The New Orleans Athletic Club has been a New Orleans staple since 1872 and is the third oldest athletic club in the country. Typically, one would not think of an athletic club as the most romantic spot to say, “I Do,” but the NOAC is not your typical gym. It is located in the French Quarter minutes from the Marigny and Central Business District and, in addition to the full service bar, as well as the yoga studios, spin room and other offerings ubiquitous to a gym, NOAC also has a salon, performance center and, now, three locations to host your wedding or wedding-related event.
The NOAC ballroom has a history almost as long and as exciting as the NOAC itself. Previously, the NOAC and other amenities were only available to members of the club, making it an exclusive spot to exchange vows. Now, the ballroom, along with Vaughan’s Pub and the newly-debuted Bienville Courtyard are available for rental to the public and offer couples a small, medium and large option for their special day.
Billed as a great location for an elopement ceremony or rehearsal dinner, Vaughan’s Pub offers the smaller, more distinct options with its handcrafted woodwork and brass bar. The bar seats 60 guests, allows for 50 seated theater style and up to 125 standing room.
The ballroom, classic in decor and architectural accents, such as its grand, floor-to-ceiling windows and large chandelier, allows couples the option of a 180 guest seated dinner, 250 standing room and 400 seated theater style — ideal for a ceremony.
The newest addition is the Bienville Courtyard. This indoor and outdoor space can be accessed from the club or separately from Bienville Street. Opposite from the vibe offered in the ballroom or Vaughan’s Pub, the courtyard features exposed brick walls, industrial accents and a gorgeous patio. The courtyard, with over 9,000 square feet of event space, allows for 500 seated guests, over 500 standing and up to 700 seated theater style.
From traditional, to old school and the newly updated authentic New Orleans-style space, the New Orleans Athletic Club has any option for your Big Day, big or small.