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Venues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
(267) 295-2948
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 20 Reviews


    Ellen Rockower

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don't have enough words to describe how wonderful World Cafe Live was for our wedding! From the beginning, WCL made the process of wedding planning so much less stressful for us. As you all know, put "wedding" on anything and it becomes 10x more expensive, but WCL remained reasonably priced and did not have all the hidden fees that we were finding at other venues in the city. And the venue came with a wonderful wedding planner! Bridget was a wonderful resource throughout the entire process to help me stay on track, think of all the details and execute our day without flaws. The wedding itself was magical and would not have been nearly as special somewhere else. All of our guests were so impressed, that 6 weeks later I am still getting compliments about how our wedding was one of the best they have ever been to! This would not be even close to being possible without Bridget and World Cafe Live.

    Hannah Kleeman

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  • From my first call with Bridget through the days after the reception, we felt nothing but support in planning a reception that was beautiful and so uniquely us. We've loved World Cafe for years, but our experience celebrating our marriage here exceeded all expectations Thank you for everything!

    Magenta

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  • Great location. Food. music, and drinks!

    Maura

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you're undecided about whether or not to book at WCL, email Sarah and she can give you an idea of the menus they have and the pricing options. WCL has two areas for events, upstairs for smaller events and downstairs for larger events. I was amazed at how Sarah was able to customize our wedding to be exactly what we wanted and at the price we wanted too! If you're looking for a unique venue, this is the place to go! They have an extensive catering menu, from BBQ to plated dinners so you can be sure you'll find something you like. With the WCL rental, you also get the production crew to do lighting and sound, which was a great perk for us! On the day of the wedding, the staff took great care of us and our guests. I got a lot of compliments about the food and venue so if you're on the fence about this venue, email Sarah or go and check it out yourself, it is definitely worth it!!

    Rebecca

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our rehearsal dinner and welcome party for our wedding at World Cafe Live. It was absolutely perfect! We loved working with Maureen, she was super helpful throughout the entire process and kept it light. The food was great and inventive. Guests loved the venue and the flexibility of the space. We highly recommend this for the musically-inclined group who likes to dance, mingle, have a few drinks, and chow on yummy grub.

    Jon

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    5 out of 5
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  • The absolute best! Thanks to Maureen, Kerri and the rest of the staff our wedding night became something far greater than we could have dreamed of. Everyone was extremely nice and very helpful with everything from planning, through execution to just being awesome during the event itself. I would absolutly reccommend the World Cafe Live to anyone for any event. We have not stopped getting complements about the venue and service. We loved everything about it and owe it to them 100% for making our wedding perfect!

    Erica

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don't even know where to start with how incredible working with World Cafe Live was! We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding at WCL and everything from the food to the service was top notch. Maureen is a superhero and goes above and beyond in delivering the perfect day (with a broken foot, no less!!). She was always ready to hear my suggestions and quick to rectify any issues we ran into. She is super organized, very attentive and her staff was amazing! Mike, Rob and Turk made sure all our sound and lighting needs were met and exceeded. Kristen and her servers/bartenders made sure all our guests were well fed and had a drink in their hands (including my husband and me!) and were so polite and attentive. We really wanted a special and unique day, different from the run-of-the-mill wedding and World Cafe Live definitely delivered. Our guests haven't stopped talking about how delicious the food was and how much they enjoyed our ceremony and reception. I can't say enough posi... Read more

    User5361368

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I really didn't want a cookie-cutter wedding. We are both singers and love music, so were thrilled to find that World Cafe Live can do weddings! During our ceremony, we sang to each other on-stage, fulfilling a big dream of ours, and my husband even sang with the band later in the evening. The venue, although more fun than hotels and ballrooms, looked classy. It is conveniently located. And it also has a great layout. Our guests could be out in the lobby with the photobooth, taking photos of one another by several beautiful murals in the building, by the bar talking, eating at their tables, or out on the dance floor. Maureen, the event coordinator made sure that she had all the details set even when we had odd requests, like "performing" our own ceremony. What I really appreciate is that she never tried to talk me into something more expensive. She is very supportive and flexible. We had around 140 guests, which fit perfectly in the space with a dance floor and... Read more

    User3841358

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    5 out of 5
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  • World Cafe Live was a fantastic choice for us for our welcome reception/cocktail hour in lieu of a rehearsal dinner. We worked with Maureen. World Cafe Live is a great venue for so many reasons: -Very responsive and accommodating (Maureen and the head chef helped us craft a vegetarian/pescatarian menu that also accommodated groom's food allergies) -interested in helping you work within your budget (offered many different bar options, including wine/beer package plus consumption tab, or "well bar" package. We ended up choosing well bar package with a switch to a consumption tab towards the end of our event) -great vibe, beautiful presentation of the food. good space for combination of seated/ standing, and of course great A/V for toasts and speeches -walking distance from 30th street station and from many University City hotels, plus street parking is available -connected to a non-profit (WXPN radio) We're so glad we kicked off our wedding weekend at World Cafe Live!

