Watershed is available for meetings of up to about 45 persons in our main lounge space. Generally we do not ask a particular hourly rate for a single meeting, preferring instead to support our community. So ask us and the answer is likely to be yes! If your group needs a meeting space in an ongoing way, make us an offer, it’s probably acceptable.
I am here to dash your hopes.
Event rental at Watershed IS possible. Too often, people bring their ideas for events and are dismayed to realize how expensive it is to produce an event from the ground up. Furthermore, we provide you with a space which you can turn into a venue – but you should plan for three people to work solidly for an hour to move, vacuum, and prepare the space for any event.
Producing an event in a space that is not already a venue requires a special event permit for events larger than 93 persons. If the event expects more than 300 persons, it also requires special event permits. Events which sell alcohol must have OLCC card holders to serve – but that’s not the expensive part. The expensive part is stocking a bar and food compliance. Some people handle food compliance by inviting a food cart or similar – however they generally have a minimum sales amount which you must match for them to serve. If you do want to go ahead with a special event, contact us around 90 days in advance – doing so with less time than that makes us begin the process with a skeptical eye.
So as you can see, it can easily cost $2000 simply to open the doors. Events that do not charge can be under the ‘no host bar’ rules, for example allowing outside alcohol and not requiring a bar. However you cannot take money for your event, and you may not even have a tip jar at your bar. A no-host bar does not necessarily provide alcohol, however any alcohol provided must be provided to any adult without discrimination, and you are still responsible for making sure that people are not excessively inebriated.
If you’re still interested, call deadletter at 503-232-7433 for a tour.