Where to Host the Best Holiday Office Party of 2015

by Alexander Frane on Nov 30, 2015 in Roundups for Departure

Big box stores are adorned with santas and reindeer, the annual debate of what we can or should say in greeting to one another has begun, and Starbucks sparked a faux-outrage over paper cups. That can only mean one thing; The holiday season is upon us, and that means holiday parties. Whether you are hosting a dinner party for your company, or just entertaining friends, here are some bars and restaurants that offer spaces, food, and drinks for all of your private dining needs.
 
For a more casual holiday party, you can rent out the Rally Room of Shut Up and Eat, a killer sandwich spot in outer SE. This private space has a movie projector, sound system, and bathroom, with seating for up to 40 people. Renting the room is free, and hosts have the option between the larger catering menu or letting their guests order (and pay) for themselves off of the regular menu. While the restaurant is counter service, servers are provided for the space, which does require automatic gratuity. A charge may be applied if the space is reserved after the restaurant normally closes. Reserve the Rally Room here, or call 503-719-6449. (3848 SE Gladstone St.)
 
The Italian food at Renata is some of the most popular in the city, and while it may not be the most traditional for a holiday party, your guests probably would not mind. The private dining space in Renata is intimate, with room for 14 seated guests, or 20 standing. Rates are discussed with the coordinator, but food and drink prices start at a minimum of $600 during the week, and $700 for the weekend. There is also the option for buying out the entire restaurant for a more extravagant event. Fill out a request form here, or call the events coordinator at 503-702-7874. (626 SE Main St.)
 
This wine bar offers two spaces available for private parties. The first is The River Room, whose main draw is the view of the Willamette River. During the holiday season, seating is available for up to 55 standing or 35 seated, while the summer months see the space open up for outdoor seating. During the winter, a large fireplace keeps the space cozy as guests dine at bistro tables or in comfy leather chairs. There is also a private bar in the room.
 
The second space is the Cellar, which features a more formal dining space with boardroom tables. Up to 45 guests can comfortably dine, or 55 for a more reception based event. Again, there is a private bar available. Rates and menus vary by season and time of day. More information can be found here. (0315 SW Montgomery St., #330-360)
 
Coquine hasn’t been open a year yet and is already garnering multiple accolades, including Eater’s Restaurant of the Year award. We looked at the lovely cocktail menu this past summer. Coquine doesn’t offer a private dining room, but it does offer the possibility of buying out the entire restaurant. You would be hard pressed to find a better chef than Katy Millard to impress your holiday guests. Call 503-384-2483 for inquiries. (6839 SE Belmont St.)
 
Departure Restaurant and Lounge
With one of the best views in Portland, and one of the most celebrated chefs, Gregory Gourdet, Departure makes an amazing destination for your holiday party. Departure offers spaces in four areas of the restaurant: The State Room, The East Deck, The Sea of Love (an intimate 13 person dining room available for three hours), and The West Deck. All spaces have a required food and beverage minimum and tiered pricing menus of Departure’s modern Asian cuisine. Cocktails are available to suit your special occasion. Book your reservation online here, or contact Carrie Kissel at 503-802-4642 or carrie.kissell@sagerestaurantgroup.com for larger groups. (525 SW Morrison St.)

Photo via Departure

Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Holiday, Parties, Spirits, Wine
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
This Winemaker is Releasing A 'Saturday Night Live' Line

This Winemaker is Releasing A 'Saturday Night Live' Line

Live from New York, it's Saturday Night Wine! Your late-night Saturday drinking choices just got more thematic, as winemaker Lot18, in collaboration w...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 30, 2017
Remnants of the World's Oldest Wine Found in Georgia

Remnants of the World's Oldest Wine Found in Georgia

Researchers have found 8000-year-old pottery in Georgia that contains remnants of wine compounds, making it the earliest evidence found thus far of wi...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Nov 28, 2017
Where to Toast to Repeal Day 2017 in Portland

Where to Toast to Repeal Day 2017 in Portland

no holiday so truly celebrates drinking as much as December 5th's Repeal Day, observing the ratification of the 21st Amendment and the repeal of prohi...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 28, 2017
SPONSORED
Do You Realize The Flaming Lips are Teaming Up with Dogfish Head?

Do You Realize The Flaming Lips are Teaming Up with Dogfish Head?

In early 2018, the Flaming Lips will take a break from battling pink robots and crowd-surfing in giant balloon...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 28, 2017
Things No One Asked For: The SIXOVERONE, A Multi-Bottle Opener

Things No One Asked For: The SIXOVERONE, A Multi-Bottle Opener

SIXOVERONE is making a six-bottle opener, just in case you don't have time to open each bottle individually....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Nov 27, 2017
You Can Now Get Whisky in Pouches

You Can Now Get Whisky in Pouches

Those who long for the days of drinking Capri Suns but also enjoy tasting new Scotch whiskies every month are in for a treat, as there is now a servic...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 27, 2017
Where to Drink on Thanksgiving 2017 in Portland

Where to Drink on Thanksgiving 2017 in Portland

Most dive bars and hotel bars will be opening their doors for Turkey Day, but we've narrowed the list down to just the best places to spend your eveni...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 21, 2017
Play Around at These Portland Bars with Games

Play Around at These Portland Bars with Games

While many Portland bars sport an occasional pool table or dart board, more of an afterthought than a reason to visit, a few spots are a destination b...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 21, 2017
Drake's Dad Makes Fun of Him in New Ad for Virginia Black Whiskey

Drake's Dad Makes Fun of Him in New Ad for Virginia Black Whiskey

Dennis Graham, an R&B singer, very suave gentleman, and Drake's dad, stars in a new ad with his son to promote his new brand of whiskey, Virginia Blac...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Nov 21, 2017
Warm Up at Portland's Coziest Bars with Fireplaces

Warm Up at Portland's Coziest Bars with Fireplaces

When winter descends on Portland and the damp cold intrudes every aspect of our lives, there's really only one response: go to a toasty bar and drink ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 14, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close