    Leonora Mangine

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • First, Bridget was fantastic to work with, always accommodating, extremely helpful and professional. The staff and crew were right there and more of the same. Now, let's get to the food which was absolutely amazing! From the appetizers through all the courses , our guest raved about it all. World Cafe worked very well with our other vendors and our vendors told us so. The venue was wonderful, we can't say enough good things about WCL. Highly recommend using World Cafe live for a wedding or event.

    Lyndsey Pie

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • When we first looked at WCL for our wedding venue it was because we weren't finding anything within our budget for indoor/outdoor venues in the Philly area, and had come across WCL via the 'Offbeat Bride' website. During our initial email & meeting, the then-coordinator Paige said "yes" to basically every single one of our (very personalized and often unique) requests, and we knew then we had found our venue! As a professional performing artist based in Philly, I actually couldn't believe we hadn't found it sooner. Unfortunately the next couple of months with Paige were less-than-ideal in terms of communication, timeline, & logistics, but luckily Maureen became our new coordinator about 6 months before the date and WOW did she save the day. She was responsive, flexible, accommodating, and continued to say "yes" to nearly every one of our requests. I can't say enough about how much Maureen did to prepare for our big day, and she genuinely cared about our vision and goals. The fo... Read more

    User4033889

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • My partner and I had our "Wedding" at World Cafe Live Downstairs on May 9, 2015. There were 150 guests total. I honestly don't even know where to begin with this review. For nearly 18 months, I had been communicating with the staff at WCL about out event. The venue was the main reason that we decided to go with WCL (we needed stage production equipment and crew), but the staff, food, drinks, EVERYTHING else about it was extraordinary. I (groom #1) gave the staff hell - not because I'm rude, but because we were trying to pull off a VERY unique ceremony and event. Everything exceeded our expectations, and I honestly don't think that if we got married at a 'normal' venue that we would have had such an amazing time. I could not recommend WCL more highly - do yourself a favor and speak with Maureen the Events Coordinator. She is an angel and really understands what her role is and then some. We have made a friend for life. The important stuff - like food - was outstanding too. All ... Read more

    Teresa

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • We were blown away by the service and flexibility of the team at World Cafe Live. Maureen took such great care of us and was so accommodating. The room looked beautiful, the food was awesome, and the atmosphere was so cool. We will be forever indebted to Maureen and her team for looking after us and for helping us pull off such a great event. I cannot say enough good things about that day; as everyone said it would, it really did exceed all our expectations and WCL had everything to do with that. Thank you all!

    Meaghan

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • World Cafe Live from the second we were considering booking were responsive and helpful. They invited us to an open house so we could see the venue as it would be set up the day of. Once we booked they helped with menus, checklists, other vendors and helped us adhere to our budget. Our coordinator was even willing to help us manage 'outside opinions' from family members by supporting our decisions and backup us up when some individuals were pushy. Every single one of our 200 guests had an absolute blast and raved about the food, the service and the atmosphere. Even the day of the wedding our coordinator was so thoughtful and took care of us by dropping off appetizers to our table and drinks. She made sure we were well fed before we started partaking in the fun! I can't say enough about this...it was perfect.

    Natalie

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    4.5 out of 5
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  • We had our 79 person wedding in the Upstairs space, which is a perfect sized room for a smaller wedding. The room also has huge windows all along the side so there was a lot of sunlight. Since it's a concert venue it's already sort of "hip" and didn't require any decorations to make it festive, which I really appreciated. It also has high ceilings. They also have a (limited) free parking lot for guests which was awesome and seems rare for Philly wedding venues. The food was good and got lots of compliments from our guests. We got a package with butlered hors d'oeuvres and there were a lot of them going around the whole time. They also had several really good beers on draft which many of our guests (and my groom) were happy about. Overall it was an awesome day and we were happy we had our reception at WCL!

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