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7 Places to Host Your Holiday Party in Metro Phoenix

Real party hosts know that the holiday season is just around the corner. Take note, rookie reception planners: Hosting holiday affair requires planning, patience, and first and foremost, a reservation.

Here to get your gathering off to the right start is Chow Bella's list of seven places to host your holiday party.

See also: Richie Moe's Five Tips for Making the Perfect Eggnog

The Duce

"Where gritty meets pretty and produce meets prohibition." The Duce in downtown Phoenix is your all-inclusive answer to holiday party entertainment. The retro-themed restaurant and retailer offers indoor and outdoor dinning and drinking, a full bar, a dance floor, a boxing ring, cornhole, foosball, and more. To reserve your holiday event, call 602-866-3823 or e-mail getyourkicks@theducephx.com.

Michael Dominick's Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse

For those looking to add sophistication to a seasonal gathering, Dominick's Steakhouse in the Scottsdale Quarter offers several private dining venues. The high-end restaurant features a rooftop poolside dining room, an executive room, a wine room, and a library to accommodate parties of various sizes. For pricing inquiries or to plan your holiday event, contact amanz@domsteak.com.

Lustre Bar

If you're aiming for a venue with a view, the Hotel Palomar has several event spaces, including the Lustre Rooftop Bar. Party guests can sip drinks under the stars and enjoy the skyline of downtown Phoenix while noshing on food from Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. Hotel Palomar even offers several holiday party packages including everything from prix fixe menus, to audio-visual add-ons. For more information, contact alyssa.heil@hotelpalomar.com or visit the social events page of Hotel Palomar online.


North Scottsdale's Sassi hosts indoor and outdoor holiday parties ranging anywhere from 25 to 150 guests. Depending on your event size and your preferred ambiance, Sassi features a garden lawn dining area, private indoor dining room, and a library. To save time on planning, Sassi also already has compiled a holiday menu as well as a holiday buffet menu, available on its website. Call 480-502-9095 or visit Sassi online for more details.


Any party planners looking to add a little spice to their holiday gathering might want to check out Distrito, located inside the Saguaro in Old Town Scottsdale. Distrito's private room delivers a intimate setting for latin dinning serving up to 60 guests and offering a floor to ceiling view of the chefs smoker and grill in action. The bar offers a slightly looser setting with an outdoor fireplace, lounge seating, and enough space to host up to 150 guests. For more information, e-mail Michael.tomlinson@garcesgroup.com and to check out the hotels other even spaces, visit the Saguaro online.

Citizen Public House

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If you've already made your holiday plans, Citizen Public House wants to persuade you to change them, by offering a $50 gift card for parties of 12 guests, and a $75 gift card for parties of 20 guests or more. This seasonal deal expires October 31. For details on holiday drinks, dining, and accommodations, contact events director Stacie Ten Eyck at 480-235-6911 or party@citizenpublichouse.com.

BLT Steak

Depending on how much you plan to spend at your holiday shindig, BLT Steak at the Camelback Inn is offering a high-priced incentive. Receive a $150 gift card when you spend $3,000 or more on food and drink or a $250 gift card when spend $5,000 (not including tax and gratuity). The hotel restaurant features a private dining room, patio, and the option of a full restaurant buy out for substantially larger parties. Contact David Friedberg at 480-905-7971 or David.Friedberg@marriott.com.

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