Guide to Choosing an Event Venue

Some events are put together haphazardly and sloppily, often focusing too much about what it is you’re trying to do than how much your guests will enjoy it. Whether it’s a celebration like a birthday party or bachelorette party or a professional setting like a business networking event, the setting you are in is the first chance you will have to introduce your guests to your event and set the tone for the evening. This guide will help you make the right decision when it comes to booking space for a special night!

Event Venue Ideas

Room Size
The most important thing to consider is how many people will be attending your event. You do not want to end up wasting a rental on a large hall for a party of six, and alternatively having too many guests in too cramped of a space is even worse! Howl at the Moon’s locations, however, have the right fit for your party. We have private and semi-private booking options available for any event, often with groups as large as 200! Howl’s party space differs in size by location, but table reservations, VIP sections and even our entire venue can be set up to you and your guests’ exact needs!

You don’t want to be the kind of host running around and making sure that every person is enjoying the night. It’s stressful on you, and nobody likes feeling forced into awkward social situations. Instead, why not leave it to the professionals to keep your guests entertained? Bringing in speakers, dancers or musicians adds excitement and anticipation to any event. Even better, Howl at the Moon’s live band is the top in class for entertaining your guests! From background music to a genre-bending, instrument-swapping performance, Howl’s band will play to the exact mood of the evening and have hundreds of hit songs in their setlist.

Some party halls and event spaces can just be a little too bland for your event. Streamers, balloons can help, but plain white walls and panelling do not make for a most-welcoming aesthetic. A good idea is to choose a venue that has hosted something similar to your event in the past and can set up their space to your needs. All of Howl at the Moon’s locations let you deck out the venue your way, including custom piano banners, photo booths, cocktail stations, catering options and more. We are pros at hosting events of any type and promise to make your night unforgettable for all of your guests.

To put a bow on your evening, the last thing you need are drinks! It is not just about putting out the most popular types of liquor and mixers, either. People want to have fun and be excited! Nothing lights up an event like picture-worthy and customized cocktails, shots and fishbowls. Howl at the Moon loves to creating the perfect buzz for your party with specialty named drinks, cocktail stations and drink packages including unlimited beer, liquor and more (ask us about our wine options). Plus, our 86 oz. signature buckets are your best bet for bringing your guests closer together!

The final and most important thing to be on the lookout for when searching for an event venue is the type of service you are getting. It is crucial to know and relay what you and your party’s exact needs are so the venue can determine if they can provide accordingly. The worst kind of situation is being stuck in a venue that would be otherwise perfect, and having to deal with understaffed, rude or bland service. Luckily, Howl at the Moon’s servers are out of this world and are the true stars of our show. More than anything, they want to see you up and moving, enjoying your event to its full potential! You may see them up on stage or dancing in the crowd, but if you need someone to howl with, they’ll be right there singing along with you.

Howl at the Moon is the most exciting place to host your next event, whether it be a birthday bash, bachelor party, bachelorette party, or a corporate outing or meet-up—Howl can handle it all! Book your reservation today!

Guide to Choosing an Event Venue

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Top 80’s Songs

New wave, glitter, hair metal bands, leg warmers, rap, DeLoreans, electro-pop—the 1980’s had it all! Howl is celebrating the flashiest decade on September 3rd with 80’s Night, featuring 86 oz. Brass Monkey buckets, drink specials, giveaways and more (varies by location)!  Plus, you can enter to win your very own 80’s Night Happy Hour Party. To get you and your song requests ready for the weekend, here’s our most era-defining hits from a time that turned music on its head!

Olivia Newton-John: “Physical”
Numbers don’t lie, and with Physical’s impressive run of twenty-one straight weeks in the number one slot, Olivia Newton-John is responsible for the most popular song of the 1980’s. Physical starts off exactly as it should, full of sparkle and Newton-John’s steady vocals driving the bass line right up into an emphatic chorus that’s style would become the template for the pop songs of the decade that followed. Though not exactly the top-of-mind song for the era any longer, the majority of what came after has a lot to owe to this song’s success.

Bon Jovi:”Livin On a Prayer”
A working-class, east-coast love ballad, this reverb-drenched anthem launched Bon Jovi onto the scene where they’ve remained for over thirty years. Livin’ On A Prayer shot to number one on the charts and stayed there over four consecutive weeks, but the sound of Richie Sambora’s talk-box guitar and Jon Bon Jovi’s endless showmanship will be cemented in our ears forever. The band’s debut album, Slippery When Wet, has since been certified 12x platinum.

Michael Jackson: “Thriller”
Thriller has the ultimate build up of any pop song. It’s almost as if you can hear the excitement of the room you’re in stirring as the recording’s ambiance rises to its triumphant brass peak. Everything after that point, including all the dancing, is well documented history.

