a modern-day speakeasy at the commons
a modern-day speakeasy at the commons
Whether you are planning an intimate gathering for friends, a sophisticated cocktail party for clients, an educational workshop or an elaborate soirée- The Parlour Room is an exceptional and convertible venue space.
Aesthetically, The Parlour Room boasts a modern-vintage industrial style reminiscent of gentleman's smoking rooms of times past. Velvet, leather and crystal are interspersed with concrete and brick to establish a refined but cozy environment. Soaring exposed ceilings are framed by original brick masonry, punctuated by walls of elegant black and gold wallpaper.
The Parlour Room reflects the sensibilities of a stylish well-designed home, not a traditional generic rental space. With an open-concept format and movable furnishings, The Parlour Room offers a flexibility for differing event needs.
The Parlour Room is a destination in itself with high-end furnishings and an intimate ambiance. Little to no additional decor or rentals are required to achieve a perfect backdrop for your event. Very few rental spaces provide the peace-of-mind to just show up and enjoy yourself!
The Parlour Room is available weekdays after 5pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. It is not typically available M-F during the day because The Commoners use the space during that time, however, depending on the nature of your event, exceptions can be made.
Because the room is fully furnished in expensive velvets and leathers, we are very particular about the events we host in this space. Only low-key, professional events are encouraged.
We love a good party just like anyone else so if you are planning to have an event where people want to let their hair down, have a few (or more!) drinks and celebrate with a bit more "joie du vie" your event would be better suited to our larger event space, The Hemingway Room.
The room is 1800 sq ft. with a capacity of 100 people. We are able to accommodate more people if you wanted to also use our adjoining rooms.
Every event is unique and we tailor each event package to suit your particular needs. You may require event planning, room set up, design details or you may be more of a DIYer! There are also some times of year that are busier than others and all of this factors into the end price.
We wish we could be more specific! The easiest thing to do is to contact us for a tour and will will provide a quote tailored to your particular requirements.
We are committed to supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits in Calgary. We may be open to reducing our event costs or making an in-kind donation of our space with organizations who have a similar vision and philosophy. Please contact our event curator to explore this option further.
All of our venue rentals include a venue coordinator who will answer your questions and walk you through the details such as contracts, expectations and procedures as well as an event attendant who will be onsite for the entirety of your affair.
Other services include, but are not limited to:
Please indicate on our event request form what services you might be interested in and we'd be happy to discuss them with you during our initial meeting.
The Parlour Room is unique in that little to no additional decor or rentals are required to achieve a perfect backdrop for your event. Very few rental spaces provide the peace-of-mind to just show up and enjoy yourself!
1,800 sq. ft.
Kitchen with large bar
2nd Kitchen with large prep area for caterers
3 Gender-neutral washrooms
2 Coat racks
Our full capacity is 100 people but we do have adjoining rooms that we can include in the rental if you expect more guests.
Standing Reception 100 people
Theatre Style up to 90 people
Classroom/workshop 50+ people
HD Projector and screen
Sonos Speakers (which connect wirelessly to your smart phone or computer)
These services come at an additional charge to be determined at booking
Design services (invitations, websites, logos etc.)
Tech set up
Onsite tech person for the duration of your event
Security (may be mandatory for some events)
Computer for use with projector
2 blue velvet sofas
4 soft seating booths
3 leather benches
6 bar stools
16 plastic "ghost" chairs
1 rose-coloured couch
8 24"X48" concrete/pipe tables
6 24"X31.5" concrete/pipe tables
3 round iron tables
4 round iron small cocktail tables
4 24"X48" black tables
Please note furniture can be rearranged and removed depending on your needs.
1 industrial coffee machine
1 hot water tower
6 Espro French presses
4 coffee carrafes
Our space is a bit hidden away, so please see below for detailed directions and give yourself enough time to find us - we assure you it will be worth it!
How to Find Us: The Parlour Room is one of the event spaces at The Commons which is in the Ramsay Design Centre, a low–rise brick building on the East side of 11 Street SE. The entrance to The Parlour Room is from the South parking lot (please note we have two parking lots – one to the North of the building and one to the South. Barre Body Studio is located at this end if you see Red Point Media you are in our North lot). These lots are not connected, however, if you find yourself in the North parking lot you can easily walk around the building to the South entrance.
Once you arrive, use the entrance marked “1210 20 Ave”. Follow the hallway and The Parlour Room is the second door on your right.
During the evenings and weekends we have complimentary parking in both our North and South parking lots. Daytime parking is a bit more limited in these lots, but there is free parking within the surrounding community. Download our parking map here.
Using Car2Go is a great option as you can park in permit-only areas as well as regular street parking.
We are situated near many bike paths and the Elbow River. Store your bike at the bicycle-rack outside.
There are approximately 5 bus stops within a 5 minute walking distance of The Commons.
The nearest C-Train station is Erlton/Stampede, which is approximately a 20 minute walk to and from The Commons.
The Commons is located in the community of Ramsay in the iconic Ramsay Design Centre, a pleasant walk from Calgary's historic Inglewood community. Originally built in 1919 by Westeel, it has subsequently been host to numerous other industrial and business operations, from a lighting warehouse to building ammunitions during WWII. Today it is the choice space for a selection of creative and stylish enterprises including: Avenue Magazine, RedPoint Media and Barre Body Studio.