From its origins as an agricultural center to its modern-day reputation as a high-tech hub, Phoenix is a city rooted in reinvention. This spirit lives on in its commitment to reimagining the spaces and structures that make the nation’s fifth largest city unique—and the ways meeting planners and attendees can bring them to life. Discover how this popular Southwestern locale is taking creativity and innovation to new levels at these one-of-a-kind venues.
A Transformative Outdoor Event Space
At Canyon on Third, an open-air, urban event space located between the Phoenix Convention Center’s North and West buildings, your options for planning outside-the-box experiences are only limited by your imagination. Its 80,000 square feet of enclosed meeting space has accommodated a rock-climbing wall, a live concert and a mini food festival in the past—so the possibilities are truly endless. Infused with the energy of downtown Phoenix and the amazing Arizona weather, Canyon on Third is also within easy walking distance of bars, restaurants and many downtown attractions.
Historic Venues in the Warehouse District
For an off-site downtown event with historic charm, check out what’s available for planners in Phoenix’s Warehouse District. Today, this revitalized neighborhood of industrial buildings and warehouses (which supported Arizona’s citrus and cotton markets in the early 1900s) offers several places to host a memorable event. Your attendees will love sipping Moscow Mules or playing ping pong at The Duce, a 1920s-era produce warehouse that’s now a restaurant and bar featuring an authentic boxing ring and old-school soda fountain. For a vibe that’s more industrial-chic, try Warehouse 215, located less than a mile from the Phoenix Convention Center. Once a 1918 converted linen laundry building, Warehouse215 offers 10,000 square feet of modern, multifunctional space that blends industrial grit and modern style—picture original brick walls and a wood-beamed ceiling accented with crystal chandeliers, sparkling bistro lights and a 1,500 square-foot picturesque patio.
Turn-of-the Century Homes Turned Modern Restaurants
For a taste of history with your food or drinks, consider planning an outing for your attendees at one of these restaurants located in historic Phoenix homes. Anhelo serves contemporary American fare from local chef Ivan Jacobo within a quaint 1900s bungalow in Heritage Square. And next door to each other in the Roosevelt Row Arts District are The Farish House—a cozy bistro and wine hangout located in a warm and welcoming 1899 brick home—and the Songbird Coffee & Tea House, serving coffee or tea with a side of history within a renovated 1904 home.