Survivor: “Eye of the Tiger”
Survivor did something that very few artists have been able to accomplish. Writing a song that ends up becoming the pump-up anthem of your era is impressive, but writing something that gets played every day over massive stadium P.A. systems for the world’s stars while also being just as meaningful to a kid with a speaker doing drills in a schoolyard? That simply hasn’t been done since.

Van Halen: “Jump”

Like Thriller, Jump’s introduction has proven unforgettable with time. The feeling that’s conveyed, however, is a little different. Jump cradles you through all of its Roth-era peaks and synth-softened valleys. It’s not quite Survivor’s exclamation of victory, but a powerful belief that anything could happen. It’s the sound of ending a clouded early eighties, and without knowing where to land, making the jump to the last half of the decade (and Sammy Hagar).

Party Venue

Whether you’re taking it back or walking through the era for the first time, 80’s Night at Howl at the Moon is the ultimate way to experience the decade! Look out for these songs and plenty more of your favorite tracks as our band rocks you back in time—we promise to look the look the part if you do too.

Top 80’s Songs

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New Buckets

Attention Howlers: we have new buckets! Try one today. Check them out below:

Big Apple

Jim Beam Apple Whiskey, Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps, Melon Liqueur, Sweet and Sour, Lemon Lime

New Buckets

Cherry Kool-Aid

Three Olives Cherry Vodka, Razzmatazz Raspberry Schnapps, Melon Liqueur, Lemon Lime, Cranberry

New Buckets

Howlin’ Mule

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Q Ginger Beer, Fresh Lime

New Buckets

Island Cooler

Malibu Coconut Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Monin Hawaiian Island Blend, Pineapple, Orange, Fresh Lime, Sweet And Sour

New Buckets

The Betsy

X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Malibu Coconut Rum, Pineapple, Cranberry

A Portion Of The Proceeds Benefit The Open Arms Foundation

Party Venue

Howl at the Moon is the live music bar and party destination that keeps people dancing all night long! We have over 17 nationwide locations and can host all types of parties and events: bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate events, private parties, happy hour parties and so much more. Book your party at Howl today.

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New Cocktails

Howl at the Moon is proud to announce our new cocktails! Come try these for yourself at Howl today:


Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Q Ginger Beer, Fresh Lemon

New Cocktails

Tennessee Gold Rush

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey, Amaretto, Sweet And Sour, Fresh Lemon

New Cocktails

St-Germain Lemonade

SKYY Citrus Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower, Finest Call Strawberry, Sweet And Sour

New Cocktails

Citrus Change

Absolut Lime Vodka, Red Bull Orange

New Cocktails

Trash Can

SKYY Vodka, Pinnacle Gin, Bacardi Superior Rum, Triple Sec, Red Bull Tropical, Fresh Lemon

New Cocktails

Blue Breeze

SKYY Citrus Vodka, Malibu Coconut Rum, Red Bull Blueberry, Fresh Lime

New Cocktails


Grey Goose Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Fresh Lime

New Cocktails


Bacardi Superior Rum, Monin Mojito Mix, Fresh Lime, Soda, Mint

New Cocktails

Howlin’ Tonic

Bombay Sapphire Gin, Tonic, Fresh Lime

New Cocktails

Howlin’ Margarita

1800 Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet And Sour

New Cocktails

Old Fashioned

Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Simple Syrup, Bitters

Party Destination

Howl at the Moon is America’s premier party and events venue and live music bar. With over 17 nationwide locations, we can host bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate events, private parties, happy hour parties and so much. Get in touch with us today to book your next party.

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Beginners Guide to Planning a Bachelorette Party

Win your very bachelorette giveaway from Howl at the Moon!

So here you are, the maid of honor, spending every minute of your free time researching ideas for your Bride-to-Be BFF’s bachelorette party. It all seemed so simple until you took into account the “what-if’s” of the evening:

What if the bachelorette doesn’t like my plan?
What if everyone can’t attend?
What if the night scene is lame!?

Planning a bachelorette party is easier said than done, and in most cases when a person is assigned this task they are experiencing it for the very first time. There may be others who have been blessed with a second chance to plan a bachelorette party, or maybe even a third, but just because they’ve done this before doesn’t make it any easier. Every bachelorette is different, which means that every planning situation is different – so it all comes down to knowing what ideas the bride-to-be is open to.

To ensure that the bachelorette is comfortable with what you decide, below are a few general questions to ask before you begin planning:

Weekend Getaway or Night on the Town?

Get a general idea from the bachelorette if she would like to travel for a few days or stay local for the night. Make sure she is aware that the size of her bachelorette party will most likely decrease if this becomes a miniature vacation. If the size of her bachelorette party is not important to her, then by all means book the flight!

To Day Drink or not to Day Drink?

There are bachelorettes who begin their day with a mimosa, there are bachelorettes who choose to wait until dinner time, and there are bachelorettes who choose not to drink at all. There is no right or wrong way, as long as you do what she prefers. Always remember, this bachelorette party is about her, so put down your glass of wine if she’s bothered by it (we have faith in you).

