120 standing | $3,500–5,000 rental fee (includes chairs, tables, glassware, venue coordinator), 988 NW 18th Ave
Take a page from Feast Portland’s playbook and host a foodie fête on the lush grounds of Pomarius Nursery. The Northwest garden center hides a stylish open kitchen, indoor/outdoor dining room, and dreamy garden patio, and will let you showcase any chef or caterer you want (provided they’re licensed). (Psst: Blockhouse hides just behind another perfect Northwest party pad, warehouse Castaway.)
200 standing | $350–400/hour rental fee (includes tables, chairs, parking), 8800 SW Oleson Rd
Nordic Northwest’s clean-lined, Scandi-inspired cultural center, nestled in a woodsy pocket of Southwest, gives contemporary life to a throwdown, including a Scandinavian julbord holiday banquet. Broder Söder (an outpost of the beloved Nordic brunch chainlet) shares space with the center and also caters—take advantage of its bright spirits and pickled bites.
500 standing | $7,200 rental fee (includes some chairs, kitchen access), 800 SE 10th Ave
Yes, this is the building where a film crew shot that confrontation between Edward and James at the end of Twilight, but it’s good for more than vamp-on-vamp action. A flexible, industrial-chic space with breathtaking natural light, Yale Union (a nonprofit arts center by day) is ideal for a sun-kissed, Instagram-ready blowout—just keep any undead guests away from the massive bay windows.
672 standing in main hall, 1,700 in full space | $5,500–9,500 rental fee (includes chairs, tables, AV package, kitchen access), 831 SE Salmon St
Dream big for this one. Part of Ecotrust’s sustainability-focused Redd on Salmon complex, Redd East can accommodate a staggering 1,700 people among its soaring main hall (which flaunts heavy timbers and hulking machinery that dates to its former life as an ironworks), wide-open outdoor plaza, and patio. Bonus: hit the website to find your catering love match. Its deep list calls out ecofriendly operations as well as businesses owned by women and people of color.