The Space at 501 Union
1,400 sq ft of mingling room around a 15 ft Carrara marble top bar, detailed woodwork, brass fixtures, and a lustrous white tin ceiling lit with suspended pendant fixtures on dimmers.
1,400 sq ft covered atrium with seasonal plantings and walls of glass that open up to Union Street. This area is ideal for ceremony seating and socializing extending from the lounge.
3,500 sq ft space featuring a lofted ceiling with a custom-built 50 ft skylight and 15ft Carrara marble top bar. Wrapped in exposed brick and hardwoods, the room is illuminated by Jason Miller Modo chandeliers and sconces on individual dimmers.
The kitchen is equipped with the following: a commercial-grade convection oven, a double-door chest refrigerator, a chest freezer (7 cu. ft.), a three-compartment sink, and an ice machine (80 lb. storage). There is over 100 sq. ft. workable counter space.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the capacity of 501 Union?
Fully-seated wedding ceremony: 144 in the covered atrium; or up to 250 in main space, depending on furniture
Fully-seated dinner with dance floor: 140-160 depending on furniture & layout choices
Cocktail party: 200-250 depending on limited seating, stage, and dance floor layout
Standing-room only or conference events: 299
What is the rental fee?
Our venue rental rates vary based on the day of the week and the time of year. For a detailed quote, please contact us.
How do I book a date?
To secure your date: we require a signed contract, 50% venue deposit, plus $1,000 security deposit (returned after the event).
For hourly venue rentals, we require a signed contract, the full amount of your venue rental fee as a deposit, plus a $2,000 security deposit. For events that run over their contracted hourly event rental duration, the additional hours will be deducted from the security deposit at a rate of $500 per hour or partial hour.
When can vendors & guests be present onsite?
Vendor load-in can begin as early as 9am and end as late as 2am. Events usually last 4.5-6 hours onsite between guest arrival, ceremony, cocktail hour, and the close of the bar. Your timeline will be confirmed with your Venue Coordinator a month before the event.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel up to 1 year prior to your scheduled event, you will receive your venue deposit and security deposit, minus a $4,000 non-refundable booking fee. The venue deposit will not be refunded if you cancel within 1 year of your event date. The security deposit will be returned within 15 business days.
Are there any restrictions on vendors I can use?
Our only exclusive vendor is with Broadway Party Rentals for flatware, kitchen items, linens, etc. You may use the vendors of your choice for all other services. Please see our list of preferred caterers who we trust to provide excellent service. Our full preferred vendor list is available upon request.
When can my vendors and guests be present onsite?
We only book one event per day to ensure the best experience for every client. Vendor load-in can begin as early as 9am and end as late as 2am. You are welcome to coordinate decor deliveries, vendor setup, and guest arrivals at any time throughout the day. Events usually last 4.5-6 hours onsite between guest arrival, ceremony, cocktail hour, and the close of the bar. Event guests are permitted on-site until 1 am. Your timeline will be confirmed with your Venue Coordinator a month before the event.
Do I need to hire an Event Planner or Coordination?
You are required to hire a wedding coordinator or event planner as the point person for vendors on site on the day of your event. We are happy to make a recommendation based on your needs.
Am I allowed to use my own Bartenders or have my caterer provide Bar Service?
No. Beverage service at 501 Union will be exclusively provided through our in-house bar program. There are several tiers and options to cater to different needs of
Do you offer Kosher Bar Packages or Non- Alcoholic Bar Packages?
Yes, we have you covered! For events that do not want to serve alcoholic beverages, we offer a basic soda package and a more elevated zero proof package that includes a menu of specialty cocktails made with non-alcoholic spirits and an assortment of non-alcohol- ic beers and wines. For younger guests, we also offer a Mitzvah package that includes
4 Mitzvah mocktails per event. Our bar program has a curated 8 tier kosher bar option that mirrors the pricing of the standard bar program while incorporating only kosher ingredients.
What other services or items do you provide?
501 Union provides bar packages, glassware, in-house table and chair rentals and basic audio visual needs.
Does the building have Heat and A/C?
