Setting the Scene

Pier 22

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JUL 13, 2018

Local partygoers, eat your heart out at Pier 22’s landmark venue located in historic downtown Bradenton and nestled right on picturesque Manatee River. The newly renovated grand ballroom hosts a magical destination for couples dreaming of a waterfront celebration for their wedding. You and your guests can look forward to imaginative culinary artistry coupled with an unforgettable seaside atmosphere. The beautiful space located on the second floor, evokes a sense of sophisticated character, Old Florida elegance and rich design executed in wainscotting, a suspended ceiling, newly installed downlighting and sound-absorption drapery. All nine Spanish-style windows were also restored, updating the already sweeping vistas out back. The choice to maintain much of the 1920s Spanish design elements works in its favor, providing the ballroom with a charming personality, while the neutral color palette and high-toned decor throughout give the space a universal appeal. Beyond its new look, modern conveniences have been put in place as well to make it the ideal setting for entertainment. With floating bars, a removable dance floor, a 6-foot projector screen/HDMI hookups, room partitions in play and ample space for seating arrangements, your event becomes a seamless and impeccably run experience.

“In the planning stages we knew that we wanted to create a room that had character, while also offering guests a fresh space for creating one-of-a-kind functions," says General Manager and Chef Greg Campbell. The grand ballroom’s onsite culinary team is directed by award-winning Chef Campbell himself—creating a high-caliber, all-inclusive dining venue for all your wedding needs. You and your beau can look forward to designing your own menu and even designing a signature cocktail—all to fit your schedule and budget, while incorporating fresh seasonal ingredients, catering to special dietary needs and maintaining exquisite food presentation. This upcycled space proves a real gem for spoiling guests with unsurpassed service, food, ambiance and gorgeous Gulf Coast sunsets. 

Find the spirit of Southern Hospitality exemplified with each bride and groom assigned their own professional event coordinator that will walk them through space planning, event design and decor, and day of organization. Experienced event planners are always on hand, so if you're looking to schedule a tour of the renovated ballroom or any of the five private event spaces, call Pier 22 Special Events at 941-748-8087. Pier 22 is a member of Nosh, SRQ Magazine's content marketing program for local restaurants.

Image courtesy of Pier 22.

1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton.

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