Finding a Christmas party venue can be stressful. If you haven’t booked yours yet, you’re going to need to get creative as most of the usual suspects have been booked since the summer. Not to worry though as this is a blessing in disguise that enables you to explore options at some of the newest and best kept secrets for booking a Christmas party venue.
Here is a list of 14 restaurants that are still available for weekend and late weekday corporate party bookings of any size and budget.
Sai Woo’s modern dining room and globally-inspired cuisine makes this venue an excellent choice for companies looking for a truly memorable venue. Recently opened and tucked away in Chinatown, it has also been nominated by En Route magazine as one of the best new 2015 restaurants to open in Canada.
On any day of the week, the whole restaurant can be booked out for private parties of up to 175 people. If you are in the mood for an open and beautifully-lit room then you can work with up to 100 people upstairs. Or, if you feel like something more intimate, their private room downstairs seats up to 75 people. The pricing is flexible and the menu can accommodate an endless variety of options based off of what your group wants.
Address: 158 East Pender Street
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 5 p.m. to midnight
Calabash Bistro, most noted for their live music, brunch, and cocktails, is ready to add ‘holiday party host’ to their most noted list. With a basement private room equipped with its own bar and stage, alongside fantastic artwork sure to help break the ice with that co-worker you always wanted to get to know; your corporate party will be the talk of the office for years to come. Set dinner menus of their legendary Caribbean food range from $35-$65.
Address: 428 Carrall Street
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m to midnight
With three different locations in the downtown Vancouver area, Hapa Izakaya is able to provide a variety of corporate party options
The Coal Harbour location can host up to 40 people in the lounge with a set menu for $29.99 a person. Booking out the restaurant will allow you to fit up to 175 guests. If you are looking for something smaller scale, there is a private room seating up to 12 guests.
The Yaletown location is unique because they do not book reservations for groups larger than 12. This is perfect if you are looking to host an intimate party for a small office. If you do have a larger party, they can accommodate restaurant buyouts and have seats for up to 80 guests or standing room for 100.
Hapa Izakaya Robson, the largest of all the Hapa locations, allows room for up to 170 guests sitting and 180 guests standing. With a special holiday menu and minimum spending starting at $2,000.
Its modern vibe and unique food will make your holiday party far different than the typical hotel ballroom gathering. With “Happa” hour every day from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. you may want to stop by and make the booking in person.
Addresses & Hours:
Coal Harbour: 909 West Cordova Street. Open Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. to late, Saturday: 5 p.m. to late.
Yaletown: 1193 Hamilton Street. Open Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to late, Saturday to Sunday: 5 p.m. to late.
Robson: 1479 Robson Street. Monday to Sunday: 5 p.m. to late.
Phone: Coal Harbour: 604-420-4272, Yaletown:604-681-4272, Robson: 604-689-4272
Located in the heart of Vancouver, Royal Dinette revolves around celebrated chef David Gunawan’s signature focus on a true farm-to-table dining experience perfect for a Christmas party. It’s the perfect place for a group of 60 people but can hold 80 if you include the bar. If you have a flexible budget and want to put an emphasis on a unique dining experience that feels like you are in someones fancy home, this is the perfect spot. The open kitchen and its family-style eight-course menu will ensure the food keeps flowing throughout the night as you celebrate like royalty after a much deserved party to close out 2015 like kings.
Address: 905 Dunsmuir Street
Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to late, Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to late
The Park at English Bay
The Park offers private bookings both inside their space and next door at the Best Western Sands hotel ballroom at an extremely reasonable budget. They can accommodate up to 40 people. Amongst others they offer the festive menu option of a turkey dinner buffet for only $19.95 per person. Choose a locally brewed craft beer or BC wine to go with it. With the relaxed yet classy vibe at The Park, your co-workers will be able to let loose and have a memorable time.
Address: 1755 Davie Street
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Serving Chinese food with a contemporary twist, Bambudda invites diners to experience modern interpretations of more traditional flavours of Hong Kong and southern Chinese cuisine. Inventive takes on dim sum dishes like pork buns, crispy skin pork, and egg tarts will take you on a culinary exploration in taste. The drink menu features unique cocktails and carefully selected wine and beer pairings.
Bambudda’s private room can seat up to 20 guests, or up to 25 for a standing event, making it ideal for smaller companies and gatherings, while the main dining room can seat up to 60 for buyouts. Special six-course tasting menus are available for holiday bookings.
Address: 99 Powell Street, Gastown
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to midnight
This Granville Street restaurant lives up to its name with refined tables, refined wallpaper, refined flooring, and more. If you are looking for an trendy (and environmentally friendly) place to host your holiday party, look no further. With a private room that can host up to 90 people and a menu that will not break your corporate bank, it is safe to say The Refinery is an ideal spot for mid-sized Vancouver companies.
Address: 1115 Granville Street
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Opened just this summer, the new Glowbal restaurant in the TELUS Garden is definitely one of the places to be this winter. With private rooms to accommodate from 12 to 60 guests as well as the option to book out the whole restaurant, from a small party to a large party you cannot go wrong. Capacity for booking the whole restaurant varies depending on the time and date, so it is best to call with a specific date in mind when inquiring.
Address: 590 West Georgia Street
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight
Hidden at the bottom of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Prohibition offers full venue bookings for up to 200 people on Sunday and Monday evenings. Menu options are available for large groups. To really get the night going try their Absinthe. Not only do they serve it, but they offer multiple types to try and compare. A true throwback to the Roaring Twenties.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday to Saturday: 4 p.m. to 2.am.
The two floors offered at Revel Room allow for easy booking of a private party. With up to 50 seats upstairs, 30 seats downstairs, 80 seats on both floors, or standing capacity for up to 110 guests on both floors, Revel Room is prepared to help you throw the perfect party for your office. Like the seating options, menu options are also vast. Once you have narrowed it down between a three course plated dinner or a canape menu, you then must choose between their different price points ranging from $15 – $55. Live entertainment is also available with a selection of house bands to choose from.
Address: 238 Abbott Street, Gastown
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday to Saturday: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 3 p.m. to midnight
This boutique restaurant is perfect for your small business holiday party. Depending on the size, your party may be hosted in the hotel by the catering team or in the restaurant itself, but either way you will get to experience their special holiday tasting menu. The option to book out the entire restaurant is also available, but dates are filling up quickly.
Address: 1300 Robson Street
Hours: Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday to Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to midnight
This upscale venue is another newly opened place to consider this holiday season. With a stage for music – or for the corporate holiday speech – and a floor for dancing, the night will be an entertaining one. Any day of the week the downstairs can be booked out and will accommodate up to 200 people. You are sure to find holiday satisfaction in The Belmont’s flexible budgets, delicious menu items like steak-frites and warm pretzels, and wide range of cocktails.
Address: 1006 Granville Street, Downtown
These Christmas party venues you might not have originally considered or known about provide a golden opportunity to switch things up this holiday season. It’s not late enough to surrender to an in-office dinner party – you spend enough time there year-round.
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