Planning your event in St. Louis? From a blues museum to waterfront views to 19th-century monuments, you’ll find it here in our top 30 event spots in St. Lou.The race to the frontier solidified St. Louis’ identity as the gateway to the west. As a strategic point on the Mississippi River, the waterfront city grew in wealth, power, and influence during the 18th and 19th-century.
Fast forward to the modern day and St. Louis is seeing a second renaissance. A revitalized downtown, commercial area, microbreweries, and cultural enclaves have made the city an attractive destination for tourists and business travelers alike. The variety of budget-friendly event spaces to elegant, old-world venues make this a desirable location for industry conferences, conventions, and meetups.
Along the Mississippi River, you’ll see the iconic Gateway Arch memorializing America’s westward expansion. From manifest destiny to a modern intersection of culture, architecture, backgrounds, and history, St. Louis offers a wealth of surprising and unforgettable event venues.
We understand choosing the right event venue can be a major headache, whether you are a local or are planning an event from afar. Let’s take a look at our top 30 event venues in St. Louis.
Source: National Blues Museum
Pay homage to one of the most celebrated genres of American music by bringing your next St. Louis event to the National Blues Museum. This modern museum opened its doors in 2016 and offers an immersive learning experience for guests that includes interactive exhibits, a 100-seat theater, renowned public programming, and a record-your-own-music booth for musicians and non-musicians alike. Event marketers have the choice of two event spaces that offer floor to ceiling windows, stage and lighting, audio-visual capabilities, and live streaming options that will make your next networking or dinner affair a legendary event.
Source: The Boatworks
Looking for a large scale venue that includes a scenic waterfront view? Check out the Boatworks in nearby Grafton, Illinois for a visually stunning and flexible space that’s sure to wow your event attendees. The historic Boatworks is an attractive blend of industrial and vintage flair that serves as a venue of conferences, charity events, weddings, and music all in view of the Mississippi River.
If you’re looking for a large-scale event venue in Missouri, you probably can’t beat this behemoth in size or capacity. The America’s Center Convention Complex comprises four meeting facilities in the heart of downtown St. Louis. The biggest fear your attendee might have is simply getting lost in this 500,000+ square feet exhibit space that includes a 67,000-seat dome, 28,000 square foot ballroom, a 1,400 seat theater, and 80 meeting rooms. Don’t worry! Your event app can easily help your attendees find their next educational track or workshop session. In the past year, additional civic proposals have been made to upgrade America’s Center Convention Complex. Event marketers can expect a bigger and more cohesive space that includes an expanded ballroom and public park in the coming years.
Located in the historic Laclede’s Landing Cutlery Building, 612North boosts three event spaces with distinct styles. Small and large events are welcome with a maximum capacity of 700 guests. The exposed brick and open floor plan make the 612North a perfect balance of industrial chic with modern touches. Because this is a popular wedding venue, you can expect a seasoned event planning staff ready to take on any event as well as a premier dining experience for your conference attendees or executive guests. Bonus: Make sure to take a photo with the Gateway Arch as the Laclede’s Landing Cutlery Building is directly adjacent to the iconic monument.
5. Covo STL
Covo is an urban coworking space with locations in St. Louis and San Francisco. As is typical with coworking spaces, you’ll find open floor plans, plenty of natural light, sleek desks and office amenities, coffee and craft cocktails. Full-service meeting rooms are great for one-off brainstorming or workshop sessions while the ballroom at Covo is perfect for larger corporate dinners or keynotes that include full catering and audio and visual support. Take advantage of the onsite cocktail bar, Trust, to serve up a fun cocktail experience for your next panel discussion or entrepreneur-style TED talk.
Promote your next networking event at the perfect summertime watering hole. The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch is a can’t-miss venue for Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser fans. Along with a fun outdoor space and foamy beers on tap, you can treat event attendees to a brewery tour that encompasses the historic brewhouse, cellars, and Clydesdale stables. Bonus: To bring your brand into the mix, try adding customized beer bottles for your event (and maybe a beer-centric centerpiece to match).
