50 cool holiday party venues to book a 2018 event

Lifestyle | 14 Oct, 2018 |

The economy is humming along. You’ve had a phenomenal year. Things have been so busy that the office holiday party was put on the back burner and still needs to be planned.

Never fear. Even if the office holiday party is something that slipped your mind, there are plenty of dynamic Valley venues still available to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Here are more than 50 hot spots where you can celebrate your company and book a last-minute holiday party or off-site event to boost company morale.

Babbo Italian Eatery

Options: Party like an Italian this holiday season. Book your holiday party with Babbo Italian Eatery. With eight locations across the Valley, Babbo can cater to your private event needs. The Scottsdale location is perfect for your next corporate holiday dinner with a private dining room that can accommodate parties of 20 to 74. With locations that include varying accommodations in Glendale, Queen Creek, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Phoenix and Tempe.

To book: becky@babboitalian.com.

because

Options: because, space for life was founded with the intention of creating a space for all of life’s best moments. because is a world-class boutique event space with more than 15,000 square feet of breathtaking meeting and event space, a variety of world-class catering options and is centrally located in the heart of Phoenix. because offers a variety of amenities and areas for private events and donates 10 percent of what clients spend on each event to local charities.

To book: hello@because.care

Beckett’s Table

Options: Beckett’s Table seats 125 guests inside; included are 13 seats at its bricked-lined bar and 18 seats at its signature black walnut community table. The space is industrial chic consisting of original bow-stringed trusses, distressed concrete floors, exposed block walls, subway tile, repurposed brick and leather-capped stools and cushioned chairs. With Arizona’s beautiful weather, patrons can also book on the two patios complete with misters, ceiling fans, heaters and a fireplace that can accommodate another 70 guests.

To book: info@beckettstable.com

Boulders Resort & Spa

Options: Let the unsurpassed beauty of the Boulders Resort be the inspiration for your holiday party. The Latilla Ballroom offers gracious hospitality, sumptuous cuisine, floor-to-ceiling windows with awe-inspiring backdrops and outdoor fireplaces. A special rate of $129/night is offered when   booking a holiday party or a block of guest rooms.

To book: 480-488-6738 or corissa.mcdermott@theboulders.com

Bourbon & Bones

Options: Bourbon & Bones offers a unique dining experience for groups of six to 125 with private to semi-private dining options. Bourbon & Bones’ accommodating staff is ready to cater to all hosting needs. Sink into distressed leather booths and enjoy dining on beautifully crafted walnut tables while Bourbon & Bones handles the rest.

To book: frank@bourbonandbonesaz.com

Butterfly Wonderland

Options: Host your enchanting holiday party amongst beautiful tropical butterflies, rainforest reptiles and tropical waters at Butterfly Wonderland. Perfect for smaller groups, Butterfly Wonderland will provide a unique experience with lasting memories. Butterfly Wonderland offers an intimate smaller venue and the guests can even enjoy a special visit by reptile or creepy crawly critter for an additional fee.

To book: 480-800-3000, ext. 210 or events@butterflywonderland.com

Camp Social

Options: Camp Social offers you that unique holiday experience you are seeking. All the fun of camping under the stars without the work. From personal to corporate events, there is a room for all. Groups of 10-200 welcome. Host your holiday party on the beautiful private outdoor patio or cozy up next to the fireplace while playing games in the game room. Don’t forget to enjoy the famous table-side s’mores for dessert.

To book: 480-750-0506 or alyssaz@ghfconcepts.com

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

Options: Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is the perfect friendly, neighborhood spot for holiday parties. Their All-American menu features their award-winning, half-pound patties, as well as more than 150 beer choices, wines and more. Top it all off with more than 30 HD TVs, sports galore and that makes for one juicy event.

To book: alecia@sq1c.com

Dave and Buster’s

Options: Book your corporate holiday party — featuring a chef-crafted buffet, private and semi-private rooms and more — today at Dave and Buster’s in Glendale, Phoenix or Tempe and get 20 percent off. There is still space available throughout November and December for up to 1,900 guests.

