IT’S A NO-BRAINER: YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT’S FOOD, AMBIANCE AND SERVICE MAY MAKE IT AN IDEAL VENUE.

1. Bistro Vendôme

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Can’t jet off to Paris for your wedding or engagement party? Bistro Vendôme is the perfect solution for smaller receptions or rehearsal dinners. Weekday bridal luncheons will have the space to themselves because the bistro isn’t open for lunch those days. In the evenings, the Wine Room seats 12, and the semiprivate breezeway between the Larimer shops and the restaurant feels like an indoor French patio and can accommodate up to 25 guests for a seated dinner. A full buyout includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the atrium, as well as the ceremony and post-dinner dancing on the patio.

2. Postino

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The historic Denver Bookbinding Company building now houses Postino WineCafé. This casual, art-filled space is ideal for fun, intimate gatherings. It features an expansive patio with sweeping views of downtown and the LoHi neighborhood, which makes it a great in-town getaway for rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches and showers. The wine list is approachable and the menu makes the most of locally sourced ingredients.

3. Guard and Grace 

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Guard and Grace, the modern steakhouse from chef/owner Troy Guard, is gaining a reputation for hosting wedding receptions. The three private dining spaces can seat up to 70 people or host 125 for cocktails, and Guard will personalize the menu to the bride and groom’s taste. Buying out the entire restaurant creates space for 150 dinner guests and a small dance floor.

4. Crimson Room 

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The Crimson Room is an old-school, underground lounge where the bartenders will combine house-made bitters, infusions, fresh-squeezed juices, herbs and more into a delicious signature drink (or drinks) for your event. For an ultra-cool drinks-and-desserts reception or a Champagne cocktails-and-light-bites shower, you can’t go wrong here.

5. ViewHouse

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ViewHouse makes good on the promise in its name, with rooftop bars at both locations (downtown and Centennial), from which you can see for miles. The south location in particular offers a ton of event space, from the cozy Board Room for 12 to the second-floor balcony Front Range Room, which can seat 60, to the large Longs Peak Room, which will seat 110.

6. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House has five private dining spaces, which can hold 24 (Wine Room) to 78 (Lincoln Room) people, with accommodations for any size group in between. Every room is video-equipped, so you can show your “Our Story” film during the event. In addition to classic steakhouse fare, this power broker meeting spot also features a 1,200-bottle wine list and elegant cigar service—the cigar lounge, one of three bars, can be outfitted with poker tables or simply a sumptuous meal for a bachelor party. May we suggest cocktails on the patio before moving inside for dinner?

7. Panzano 

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Custom-crafted weddings are a specialty at Panzano and the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver. The restaurant and ballrooms are notable for their colorful and whimsical décor, and the award-winning Italian cuisine will make for the perfect meal for the lucky couple. The large Paris Ballroom can seat 180 at large rounds, and the restaurant or the Tokyo Boardroom can accommodate an intimate event with fewer than 20 people.