Pre-party Events or Wait Until Dinner?

Day-time activities can include petal taverns, sightseeing, attending a sporting event, pole dance lessons or hitting up a local spa for some R&R. You can always play it safe by choosing something the bachelorette would normally do even if it wasn’t for her bachelorette party, per say. If she likes to relax by the pool, then having all her ladies relax with her will only make it the best-day-ever!

Fancy Dinner or Get Food To-go?

You’ll want to make sure the bachelorette eats, especially if alcohol is involved. So find out what her comfort food is, and go with that. If she loves pizza and pasta, go Italian! BBQ? Find a local smokehouse! If she prefers not to waste time at a sit-down dinner, then see what quick stops are in route and have her choose. If your day is full of activities and the night’s plans are just around the corner, some bachelorettes may find it more satisfying to shove their face with a foot long sub in between events. There’s nothing wrong with that- food is food and our bodies need the fuel!

Sit-down Entertainment or Dance the Night Away?

This is the tough part; the night activity is the grand finale, the completed masterpiece, the cherry on top. .. and you must have a plan. There is nothing worse than going to buy tickets at the door to a show, only to find it is sold out. Or planning to attend her favorite night club where you end up waiting in line and never getting a chance to enter. There is also the nightmare of walking into a place that’s completely empty. (If that happens, make the most of it! But if you can avoid it by planning ahead, please do). Just be sure to ask the bride what she is up for – spending the night on her feet dancing across the bar, or enjoying a night of entertainment stationary at a table.

Male Entertainment

This, ladies, is a very important topic. Having a shirtless cop show up at the hotel room because he heard “someone was being naughty” may not seem like a big deal to you, but it might ruin the entire night for the bachelorette. Be sure to ask the question if she is open to the idea of male entertainment, and do take her answer seriously without pressuring her one way or the other.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

-Just a few ideas to help you brainstorm!
-Rent a Party Bus / Limo
-Go on a Pub Crawl
-Go Camping (or should we say, “Glamping”)
-Glamour Photo Shoot
-Museum / Sight Seeing
-Scavenger Hunt
-Pole Dance Classes
-Sky Diving trip
-Paint night
-Visit a Psychic
-Take a Road Trip
-Hit up a local Festival
-Attend a Comedy Club
-Attend a Drag Show / Burlesque Show
-Go to a Concert
-Throw a Yacht Party
-Spend the day by the Pool / Beach
-Private Shopping Spree!
-Visit an Amusement Park
-Gamble at your local Casino (or in Vegas!)
-Old Fashioned Sleep-Over with Game Night, Chick Flick Movie Marathon & Makeovers!
-Visit a Winery / Brewery
-Host a Lingerie Shower
-Bachelorette Party vs. Bachelor Party “Olympics”
-Have a Spa day
-Take a Dinner Cruise
-Murder Mystery Dinner
-Go Hiking / Exploring!
-Hot Air Balloon or Helicopter Ride

The options are endless and this is a night to celebrate the bride-to-be. It is important to remember that if someone in the group can’t attend or they don’t like the choice in activities, then that’s unfortunate for them. As long as the bachelorette has a good time, nothing else matters!

And last but not least- plan a visit to Howl at the Moon where the bachelorette party can sing and dance the night away to all today’s top songs (we promise to give the bachelorette the attention she deserves!). Please see our locations below:

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Win your very bachelorette giveaway from Howl at the Moon! So here you are, the maid of honor, spending every minute of your free time researching ideas for your Bride-to-Be BFF’s bachelorette party. It all seemed so simple until you took into account the “what-if’s” of the evening: What if the bachelorette doesn’t like my […]

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Half Price Hump Day in Indianapolis

We all know getting over that middle-of-the-week hump is sometimes the hardest. It is far enough away from Monday, but it is teasing you about the weekend that is so close, yet so far away. Well, here at Howl at the Moon in Indianapolis would like to help you get over that hump with Half Off Hump Day!

With our can’t beat drink specials on Wednesdays, we are your prime destination for drinks, great atmosphere and the best live show! We start by taking half off all Indiana beers. We love our local breweries here in Indiana, so you will always find an Indiana name on our beer menu. Then we go into giving you half off our Specialty Drinks, but we do not stop there. Maybe you want more than just 12 ounces of your favorite specialty drink? No worries, we have got you covered! We are also giving half off our 86 oz. bucket!

If you have been keeping track, that is half off our entire drink menu! We are here to help you get over that hump so you can make it to the weekend. So make sure you come in and see the show everyone is talking about, and the drink specials that are unbeatable!

Party Venues Indianapolis

Love to party? Howl at the Moon takes great pride in being the best party venue in Indianapolis. We can host bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, birthday parties, corporate events, group activities, team building events and so much more. Give us a call at 317-955-0300 or email today.

Half Price Hump Day in Indianapolis

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