When planning an event, one of the opportunities you have as host is finding a venue that is anything but traditional. Here are some examples of venue options that will have guests eager to attend your next event!


Take attendees to a rooftop venue, an ideal escape for meeting planners looking to “wow” their groups with an evening event. Not only do rooftop spaces provide picture-perfect views of the cityscape or sweeping landscape, they also have décor already built into the ambiance making a very shareable location.

Hotel Banquet Kitchen

Add live bands, a DJ, trapeze artists who interact with the guests, or live local artists working in tandem with the food theme to create a never-before-seen experience, serviced by chefs.

Outdoor Space

After being cooped up in meetings in (mostly) windowless rooms, enjoy the fresh air and sunlight at an outdoor venue. Among the many benefits of getting some outside time are a renewed energy and sharper concentration skills.

Pool Deck

From an alfresco lunch to a lantern-lit barbecue, nothing screams summer more than a poolside setting. Only allowed to use the pool deck in the offseason? No problem! Pool season generally runs Victoria Day through Labor Day, with plenty of warm days to utilize in the shoulder seasons.


Just as fun as a rooftop location, basement parties or “underground” events can take advantage of otherwise forgotten spaces. Channel the speakeasies that took to obscure underground locations to hide their business, and make it an adventure just to get to the event.

Where has your favourite nontraditional event taken place? Let us know with a comment below!

Happy planning!