As the temperature drops and we ease further into fall, group chats surrounding holiday plans are already popping up and celebratory gatherings are already in the works! Top-tier venues including Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Bolo, Dock Street Brewing Company, Forsythia, New Liberty Distillery, Panorama, Red Owl Tavern, Royal Boucherie, Stella of New Hope, The Dutch, The Twisted Tail, Urban Farmer, and Xfinity Live! offer spacious environs and noteworthy private event packages ideal for celebrating the holiday season with extended family gatherings, office holiday parties, or any other festive soirées from now until the new year.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Logan Square’s swanky rooftop bar and lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offers individualized pods each adorned with fire pits for more intimate gatherings and happy hours with stunning views. Pods can be reserved for groups of 7-12, with pricing starting around $500-$700 for food and beverage minimum. Assembly is also available for full buy-outs. For more information or to book a private event, click here.
Bolo, Chef Fuentes’ Latin American dining room & rum bar, and Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly® 2023 winner, has a robust array of private event packages and menu options that are perfect for fiestas of all sizes. Bolo’s Rum Bar Nivel packages, ranging from $35 – $65 per person, make for a great prelude to a night of revelry across the city. Cocktail Fiesta packages, $45 – $55 per person, bring passed hors d’oeuvres into the mix for a casual, cocktail party atmosphere. Dinner Fiestas can also be booked on Bolo’s second floor, where diners can enjoy four course dining experiences served family style. Three options are available, ranging from $55 – $115 per person. For more information or to book a private event at Bolo, please click here.
Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia’s original woman-owned craft brewery founded in 1985, is now offering an array of customizable private party packages at Dock Street South and Dock Street Fishtown, catering to gatherings of 10 to 150 guests opening its doors at both Dock Street South and Dock Street Fishtown. The new packages include tiered drink and food options, starting at just $32 per person for drinks and $30 per person for food, encompassing award-winning craft beers, Pennsylvania wines, and creative cocktails. Alongside hand-tossed wood-fired pizzas, guests can indulge in event-exclusive appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Add-ons such as signature cocktails, display packages (like the Mashed Potato Bar and Late Night Snacks), and brewery tours are available to enhance the experience.
At Dock Street South, guests can choose from various private event options, including the intimate Pizza Lounge for up to 22 people, the versatile Café Room for up to 60 people, the indoor/outdoor Brewery Bar for up to 80 people, or even a Full Buy-out for up to 150 people. Dock Street Fishtown offers full buy-outs for up to 40 guests, complete with an array of fresh craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, a customizable small bites menu, and AV setup.
To learn more about hosting private events at Dock Street or to submit an event request, please visit Dock Street Private Events.
Forsythia, Chef Christopher Kearse’s contemporary and innovative French restaurant and bar in Old City, offers folks the opportunity to celebrate the holidays and host a myriad of special events in its elegantly designed and spacious private dining area, bar, and lounge.
Guests can revel in the upbeat atmosphere of the modern and beautifully lit bar while indulging in a lavish cocktail hour with complementary hor d’oeuvres, followed by a luxurious sit-down dinner featuring a menu of thoughtfully curated seasonal dishes, perfect for a full-seated restaurant buyout of 50 attendees. For larger groups of up to 65, the restaurant hosts lengthier cocktail hours with ample standing room, allowing attendees to mix and mingle while enjoying a delectable selection of carefully picked wines, cocktails, craft spirits, local beers, light bites, and more.
Private events, such as holiday gatherings, office parties, anniversaries, bridal showers, engagement parties, weddings, etc., can be scheduled during standard evening and lunch hours, and additional brunch services are available during the week. Events typically span up to three hours during the day, and up to four hours in the evening. To inquire about booking at Forsythia, click reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Liberty Distillery, the South Kensington craft distillery home to award-winning spirit lines such as the revived heritage Kinsey brand, is the perfect spot for hosting cocktail parties, corporate functions, birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, and even wedding receptions. The distillery is a stunning backdrop for events — the 110-year-old three-story building once served as a stable, and much of its original architecture has been preserved. Guests can book the 2nd floor barrel room (capacity of 65 people) or the 3rd floor tasting room (capacity of 75 people) for a three-hour duration.
New Liberty Distillery offers a robust Beverage Package, with a variety of service options including Open Bar ($45 per person), Consumption Bar (host(s) pay tab at the end of the night), and Cash Bar (guests pay for drinks). The Bar Package features four seasonal made-to-order craft cocktails, canned cocktails & seltzers, two local beers, wine from Mural City Cellars, and a non-alcoholic cocktail. Although not required, catering is available for indoor events from local vendors, such as Di Bruno Bros. Catering or 12th Street Catering.
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Panorama, Philadelphia’s premier wine bar complete with a Guinness World Record winekeeper, offers a range of private dining packages, making it an ideal venue for special occasions. Guests can begin their event with the Wine Tasting Reception Packages, which provide diverse culinary options and cater to different group sizes. These packages allow for private dining in various settings, from the intimate Wine Cellar to the spacious Main Dining Room, and feature a selection of cold and hot hors d’oeuvres, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience paired with Panorama Wine Bar’s extensive wine selection.
Guests can also opt for the Wine Tasting Dinner package, a memorable culinary journey starting at $120 per person. This package includes expertly selected wines by the sommelier to complement each menu item. It begins with an enticing appetizer and offers a choice of delectable entrées, culminating in a sweet finale. For those seeking an even more exquisite experience, the customized Wine Tasting Dinner package presents an extended menu at $135 per person.
