Top 5 Meeting Venues For Small Events in Scottsdale
From opulent wine cellars to artsy settings and island-inspired spots, there’s no shortage of small meeting venues in Scottsdale. If you’re looking for the perfect place to host an intimate gathering, you’ll want to start here.
Looking for a small event space that’s truly out of the ordinary? Host your next Scottsdale gathering at this classic 1950s-style diner. Surrounded by owner Alpio Barbara’s ever-changing personal collection of classic cars and motorcycles, your group of up to 150 attendees can enjoy a fun yet fancy atmosphere complete with arcade games, pinball and pool—not to mention the large-scale models of military aircraft and cheeky, life-sized mannequins of Old Hollywood celebs like the Rat Pack and Marilyn Monroe. With a wrap-around patio, unobstructed views of Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain, and onsite gourmet catering, your event is sure to dazzle even the most discerning of guests.
A UNESCO World Heritage site and one-time winter home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is tucked into the cooling foothills of the McDowell Mountains and features sweeping Sonoran Desert vistas. For small corporate events, this national treasure and historic landmark offers myriad unique venues, including the Cabaret with its original Wright-designed chairs and elaborate Asian motif, plus an adjoining terrace surrounded by Wright’s signature organic architecture. Then there’s The Kiva, named for an underground ritual chamber used by Pueblo Indians, and the Music Pavilion, which first opened in 1957 and has hosted many a concert, exhibition and festive fete.
Famed Artist Lon Magargee’s 43-room resort in the shadow of Camelback Mountain is the ultimate Southwestern escape. Secluded and luxurious—with historic architecture, authentic furnishings and original Western artwork—this boutique hotel is one of the Scottsdale area’s best small group meeting places and ideal for those seeking an intimate retreat. Event locales include The Stetson Room with its hand-painted ceilings (capacity: 40), the charming Boardroom and lush patio (capacity: 20), and The Library (capacity: 32) for relaxed fireside dining, as well as the flexible Adobe Room (capacity: 24) and The Wine Cellar (capacity: 20) for an unforgettable private dining experience.
Christine and Ted Mollring Sculpture Courtyard at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale sits an iconic collection of Western art—from Navajo chiefs’ blankets to Old West cowboy gear and a Hopi pottery exhibit spanning six centuries. The museum’s open-air sculpture courtyard is a favorite among meeting planners for its stunning desert environs, contemporary architecture and eye-catching displays of American West artwork. Here, you’ll find an ever-evolving array from the likes of Allan Houser and Cynthia Rigden. With space for up to 117 attendees, the multifunctional venue is a model of earth-conscious design; its centerpiece, the “weeping wall,” collects rainwater from the roof that aids in landscaping.
Get on island time! Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is at once posh and laidback with an upscale beachy vibe and second-story lanai-style dining room; it’s definitely among Scottsdale’s top small party venues. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners and corporate mixers, this Kierland Commons haunt can do it all and planners love that it’s a refreshing alternative to hotel ballrooms and stuffy steakhouses. A customizable menu dishing out fresh seafood and local produce, live music, unique floral design and table settings—it’s all part of the experience at Tommy Bahama, where you can choose from 12 venues for seated or reception-style gatherings.