In Search of an Urban Pretzel Party: The Conclusion

December 9, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

When I last left you on our Urban Pretzel Party search, I had just found out that our venue of choice , Pravda, was booked for all of 2010- with people waiting in the wings in case of cancellation.  I was seriously bummed but wasn’t defeated.  I reached out to my contact at our catering company  to see if she knew of any other spaces which fit my requirements, slightly modified.

  • Seattle Area or North Seattle
  • 150+ people
  • Open Catering
  • Loft-like
  • Not a hotel/country club/banquet hall

Ding Ding Ding!  By just scratching off the “North Seattle” requirement I opened up my criteria to the amazing SoDo (South Downtown) and Gerogetown neighborhoods.  The catering company suggested one venue in particular, The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios.

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Housed in the old Seattle Brewing and Malting Company complex, The Engine room has 25″ ceilings, concrete floors, 15′ arched windows – it is a virtual blank slate.

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But with a little effort you can make something magical.

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We quickly arranged a viewing.  Much to our delight, the Engine Room had an “unfinished, rough urban” vibe  which we loved.  It is housed in an old brewery and just a couple doors down from Georgetown Beer (makers of Manny’s Pale Ale- a Pretzel fav).  Our Pretzel brains started swirling with ideas of brewery themed weddings.

We were smitten, then I got a phone call from Pravda that left us torn.

Uhhh-Ohhh… All of a sudden we had choices.  The person who had booked Pravda on our date had backed out- and the two people in waiting had also found other venues.  If we wanted it- Pravda was ours.  We drove to Capital Hill to look at the space in person and we made our decision over dinner that night.  The back of a napkin became our Pro and Con list.

On Aesthetics:

  • We decided that while we liked Pravda’s sleek and modern vibe we preferred the rougher modern feel that The Engine Room had.
  • We couldn’t contain our excitement that The Engine Room was in an old brewery.   …. AN OLD BREWERY!

On Size:

  • The Engine Room was smaller than Pravda. But we worried that Pravda was a bit big for our 150 person guest list – read: it would cost us more to “fill up” the space with decorations and seating. The Engine room seemed to be the “right” size for 150 people.
  • When we visited Pravda, we discovered that the “parking lot” that Pravda advertised was approximately 10 stalls and parking in Capital Hill is a NIGHTMARE.  The Engine Room on the other hand has a HUGE private lot- and when I say huge I mean I could play a game of regulation football on it.

On Cost

  • The Engine Room fee was $1000 less than Pravda.
  • The Engine Room also had a photo booth in house for half the price of a normal photo booth- saving us approximately $600.

Over bowls of Pho we picked our venue.  I called the folks at the Engine Room and had them send us a contract.  This began our journey into a Brewery Inspired Bash– more on that to come!

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