs. Photo credit: Hub 925