It’s no secret that big things happen in Dallas, so it should come as no surprise that our picks for some of the top event settings in the city are big on variety, luxury and style. From venues with some serious history—historical landmark Hall of State was built in 1936!—to some seriously charming rustic-chic spaces like The White Sparrow, there’s no shortage of unforgettable venues for amazing events.
From avant garde art exhibits and culinary award programs to chic fashion shows and New Year’s Eve weddings, 7 for Parties has made a name for itself as an eccentric gem of a venue in Big D’s Design District. A complete reno reworked the floor plan into three easy-to-use open spaces, which can all be rented together for up to 470 guests or individually for smaller parties. Whimsical furniture, statement lighting and attention-grabbing artwork create a memorable space, though it can also be kept all white for a clean, crisp event setting. Owned by Wendy Krispin, who also runs her namesake catering company and often provides clients with a tasty custom menu for 7 events, this hipster hot spot is truly one of a kind.
Housed in the 13-story Lone Star Gas Co. building, now a historic Dallas landmark, The Carlisle Room is a vision of elegance in every way. Stately marble pillars frame the beautiful 5,500-square-foot Art Deco space with its terrazzo floors, marble walls and 17-foot ceilings. In-house catering provides gourmet menu options and as many as 350 guests can mingle in the lap of luxury whether it’s for a luncheon, conference or wedding. Private bridal and groom’s suites are the newest venue additions, providing a retreat for couples-to-be during the big day festivities.
The Chandelier Room
Just as its name implies, this sophisticated venue comes with plenty of beautiful lighting. The warehouse-style space with its exposed ceiling gets an industrial chic look thanks to more than 10 crystal-bedecked chandeliers hanging throughout. Tufted banquette furniture can be used to create a separate lounge area, while clear acrylic chiavari chairs and white linen-clad tables keep things simple but stylish and allow for any type of color scheme or event theme to take center stage.
The Dallas Museum of Art touts an impressive array of event rooms and facilities. There’s the spacious Hamon Atrium, featuring Dale Chihuly-framed glass windows and doors and ample natural light. The atrium leads into the Eagle Family Plaza’s outdoor entertainment area, which touts lush greenery and a dining pavilion—perfect for pre-event cocktails and festivities. And the outdoor Sculpture Garden’s exquisite displays are a modern backdrop for wedding ceremonies and seated dinners. Daytime meetings, conferences or private dinners are best hosted inside on the second level’s Founders Room, a white-walled, well-lit space looking out onto the Rose Family Sculpture Terrace. Lastly, there’s the spacious Horchow Auditorium with theater seating for up to 300 guests, a natural choice for programs, lectures and the like.
With its grand name and even grander history, The Hall of State isn’t your average venue. In fact, it’s a historical landmark built in 1936—out of Texas limestone, no less—to commemorate the centennial of the Republic of Texas and is preserved by The Dallas Historical Society. Anchored in Fair Park and still an operating museum, The Hall can host nearly a thousand guests when all its rooms, halls and front lawn are combined. Exec Chef Joseph Oldham crafts tasty menu options, which are dubbed with Lone Star-worthy monikers—like The Sam Houston entree of grilled pork medallion and Cajun chicken breast. There’s no doubt that events of all types, whether corporate or social, will create their own celebratory history with a function at The Hall of State.
Exposed brick walls and steel trusses on the wood ceiling lend a very industrial theme to Hickory Street Annex’s prize venue space. The popular loft-like feel is the perfect blank canvas for events of all kinds, easily hosting large crowds of up to 200 and a variety of floor layouts and furniture arrangements. In fact, the 6,500-square-foot setting comes with tables and chiavari chairs, three flat screens, caterer’s kitchen, an outdoor patio retreat and a spacious bridal suite for big day bashes. Windows on all four walls also ensure a wash of natural light for daytime to-dos and a view of Downtown for evening affairs.
Though it’s located in Uptown Dallas’ bustling Hardwood District, the scene at Marie Gabrielle is anything but. Instead, it’s a tranquil, greenery-filled one-and-half-acre site encompassed by manicured gardens and beautiful oak and river birch trees. The indoor restaurant area is ideal for dancing and dining with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the spacious outdoor venue space. There, patio lights twinkle above flower-bedecked tables set for al fresco dining if desired, and benches aplenty offer cozy nooks for guests to sit and enjoy the festivities—all perfectly situated amongst a scenic retreat.
Outfitted in crisp white from top to bottom and wall to wall, this North Dallas locale is the perfect neutral background for any modern day event. The 5,000-square-foot space touts a loft-like vibe in an urban setting with sleek lounge furniture, floor-to-ceiling curtains, cocktail tables, crystal accent decor and more included for every client. An on-site caterer makes fine dining a cinch and the open floor plan accommodates parties of all types and sizes, including receptions for up to 300 guests.
It’s always a special occasion at The Room on Main, situated on the sixth floor of the Dallas Arts Center. And the occasions are abundant, thanks to the versatile space, which touts 30-foot-ceilings, classic chandeliers, hardwood floors and tall, stately windows bordered by subtle neutral-toned drapes for ample lighting during daytime soirees. When the sun goes down, a glittering view of the city comes into play—as well as tables, chiavari chairs and a podium that come with each event. Be it charity function, class reunion or wedding, The Room on Main can be arranged to host 72 to 300 guests and accommodate everything from a fashion runway to a grand piano concert.
What once was a General Electric warehouse is now a delightfully rustic yet modern event space with stained concrete floors, a 20-foot pinewood ceiling and plenty of windows ushering in fresh, natural light. The open-concept set-up provides flexibility for as many as a thousand guests, and the customizing options are endless whether it’s lavish wedding decorations or a smart setup to accommodate large-crowd fundraising events. A “green room” or bridal suite provides a private area separate from the main space and there’s also a large prep kitchen, LED downwash lighting, and on-site pipe-and-drape to separate the space.
Looking for a rustic chic celebration? The barn‘s natural wood floors and whitewashed walls offer an old world elegance and picturesque charm that simply cannot be found in the heart of a city. The barn’s spacious layout can comfortably accommodate a large guest list without sacrificing the intimate feel of countryside hospitality. In fact, the white walls and open concept allow plenty of versatility for creative vision. Surrounding the barn is a breathtaking country landscape that provides the perfect countryside backdrop to your rustic wedding and outdoor photos. You can rest assured that your wedding photos at this stunning barn venue will be treasured for generations.