Philadelphia Birthday Party Venues for Adults

The Best Birthday Party Place in Philadelphia

The Only Place With 5 Adult Experiences to Choose From to Fully Customize Your Birthday Party.

The Best Place to Host Your Birthday

Best Birthday Venue Philadelphia

Birthdays can always be such a hassle to plan! Especially for adults.

Planning the perfect birthday should be a seamless experience from start to finish. Whether it’s for your best friend, significant other, or yourself.

Rec & Royal has the Perfect Birthday Party Packages:

VIP Tables

Enjoy the VIP Bottle Service Experience

Private Rooms

Lots of options including Karaoke

Happy Hour

Discounted drinks and more

Guest List

Complimentary Birthday Guest List

Private & Semi-Private

Rent the entire or partial venue

Nightlife VIP Table Reservations

Become the Life of the Party!

It’s your birthday party. All eyes are on you with your very own table section. Dance the night away with your friends in your own designated dance area in your section.

Order from our extensive bottle list containing the finest spirits and champagne from around the world. Reserving a VIP table for your birthday is the best way to experience Rec & Royal Philadelphia.

($$$)

Expedited & Complimentary Entry for Your Party
Dedicated Server & VIP Host
Semi-Private Table Section
Semi-Private Dancing* Perch
Access to VIP Restrooms
Customized Birthday Presentations**
Bottle Services Packages Starting at $500***


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*Most sections have this amenity
**Please prearrange with your VIP Host
***Not inclusive of tax, fees, and gratuity

Private Hospitality Room Rentals

With Karaoke

Experience your birthday at Rec & Royal in a truly unique way. By renting our private hospitality rooms.

Each private room is tastefully decorated with their corresponding theme. Relive your memories as a kid with vintage items from your childhood! Were you an 80s, 90s, or 2000 baby?

($$$)

1000s of songs available in our Karaoke database from today’s hits to yesterday’s classics
Private Lounge Area
Access to VIP Bathrooms
Cell Phone Charging Station
Catering Menu available for Private Events


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Host a Birthday Happy Hour

An Affordable Option to Host All Your Friends.

Organize a late-night happy hour for your birthday party! We offer discount drink options and open bar packages for groups of 10 up to 50 people!

($)

Available 8pm-11pm
Complimentary Entry for the duration of your event*
Perfect for larger groups (up to 50 people)
Great for large groups of people with varying budgets
Open bar packages starting at $15 per person**


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215.883.8088
* Excluding special events and holidays
**Available on most nights. Must be booked 24 hours in advance. Excluding special events and holidays

Personal Birthday Guest List

Complimentary Admission for Your Party

If you have a large group for you birthday we can hold the name of your party at the door. Your group will receive complimentary admission until a specified time.

(FREE)

Get Complimentary Admission for Your Group*


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*Subject to guest list rules. Management reserves the right to limit this offer for any reason

Private & Semi-Private Birthday Event Rentals

Make it Over the Top?

Talk to one of our event coordinators to plan the perfect event for your group. Whether you have 15 people or 600 people, we can accommodate your group. Your experience will be a birthday to remember.

($$$$)

Full-service event planning
3 distinctly different spaces to host your event
Several relationships with vendors to produce numerous events
Most comprehensive in-house audio & video package per square foot in Philadelphia


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Rec & Royal Philadelphia

111 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Featuring

Sound by D&B Audiotechnik
State of the art Video Wall
Private Hospitality Rooms
Karaoke
And More

Directions to The Best Birthday Venue in Philly

You’ll find Rec & Royal one block from Rittenhouse Square. Placing you in an urban hub of delicious culinary treasures, coveted high-end stores, corporate high rises, and hotels. The artsy neighborhood also puts academics near the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, and sports fans close to the city‘s stadium complex.

Rec & Royal Gaming Parlour, Karaoke Lounge, & Nightclub

Phone 215.883.8088
111 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Public Transportation Directions

From South Jersey- PATCO

  1. Patco Line to 15th/16th Street and Locust.
  2. Rec & Royal is located less than a five (5) minute walk from PATCO speed line.

Ride Petco

From Philadelphia Suburbs- SEPTA Regional Rail

  1. Regional Rail to Suburban Station.
  2. Rec & Royal is located a five (5) minute walk from Suburban Station. Please use the 17th Street exit.

