Last week, Planned sent out a newsletter exploring some of the cities in our marketplace that have incredible venues. For those of you who missed that…

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It’s no secret that our marketplace is filled with the best venues across North America- so let’s take a look at some of our top markets and the diverse venues there! Let’s explore!

🌮 Houston, Texas 🏈

Ronin 2 combines a chic feel with industrial flair to provide the ideal space for team dinners, business events, pop-ups, workshops, and so much more. With the contrast between the wood ceilings, brick walls and bright white walls, it’s a venue that is so versatile.

House of Blues Houston is comprised of four distinctive environments including a luxe VIP club, a rocking restaurant and bar featuring contemporary and traditional Southern art and cuisine, a small elegantly designed private event room, and a large, multi-story spectacular music hall. This venue is no joke!

🗽 New York, New York 🚕

La Goulue New York is a revival of a longtime restaurant for traditional French fare in a setting with dark woods and mirrors. In this venue, make your private event an extraordinary one. This beautiful restaurant offers a warm yet stylish atmosphere that will happily host your next event!

Blender Workspace offers in-house planning and production. The venue accommodates many event types, such as corporate off-sites, panel discussions, presentation and networking, media product launches, and brand activations. It’s modern yet rustic space will be a huge success with your guests!

🏀 Toronto, Ontario 🎵

Convenience Resto Bar has a cozy corner store that provides the entrance to this 80s-themed hangout with an upscale junk food menu. Get your nightly kicks and savour a menu of classic corner store items reimagined and a modern soundtrack full of tasty throwbacks from our featured DJs.

Boxcar Social Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto’s waterfront, is an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public.

Discover all the venues in our marketplace in Houston, New York, and Toronto!

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