Raleigh Rose Garden

Capacity: 75

Location: 2703 Everett Ave

Great For: Ceremonies, Presentations

Dedicated in 1951 as part of the WPA, the Raleigh Rose Garden is one of just three accredited rose gardens in the entire state. Plus, it’s a public park. What does that mean for you? A surprisingly affordable venue for guest lists of up to 75 people. Those planning an outdoor ceremony for a small crowd would be wise to stop everything and call to check the venue’s calendar for availability.

Proof Five Points

Capacity: 250

Location: 1620 1/2 Glenwood Avenue

Great For: Meetups, Dance Parties

A neighborhood bar with style, Proof Five Points is a stylish yet relaxed venue perfect for casual meetups or dance parties. Engagement parties, class reunions, and milestone birthdays can find a solid location, attractive outdoor patio, and pleasing menu at this reasonably priced venue.

The Tucker House

Capacity: 100

Location: 418 N. Person Street

Great For: Small Dinners

A historic home owned by the city of Raleigh, the Tucker House is a gorgeous mansion with a head-scratching low price tag: $100 per hour. A non-staffed venue, the house features white columns, a sweeping porch, and red brick entry sidewalk. Those in need of a fine venue on a tight budget should cross their fingers for availability at the Tucker House.

The Ritz

Capacity: 1400

Location: 2820 Industrial Drive

Great For: Musical Performances, Company Parties

How would you like to hold your next party at the Ritz? No, not that Ritz. A far cry from the opulent hotel chain, Raleigh’s Ritz is one of the city’s most beloved music venues. Featuring a classic twinkling light sign, red carpet entry, and built-in video capabilities, the Ritz is a turnkey venue for hip company parties prominently featuring musical acts or other performances.

Walnut Hill

Capacity: 200

Location: 4804 Mial Plantation Road

Great For: Picnics, Outdoor Ceremonies

Charm: that’s the calling card of Walnut Hill, a white barn sitting on 15 acres of green lawns and glistening ponds. Painted white with dusty blue trim, Walnut Hill’s pavilion offers up to 200 guests seating for a beautiful reception, while the main house provides space for bridal parties to get ready in style. A no-brainer for wedding planners in search of a spot guaranteed to impress.

The Architect Bar

Capacity: 250

Location: 108 1/2 East Hargett Street

Great For: Fundraisers, Company Parties

A self-proclaimed “bar and social house,” The Architect is a bespoke downtown space that could have just as easily been named “The Tailor” for its lush fabrics, tufted booths, and carefully selected materials. The space crafts catering in-house, from hors d’oeuvres to full meals, but truly shines in the beverage department. Their inventive cocktails and craft beers possess the same thoughtfulness as space itself.

The Stockroom at 230

Capacity: 300

Location: 230 Fayetteville Street

Great For: Company Parties, Mixers

A chic gallery of exposed brick, lattice ceilings, and hardwood floors, the Stockroom at 230 is named after its history and address. Once a straightforward stockroom, space is known today as one of the premier spots for warmly-lit weddings, thought-provoking mixers, and celebratory company parties.

Pour House Music Hall

Capacity: 100

Location: 224 S Blount St

Great For: Mixers, Meetups

If you have at least three months’ notice, you may be in luck. The Pour House is among Raleigh’s liveliest music venues, and lucky for us, it’s available for buy-outs for special events. Either the entire venue or its second floor can be used for private events, mixers, and rad performances.

Morris Peaceland Farm

Capacity: 250

Location: 4200 Graham Newton

Great For: Corporate Retreats, Private Parties

A family-owned farm in Wake County, Morris Peaceland Farm is a 13-acre refuge cloaked in nature and ripe for recharging. As with all venues, Morris Peaceland Farm caters frequently to weddings. But its true value shines with corporate retreats, which benefit from its “just far enough” location and refreshing surroundings.

The Fairview

Capacity: 500

Location: 1125 Capital Boulevard

Great For: Receptions, Social Parties

The Fairview, a sophisticated space located in the Five Points neighborhood, features arched wood ceilings, sweeping windows, views of Downtown Raleigh, and an impressive outdoor terrace. The open floor plan offers just enough style and infrastructure for corporate events in need of room to create, or weddings with big visions.

The Meadows at Firefly Farm

Capacity: 500

Location: 5581 Harward Lane

Great For: Company Retreats, Family Gatherings

Known simply as “the Meadows” for short, the Meadows at Firefly Farm isn’t one venue but four distinct spaces with covered space for crowds of up to 250 located on a 115-acre preserve. Without a skyscraper in sight, the Meadows offers an escape from city life and expansive views of the sky above. Rentals include usage of quaint pieces of “reclaimed furniture,” while an optional tent can expand the capacity to 500.