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By Ava Diaz

The Kings Hall at the Avant Gardner

Avant Gardner

Spanning the length of an entire city block, Avant Gardner in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, is a premier destination for your next large-scale event. As a world-renowned music destination, this 80,000-square-foot site boasts three different full-service venues and stages all under one roof—in addition to a hanger-sized warehouse across the street that can filter upwards of 8,000 people through it.

“There really are no large volume spaces like this, we are kind of the last spot before you go to an arena,” says Gavin Stephenson, corporate event sales and sponsorships representative for Avant Gardner. “We have a cache within the arts scene in New York and globally … and companies that might have a younger demographic or cool demographic like the idea of having an event in a place that is so different than the other spaces.”

As the largest standing-room complex in the Northeast region, the Avant Gardner has space for a total of 9,000 people. Of the three spaces, The Brooklyn Mirage is the crown jewel to the venue. As an outdoor courtyard space, it can accommodate up to 5,000 people and features panoramic views of Manhattan. The Great Hall is the largest indoor space at 15,000 square feet for up to 3,400 people. Additional features include a three-story VIP tower and three full-service bars. Lastly is the Kings Hall—this industrial space features exposed steel I-beams and a skylight ceiling and offers 5,000-square-foot space for up to 800 guests. Another space also includes the intimate Artist Village for private parties of up to 100 attendees.

With a collection of venue styles, Stephenson says each adhere to a variety of configurations from concert-style standing room, theatre-style seating, banquet-style round tables, or even a dance floor. However, the amount of space that this venue features isn’t the only notable amenity. Avant Gardner also is home to full-service, in-house catering and bars, a food court in the summer, the largest AV package in the city (that is included in rentals), and the world’s largest permanently installed video LED wall that is a 250 foot tall and 30 foot wide curved screen showcased in The Brooklyn Mirage.

“That’s what makes us different,” he says. “It’s the flexibility to accommodate any type of event and the infrastructure to support [them] so that clients don’t have to bring that in themselves.”