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Little Party Animals: Location, Location, Location


We have received many requests for me to put on my event planner hat and share some insider information. When Cassie and I set out to bring you all Little Hoboken, the intention was always to NOT self-promote our careers, but make it about Hoboken as a community and for the families. But, as they say, I'll "give the people what they want!"

Searching for a venue for a party is always a massive headache. Even for professionals. We need to check so many boxes for each event we are hosting and it needs to create the appropriate overall vibe that we've been envisioning for that particular event.

At the end of the day, most local spots WILL let you rent their space or a section of their space even if they don't market themselves as an event space. So, if you love a local Mexican restaurant and that fits your vision of the perfect "Fiesta Uno", call and ask!

Capacity:

MAKE A LIST! Know what your possible maximum guest list could be and work off of that. If every person comes, they need room. That also means you have to accommodate the food, activities, vendors, or anything else that may come in. If the capacity is 200 guests standing, remember, that means, no seating for your 190 guests and definitely no bounce house in the corner! Ask for floor plans and assume they have given you maximum numbers based on it being TIGHT!

Budget:

There is always room for negotiation, but you can't make a miracle. Can you negotiate a rate on a Tuesday afternoon event? Most likely. A Saturday night during the holiday season? Nope! Know your budget prior to going in and be willing to bend on other things if the venue is something you HAVE to have. Maybe get clever and make your own centerpieces instead of outsourcing and throw that extra money to the venue. Also, know exactly what you are getting. Is it raw space and you have to bring in all tables, chairs, linens, staff, food, beverage, paper goods or china? Factor every last spoon into that budget before you freak yourself out later. Make sure if your price per person does include food and alcohol that you are quoting a different rate for guests under 21. That means a 19 year old is NOT counted as an adult!

Timeline:

This is the biggest mistake most of my clients make if they book a venue before we meet. They book a venue and it's perfect and they have BIG plans for the party's theme and decor. Then, they tell me I have one hour to load in and set it all up. I am really good at what I do and have some fabulous assistants that work for me, but I'm not a magician. Find out how much extra time you can add on the front end of your event and if you have the option to pay extra for extra time, DO IT! It's always worth it if decor is important to you! (some places event let you come in the night before if they have nothing planned for that evening!) You also need to look into the amount of time you have to breakdown. Is there an event starting one hour after your party? All of these things have to be factored in before you go on an Etsy shopping spree.

Parking:

In Hoboken, we all know this is the biggest complaint we hear from anyone who comes here from out of town. If there is parking nearby, find out and add that garage info to the invitation. It will prevent you from listening to the moaning and groaning (if my dad is on your guest list) and from answering the same question a million times. Sometimes, you can even pre-pay for parking for your party and get a discounted rate. If you aren't sure about that, ask the space. They may have a garage they work with and offer validation. Need help finding parking? Be sure to check out www.hobokenparkinghelper.com

Here is a list of local venues that you can decorate, design and fill with your favorite celebration!

10th and Willow

Capacity: Varies on event (Private Room Avail)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 935 Willow Ave

Anthony David's

Capacity: 18

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 953 Bloomfield St


Antique Loft

Capacity: Varies on event

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Location: 33 Newark Street


Amanda's

Capacity: 90 (Half of Restaurant Avail)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 908 Washington St

Bin 14 (Back Patio)

Capacity: 30 +/- (varies on party)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 1314 Washington St

Brass Rail

Capacity: 70 (upstairs)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 135 Washington St

Carpe Diem

Capacity: 20+ (upstairs)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 1405 Grand St

Celebrate Life Studio

Capacity: 30

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen: No

Location: 1200 Park Ave

Dozzino

Capacity: 30-80

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 534 Adams Street

Edge Hoboken

Capacity:

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Location: 417 Newark St.

Elks Club

Capacity: Varies on event

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen for Caterer: Yes

Location: 1005 Washington Street

Grimaldi's

Capacity: 50 (private room)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 411 Washington Street

Halifax (@ W Hotel)

Capacity: 60 (semi-private space)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 225 River Street

Hoboken Gourmet

Capacity: 20

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 423 Washington Street

House of Que

Capacity: Varies on event (Half of Restaurant Avail)

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 340 Sinatra Dr

Hudson Table

Capacity: 32 seated 45 standing

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen: Yes

Location: 1403 Clinton Street

Johnny Pepperoni

Capacity: 60

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 219 11th St

Jubilee Center

Capacity: 115

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen: Yes

Location: 601 Jackson Street

Knights of Columbus

Capacity: Varies on event

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen for Caterer: Yes

Location: 122 Adams Street

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Kolo Klub

Capacity: 40 - 160

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen: Only Preferred Caterers Can Use

Location: 1422 Grand Street

KOLO KLUB is a stylishly restored open floor plan venue. This artisan-built loft in a turn-of-the-century building in uptown Hoboken is the home to the town’s best kept secret in beautiful event space! From intimate gatherings to weddings of all sizes to large galas are planned and executed brilliantly by the Kolo Klub team in the stunning setting of our venue. To arrange your next unforgettable event, contact us.

If you can dream it, we can perfect it!

Local Barre West

Capacity: Varies on event/room

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen for Caterer: Yes

Location: 720 Monroe Street, #300

Lulu's (@ W Hotel)

Capacity: 300

Outside Catering Allowed: Preferred Caterer List

Onsite Kitchen for Caterer: Only Preferred Caterers Can Use

Location: 225 River St

Mills Tavern

Capacity: Varies on event (upper balcony, as well as, entire space)

Onsite Kitchen: Yes

Location: 125 Washington St.

Monroe Movement Space

Capacity: 25 kids 65 adults

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Onsite Kitchen: No

Location: 720 Monroe St

Northern Soul

Capacity: 176

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 700 First Street

Simply Chai

Capacity: 50

Outside Catering Allowed: No (BYOB)

Location: 79 Hudson Street

W Hotel Ballroom

Capacity: 75-400

Outside Catering Allowed: No

Location: 225 River St

Willie McBride's

Capacity: 150 (Private Back Room with Private Bar Available)

Outside Catering Allowed: Yes

Location: 616 Grand St

Have a venue that should be on this list? Email us! hello@littlehobokenblog.com

This list serves informational purposes only. Little Hoboken, LLC assumes no responsibility or liability for

the information provided or services rendered from any vendor listed on our website.


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