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2021 Best of Awards

It's time to nominate your venue for the Unique Venues 2021 Best Of Awards! This year, our team developed new award categories to reflect the current state of the hospitality industry. If you feel that your venue is considered the best of the best in any two of the following categories, nominate your venue today!

2021 Categories Include:

  • Best Small-Market Venue
  • Best Mid-Market Venue
  • Best Large-Market Venue
  • Best Virtual Conference
  • Best High-Tech Venue
  • Best Earth-Friendly Venue
  • Best Venue to Film Media Content
  • Best Venue With a Scenic Backdrop
  • Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event
  • Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness Gathering
  • Best Venue Evolution
  • Best Outdoor Event Space
  • Best On-Site Accommodations
  • Best Venue for Day Meetings
  • Best Venue for Weddings
  • Best Venue for Life Events (Non-Weddings)
  • Best Venue for Locally Sourced Catering
  • Best Venue On/Near Water
  • Best Venue Off the Beaten Path
  • Best Pandemic Pivot    

 Nominations are now closed for the 2021 Best Of Awards. Meeting and event planners will begin voting July 1, 2021 and voting will close on August 13, 2021. 

Each Winning Venue Will Receive:
• Full page feature in the 2021 Unique Venues Best Of Awards digital publication
• Year-long promotion to meeting planners and media contacts
Best Of logo displayed for one year on Unique Venues searches (December 2021 - December 2022)
• Recognition at the virtual Unique Venues Annual Marketing Conference (October 2021)
• Personalized letter to supervisors, managers, stakeholders congratualting your venue on its win
• One editable press release for your venue's use as an award-winner announcement

Nominate Your Venue!
If you have questions about the nominating process, please email our team at

Please Note: All winning venues must continue marketing services with Unique Venues through December 2022 to enjoy promotion of its win.

Best Small-Market Venue –Venues that are located outside a major metro area in an area with less than 1 million people

Best Mid-Market Venue –Venues that are located inside a metro area with a population between 1-3 million people

Best Large-Market Venue – Venues that are located within a major metro area of more than 3 million and take advantage of surrounding urban offerings

Best Virtual Conference – Venues that have hosted a successful virtual conference through their venue’s pandemic offerings

Best High-Tech Venue – Venues that provide state-of-the-art A/V services and/or had a major tech upgrade in the last year

Best Earth-Friendly Venue – Venues that offer the most unique sustainable initiatives, beyond standard green practices

Best Venue to Film Media Content – Venues that provide an ideal location to film a movie, tv show, YouTube short, photo shoot, drone footage, or podcast

Best Venue With a Scenic Backdrop – Venues that offer a picture-perfect setting or backdrop to any meeting, conference, or event – whether your venue is surrounded by nature or the concrete jungle, the views are a must-see

Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event – Venues that work within the LGBTQ community to provide space and special offers for weddings or other social events

Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness Gathering – Venues that have tranquil spaces and wellness services that benefit either religious, non-denominational, clubs or groups

Best Venue Evolution – Venues that have had a significant renovation or addition completed in the last year or venues that have undergone significant marketing or branding changes

Best Outdoor Event Space – Venues that have dedicated outdoor/rooftop space, with either seasonal or year-round availability

Best On-Site Accommodations – Venues that host overnight guests and offer a plethora of amenities to provide guests with a comfortable and memorable overnight stay

Best Venue for Day Meetings – Venues that are specifically focused on offering 9a-5p day meetings

Best Venue for Weddings – Venues that host wedding ceremonies and receptions

Best Venue for Life Events (non-weddings) – Venues that regularly host life events such as anniversaries, birthday parties, reunions, etc.

Best Venue for Locally Sourced Catering – Venues that go beyond standard catering with original farm-to-table programs, food trucks, locally sourced ingredients, etc.

Best Venue On/Near Water – Venues that float or are situated next to a body of water

Best Venue Off The Beaten Path – Venues that are located in rural areas

Best Pandemic Pivot – Venues that successfully pivoted their services and offerings due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We want to know how you made the best of a negative situation!


note: winners must be able to provide a high-res, relevant photo of their venue.