It’s time to PARTY! If you are a fraternity or sorority member, you are lucky enough to get together with your very best friends for events, formals and parties on a regular basis. Whether it’s a fall or spring formal, a party to celebrate Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day, or an event to raise funds for your chapter’s charity, selecting the best venue is essential to the success of your event! Indianapolis is home of a wide variety of event venues, from large to more intimate, rustic or glamorous; we have the info on all the up-and-coming spots!

Restaurants

Many restaurants offer large parties the option to rent a portion or the entire restaurant for a particular event. Be sure to select a restaurant that serves a wide variety of food choices, in order to appeal to the various tastes of your guests. Some restaurants offer private dining areas for events in an outdoor setting such as a patio or terrace. Most restaurants can offer buffet-style catered food or even a customized menu for your event. The food and atmosphere is superb at The Capital Grille, Morton’s The Steakhouse and Lorenzo’s Ristorante.

Wineries or Breweries

If you can locate a winery or brewery that is spacious enough to host the amount of expected attendees, this is a unique type of location. Many spots offer private rooms or even allow you to rent the entire venue for the evening. Some of our favorites are Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and Flat12 Bierworks.

Golf Courses or Country Clubs

Often golf course clubhouses and country clubs offer amazing events packages that may include catering, tableware, chair decor and other items you might need for your function. During off-peak seasons you can even book a venue such as this for a dramatically discounted rate, without compromising on the glam factor. If your affair is during the spring or summer, you have the added bonus of taking advantage of any outdoor deck or patio spaces, as well as the gorgeous views the golf course is sure to provide! A few picturesque gems include The Hawthorn’s Golf and Country Club, The Country Club of Indianapolis and Prairie View Golf Club.

Sports Facilities

Consider hosting an event at a ballpark or stadium during a game time. Discounted tickets on are often provided to large groups. Some facilities even have suites or designated areas that can be rented out for your function. The Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field host groups from 25 to over 1,000 guests include perks like food and carnival style games.

Banquet Halls and Other Unique Venues

An obvious option for your event may be to select one of Indianapolis’ fine banquet facilities or other unique spaces. You may be able to rent a room based on the number of expected attendees in order to save money. Many larger halls use room dividers or even offer separate rooms that cater to various guest capacities. The wonderful thing about banquet halls and unique venues is that they are experienced in hosting all sorts of events and can accommodate specialized requests. From linens to tableware, catering to DJ equipment, many banquet halls possess all of the necessary items to ensure the event is a success! Check out D’Amore, Arch at Chatham, Fishers Banquet Center, Indiana Landmark Center, Knights of Columbus North, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Crane Bay Event Venue, The Eiteljorg Museum,The Skyline Club, The Sanctuary on Penn, Sahm’s Atrium & Gardens, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Pipers at the Marott, Conrad and theHilton Garden Inn.

If you’d like help in coordinating your celebration, consider hiring an event planner to assist you in your preparations. Share your venue selections with us on Facebook or Twitter! For even more party planning inspiration, check us out on Pinterest.