To book: daveandbusters.com/holiday

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Options: At Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, you’ll find something extra and unique. From live country music and line dancing to American gastropub cuisine and delicious cocktails, these folks will show your guests a great time. Choose between three Valley locations where you can host up to 600 guests.

To book: dierkswhiskeyrow.com/private-events

El Hefe

Options: It’s always a fiesta at El Hefe. Choose between two Valley locations where you can host up to 500 guests for a holiday cocktail party or dinner. You can’t go wrong with some tacos and tequila.

To book: elhefe.com/private-events

Farm & Craft

Options: Farm & Craft is focused on healthy and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere. Think modern farm with a contemporary twist. Choose between two valley locations that both feature an indoor/outdoor bar that you can host up to 200 people.

To book: ilovefarmandcraft.com/private-events

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

Options: Experience a sense of community and discovery in this truly unique space. Experts will help you curate an inspired experience in FOUND:RE’s gallery with locally flavored art, food and spirits.

To book: 480-309-5858

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Options: Delight your holiday guests with the beautiful setting, creative menus and outstanding service of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. The casual Proof Canteen, lively Talavera restaurant and fully customizable event space are available for parties of 12-300 guests. Plus, non-overnight guests enjoy complimentary valet parking.

To book: 480-513-5266 or keisha.bergan@fourseasons.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Options: If you are looking for a place to host your party, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is the perfect place for almost any occasion. For food, each banquet room is buffet style serving. The sizes of the rooms vary at each location, so be sure to include party size when making a reservation.

To book: events@grimaldispizzeria.com

Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse

Options: Celebrate the season with a customized menu at Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse located at the Scottsdale Waterfront. With space for up to 150 guests, this warm, inviting atmosphere sets the perfect tone for the best holiday party ever with specialty handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced, grass-fed beef.

To book: handcutchophouse.com/private-events

Hatter and Hare

Options: Hatter and Hare is the perfect place for your eccentric holiday party. This is an adult-themed Alice in Wonderland bar.  Book your personal or corporate party in the decked-out dining room or garden-themed patio. Tea parties are available for groups of 10-100. Come fall down the rabbit hole.

To book: 480-865-2447 or alyssaz@ghfconcepts.com

Hermosa Inn & LON’s

Options: Unique event spaces will help you create the most exquisite holiday celebration for groups from 10-60 guests in an exceptional location. Private events at this legendary boutique hideaway are enhanced with globally-inspired Arizona fare from LON’s, paired with wines from an award-winning wine list.   

To book: 602-792-1914 or hermosainn.com

High Dive

Options: High Dive is Phoenix’s only high-class dive bar serving up classic dishes with a contemporary twist. The modern throwback bar offers something for everyone from Natural Light to Dom Perignon. Top it off with the view of Camelback Mountain through their open-air windows and it’s a party guests won’t forget.

To book: frank@highdiveaz.com

Hotel Valley Ho

Options: Wow your guests with one-of-a-kind spaces like the indoor-outdoor SoHo Ballroom and the Sky Line Rooftop, which offers panoramic views of the city and Camelback Mountain. This iconic hotel in Old Town Scottsdale combines mid-century style with modern amenities and incredible catering options. Special rates are available Sundays through Wednesdays.

To book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Options: ‘Tis the season to book your holiday party at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. Amidst flowering cactus and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, this is the place to throw your event. Whether you are looking for intimate restaurant space or a large ballroom, give the events manager a “jingle” because discounts are available.

To book: 480-444-1234 or salesscott@hyatt.com

iFLY

Options: iFLY in Scottsdale is a spot that will give guests a thrill of a lifetime and certainly spark conversation among coworkers. iFLY’s amenities will provide employees with an unforgettable holiday party experience, from exciting flight enhancements like high-flights and virtual reality to a variety of catering options, unique event spaces and transportation services. Whether it’s a small business or a large corporation, iFLY can accommodate businesses of any size, providing all employees with hands-on personal assistance from a flight instructor, as well as a personalized flight certificate. 