Alternatively, for a lighter affair, Panorama provides fully customizable menus suitable for groups of all sizes. These menus include classics like salads and pasta dishes, followed by various entrée options. Whether opting for a basic package or an upgraded one, these event menus cater to different preferences, making them perfect for various gatherings and celebrations, starting at $60 per person.
For more information about events and pricing, please contact Panorama at (215) 922-7800.
Red Owl Tavern, the contemporary kitchen and bar located across from Independence Hall, invites locals and visitors to commemorate the holidays with friends, family, and co-workers by hosting a gathering in one of the elaborate event spaces. Private options include the Chef’s Table, perfect for intimate dinners accommodating up to ten guests in the historic bank vault-turned-wine cellar, and The Shangai Room, fit for larger groups of up to30 attendees, creating a blissful ambiance with everyone sitting together at one table, complete with a vaulted brick ceiling, vintage chandeliers, and mahogany paneled walls.
For more expansive events,The Mezzanineseats up to 60guests overlooking the lively first-floor restaurant, or folks can opt for renting out the entire restaurant which holds a capacity of 150. To book a private event, click here.
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s atmospheric and lively neighborhood restaurant and bar, is a magnificent venue for hosting any type of celebratory event, whether that be a wedding ceremony and/or reception, office holiday party, intimate (and extended) family gathering, and more.
The second-floor private dining room and adjacent al fresco garden patio provide an ideal ambiance for a ritzy holiday soirée with the indoor dining room seating up to 40, and ample standing room by the bar that can accommodate 60 people comfortably, while the covered garden terrace holds smaller parties of 25 seated and 35 for a cocktail hour.
Holiday-centric private events can be scheduled during weekend brunch and standard dinner service, with the added option of a private lunch event held during the week. To inquire about booking a private event at Royal Boucherie, click here.
Stella of New Hope, the modern American restaurant on the Delaware River, offers two riverfront private spaces and customizable packages perfect for picturesque holiday parties of any size this season whether it’s a seated dinner for 20 or standing cocktail reception for 125, starting at $70 per person. Packages range from a 2-hour cocktail event with passed apps to stationed hors d’oeuvres, cocktail style entrée stations, family style seated dinner or a Brunch buffet. Fun add-ons include signature cocktails, DIY Taco Bar, Hot Chocolate bar, Mini Root Beer Float Station, and much more. Those interested in learning more can call 267.740.2691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dutch, the popular breakfast-through-lunch eatery with a focus on recreating Pennsylvania Dutch classics, invites Philadelphia locals and visitors to commemorate the holiday season by hosting a private event with friends and family at the warm and welcoming location in the heart of East Passyunk.
Groups of up to 10 attendees can gather for an intimate and memorable experience at the Chef’s Table, a semi-private room that displays a view of the action in the kitchen, and indulge in “The Dutch After Dark” menu, a $56 specialty three-course prix fixe dinner that rotates seasonally. Guests have the opportunity to reach out to the Owner/Chef Lee Styer directly to customize the menu for dietary restrictions or any specific dish requests. A seasonal cocktail menu is also available for purchase à la carte, as well as an optional wine pairing for $18 per person.
The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue on Headhouse Square, will customize any event for family, friends, co-workers, and more. The Twisted Tail offers multiple private and semi-private spaces, including the second-floor Juke Joint for groups up to 100, 130 if combined with the adjacent Club Room. Two long tables at the rear of the Juke Joint can accommodate 40 people for a seated dinner. The first floor offers a full dining room and large horseshoe bar which is also available for bookings. Instead of a set price, The Twisted Tail will customize food and beverage specific to guests’ taste and preference with options such as a cocktail hour, dinner buffet, whiskey open bar, and more.
George Reilly, Owner of The Twisted Tail, is also available for private parties, and offers guided tastings, cocktail classes and more. Additional information can be found here.
Urban Farmer Philadelphia, located in historic Logan Square, is unveiling its exclusive Private Dining Program, elevating the farm-to-table experience to new heights. Executive Chef Sonny Ingui and his culinary team are crafting a one-of-a-kind dining adventure, featuring table-side Wagyu carvings, exquisite seafood and caviar presentations, artisanal charcuterie and fromagerie stations, interactive cocktail carts with personal bartenders, and an array of gourmet delights. This luxurious program caters to diverse events, from intimate rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions to corporate gatherings. Guests can relish mixologists conjuring up inventive cocktails at their table and savor the elegance of expert servers carving porchetta, ribeye, or NY strip right onto their plates. The seafood and caviar displays showcase a delectable selection of fresh seafood and premium caviar, offering a variety of indulgent choices.
The program presents four unique spaces: The Verdant Room, a newly renovated private room with scenic views of Swann Fountain; The Pantry, a semi-private area adorned with house-made pickled vegetables; The Farm Table, nestled in the dining room, perfect for casual drinks, dining, and gatherings; and The Patio, an al fresco space on the Ben Franklin Parkway, ideal for warm-weather receptions. Urban Farmer’s private dining program offers an extensive menu, featuring hors d’oeuvres like Smoked Duck Breast Canapes and Lobster and Scallop Shooters, along with entrees such as Creekstone Natural Prime Filet, Tomahawk Prime Rib, and Jail Island Salmon. Additionally, guests can relish displays of Chilled Seafood, Caviar, Cheese, and Charcuterie to complete their extraordinary dining experience.
Quotes for private dining at Urban Farmer can be requested here.