For your special event, you want a space as unique as you. The World Cafe Live footprint includes two separate spaces: a cafe and restaurant that accommodates 120 seated or 200 standing, and a separate dazzling music hall that comfortably seats 300 and expands to accommodate 650 standing. In each space you can expect flawless sound, lighting, and video, on-site production and catering, flexible seating, and adjacent secure parking. It all comes together in one harmonious package at the Philadelphia region’s premier music destination and events facility, World Cafe Live.
Choosing World Cafe Live for your event venue means a one-stop shop. Your experienced event planner can help you create the event of your dreams down to the smallest details – all you have to do is enjoy. From customizable menus and state of the art lighting and sound equipment to a comprehensive professional musician rolodex, World Cafe Live can provide you with unique services unparalleled to other venues.
In either our upscale cafe or our dramatic 3-tiered performance space, you can expect the best. There are full kitchens and bars on both levels operated by experienced banquet chefs and professional service staff. The entire facility is wheelchair accessible, 100% smoke-free, Wi-Fi enabled, and wired for sound and video with a state-of-the-art projection system with a 14′ drop-down screen on the main stage.
For more than a decade we have hosted weddings and commitment ceremonies, galas, fundraisers, beer festivals, business expos, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays and business meetings. At World Cafe Live we can do it all, and a dedicated planner will oversee every aspect of your affair, from the first phone call through the end of your successful event.
For more event information, please contact our events department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 267-295-2949, or use the below inquiry form:
Downstairs Live features three tiers of flexible event space. It consists of the Main Floor, Loge (bar area), and Mezzanine. With this dynamic layout, this space is perfect for weddings and commitment ceremonies, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate meetings, private concerts, client appreciation parties, fundraisers, galas, and more.
16ft x 38ft stage
Built in LCD player
14′ drop down cinema screen and projector
Full nightclub lighting with disco ball
World-class sound system by Clair Brothers
220 seated at tables (with dance floor)
280 seated at tables (without dance floor)
300 theatre style
Looking to do something special for your next board meeting? Add one of our nationally renowned acts as your finale! With a Mezzanine buy-out, you and your team can celebrate in style in our VIP seating. With seating for over 50 guests, it’s easy to transition this balcony space from a networking event or meeting to the best seats in the house. Add a dinner buffet or a bar package to make it a night your company won’t forget!
Upstairs Live is an upscale cafe featuring floor to ceiling windows, a bright vibrant color scheme, and an intimate stage. As our more intimate venue, this space is perfect for guests who want a cozy space without a big price tag. This space is ideal for cocktail receptions, happy hours, dinner parties, rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings, presentations, meetings and more.
11ft x 29ft stage
LCD Projector & Screen
120 seated at tables
100 theatre style
Can’t decide between the two spaces or have an event with a larger capacity? An entire venue rental allows for multiple entertainment possibilities happening at once on three different levels, and the use of all lobby spaces. This option is great for conference finales, beer festivals, business expos, networking events, reunions, and multi-functional large parties.
1000 guests throughout the entire space
AMENITIES INCLUDED IN YOUR RENTAL FOR EVERY EVENT:
A dedicated and experienced event planner
Comprehensive Audio Visual needs, including state of the art venue lighting and sound equipment, standing microphones, projector, screen, and podium
Professional sound engineers and lighting technicians
50mbps wireless internet connection
Venue tables and chairs
Full ADA accessibility to all locations
AMENITIES INCLUDED IN FOOD + BEVERAGE PACKAGES:
In-house catering with the opportunity for a customizable menu including dietary restrictions
Professional service staff
Venue china, glassware, flatware, and votives
AMENITIES THAT CAN BE ACQUIRED DIRECTLY THROUGH WORLD CAFE LIVE FOR ADDITIONAL FEES:
Additional furniture rentals
Any additional staffing needs (coat check, chef attendants, security)
Specialized Audio Visual needs
Customized lighting extras
In-house graphic designs for logos, GOBOS, t-shirts and gifts
Custom wedding party gifts or event favors
Professional musicians from our agent contact lists including: DJs, dance bands, acoustic performers, local, national, and international acts
Services from our exclusive preferred vendors list including professional photographers, bakeries, ice sculptures, florists, photo booths, decorators, rentals
Testimonials from our guests about their World Cafe Live Philadelphia event experience:
“I wanted to send over a note of gratitude and thanks for the fantastic event the other night. Your staff went above and beyond to accommodate all of our guests. This was a big event for us to plan and you made the entire process stress free from beginning to end. The food was great, the place looked fantastic and the lighting and sound was superb. The night was a huge success and every detail was handled with professionalism and hospitality. We will definitely be back for more events in the future.” – Beth Eisenberg, The N Crowd.
“I wanted to send a note of thanks to everyone at the World Cafe for making the US Coast Guard dinner a success… Great service, great food, great setting, and great company – what more could you ask for to have a great evening.” – Edward J. Primeau, Atlantic Strike Team, US Coast Guard
“All of your staff were super to work with, professional, flexible and responsive to all of our various needs and requests. And, the food was superb!” – Mindy Fernandez-Sheinbaum, Director of Alumni Support, Teach For America
“The food was excellent (presentation and quality) and your helpful and friendly staff was the complete package.” – Debra D. Williams, Director of Special Events and Administrative Coordinator, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania
“Our guests told us how impressed they were with your facility and what a great time they had at the event. Your fine facility and the work of you and your staff helped make this event a success.” – Peggy Amsterdam, President, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
“The Bar Mitzvah was fantastic, thanks to the incredible venue. Everyone loved the food and truly loved the entire facility.” – Kim Rosen, Event Planner
“Jane and I would like to thank you for the wonderful reception. It was a tremendous success, as most of our guests were amazed how it looked, how great the band was and sounded, the excellent service, all of which made for a great party!” – Steve Epstein, Portfolio Manager, Defiance Asset Management
We offer a variety of parking options for both entrances to our venue, including street parking and lot parking. Those public lots can be found here. We understand the complications of city parking, and can offer you valet parking for your event at an additional charge.