20 Local hotspots for your 2016 holiday office party!

This article guest written by LFA Intern Hannah Aljuaid

Now that the holidays are just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about how you and your coworkers can celebrate the end of this year and the start of the new one.  Bring in 2017 the local way.  Planning your holiday office party doesn’t have to be overwhelming with some help from your local restaurants, breweries and venues, you can be the host of a happy relaxing time, enjoying great food and more with coworkers.  If you are a local business, support another local business!  Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or want to explore the city, below are some fantastic places to keep in mind where you can book a last-minute holiday party or an off-site event to lift company morale.

Agustin Kitchen: Agustin Kitchen offers custom-tailored menus, wine and spirit pairings, pre-ordered appetizers, specialty desserts and much more. Agustin Kitchen loves hosting special events and can accommodate groups up to 60 people for private parties in their Cabinet Room or patio courtyard. Smaller reservations may enjoy the scenic Rooftop, AK Bar or Dining Room. Guests may submit inquiries at: http://agustinkitchen.com, 100 South Avenida del Convento #150, Tucson, AZ 85745

Borderlands Brewery:  Borderlands Brewery can host groups from 2 to 100 people. Guests can rent out the private event room, the beer garden, or the entire brewery. For reservations please contact event coordinator at: [email protected] 119 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Catalina Brewing Company: Happily, accepts reservations for groups of up to 45 guests on closed days Mondays and Tuesdays based on availability and before open hours during the rest of the week. Catalina Brewing Company also offers a side area for smaller parties on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The brewery offers snack foods. However, with advance arrangements, can arrange a food truck or catering, Guests can arrange their own food/catering as well. For reservations please call: (520)954-4699.  6918 N Camino Martin #120, 85741

Charro Steak: Charro Steak is a true Tucson steakhouse, featuring the finest in grass fed meat, locally sourced produce all prepared on a wood fire mesquite grill. Charro Steak Offers private dining rooms for holiday parties. For reservations please visit www.charrosteak.com  188 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ

Creative Juice: Host a fun and active holiday paint party at Creative Juice Art Bar. They accommodate off-site parties as well. Package prices are based per person and includes all art supplies, instruction and beverages. Creative Juice offers wine, beer and non-alcoholic choices. For reservations please email: [email protected] 6530 E Tanque Verde, Suite 160 Tucson, AZ 857

Dragoon Brewing Company: Rent out their original taproom for private events. The room holds around 40 people, has a private taproom with bartender, room for a caterer to set up, windows into the brewery and individual bathrooms. Guests can submit inquiries here: http://www.dragoonbrewing.com/taproom-rental 1859 W Grant Rd #111, Tucson, AZ 85745

El Charro: El Charro Cafe downtown at a one of a kind dining experience in their historic home base. Since 1922 they have hosted holiday gatherings in their original charming location, private dining rooms available. For reservations visit www.elcharrocafe.com 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ:  Mama's is a great choice for holiday catering (groups of 10 up to 1,000!). For catering call 520-477-MAMAS (6262).

Maynards Kitchen & Market: Offers their drawing room for events up to 40 people as well as their plaza for larger events. For reservations please visit https://maynardstucson.com/kitchen/drawing-room 400 N Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 

Noble Hops: For our friends in Oro Valley, Noble Hops is a great spot that offers semi private and private dining rooms for holiday entertaining, they cater to their guests when it comes to menu selections. If you prefer to dine at home they can bring the party to you, and will provide a serving staff to do all the work so you can enjoy your evening. For reservations please call (520) 954-1468. 1335 W Lambert Ln, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

North: Enjoy a modern twist on traditional Italian cuisine at La Encantada. North is a fantastic place to host holiday parties and offers three great event spaces the Dining room which seats up to 112, the south patio which seats up to 60, and their front patio which seats up to 50. Guest can submit inquiries at http://foxrcevents.com/location/north-tucson 2995 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718

Playground Bar & Lounge:  Enjoy beautiful views of downtown Tucson at Playground Bar and Lounge. Playground offers minimum based reservations for parties of ten or more and no minimums required for parties less than ten.  Guests can submit inquiries at http://playgroundtucson.com/reservations/  278 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Pub 1922: For our friends in Rancho Sahuarita Pub 1922 is an awesome family and friends gathering spot with great local American fare and extensive beer offerings in a vintage pub setting.  For reservations, please visit www.pub22.com 15920 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 ·

Southern Arizona Work Space: SAWS is a great venue to host your next holiday party, located just behind EXO Roast Company on Sixth Ave. This 1,200-square foot multi-use space is fully equipped with chairs, tables, a projector and kitchen. SAWS rents out their facility after 6 P.M any day of the week, prices are based on an hourly rate and discounts are available for non-profits. For reservations please visit http://www.southernarizonaworkspace.com/rent 403 N 6th Ave Tucson, Arizona 85701

Sir Vezas: For those looking for a fun unique casual space, Sir Vezas Taco Garage at The Tucson Mall is the perfect spot, great bar, awesome tacos and burgers. For private dinning Sir Vezas offers their lowrider lounge. For reservations please visit www.sirvezas.com.  220 W. Wetmore Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705

Stillwell House: The Stillwell House and Garden, is downtown Tucson’s premier event facility, the mansion built in 1901 can host events from 50 to 300, from their gorgeous main house, enchanting courtyard garden and festive 1901 cantina. For Reservations call: (520)623-9123 or visit www.stillwellhouse.com 134 S. 5th Ave Tucson, AZ

The Twisted Tandoor:  The twisted Tandoor is a gourmet food truck serving Indian grilled meats, curries, vegan and gluten free food. The firetruck is available for those who want to have a fun and relaxed holiday party in their backyard. Whether you want to dine in and celebrate at home they can ensure that the food is great--and let's face it that is the key to any good party. For Reservations please call (520) 250-3614.

Vero Amore:  Vero Amore is a delicious pizzeria offering two locations that hosts holiday parties the first location is on Dove Mountain for those living in Marana, and for those located in central Tucson Vero Amore offers a hidden speakeasy in the Plaza Palomino on Swan that can throw a great old fashion holiday party. Prices vary per individual nights and party sizes. For reservations please contact:

(520)579-2292 12130 N Dove Mountain Blvd #104, Marana, AZ 85658

(520)325-4122. 2920 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712

Wildflower: Enjoy delicious food and great wine at Wildflower located in the La Toscana village on Oracle rd. Wildflower offers two great event spaces the main dining room and the patio for holiday entertaining. Guests can submit inquiries at http://www.foxrcevents.com/location/wildflower 7037 N Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 85704

YWCA's Frances McClelland Community Center: The YWCA is a multi-use facility conveniently located near the heart of downtown Tucson. Offers catering from their own Café at the YW, a social enterprise, mission-driven small business that provides scratch-made, hot/cold catering and pastries and specialty beverages for events at the YWCA and in the community. The Café offers a culinary program to provide job training to at-risk young women to build confidence and community through food. Together we are setting the table for change. They offer discounts to non-profit organizations. For holiday specials please contact: Marisela Felix, Marketing & Outreach Manager at 884-7810 x7107 or email: [email protected] 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745