To book: 480-712-4359 or iflyworld.com

ISM Raceway

Options: A $178 million upgrade has made ISM Raceway a year-round destination and the perfect place for your party — from intimate groups of 20 all the way up to large groups of 2,000 or more and everything in between. ISM Raceway has several options to get your guests’ hearts racing.

To book: gpowers@ismraceway.com or 623-463-5400

Jennifer’s Catering

Options: Whether you’re planning an intimate party for executives or a lavish gala for thousands, Jennifer’s personalized menu planning and prompt 24-hour proposal turn around time make the company a standout for businesses looking to book a party.

To book: 602-579-5327

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Options: This legendary, AAA Four Diamond property, nestled between Mummy and Camelback Mountains, glistens with historic Arizona charm during the holiday season and offers an array of indoor and outdoor venues with private patios, outdoor fireplaces and garden terraces with spectacular mountain views. Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse,  Rita’s Kitchen and Camelback Golf Club offer private dining options and are available for full restaurant buyouts or small private parties. The resort’s new Paradise Ballroom can accommodate larger corporate functions ranging from 50 to 1,500 people. 

To book: 480-367-6176 or mayra.oharris@marriott.com (restaurants); 480-948-1700 or anitra.duran@marriott.com (sales)

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Options: Considered one of the largest, luxury properties in Arizona, this AAA Four Diamond property features more than 240,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space for holiday events ranging from 10 to 4,000 people. The property’s dramatic outdoor venue options include scenic courtyards, patios,  four acres of poolside venues and waterways and lushly landscaped lawns and gardens. The resort also offers full restaurant buyouts and private dining options at MERITAGE, an urban tavern and stonegrill restaurant. Holiday food and beverage menus can be tailored to meet any group’s needs.

To book: 480-293-3852 or sanika.smithwebb@marriott.com

K1 Speed

Options: For an exciting holiday party your guests will be raving about long after it ends, look no further than K1 Speed. The indoor all-electric go-karting facility offers two private meeting spaces or the ability to rent out the entire location. Perfect for group sizes from eight to more than 100, with catering options available.

To book: 855-517-7333

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Options: Get in the holiday spirit with an array of festive party menus to choose from, offering seasonally driven food and beverages, including hors d’oeuvres and displays, three-course meal, chef-inspired stations and seasonal spirits. Parties can also turn it up a notch with access to Kimpton’s signature holiday playlists.

To book: 480-478-1730 or catering@hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Marcellino Ristorante

Options: In Italy, gatherings always involve food lovingly prepared and beautifully served. Marcellino Ristorante’s goal is to create a stress-free, unique and memorable event, tailored to your needs. Private, semi-private, at the bar or on one of two patios. Marcellino can accommodate small or large groups up to 80 guests.

To book: 480-990-9500

Mora Italian

Options: Celebrate the holidays and your next special occasion at Mora Italian with convivial vibes and soulful cooking by Chef Scott Conant. Indulge in seasonal tasting menus and wine pairings, which can be personalized for small and large groups up to 142 guests.

To book: lance@moraitalian.com or 602-795-9943

Mountain Shadows

Options: Treat your guests to incredible Camelback Mountain views from the Paradise Ballroom terrace, lawn and rooftop deck. Enjoy contemporary holiday décor and ask about the S’mores station and Jingle Juice. Discounted menus are available for Sunday and Monday parties, with a complimentary room night for planners.

To book: 480-624-5413 or mountainshadows.com

Ocean Prime Phoenix

Options: Ocean Prime Phoenix delivers more than just incredible food and drinks, it creates remarkable experiences. Ocean Prime’s Club Room can seat up to 40 and 60 standing. For a more intimate option, one of the Prime Rooms can seat up to 10 or 12, also the rooms can be combined for 24 guests.

