A world-class museum, beautiful gardens, exciting performing arts venue, science-based attraction, storied theater and historic home are all part of a vast lineup of the most sought-after venues for off-site group functions in Birmingham, Ala.
Following are details about these great options for a meal, reception or other group gathering away from the host hotel in this Southern meetings magnet.
In 1910, the architects behind the Arts and Crafts home that is now Clubhouse on Highland, designed a wide-open floor plan with “constant entertainment” in mind, according to Bob McKenna, the event venue’s director of operations.
Those architects would be pleased to know the home remains a source of entertainment after all these years, as it frequently hosts corporate events, seminars, cocktail receptions, lunches, dinners and other group gatherings.
“We are situated in the center of the Highland Park neighborhood, rated one of the Top 10 communities in America,” McKenna said.
The venue is also a great place to book wellness sessions, including yoga, tai chi and meditation workshops.
Other than indoor options, including a main room and four breakout rooms, the venue offers outdoor spaces that include a courtyard and a grand front porch.
“One hundred years later we enjoy the beautiful craftsmanship of the tiger oak walls and porcelain tile porches,” McKenna said. “The chandeliers make the house glow with warmth at night.”
The Alabama Theatre opened in 1927 as a silent movie palace and today hosts live music, including John Prine this November, and other performances as well as conferences and presentations.
“If you’re looking for a break from the typical ballroom, the stage is a great space for meetings, dinners and receptions for up to 100 guests,” said Cindy Mullins, the theater’s event and marketing director.
The adjoining Hill Event Center features two rooms that can be used for meetings and receptions, a banquet hall that accommodates up to 225 people and a loft that holds up to 175 people.
“The banquet hall features stunning crystal chandeliers while the loft overlooks the newly renovated Lyric Theatre just across the street,” Mullins said.
The Lyric also welcomes group events.
“Since the Alabama was originally designed to be a movie theater, groups often enjoy a movie of their choice with popcorn and soda,” Mullins said, and added group tours are available and include a demonstration of Big Bertha, the resident Mighty Wurlitzer Organ that’s been part of the theater since it opened 90 years ago.
McWane Science Center welcomes groups, whether they would like to simply explore the museum for an afternoon or hold a memorable off-site event, including business lunches and after-hours receptions.