Ride SEPTA Regional Rail

From South Philadelphia and Temple University

  1. Broad Street Line to City Hall Station.
  2. Rec & Royal is located a 3 blocks City Hall.

Ride SEPTA Temple

From West Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, University of the Sciences) and Northern Liberties/Fishtown

  1. Market/Frankford Line to 15th Street Station
  2. Rec & Royal is located three blocks from the 15th Street Station.

Ride SEPTA from West Philly

From New York, Delaware, Baltimore, Washington DC

  1. Amtrak to 30th Street Station

Rec & Royal is located approximately 1 mile from 30th Street Station. You either take an Uber, Lyft or taxi to Rec & Royal. Otherwise, transfer to the Septa Market/Frankford line and get off at the 15th Street station.

Ride Amtrak

Driving Directions

From the City Hall

  1. Head south on 15th Street toward Market St
  2. Turn right on to John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  3. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  4. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

From Benjamin Franklin Bridge

  1. Continue on I-676 W/US-30 W, follow signs for Central Phila
  2. Take the exit toward PA 611/Broad St/Central Phila
  3. Turn right on to John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  4. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  5. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

From Walt Whitman Bridge

  1. Continue west on I-76 W
  2. Take exit 351 for Interstate 95/Front Street toward Trenton-Chester
  3. Keep left, follow signs for I-95 N/Trenton and merge onto I-95 N
  4. Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 22 toward US-30 W/Central Phila
  5. Use the right lane to merge onto I-676 W/US-30 W
  6. Take the exit toward PA 611/Broad St/Central Phila
  7. Turn right on to John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  8. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  9. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

From 30th Street Station

  1. Head east on Market St
  2. Turn right onto South 17th Street
  3. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

From South Jersey/Atlantic City

  1. Head northwest on Atlantic City Expressway
  2. Continue onto NJ-42 N
  3. Continue onto I-76 (signs for W Whitman Bridge/Philadelphia)
  4. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-676 N, follow signs for Camden/B Franklin Bridge
  5. Continue on I-676 W/US-30 W, follow signs for Central Phila
  6. Take the exit toward PA 611/Broad St/Central Phila
  7. Turn right on to John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  8. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  9. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

From Delaware

  1. Continue onto DE-1 N/US-13 N
  2. Follow signs for I-95 N/I-495/Wilmington/Philadelphia and merge onto I-95 N
  3. Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 22 toward US-30 W/Central Philadelphia
  4. Use the right lane to merge onto I-676 W/US-30 W
  5. Take the exit toward PA 611/Broad Street/Central Philadelphia
  6. Turn right on to John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  7. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  8. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

From Manayunk

  1. Continue on I-76 E to Philadelphia
  2. Take exit 344 for I-676 E toward Central Phila
  3. Use the right lane to take the exit toward Central Phila
  4. Turn right on to John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  5. Turn left onto 17th Street.
  6. Rec & Royal is located on 111 South 17th Street. (in between Chestnut and Sansom Streets)

10 Tips to Make Planning a Birthday the Right Way

Best Birthday Venue Philadelphia
1. Know the Lingo
The key to planning a birthday party is to know the lingo. Navigate like a pro so you get the most out the venue that you plan on hosting the event.

• Minimum Spend

This may also be referred to as “Food and Beverage Minimum”, “Min”, ”Minimum”, “Table Minimum”, “Beverage Minimum”. This is just an amount that you need to spend to reserve a table, section, area of the venue.

• Tax

This is also referred to as “Sales Tax”, “Liquor tax”, “County Tax”. These are the taxes and levies imposed by the state or local municipalities. Many times when you have a table these taxes are passed on to the customer. In order to increase the speed of service at the bar, a lot of places choose to include a tax on orders across the bar. The reason is to eliminate the use of the change when dealing with cash customers.

• Gratuity

This is also referred to as “auto-gratuity”, “server gratuity”, “tip”, “autograt”. Sometimes you have to give the pretty girl making your drinks some money. Gratuity is an important part of the business and no likes a bad tipper. The industry standard is 12%-15% for poor service, 18%-20% average service, 22% or more for exceptional service. Customers that stiff (do not leave gratuity) are customers that have no moral or empathy. That’s like saying you are bad at your job and you should work for free. Tipping 12%-15% gets the point across that you didn’t approve of the service but not leaving a tip or less than 10% just shows that you are a bad tipper. Remember that your server makes $2.83 an hour and they need to give the bartenders and server assistants a portion of their tips each night. In a nightlife setting they typically only get 2-3 tables a night. It’s not like a restaurant where tables turn and if a server gets a bad tip they can recover with from the other tables throughout the night.

• Service Charge

This is also referred to as “admin fee”, “administrative fee”, “processing fee”, ”service fee” “front of house fee”. This nominal charge can range from 3%-8%. The service charge is for the front of house maitre de, host, or hostess.