To Book: 480-347-1313 or ngrantham@cameronmitchell.com

Octane Raceway

Options: Expect exhilarating holiday parties at Octane Raceway with high-speed kart racing, the Velocity VR gaming arena, the Pit Crew Challenge, mini-bowling and arcade games. Three packages feature holiday-themed catering menus and drinks. Octane Raceway also can help amplify your holiday party with team building activities that are fun and motivational.

To book: 602-302-7223 or octaneraceway.com/holidayparty

OdySea Aquarium

Options: Host an enchanting holiday party while gazing at fascinating sea life as OdySea Aquarium will provide a unique experience and lasting memories. OdySea  offers a variety of unique venue space options and the guest list can even include a penguin or otter.

To book: 480-291-8237 or events@odyseaaquarium

Page Springs Cellars

Options: Page Springs Cellars is beautiful farm-winery with an enchanting private outdoor-deck that is tucked into its estate vineyard. This venue is just off the beaten path enough to make you feel like you’re in true wine country. Page Springs customizes private gatherings, incorporating food, entertainment and wine.

To book: 928-639-3004 or brooke@pagespringscellars.com

Pita Jungle

Options: Pre-empt holiday splurges, feel merry, and eat healthy at Pita Jungle. This popular local concept is a great choice for a deliciously healthful and festive holiday event at any of their 20 Valley locations. Pita Jungle welcomes small or large groups and can serve from its regular menu or customize something special.

To book: Call your local Pita Jungle or email service@pitajungle.com

Pomelo at the Orchard

Options: Pomelo offers a wide-range of venues and unique spaces in an intimate, beautiful and flexible setting, perfect for any type of event. Guests can host events in Pomelo’s lounge, with three booths and three lounge tables; green room, with a private glass door and elegant dining table; east patio; basement, which features a long communal dining table with flat-panel TV screen; lawn, with option to provide communal tables and comfortable lounge furniture; or Pomelo’s barn, an air-conditioned structure with attached covered patio. Pomelo also has skilled chefs who can cater your party with amazing food and drink selections.

To book: pomelophx.com/book-your-event/

Pure Sushi Colony

Options: Pure Sushi Colony is happy to accommodate your holiday party. Space is available for as few as eight people up to a complete buyout of the restaurant with multiple dates now booking. Custom menus, pricing and party platters available.

To book: 602-730-3566 or purecolony@puresushicolony.com

Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co.

Options: Give your employees something to talk about by celebrating your company outings and holiday parties while floating over the Sonoran Desert in a hot air balloon. Rainbow Ryders can accommodate groups up to 60 passengers who are ready to check an item from their bucket list. 

To book: 480-299-0154

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy

Options: The “Festive Buffet” includes tickets to the early show and a buffet. Another option includes show tickets and appetizer platters brought right to your tables.

To book: 480-420-3553 or email az@houseofcomedy.net

Riot House

Options: Host your Holiday Party at Riot Hospitality Group’s newest location. Channeling the breezy lifestyle of South Beach, Riot House specializes in handcrafted cocktails and a Miami-inspired food menu. Its open floor concept can accommodate up to 300 guests.

To book: riothousescottsdale.com/private-events

Roaring Fork

Options: The restaurant can host parties inside a private dining room that can accommodate from 15-32 guest or its covered patio that can accommodate parties from 15-110. Roaring Fork offers a polished casual dining experience with a menu focused on its southwest roots.

To book: 480-947-0795 or roaringforkscotts@roaringfork.com

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Options: Set amidst the beauty of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa makes every gathering sparkle. Imagine a holiday party lunch from $45 per person, a festive cocktail reception from $75, or a dazzling reception and dinner from $125 per person. With the purchase of a party package, groups will receive upgraded wines and table linens, decorative holiday party lighting, complimentary sparkling wine toast and 25 percent off overnight room rates for event guests.

To book: 877-346-8860 or sanctuaryaz.com

SandBar at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Options: Ice-cold cervezas, sand between your toes and the freshest of Mexican cuisine … indulge your guests in south-of-the-border delights. Sandbar Mexican Grill epitomizes breezy beach mentality while still remaining a high-energy sports bar.

