If you’re looking for luxury, Chateau Cocomar is the party venue for you. Known for its winding staircase, cathedral ceilings, manicured gardens, and marble-tile everything, this 37,000-square-foot Champions-area space, which holds up to 1,000 guests, has been the site of many a fairy-tale wedding. Pro planners, as well as a roster of preferred vendors for everything from food to fireworks, are part of the package here. Call for pricing

Houston Public Library’s historic Julia Ideson Building, located downtown across from City Hall, is an architectural gem. Its romantic corridors, wood-lined reading room, and gold-leafed exhibit hall can accommodate intimate dinners for 40 or receptions for up to 450 in authentic Art Deco style. From $550

Equally elegant but more modern, The Revaire off Old Katy Road is the talk of the town these days. A grand steel entryway leads to adjoining ballrooms for up to 1,500 guests, complete with concrete floors, trendy gold accents, and lots of mercury glass just begging for a black-tie benefit or high-end birthday blowout. From $215/person

Equal parts chic and cool, The Dunlavy next to Buffalo Bayou Park is a fool-proof favorite for smaller-scale soirées for up to 220 people. Bedecked with dozens of dripping crystal chandeliers, the space takes full advantage of its rugged bayou views with sumptuous picture windows. Be warned, though: The beloved spot will no longer host private events come 2020, so act fast. From $9,000

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Another spot offering an incredible vista is Brenner’s on the Bayou near Memorial Park, whose lush landscaped grounds roll all the way down to the water’s banks. An elegant setting for a refined family reunion or staff banquet, the steakhouse stalwart can seat from 14 to 85 people in its private dining rooms, patios, and bar. Call for pricing

The Astorian off Washington Avenue adds contemporary glitz to its vintage-inspired space with room for 700 revelers. Moody vaulted ceilings, arched steel windows, multiple bars, and space for a dance floor set the tone whether you're having a Roaring ’20s party or a modern-day shindig. Call for pricing

The Space HTX, meanwhile, is a blank slate: an all-white industrial warehouse that makes a beautiful backdrop for delicate wedding decor, bright baby-shower balloons, and everything in between. The EaDo venue is simple in design but not amenities—it offers food, drinks, and killer downtown views for up to 300 guests. From $1,000

Karbach Brewing in Spring Branch is made for a laidback company outing your staff will actually want to attend, and there’s plenty of room for the whole team—150 in the upstairs Hopadillo Hall, and another 40 in the adjoining Clown Lounge. Draws include catering from the excellent on-site restaurant, private brewery tours, cornhole on the balcony, and—oh, yeah!—beers on tap. From $1,000

For industrial-chic with more room—and color—try 5226 Elm in Bellaire, whose indoor-outdoor flow and versatile spaces earned it an AIA Building of the Year award. The stylish ballroom comfortably fits 160 guests, and the courtyard rose garden and koi pond are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. From $1,980

And finally, for a space that’s totally outside-the-box—not to mention high-in-the-sky—book a sunset spot at The Tower at Raven Tower in the Near Northside for your hip sister’s 30th or a pregame party for you and 60 of your closest friends before a show at White Oak Music Hall. Trust us, there’s no topping this view. From $500

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