A large, interesting party space in Albany?

AOA9 party crowd Cornerstone At The PlazaMaureen emails:

Hi, I'm trying to find a warm space with character preferably in Albany to host a dear friend's 50th. Have something like the Hollow? or Hangar? Or the Linda? in mind, but want to expand into rentable fire houses? old churches? It's for 85-90 people.

We've had similar questions in the past, but it sounds like Maureen is looking for a relatively large space and maybe something a little different.

One thing to keep in mind when hosting an event like this in what might be unusual space: You'll often have to coordinate catering or address details like seating. (That's one of the benefits of going with a place that hosts a bunch of events like this -- the venue often can handle that stuff.)

So, got a suggestion for Maureen? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're suggesting a place can be helpful.

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I just learned about the Woman's Club of Albany yesterday, during the Holiday House tour. It's a really large space that is chock full of character, and they rent it out for parties of the type Maureen is interested in.


I went to a birthday party for a friend last year at the Woman's Club of Albany. Large space, lots of character, and different than your average rental space in a restaurant, etc. https://womansclubofalbany.com/

Albany University Club is a cool space - there is a bowling ally in the basement!

You do need the event to be sponsored by a member, but contact them and something can be worked out.


Most of the local galleries and museums in the area rent their spaces (Opalka, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Arts Center, etc.)

In addition, Troy Historical Society has a nice space with a side outdoor deck, Ten Broeck Mansion, Historic Cherry Hill, The Troy Public Library (free and has use of an adjacent parking lot on nights and weekends), RPI Cultural Center...

You'll also need caterer and most will need additional seating, tables, etc.

Wherever you end up, have a blast!

I am seconding the women's club! They are so affordable and accomodating.

Another interesting spot is Pat's Barn

The Woman's Club of Albany is a beautiful historic house on Madison Avenue in Albany. Perfect for a 50th birthday party!

The Women’s Club of Albany is beautiful. I just started attending meetings/events there and it’s amazing.

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