To book: info@sandbaraz.com or 480-585-5900

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Options: Host a captivating, cultural experience for your holiday party this year by booking this Smithsonian affiliate museum. With a gorgeous outdoor sculpture courtyard and indoor auditorium, this venue can host groups of 25 to 250 people. Guests are granted access to the building’s 43,000-square-foot museum, including all gallery spaces.

To book: cbellfy@scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Southern Rail

Options: Southern Rail’s private dining room is perfect for the casual gathering, holiday party or business presentation for up to 30 guests. Equipped with a 62-inch flat-panel TV, audio-visual connections, privacy shutters and curtains, and a dedicated service staff for complete exclusivity.

To book: 602-200-0085 or events@southernrailaz.com

The Back Office at The Camby

Options: Intimacy defines The Back Office, hidden behind a door within The Bee’s Knees cocktail bar at The Camby. Holiday celebrations, exclusive gatherings and groups of up to 40 can happily multitask as the boardroom table transitions to a pool table and the buffet table becomes a shuffleboard game. A sophisticated and great choice at 1,200 square feet, The Back Room is perfect for your next holiday party.

To book: 602-468-0700

The Maggiore Group

Options: Family owned company, The Maggiore Group, can host corporate holiday parties at any of its four restaurant concepts. Whether it’s an exciting brunch event at one of Hash Kitchen’s three locations, a spot on The Sicilian Butcher Patio in Phoenix, a full rental of Tomaso’s When in Rome in North Scottsdale or even one of the three private rooms at iconic Tomaso’s on Camelback, The Maggiore family has you covered. Each location has varying levels of buyouts and food minimum requirements.

To book: events@maggioregroup.com or 480-389-9215

The Phoenician

Options: The redesigned Phoenician presents a variety of options for holiday gatherings – from large galas in the stunning Camelback Ballroom; to intimate parties at Mowry & Cotton, featuring modern American cuisine, or the Praying Monk, a working wine cellar. For something relaxing, consider a group day at the new Phoenician Spa.

To book: 480-941-8200

The Vig

Options: Planning an unforgettable holiday party? With five Valley locations, allow The Vig to create something memorable for your event. The Vig’s top-notch service and award-winning food combined with casual ambience, complete with open-air patios, live music, and playful environment are just a few of the standout characteristics that make The Vig an ideal location.

To book: 602-390-9381 or thevig.us/event-booking

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill

Options: Thirsty Lion combines the traditional values of European and American pubs, creating a gathering place where friends can come together to celebrate life, and enjoy hand-crafted food, beers and cocktails. Thirsty Lion offers multiple spaces, banquet rooms and semi-private spaces within the restaurants for your next event.

To book: thirstylionevents.com/arizona

Twin Peaks

Options: Twin Peaks offers guests semi-private spaces within the restaurants or private areas on the patio. Twin Peaks features a great selection of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and the famous wings, as well as a variety of cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic drinks. There are three Phoenix Twin Peaks locations. Reach out to the individual location to book an event.

To book: 602-954-8946 (Camelback), 480-483-0921 (Scottsdale), 623-233-5700 (Glendale)

Uptown Alley

Options: Uptown Alley is the premier entertainment destination in Surprise. The 60,000 square foot space boasts 40 bowling lanes, two-story laser tag, full-service bar, restaurant, arcade games and a sports lounge. Guests can choose from any of the chef-inspired menus including the popular appetizer bar, mouth-watering Santa Fe Fajita & Taco Bar, or the more robust Signature Feast. With a variety of non-alcoholic and bar beverage options, you can customize your event to fit your needs and budget.

To book: uptownalleysurprise.com/plan-your-party/

Varsity Tavern

Options: Make it a holiday party that nobody will forget at Tempe’s newest adult playground. Whether under the stars at night or a perfect Arizona winter afternoon, Varsity Tavern’s rooftop delivers an impressive dining and entertainment experience that’s perfect for lunch, happy hour or dinner events set against spectacular panoramic views of Mill Avenue.

To book: 480-410-6977 or tempe@varsitytavern.com

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