merry and bright...
The Attic at Waterman's is making spirits bright for all of your holiday needs...
In need of a warm, intimate location for your company's holiday party, with convenient access to nearby hotels in a beautiful setting? Look no further than the Attic! With the boardwalk's holiday lights in the background, sophisticated holiday decor throughout the space, and festive cocktails and food, the Attic becomes a perfect, cozy location for your guests to gather and celebrate another successful year in business.
Whether your vision includes mingling and dancing with heavy hors d'oeuvres, or being seated and treated to a gourmet meal, our team is ready to provide impeccable service and unequaled fun.
December Food & Beverage Minimums
As December approaches, our event management team takes great pride in making the Attic sparkle for the holiday season. A live and decorated Christmas tree, table centerpieces and additional festive decor around the room are all taken care of, so it's one more thing you can check off of your party planning list! If you have any vendors booked such as a DJ or Band, then they may set up in between 9:00am and 12:00pm.
To add an extra glow to your event and enhance the atmosphere of the space, LED uplights & string lighting may be rented, based on availability. Six (6) uplights rent for $150; this fee includes set up and color selection. String Lighting is available for the ceiling above the dance floor extending to the bar for $150.
Our Simple Booth Photobooth may be rented for $200, based on availability. Photos are emailed and/or texted to guests. Backdrop and props are not included. Please speak with the Special Events Manager for more information.
A band or DJ of your choice is a welcome enhancement to your holiday party, but holiday music through digital music channels can also be provided on our sound system for no additional charge*. Arrangements for your audio/visual requirements can be made with a Special Events Manager. Waterman’s provides you with Spotify, Cox Cable Digital Music, a stereo auxiliary audio cord (should you want to bring your own iPod to play your music through our sound system*) and a podium. We also have a cordless microphone and an 80” TV, DVD player and a laptop available to show a slideshow or video for a usage charge of $100. Any equipment you wish to use must be approved in advance by a Special Events Manager, and we require all DVDs and computer slideshows or videos to be tested at least one week prior to your event by emailing the file to a Special Events Manager* (DropBox.com can be used to email large files). We do not allow outside computers to be used with our equipment.
*The Attic at Waterman’s is not a professional sound and/or video company and cannot be held liable for music or a slideshow/video that doesn’t function properly. We will try our best to solve any technical difficulties.
Room Rental Charges
Events in The Attic scheduled Monday through Thursday require a room rental charge of $300. Events in The Attic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays require a room rental charge of $500. The room charge secures the space for 4 hours, but you may be billed for additional staff hours if your event does not start or conclude at the agreed upon time. The room charge does not contribute toward the cost of food or beverages, but covers general use of the room, tables, chairs and linens (we provide Ivory tablecloths and Sandalwood napkins for a seated dinner). Additional time can be reserved for $200/hour to extend the event, up to 2 additional hours. Following an event, additional cleaning fees will be charged if damages occur to the space.
Taxes & Food and Beverage Minimums
All food and beverages will be charged VA sales tax of 11.5% as well as a service fee of 20%. The minimum amount that must be spent on food and beverages varies by the day of the week and time of year; this is outlined in a table below with an example of the amount of tax and service that would be applied on that minimum, as well as the “total minimum expense” when factoring in the room charge. All food and beverages paid by the host contribute to the minimum, while beverages purchased by guests through a cash bar do not contribute to the minimum.
Room Guarantee, Cancellation, Deposits & Payments
The room charge is a non-refundable fee required to reserve the date and the space. The food payment must be received a minimum of 14 days prior to the scheduled event, so a guaranteed number of guests and a complete menu must be formed by this time. The bar invoice for an open bar will be billed after the event. You will be charged for the number of guests guaranteed, plus any additional guests who attend. Refunds cannot be given for guests who cancel after the 14 day guarantee.
In the month of December, the Holiday Lights at the Beach attraction does bring additional traffic to Atlantic Avenue. By turning onto Atlantic Avenue from 5th Street (and no sooner), much of this traffic can be avoided, but it may still be busy when turning into our main parking lot. Pull right in though and let our valets take care of you!
As an Oceanfront restaurant in a resort city, parking is at a premium at our location. We offer and recommend the complimentary valet parking service from right outside our door. However, our parking lot serves both special event and restaurant guests, so we cannot guarantee parking for each and every one of your guests. Depending on the size and date of your event, parking may be even more limited, but we do our best to park as many of your guests as possible. In the occasion that our lot fills up, our valets are happy to suggest alternate parking for your guests. Vendors may unload equipment in our valet lot during approved times, but must find alternative parking for the duration of the event.
The following information is also provided directly from the City of Virginia Beach, regarding public parking in the Rudee Loop area - in very close proximity to Waterman’s: There are three parking lots at the southern end of Atlantic Avenue, where a loop allows traffic to switch directions on Atlantic Avenue. Cost: $7 a day, Monday-Thursday; $10 a day, Friday-Sunday and holidays; Virginia Beach residents can park for $3 after 5pm.
We are happy to give referrals for photographers, disc jockeys, casino game services, lodging and other related vendors (a list of helpful referrals can be found here). All outside vendors must be approved by a Special Events Manager. Waterman’s provides referrals for customer convenience, but cannot accept responsibility for vendor service. When making dessert selections, commercial bakery desserts (cakes or cupcakes) are permitted, and we provide the caking service at no additional charge. Homemade desserts of any sort, including cookies, are not permitted to be brought in to the restaurant.
Our building is over 35 years old and does not have an elevator, so please be aware that everyone in your party must be able to travel up and down stairs. We are happy to assist in any way possible, and because restrooms and the bar are available within the Attic space, there is no need for handicapped guests to go back downstairs until the conclusion of the evening.