4 Web Sites for Sourcing Special Event Venues

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One of London’s most fabulous event venues: Sky Garden

There are so many special event venues to choose from. Sure, you can ask your DMC and CVB for their recommendations, but here are 4 web sites to search for some of those lesser- known options.

These 4 web sites allow you to search for special event venues by your exact parameters, including group size, dates, neighborhood—even look and feel.


Prevue recently used EventUp to locate a venue in downtown Chicago, and it covers 300 cities. A detailed search allows you to choose from over a dozen of vibes, from exposed brick to industrial to rustic, as well as neighborhoods.

Social Tables

Social Tables has a venue finder that allows you to search and compare the profiles of thousands of venues — each complete with diagrams drawn to scale, meeting space dimensions, reviews, venue details and ample photos. You can also submit RFPs to the properties that you’ve added to your cart.


With both a digital booklet and an app, Venuefinder boasts over 15,000 UK & international venues for parties and special events, as well as hotels for conferences and meeting space. Its search engine drills down to dozens of descriptions, from country home to roof garden.


The go-to for hotel sourcing, Cvent added a venue option in its drop-down menu, which drills down to about a dozen options, incluidng movie theaters, nightclubs and a more general “special event venue” option.



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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.