Now, if you're with a politically and locationally entrenched organization, you probably have no shortage of bars and restaurants with ample event space flinging filet mignons at you for the chance to host a soiree on your behalf. But the beauty of D.C. and its average residency the span of an election cycle is that there are new organizations touting a new cause every single day. There will always be a political cause du jour, and you might just be the mastermind behind the next one.
Bearing that in mind, if you are the
Look no further than this blog post. We Gamma Girls here at Doing the District have figured out the process for you, and I'm going to let you in on our trade secrets.
STEP 1: Select venue
D.C. is awesome for party venues. Seems nearly every bar here has a space that can be reserved for parties of any size. Gamma Girl favorites include:
Sign of the Whale, 1825 M St. NW
Science Club, 1136 19th St. NW
Perhaps you're less interested in parties for the sake of causes than parties for the sake of parties. Just around the corner from Sign of the Whale is Science Club, where I hosted my 27th birthday party in March 2010.
(I'll give you a minute to do the math.)
Science Club holds several floors of rentable space, which can hold a variety of party sizes. Additionally, if you ask nicely, the owner will coordinate with you and his bartenders to create a cocktail just for the occasion, based on your specifications for base liquor, size and price.
*Personal notes: When I held my birthday, I opted for the second floor, which maxes out at 75 people. The drink created for me was a $9 vodka-based drink with a cherry in a martini glass, which was AWESOME.
Policy, 1904 14th St. NW
I held my final happy hour as a dating blogger at Policy in February 2011 and can confirm that the second floor is a PERFECT place for a large event. The social media team here is very eager to work with you on events, and much like Science Club, the Policy folks will work with you to create specialty cocktails for the evening:
And last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST: One Lounge, 1606 20th St. NW
If you're reading this blog, you know that the Gamma Girls threw our one-year anniversary party at One Lounge, so we can also say from experience that this is a phenomenal venue for a private event. They worked with us to create a food menu for the evening and guaranteed us a space for our party. Additionally, they guaranteed us discounted drink prices and gave us our own waitresses. It couldn't have gone better!
To see more photos from the event, check out the album on our Facebook page: One at One Party
So, all of that covers WHERE to host an event. Let's now cover the HOW.
STEP 2: Contact venue marketing team
This is so much easier than you'd think it'd be:
- Get the bar/restaurant's email address from its website and send them a note.
- Explain who you are and what your organization is.
- Give the proposed date of the event and what exactly you're looking for in terms of a commitment from the venue (i.e. tell them projected attendance numbers and whether you need anything special, like sound system access).
- Be willing to compromise. Not all requests can be accommodated.
And as a final thought, when hosting a D.C. event, there is one more thing you should do:
STEP 3: Say THANK YOU
The Gamma Girls would like to extend their sincere gratitude to One Lounge for their help in throwing our One at One bash, to Urban Style Lab, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, Fornash, Duffy's Irish Pub and Uptown Tap House for contributing to our swag bags, and to Breiana Whittaker, who took photos of the night. We couldn't have done it without you all!