If you’re craving a local craft beer for your networking event, take your bierhall search over to Urban Chestnut. At Urban Chestnut, you’ll discover what co-owners Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe describe as “beer divergency” which is a marrying of both modern and antiquated perspectives on the German bierhall. Your event attendees will say cheers with pints of ale and lager as they sit across from one another on long communal tables. Old barrels can be added to give the event space a more rustic cocktail-style aesthetic. Sandwiches, schnitzel, bratwurst, and Bavarian donuts will keep the munchies at bay so your attendees can mingle all through the night.
8. REM Theater
Source: REM Theater
For large scale events that require a more traditional theater, the REM Theater at the 1400 Building in Fenton, MO is a great choice. You can expect a beautiful performing arts theater that seats 600, audio-visual-lighting options, video conferencing capabilities, and professional staff to support your needs. You can be confident your next keynote, industry panel, or product release will be a great experience for your invited guests. Thinking of a smaller event? The building also has an additional theater that seats 300 for a more intimate audience-to-stage experience.
Source: Boo Cat Club
Looking for something light, airy, and sophisticated? The Boo Cat Club is a sleek and modern venue with exquisite architectural details to make your next event enviably instagrammable. Originally, the Boo Cat was built in 1908 for members of the St. Louis Artists Guild. The venue now serves as a cultural landmark for beautifully executed events. Choose between several event spaces: a skylit ballroom, velvet draped theater, cavernous catacombs, or individual galleries in the Mezzanine. Your attendees will have plenty of opportunities to mingle and ogle at your event space and setup. Share a meal or create a fantastic networking and education space for retail marketing events, customer meetups, executive diners, or corporate outings.
10. City Museum
Source: City Museum
Location: Washington Avenue Loft District
Yearning for a night at the museum? Tease out the inner child by hosting your event at the beloved City Museum. Located in the Washington Avenue Loft District, City Museum has won numerous awards and accolades for its psychedelic architecture that takes you through a vault, an undulating aquatic-themed mezzanine, a hall of salvaged architecture pieces, a panoramic rooftop deck, and a ten-story slide that delivers the same downward rush as your favorite rollercoaster. The museum’s four main rental spaces hold between 100 to 300 attendees but call ahead if you’re looking to book the World Aquarium or the entire museum.
11. Three Sixty
Nothing beats a swanky rooftop bar in a new city. Treat your attendees to an epic happy hour at the panoramic Three Sixty atop of the Hilton St. Louis. You can expect great cocktails and snacks, flexible indoor/outdoor seating, and a bird’s eye view of the city’s main landmarks.Take advantage of the skyline perspective with a sunset drenched selfie before a night on the town.
12. Stifel Theater
The Stifel Theater was originally known as the Kiel Opera House and still retains its grandiose, old-world glamour. For event marketers looking to create a stately affair, the Stifel Theater offers 3,100 seats at the Main Theater and additional preshow spaces. This event venue is perfect for galas, conferences, music, or internal company events. Catering packages offer flexibility in serving your attendees cocktails, dinner, lunch, breakfast, or the most important meal — the dessert.
13. The Jewel Box
Location: Forest Park
Known colloquially as the “jewel” in Forest Park, the Jewel Box is a recently renovated greenhouse that serves as a multi-purpose event venue. The space includes a catering room, restrooms, heating, air conditioning, and an intimate set-up of up to 250 seated guests. The glass walls shoot up 50 feet and offer shelter from inclement weather while allowing ample sunlight to flow throughout the space. Attendees will love the seasonal flowers and plants installed by the Flora Conservatory of Forest Park.
Source: World’s Fair Pavilion
Location: Forest Park
Forest Park is a can’t miss feature of St. Louis and the World’s Fair Pavilion is a must for picturesque company picnics, summer galas, or educational seminars for industry experts. This uncommon St. Louis event space has a fascinating tie to American innovation. The World’s Fair Pavilion was erected in 1909 and remains a staple viewing point for the entire park. The sheltered part of the pavilion comfortably seats 500 and larger groups can be accommodated in the open air space. Catering spaces, lighting, restrooms, and accessible parking make this space a contender for your next midsummer night corporate bash.
Source: Royal Sonesta Hotels
Location: Central West End
For luxury accommodations at your next fundraising gala, conference, or internal event, check out the Royal Sonesta-affiliated Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Built in 1922, The art-deco architecture of this hotel embodies the jazzy, Gatsby-style twenties. The hotel even hosted Frank Sinatra. You’ll find over 65,000 sq feet of flexible event space including 23 separate meeting and break-out rooms and three ballrooms with a capacity of 2,000 attendees. The historic, stately charm of the Chase Park Plaza Hotel will capture your attendee’s imagination.
