Local businesses that offer small, intimate gathering spaces

Sometimes you just need a small space outside of your home to gather — whether that be for meetings, workshops, private events, etc. We’ve got a list of small venues you may not think of.

View of private dining room in Cafe Patachou restaurant with dark green and blue-toned design

City Editor Nicole has stopped at Cafe Patachou for a work lunch break more than once, so this private room could make it a whole affair.

Photo by @cafepatachou

Do you work remote and need a small private space to hold an in-person meeting? Or maybe you’re looking to host a private event or workshop with just a handful of people.

Intimate gatherings are meant to be meaningful, and you want a space to match that.

We’ve rounded up a list of local businesses that have small private rooms or spaces that could host your gathering or special event. (Reach out to the business to inquire about renting its space.)

City Editor Nicole sits in the sunroom at draft creative space

The sunroom is definitely City Editor Nicole’s favorite room to hang out in at draft.

Photo by @nicolexindy

draft creative space, 1525 Prospect St.
This is meant to be a shared work and gathering space — so they have plenty of room if you want to host an event. It has a private conference room, a beautiful sunroom, a garden patio space for good weather days, and its main space. You can book the sunroom online.

A private event space in the basement of Francis + Fern Boutique with pink walls and decor

Francis + Fern Boutique will offer its pink basement for private events and parties.

Photo provided by Francis + Fern Boutique

Francis + Fern Boutique, 421 Mass Ave.
This “pretty in pink” boutique recently decorated its basement and outfitted the space to be able to host baby showers, parties, or other small private events. Follow it on Instagram for details.

INDY_Blue Mind Roasting_private meeting room_FEB2024

If you haven’t checked out the expanded space at Blue Mind, you definitely should.

Photo by INDYtoday team

Blue Mind Roasting, 646 E. 38th St.
Looking for a space to host a mini conference, work meeting, or any other small gather that just needs a separate room with a door, table, and chairs? Blue Mind has a private room in its expanded space. Pro tip: You can reserve the room via a QR code posted on the wall.

Window signage that says Proper Variety & Events

Local agency Guide & Anchor designed the branding for Proper Variety & Events.

Photo by INDYtoday team

Proper Variety & Events, 614 Mass Ave.
Small parties, workshops, and private events are what this place in the heart of Mass Avenue is all about. Its main focus is to be a bookable venue space for your hosting needs. Bonus: There’s an in-house bar and it offers catering. Book online.

Patachou at The Stutz, 1060 N. Capitol Ave.
Want to have a work lunch meeting? This Cafe Patachou location offers a private dining room for parties up to 12 people that can be booked for two hours. (The check must be all on one bill + 20% gratuity is automatically included).

A workshop and event space in Tuggle's Gifts & Goods shop

City Editor Nicole has taken a watercolor workshop in Tuggle’s space.

Photo by @tugglesindy

Tuggle’s Gifts & Goods, 1029 Virginia Ave.
This thoughtfully curated gift shop, which aims to have 100% of its products and goods make in Indiana, features a side room where it’s hosted art workshops, local pop-ups, story time for kids, and other events. Reach out online or via Instagram to inquire about events.

Do you know of another small private event space that we didn’t mention? Drop us a line.

Here’s what you said

Goose the Market offers private event space rentals (with optional Goose catering, too!)” — Corrie C.

Founders Lodge Event and Conference Center” — Lenore W.

“I just wanted to mention that Fountain Square Brew Co. has space available for meetings and small gatherings (free, as long as its not needed to be a private event)” — Dama C.

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