A venue for a bridal shower that says "Albany"

corning tower at night from downtown

Maureen emails:

I'm helping to plan a bridal shower for this August for about 40 people, and we'd like to find a venue that has both indoor and outdoor space. Preferable some place that provides food, but willing to consider all options. And since most of the guests will be from out of town, it would be great to find a place that feels "Albany." (But anywhere in the Capital Region works!)

There are a lot of places that host events like this, but the desire to find a place that's unique to this area or representative somehow is a fun twist.

So, got suggestions for Maureen? Please share! And as always, a sentence or two about why you're recommending the place is much appreciated.

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The first place that came to mind for me is The Olde English Pub on Broadway. The building in which it's housed is historic and has a lovely patio.

Naturally, I'm a bit biased, but I think Lark + Lily might fit the bill. The anticipated number of guests would be comfortably accommodated and we offer both indoor and outdoor dining space in the heart of historic Center Square. Consider giving us a call - 518.463.2881

P.S. - The Olde English is an excellent option as would be Yono's/dp's, City Beer Hall and Cafe Capriccio.

How about a Dutch Apple Cruise?
http://dutchapplecruises.com/charters/charter-tours

I wonder what their budget is? That could make a difference. Also their vision of Albany? The Confectionary is very nice, although Troy. The Women's Club in Albany used to rent out their second floor, which was quite lovely as well. The NYS Museum can be rented out as well.

The Albany Institute of History and Art has a lovely space (The Rice House) with a large outdoor balcony. New World Bistro Bar or Nicole's is on their catering list.

http://www.albanyinstitute.org/using-our-facility.html
http://newworldbistrobar.com/catering/diycatering-summer11-web/
http://www.nicolescatering.com/catering/social-event-catering/

A Sunday brunch or Saturday luncheon, followed by a late afternoon in Washington Park for photos, visiting and games.

Topped off with an evening on the patio at Lark and Lily.


I'm not sure if they have any outdoor space but the Renaissance Hotel is a restored hotel with lots of architectural elements that showcases NYS/Albany history. It also is so close to the Empire State Plaza and has views of the Capital building that definitely scream "Albany". They have several event rooms including a ballroom with large windows that make it very light and airy. And since a lot of your guests will be from out of town they could stay directly in the hotel.

If you want outdoor spaces downtown, I agree with Olde English, their little secret back patio is lovely. Also near the Renaissance is City Beer Hall that has a nice outdoor space with views of the Empire State Plaza. City Beer Hall has a speakeasy in the basement too that might be fun for a bridal shower!

What about the holroyd mansion (affiliated with the Iron Gate Cafe)?
http://www.holroydmansion.com/private_events.html

Ten Broeck Mansion hosts rentals and the gardens are amazing in August.

Are they still renting out the observation deck at Corning Tower? No outdoor space, but beautiful views of the city. Also, the penthouse event space at Taste (is that now part of Aji restaurant?) has gorgeous views of the city, and has a beautiful outdoor patio with views of the city. LaSerre has a beautiful patio, and private room that would be perfect for a shower.

Hi Maureen!

I would be happy to show you the Olde English to see if it would be a good fit for your bridal shower. We have a beautiful outdoor garden patio with a charming outdoor bar you can have, and the Olde English building itself is the 2nd oldest building in Albany!

I really think you will love it.

If i can help, you can reach me at OldeEnglishPub@gmail.com

Where ever you choose, I hope you have a great time.

Matt Baumgartner
Olde English Pub, owner

whoops, sorry.. the email address for The Olde English Pub is TheOldeEnglish@gmail.com

I love these suggestions.

The Olde English at the Quackenbush House is classic Albany. Also, Albany wouldn't be Albany without the river, so the river cruise also makes a ton of sense.

One other idea if you were looking for something a bit more casual, is The Orchard Tavern. What's more Albany than one of the area's classic taverns. And it doesn't get more classic than this. Plus it has outdoor space in the summer.

It's hard to think of another place that feels more "Albany" to me.

Take a look at the country club of Troy. great venue will work with you within your Budget
Talk to the Event Planner Elizabeth great insight on how to make your day special

I would "second" the Albany Institute or the Women's building and Ten Broeck Mansion...each has the advantage of allowing you to pick your own caterer

A few years back I would have mentioned Taste @ 45 Beaver St, which has a nice "penthouse" level dining area....it closed in 2015.. not sure if there is anything but cobwebs there now.

There is the Cornerstone (formerly sign of the tree) on the Empire State Plaza---but I'd stick to a cocktails and small plates, the kitchen is small and on a lower level and is challenged with full fledged dinners.

I've been to some great events at the State Museum (guessing the Office of General Services would be the contact point)

I always wished the Washington Park lakehouse was available for private events...last I checked it was only for not for profits or govt groups.(might be worth a call to City Hall to check)

I wonder if you could talk your way into the Fort Orange General Store--open space overlooking SUNY Central.

Best wishes, let us know where you end up!

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