Source: Marriott St. Louis Grand
The Marriott St. Louis Grand is the perfect spot for hosting 1,000+ conference attendees. The luxury hotel offers three ballrooms and a foyer that each seat from 450 to 2,000 guests. Easily host your next conference or workshop in this robust event space that includes almost 78,000+ square feet of total event space with boardrooms and ballrooms, audio and visual options, hi-speed WIFI, and a full-service luxury hotel located near the Gateway Arch.
Source: Hyatt Regency St. Louis
The Hyatt Regency St. Louis underwent massive renovations that now allow for state-of-the-art facilities to your upcoming conference or corporate event. With over 83,000 square feet of meeting and presentation areas, indoor, outdoor, and pre-function spaces, you’ll be confident in hosting a large scale event with quality amenities. Coordinating multi-day or week-long conferences is easier with a central downtown location, hotel accommodations, and additional amenities. For hungry attendees, multiple options abound including onsite catering, a world-renowned steakhouse, brewhouse, and must-have onsite Starbucks to keep your guests happy for multi-day events and conferences.
18. The Luminary
Source: The Luminary
The Luminary is another historic building that has been reimagined as a contemporary art gallery space. The venue is perfectly suited to host cocktail mixers, corporate panels or workshops, and intimate conferences. Event space rentals include white wall gallery space and exposed wooden beams for a distinctly contemporary vibe. Event marketers will have seating for up to 200, professional sound, lighting, and HD projectors that are sure to make your next presentation a hit.
Source: Palladium St. Louis
Location: Lafayette Square
If you’re looking for an alternative St Lou building with historic appeal, the Palladium St. Louis is a great option. Originally servicing as a laundry facility to the nearby City Hospital in the late 1930s, the Palladium has been reborn as a coveted multi-purpose event space. This unique venue includes a mezzanine, professional lighting and audio, and custom designed “petal dividers” to create individual rooms or break-out areas. Host your next corporate event, executive dinner, or gala at the Palladium St. Louis and offer your attendees a stylish, modern experience topped with a skyline view. Bonus: The Palladium offers the use of green space so that you can host an afternoon Aperol cocktail on the front lawn.
Source: Saint Louis Science Center
Location: King’s Oak
The culmination of your next event could be an immersive experience at the Saint Louis Science Center. Considered one of the top science centers in the US, the Saint Louis Science Center makes the perfect destination for your next corporate event or conference. Six rental spaces are available within the Science Center and can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. On-site event planning and catering services make it easier to coordinate the planning and execution of your event so you can focus on strategic projects like event content, networking opportunities, and, in the name of science, creative and innovative thought leadership.
Source: St. Louis Union Station
Location: Union Station
If your event is screaming for a one-of-a-kind location, the St. Louis Union Station Hilton Hotel is calling your name. Quick history lesson: The Union Station was originally built in the late 1900s and was an impressive railway station during its time. Enter the hotel lobby and your attendees will crane their neck to capture each detail of the 3D light show on the arched ceilings. Along with sweeping archways and ceilings, attendees will find frescos and gold leaf detail that make the hotel both a tourist attraction and business destination. Event marketers will find 100,000 square feet of usable space that can accommodate 2,000 attendees.
Source: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is a luxury-first experience with five-star amenities like a sky terrace with poolside cabanas, twelve spa and treatment rooms, exceptional dining that is sure to keep your attendees well taken care of. For your conference or keynote presentation, you’ll have ample meeting space with a 7,000 square foot ballroom and sun-drenched meeting rooms that keep attendees energized for hours on end. For breaks, take a walk around the sky terrace or step out to the pedestrian for easy access to downtown St. Louis.
23. The Thaxton
Source: The Thaxton
Give Gotham City a run for its money with this art-deco inspired event venue. The Thaxton St. Louis is a multi-level event venue perfect for corporate dinners, themed networking events, and holiday parties. The Thaxton St. Louis provides additional resources for custom corporate gifts, nearby hotels, photography, videography, and partners with several local catering providers to make event logistics much easier. Fun speakeasy-era spirits like house infused moonshine and bathtub gin really bring the roaring twenties to life.
