There’s nothing like it, that feeling you get when you're at a restaurant or a coffee shop and you are surrounded by rough wooden beams and exposed brick. Tacoma is blessed with a plethora of buildings featuring old world architecture and raw charm. Our gritty, industrial past has left behind brick warehouses and ornate office buildings, the perfect ingredients for craft brewers of beer, coffee, or entertainment to thrive.
This trove of ‘rough around the edges’ buildings has given us a variety of unique, beautiful spaces where you can bring that exposed brick feeling to your meeting, wedding reception, or office party. Here are just a few of our favorite Pierce County venues for holding a meeting with just a bit more ambiance.
The Pagoda at Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance Park, with its miles of trails and sandy beaches, is also home to a beautiful and historic meeting venue. The Japanese style in which the Pagoda is built is thanks in part to Tacoma’s sister city, Kitakyushu Japan, which donated some of the decorations for the authentic Japanese garden outside. These elements provide a relaxing and airy atmosphere for any meeting and because it’s in Point Defiance Park, breakout sessions can be spent wandering through old growth forest or sitting on a beach next to the Puget Sound. For more information click here: The Pagoda at Point Defiance Park
Historic 1625 Tacoma Place
This unique meeting space in downtown Tacoma offers a variety of options for your meeting or event. The trophy room and show room can accommodate groups of up to 350 people. You can surround your guests with slate floors, brick walls, and wooden barrel-vaulted ceilings. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, with the collector car package you can incorporate an impressive collection of vintage muscle cars into your event. For more information click here: Historic 1625 Tacoma Place.
Engine House Number 9
The Engine House Number 9 Tavern has a long and proud history. The building was built in 1907 to house steam powered, horse drawn fire engines charged with the protection of Tacoma’s North End. It was the last station in Tacoma to convert to mechanized equipment and in 1919, two firemen and three horses made their symbolic final run aboard a horse drawn fire engine. This historic building now houses a tavern and restaurant. The upstairs area can be reserved for groups of up to 65 people. It’s the perfect option for holding a meeting in a place brimming with history. For more information click here: Engine House Number 9.
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
The only pub in the world to feature works by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, the Swiss Restaurant & Pub provides a unique and entertaining venue for a small party or work retreat. The pub’s history, beginning in 1913 as a private place for some of Tacoma’s elite to meet and mingle, just adds to the ambiance and makes “The Swiss” a great place to hold your next event. For more information click here: The Swiss Restaurant & Pub.
University of Washington Tacoma Campus
UW Tacoma has a variety of venues of every shape, size, and capacity. If exposed brick is what you crave, UW can deliver in droves. From classrooms to lecture halls, the old brick warehouses which make up the beautifully renovated college campus can accommodate just about any size of meeting. For more information click here: University of Washington Tacoma.
To learn more about the amazing number of unique meeting venues Tacoma + Pierce County have to offer be sure to visit us at www.traveltacoma.com/meetings