Food & Drink

Celebration Station

Five unique local venues worthy of an exceptional bash

By Jené Shaw December 11, 2019 Published in the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of Park City Magazine

The Kimball Art Center delivers creativity-infused ambience.

Small town. Huge party potential. Whether you’re scouting out a location for a 50th birthday extravaganza, a corporate holiday party, or a rehearsal dinner, Park City’s brimming with hot spots for that once-in-a-lifetime shindig or a simple sip-and-chat affair. Check out these soirée-worthy picks. 

1. Views, baby! Kimball Terrace
675 Main St, 801.225.6575,
It’s all about the views—mountain and Main Street—at this 3,500-square-foot space opened by Culinary Crafts in early 2019. The versatile spot has ample natural light (thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows) and can take on whatever configuration or style you bring in, from an elegant five-course dinner to a mountain-chic happy hour with a band. The wraparound balcony—where you’ll find the best Park City Mountain panorama—can be tented and heated for winter use. 

2. Triple-decker swank. Grappa
151 Main St, 435.645.0636,
For a romantic Italian farmhouse vibe, consider an intimate group dinner on one (or all) of Grappa’s three floors. Ranging from a seating capacity of 45–170 (for the entire restaurant), this Bill White venue offers a cozy retreat at the top of Main. Planning a cocktail party? Opt for elevated appetizers such as scallop skewers with pesto or prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with truffle ricotta, best enjoyed next to the fireplace. 

3. Giddy. Up. High West Distillery
27649 Old Lincoln Hwy, Wanship, 435.649.8300,
All the High West properties provide a welcoming, rustic-elegant ambience ideal for a mountain town shindig, but the High West Distillery in Wanship can truly transform your event. The experience starts with a luxury shuttle ride up a winding road to reach the secluded venue in sprawling, pastoral Blue Sky Ranch. Consider treating guests to a tour of the on-site whiskey distillery, or opt for whiskey tastings with dinner inside the stunning restaurant, which overlooks the expansive rolling landscape below.

4. Give back. The Gathering Space
1283 Deer Valley Dr, 435.649.2260,
Christian Center Park City opened its third-floor event space in 2019, providing a bright venue for everything from film screenings (AV equipment and projection included) to seated dinners for up to 208 people. Various customizable rooms and a commercial kitchen—often used by preferred caterer Done To Your Taste—allow flexibility. In the warmer months, you can extend the party to the patio to enjoy mountain views. Feel-good bonus: The revenue from events feeds back into the nonprofit’s core programs and community initiatives.

5. Ode to creativity. Kimball Art Center
1401 Kearns Blvd, 435.649.8882,
With over 5,000 square feet of events space, the nonprofit Kimball Art Center offers a blank canvas for art-loving party throwers. The industrial, loft-like space features rotating exhibits on its white walls that provide an eclectic backdrop for galas, corporate get-togethers, and more. Set up your festivities in the main gallery (which can seat 150–200 people), or take advantage of the courtyard when weather permits.

Show Comments