Source: Thaxton Speakeasy
Why not treat your attendees to a prohibition-era experience at the Thaxton Speakeasy? Located on the lower level of the Thaxton St. Louis Building, this delightful password-only speakeasy will keep your guests on their toes. An ideal venue for networking, holiday, or team building events, you’ll be able to entertain with great cocktails, live music, and ample seating with throwback vibes. Just remember to tell your attendees that the speakeasy entrance is in the alley!
Location: Forest Park
For a true executive dinner experience, make sure to buy-out a night at the restaurant Vicia. Chef Michael Gallina is a St. Louis native who spent 10 years at New York’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a Michelin-rated restaurant, before starting Vicia in his hometown. Fun fact: Michael Gallina met his now wife Chef Tara Gallina while they served up exceptional dishes at Blue Hill. Vicia is a destination restaurant that elevates Midwestern ingredients - both locally grown vegetables and proteins - and is sure to please attendees with a picky palette or special dietary needs. Vicia offers several private dining options for lunch, cocktail hour, or dinner so you can sit back, relax, and nurse a glass of wine or an herbaceous cocktail at ease.
Location: La Salle
For a more nostalgic happy hour vibe, check out Kevin Lemp’s 4 Hands Brewing Company. The 20,000 square foot space serves both as a warm and welcoming event space and brewery. Treat your attendees to an easy and fun happy hour with craft beer and bites from the award-winning Sidney Street Cafe or great seaside snacks from Peacemaker. Group tastings or brewery classes will round out your next executive meetup, company offsite, or networking event.
27. Moonrise Hotel
Source: Moonrise Hotel
Location: The Loop
Looking for a quirky, space age throwback for your next creative conference or executive workshop? Check out the Moonrise Hotel in The Loop — a prime shopping and entertainment district in St. Louis — to get those creative juices flowing. The Moonrise Hotel offers several event meeting spaces that can host a maximum of 100 attendees. Host conferences and workshops in either the Apollo 8 or Apollo 11 rooms that are named for each consecutive lunar mission or host a networking event in the Eclipse Lounge or Rooftop Terrace that features a dramatic skyline view and fun details. Your attendees will have a blast at this unique, boutique hotel and will have access to great after-hours entertainment with nearby attractions and a MetroLink Station for an easy commute.
Source: Third Degree Glass Factory
Location: Central West End
A glass factory may seem like the most unlikely event venue, but artists Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer have been hosting weddings, parties, and corporate events in their galleries since 2001. Third Degree Glass Factory was originally used as a dealership in the 1950s and has transformed into a malleable event space with 6,000 square feet to work with. The Third Degree event staff will help you organize the perfect custom event whether you’re hosting a dinner, networking event, or company offsite. Treat attendees to a glass blowing demo, team event, or just the chance to create their very own glass piece to make the visit a perfect ten.
Schnaider Brewery originally built in 1876 has been carefully restored and renamed Moulin. This award-winning event space offers eight rooms of varying capacities to suit everything from intimate meetings to large, corporate events. The building’s rich history adds a colorful dimension to the space. The high ceilings and exposed beams, arched windows, and exposed brick give your attendees a glimpse of St. Louis in the past. Views of the Gateway Arch and downtown St Louis make this a memorable venue for dinners, celebrations, and multi-day industry conferences.
Source: The Caramel Room
For your next event, give your attendees a real treat at the Carmel Room at Bissinger’s. Set above a mouthwatering chocolate factory, this St. Louis event space includes hardwood floors, high ceilings, art deco-inspired chandeliers, and great food. Executive Chef Nicholas Miller is sure to tailor a menu that is built to impress, but don’t be surprised to see flashes of milk chocolate throughout your menu! Schedule meetings and roundtable discussions and take a break with a glimpse of the St. Louis skyline before diving into tasty appetizer or truffle or two.
Wrapping Up: Find The Best St. Louis Event Space
It’s clear that St. Louis is packed with great spaces from traditional conference venues like hotel ballrooms to more quirky spaces like museums and chocolatiers. With these 30 St. Louis event spaces, you’re bound to find it all. The theme to take note of is the clear passion for the past. St. Louis reached into its urban history and 18th and 19th century pioneering and prohibition days to show the world what truly make the city great. No matter if you’re planning an executive dinner or keynote speech, there's a lot to be had with the local midwestern flavor of St. Louis.
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