Know your target audience. If you are planning a birthday party for a someone else, you need to remember that their likes, interests, and tastes my differ from yours. We suggest that you take the role of planning the birthday and putting yourself in their shoes. A birthday is all about making the birthday girl or birthday boy happy. If the birthday girl or the birthday boy like to dance and show off, probably not the best idea to reserve a table at a low key speakeasy. Remember to be aware of your target audience.

2. Know Your Target Audience

If you are planning a birthday party for someone else, you need to remember that their likes, interests, and tastes may differ from yours. We suggest that you take the role of planning the birthday and putting yourself in the shoes of the birthday boy/girl. A birthday is all about making them happy, not you!

If the birthday girl or the birthday boy like to dance and show off, probably not the best idea to reserve a table at a low key speakeasy. Remember to be aware of your target audience.

3. Know the real budget

It’s all about the Benjamins, well sometimes among friends, sometimes it can get down to the Washingtons. If everyone is pitching in equal shares than you know that you are only as strong as your weakest (or should I say cheapest) link.

It may not necessarily be your friend with the least amount of money (they tend to be the most generous), but rather the friend that has the toughest time parting with their funds. Getting everyone to agree can be a tough task but most of the disagreements are about money.

Your fun doesn’t have to be limited by your funds!

4. Be Realistic
If you are planning an event and your friends don’t have two quarters to rub together, be realistic with yourself and realize that private dining a high-end steakhouse just isn’t going to be possible. But you can plan a smart event on a limited budget with a little planning the party dollar is an easy one to stretch.
5. No Money, No Saturday nights

If budget is a concern, pick another time besides Saturday night. Everyone has the same idea as you! Saturday night is most venues make the majority of their revenue on Saturday nights. If you are looking for a deal you will get a better response from venues if you choose one of their slower nights.

Fridays are surprisingly a great night for venues to bid for your business. If you have flexibility during the week pick a night that the venue is open but is their slowest night. Even the busiest places have slow nights.

6. Keep an open mind
Planning a birthday can be stressful and you want everything to be perfect. However, sometimes you just have to keep an open mind! Sometimes non-traditional venues make the best events. However, the best idea
7. Private Event equals More Money
A private event may sound nice but anytime space is given exclusively to an organizer they can no longer generate revenue in the space if you request to rent it. This is obviously the most costly option.

If your event must be private and you are looking to maximize your budget, we recommend hosting your event on an off night. Avoid Saturday night at all cost if you if budget is a concern for you.

8. The Hidden Risks of House Parties

Everyone loves a good house party. But what are the reasons guests love them so much? Firstly, it is a cheap night out for the invited guests. The host of the party is informally required to provide something for guests to at least snack upon, baseline alcoholic beverages, mixers, ice, cups, cleaning, entertainment, etc. The majority of the cost, efforts, cleaning, and gratitude fall upon the host.

The Drawbacks

There some drawbacks that organizers forget the beloved house party is the cleaning and trash that a house party creates. Sometimes the party gets a little out of hand. Personal property can get damaged or sometimes even stolen!

Drunk people are known to do some stupid things. And the one thing that organizers always seem to forget that in some states, the organizer of the party can be held accountable if an intoxicated guest gets behind the wheel after leaving the party.

For example, New Jersey law allows the victim of a DUI accident to sue and recover damages from the organizer when:

  • the organizer provided alcohol to a “visibly intoxicated” guest
  • circumstances indicated that serving the guest alcohol created an “unreasonable risk of foreseeable harm”
  • the organizer failed to take reasonable measures to prevent the harm caused, and
  • the guest got into a car accident and negligently caused property damages or injuries to another person.

Check Your State

Every state has different social host responsibility laws but there a large amount of liability that the organizer is exposed to from the traditional “house party”

Pros:
  • Budget Friendly
  • Complete control
Cons:
  • A lot of work and cleaning
  • Damage or loss of personal property
  • Liability
  • Majority of the expense is on the host
  • Restaurants and BYOBs
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
9. The Early Bird Catches the Worm

True in real life and true in the party life!

Planning ahead is important! All the best options typically book in advance. If you don’t have a good plan then your plan is to fail! Most successful events are booked at least a month in advance. Book early!

10. Drink Responsibly!
You spent all this time planning the perfect event and you want to drink to the point where you don’t remember it! Just remember that enjoying drinks with your friends isn’t supposed to make the night, just enhance it. Blacking out is never fun, but a little gray is okay.

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