Yes. 501 Union has central heat and air conditioning in the lounge and main space. Please note the covered atrium is not temperature controlled.
Is there a dressing area/green room on-site?
Yes, there is one private suite in the rear of the venue. The private suite is equipped with a washroom.
How Many washrooms are there?
There are eight washrooms. One washroom in the lounge, six washrooms off the main space, and one washroom in the private suite. All are private, unisex, and wheelchair- accessible.
Where do my guests parks?
Street parking is available. There is also a QuikPark garage located at 365 Bond Street, which is approximately a four (4) minute walk from the venue. Should your guests need directions or a car service at the end of the evening, our host will happily assist. Local valet companies are also available for hire. Please inquire for more information.
Is smoking or vaping allowed?
There is no smoking or vaping allowed inside any area of 501 Union, including the covered atrium.
Are candles allowed?
Yes. Please note candles must be contained in votives or lanterns. Open flames and taper candles are not allowed. Candles are not allowed on ceremony aisle floors.
Is the building wheelchair accessible?
Yes. All restrooms are accessible and the building is one level with ramps throughout for accessing all areas.
Is 501 Union pet friendly?
Yes. Pets on leash are permitted in the space during the ceremony with prior approval. We kindly request that following the ceremony the pet be escorted home.
Do my vendors and I need to provide our own insurance?
Yes. We require a certificate of insurance for each event from both the client and vendors.
We recommend Private Event Insurance or WedSafe
Am I responsible for clean up?
Yes, your vendors must be contracted to complete the following breakdown procedures immediately following your event:
- All centerpieces, candles, and additional décor must be removed or thrown away
- Tables and chairs must be folded and stacked. 501 Union rentals must be separated
from any outside rentals.
- All items must be removed from the private suite.
- Broadway Party Rental items must be back in the original crates for pick-up. Linens
must be bagged and consolidated with rentals.
- All food items must be removed from the kitchen.
- All trash must be bagged and removed from the venue at the close of the event.
What is included in your rental fee?
- Thorough cleaning of the venue before and after the event
- Pre-event support from a Private Events Coordinator
- Event day staff: Venue Coordinator (during setup), Host, and Onsite Manager (during
- Use of the coat check room equipped with racks and approximately 160 hangers
- Use of standard in house event furniture
- A four-part mobile stage; each piece is 4’x8’ and can be set at 7”, 12”, or 24” tall
- Garbage cans (heavy-duty 55-gal garbage bags must be provided by client/caterer) - Sound system
- Audio & Visual System Specs
- Integrated in-house sound system
- Three stereo XLR access points throughout the space to allow for staging flexibility - Independent volume control between rooms (lounge, main space, covered atrium) - Two wireless microphones with stands
- High-definition projector with projector screen
- Bands may perform until midnight; DJs until 1am
-Use of standard in house event furniture (does not apply to hourly venue rentals)
Commercial-grade convection oven, double-door chest refrigerator, chest freezer, three-compartment sink, commercial-grade glass sanitizer, ice machine, over 100 sq. ft. workable counter space
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What is included in your rental fee?
Cleaning before and after the event
Pre-event support Manager
Day-of-event staff including a Venue Coordinator, Operations Manager, and Host
Private Events Manager:
Your main point of contact throughout the planning process beginning with contract signing through security deposit return. Their duties include answering all questions and concerns in advance of your event, scheduling vendor site visits, conducting the final walk through with you and your caterer, assisting with floor plans, handling in-house furniture rental needs, and finalizing details regarding any additional 501 packages.
The Venue Coordinator is assigned to you at the final walk through and is the point of contact for all things related to the venue on the day of the event. They will open the building, direct vendors and deliveries to the proper areas, and make sure the venue is in tip-top shape to begin set-up.
The Operations Manager arrives an hour before guest arrival and remains onsite during the event and through event breakdown. They liaise with vendors to ensure compliance with venue regulations and oversee facility operations such as heating, cooling, lighting, and sound.
The Host greets your guests as they arrive.
*Additional staff based on final headcount and event hours may be billed separately if needed
In-House Furniture Rentals
Furniture included with your venue rental