If you’re looking for an intimate venue in New York City that feels completely one-of-a-kind, then you might already be thinking about Brooklyn. Tucked away from the bustling city streets and scattered throughout colorful boroughs there are countless remodeled warehouses, factories, and shops, each offering their own unique flavor. But tracking down the perfect intimate venue or event space can be challenging, so we compiled a list of some of the most interesting and stand out places that we could find. Of course, we think that our Regency Space is awesome. But we also recognize that it’s not the right vibe for every event. So without further ado, here are 13 unique venues we have curated for you.
1. Brooklyn Botanic GardenIs your ideal venue a pristine garden? If so, then this might be this place for you. Brooklyn Botanic Garden looks like it belongs in a utopia, and is full of interesting plants and educational signage. Their mission– “Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.”
2. Brooklyn Art Library
For lovers of books, art and the culturally unique, what could be more charming than a crowdfunded library of more than 35,000 sketchbooks, journals, diaries, and memoirs? As they describe themselves “Brooklyn Art Library is all about humans sharing stories. We are building a global time capsule to help articulate, in an analog way, our collective creative thoughts.”
Did you know that the been to the largest rooftop garden in the world is in Brooklyn? At Brooklyn Grange, you get secret urban garden vibes with a view of dazzling Manhattan skyline. Not just for looks, this venue produces over 80,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. Brooklyn Grange “provides several key ecosystem services, and partners with numerous non-profit and community service organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.” So when you rent this awesome space, you’ll know that you are also supporting a good cause. Win-win!
4. Wythe Hotel
The Wythe Hotel is a gorgeous boutique hotel with original masonry, handmade tiles, and a European-styled courtyard makes a charming background for any gathering. With seven spaces to choose from in this “distinctly Williamsburg chic building”, there are plenty of options to choose from. Two of the spaces feature floor to ceiling windows with picture-postcard views of the Manhattan Skyline and outdoor terrace space. Nice.
5. Brooklyn Winery
If your idea of a good time is eating great food and drinking wine made on-site of boutique urban winery, then look no further than the Brooklyn Winery. This unique and romantic space is set in the heart of Williamsburg, one of the borough’s most vibrant and creative neighborhoods. The sophisticated space also comes with an experienced staff and their full-service experience to help with whatever event you are planning.
Pilot is a hundred-year-old wooden schooner that’s parked at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s been converted to a seasonally operated oyster and cocktails bar though it retains all of its antiquated charm. You can rent the entire boat for 150 people, opt for the semi-private option of a cocktail party for up to 30 guests or a private dining event at the Captain’s Table for a smaller group of about a dozen. If you want a taste of the boat’s history, here’s a quote from their website– “Over the course of Pilot’s nearly 100-year history, she’s led many lives: as a contender to be the fastest sailboat in the world, as the country’s longest-serving pilot ship, as a ferry for soldiers in World War II, and as a research vessel that circumnavigated the world twice.”
7. Brooklyn Historical Society
If you’re looking for ambiance, how about renting a historical landmark for your event? Between the cast-iron columns, restored wooden ceilings and floors and a carved wooden library and staircase, every aspect of this polished gems gleams with sophistication. In their own words, their mission– “Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come.”
Located just under the Manhattan Bridge, the Celestine is a LEED Gold Certified Eastern Mediterranean restaurant and events space feature floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the Manhattan downtown skyline. Both the dining room and the terrace are available for private events, suitable for groups of 90 or 40 guests respectively. The food is “seasonal, soulful fare that draws inspiration from the Mediterranean coastline, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.” Yum.
9. Cook Space
Cook Space is a culinary studio in New York City designed to “foster and build confidence in the kitchen – in an atmosphere where guests feel welcome, inspired, and emboldened to experiment.” This culinary studio and kitchen host all sorts of classes and workshops. It can also be rented out for private events of up to 60 guests, including classes customized for your event.
10. Jalopy Theater
Not only is this of New York City’s most beloved small music venues, the Jalopy Theater can also be used to hosts events. They are known for their folk music scene and tasty pub food, but this also a great option for small-scale meetings in a charming setting. Since this theater is used for concerts, they also have advanced sound and light capacities. This 1,000 square foot theater is a great choice for parties, performances, and fundraisers.
11. Regency Space
We would be remiss not to mention our own event space, Regency! 2,200 sq ft of a renovated warehouse filled with skylights, plants, and modern decor. We have a black room and a white room, both of which have their own unique style. We also AV equipment such as speakers, projector, etc.