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Topic # 68497 23-Sep-2010 10:28
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Hey Guys

Im trying to find a venue for a party of around 60 people in Wellington.

Was thinking of a bar or something where a bar tab could be set up , theres existing music there etc etc.
Or something a bit more low key, where maybe its just the venue, and could set up owwn music, but theres still a bar on site.. or anything really!

another idea I had was maybe go somewhere , where a bbq could be set up ..but my house isnt big enough.. is there any places around Wellington where something like that could be done?

Ive emailed a few bars like Southern Cross for example and I'm quite shocked at their prices. About $200 for venue hire, in some bars this becomes free - and the minimum spend is $1000. Which is in my opinion quite a huge amount as a "minimum".

So if anyone knows of any place, where say the minimum spend is less than that... or any other suggestions, id really appreciate it :)

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  Reply # 383508 23-Sep-2010 10:46
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$1000 seems a lot, but that's only about $16pp on average. I should add that that's a fairly normal thing.  Once you spend $1000 there it makes it worth their while having you.  If youre not putting on a bar tab, lay down the $200.  Hopefully, your friends will have at least two drinks each, spending $1000 and you'll get the "deposit" back.

Another way to look at it, is if you let them buy their own drinks to start, once the spend reaches $800 then next $200 is essentially "free".  So you can put the $200 on the bar to reward the folks that have stuck around and not just popped in for a free drink early.


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  Reply # 383545 23-Sep-2010 11:32
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Lots of bars around town do deals for private hire for a few hours. A friend had her 30th at Betty's a few weeks ago....not sure what it cost her but there would have been around 50-60 people there.


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  Reply # 383550 23-Sep-2010 11:39
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  Reply # 383591 23-Sep-2010 13:13
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I held a 60 person event at JJ Murphys, upstairs. It was a great venue, and the staff handled it really well too. A minimum spend is giong to happen, when there are 60 people, then the bar is going to have to devote a lot of time and energy to you so its only fair.

A good way to make the money last is to subsidise the drinks down to a dollar, that way people arent wasteful and you get a lot further out of your cash.

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  Reply # 383594 23-Sep-2010 13:20
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oh i have no problem with a minimum spend, but maybe not $1000...especially if I dont end up having $60.

Public Bar was great, but its a bit small..their private area is quite small.

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  Reply # 383666 23-Sep-2010 16:01
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xpd: (MutterssomethingaboutGZmodsbillatPublicbar)

For those not in the know, last weekend, us mods racked up $440 on the bar tab with some rather manly cocktails.  I blame freitasm.

A possible venue could be scottjpalmer's (and Greer's) place.  I've heard that's where the "magic", as he calls it, happens (or disappointment maybe?)


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  Reply # 383688 23-Sep-2010 16:34
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Hey there,

We recently used electric avenue on courtenay place for an event, we had around 60-70 people, was free venue hire (they block off upstairs and you have your own bar tender and balconey)

They had good food (we just had pizza and finger food thou)

Would recommend thou ~ we found it good..

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  Reply # 383701 23-Sep-2010 16:50
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One of the kids had 21st at Lotus bar, free venue and music and bonus, carpet you stuck to just like public bars back in the day.

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