Bar for After Party

posted 9 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Can you give a better idea of where the wedding will be?  I know some friends of mine went to Jillian’s in S. Lake Union after a wedding on the Virginia V.  I think it’ll be harder to find a place right downtown where you can all comfortably hang out together b/c things get crowded, so I’m trying to think of places that a a little less super trendy/popular.  Von’s might work.  You could also try the Six Arms in the Pike-Pine area.  I’m not sure I can think of many places besides restaurants that would hold that much space without some kind of charge.  Maybe an Azteca?  Or the Elysian in Tangletown? 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hmmm…the Eastlake Bar and Grill has an upstairs (super close to LUC).  I don’t know if they will hold it for you but you might ask.  It would be a perfect place to go from there.  Since your wedding at LUC will be a bit more formal, the College Inn may feel kind of grungy and dank afterward (sorry, those are just my associations after way too many evenings there).  There is also the Elysian on Cap Hill (13th and Pike I think).  The Azteca on Eastlake might not be a bad option.  It’s not the hippest place or anything, but food, drinks, and plenty of space (we had a bday for my FI there once)…and pretty close to LUC.  Jillian’s (or really any of the bars) in the South Lake Union/Chandler’s cove area would probably also be a convenient bet…but a little more trendy/upscale.  I haven’t been to the South Lake Union Bar and Grill (same people as Eastlake B&G and Greenlake B&G), but that’s maybe an option.  Everywhere I’ve mentioned so far (incl. first post) is closer than SoDo, but Eastlake B&G is obviously the closest.  There are also places like Northlake Pizza (I think that’s right), but it also has the dark factor.  50 people is enough that you probably need to call around and see who will be willing to accommodate you, but hopefully this list is a start on where to look.  There are a few more bars that I think would be big enough in the Pike/Pine corridor, but I really doubt any would be willing to hold space for you on a weekend night without some cash up front.  You could also try the DeLuxe on Broadway. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Great suggestions it sounds like there are several location on Lake Union.  I too am thinking about this and would like to keep the thread alive.  It has been years since I’ve lived in Seattle (and I didn’t really drink when I lived there) so I don’t really know of many good places.  My wedding will be at the Center for Urban Horticulture, right near University Village.  Since we have to vacate our venue by 11pm I am also looking for a good bar location for an after party of about 20-25 people.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2008

If you are looking into the Lake Union area you should see about Joey’s or BluWater Bistro.  South Lake Union, you could look into Paddy Coyne’s which is a fun Irish bar.  It’s pretty small but they do have an additonal room where you could have your party at (not sure if they charge) but food and drinks are great there. 

If you don’t mind driving a little further to Belltown I highly recommend Black Bottle.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

I second BluWater. Usually (aka 4 years ago) they turn the upstairs dining area into a drink area after a certain time, see if you can get them to let you have friends up their for drinks. It’s within walking distance and a great view!

You could also make your way up to Capital Hill. Barca has a mezzanine that you can reserve!

 And talk to Pat at Paddy Coynes to see if he’ll reserve an area for ya. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

What about the Garage?  Plenty of space there and fun activities to boot!  Beyond that, Chapel (also on Cap Hill) has an upstairs, though I don’t know how many people it holds…  I think the Duchess will also let you bring in a party.  That’s what I can come up with off the top of my head.  If I think of more, I’ll post again.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

i was thinking the garage as well. pool, bowling, food, music. fun all around. =)

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

You should check out the Venik lounge. Very near to Lake Union, fabulous infused vodkas and food. If you call in advance to set up a private event, they should be able to accomodate, but space will be tight. Also, the Banya Russian Spa is open for soaking until 11pm!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The spitfire grill downtown has a back room that can be rented out. It does require a deposit, but it is applied to the end-of-the-evening alcohol bill (they ask that you spend a required amount of money on beverages since a bartender stays back there). We rented it out for my fiance’s birthday; it was SO much fun and the # of people there more than covered the required amount.

FYI – Jillian’s charges a cover on the weekends after a certain hour.

Where is the ceremony taking place? AKA what area/seattle neighborhoods will you be close to? I’m not sure what the places are like for reservations, but Ballard has a lot of bars/restaurants. Depending on what day of the week you’re getting married, a restaurant might be your best option if you’re hoping to find a place that will accomodate that many people without charging you.

Post # 12
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Wannabee

I’d like to reopen this thread! There were some great suggestions on here, but a lot of the locations around Lake Union have closed. We are looking for a bar somewhere in the Belltown, Lower Queen Anne, SLU, or Western part of Cap Hill for after our wedding in July.

There will probably be about 40 people and we would prefer to go to a bar that’s open to the public and large enough to handle the number of people without a reservation. 

Lmk if you have any suggestions and thanks!

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