Busboys and Poets - Shirlington

Washington DC



Busboys and Poets was first created as a community gathering place, and it still embraces that concept today, providing a warm and inviting space for couples to tie the knot! Perfect for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers, as well as anyone in between, Busboys and Poets in Shirlington sits in Washington’s “Urban Village,” setting a cozy yet spacious backdrop for your wedding festivities with two available rooms for rent! For an intimate gathering, consider Paul’s Den, where it can comfortably seat up to 40 guests. A 12-ft projection screen and state-of-the-art video/sound system ensure that you and your guests will be entertained for hours, while the Robeson Room is more appropriate for a larger gathering of up to 80 guests seated. A performance stage and retractable projection screen is also available. At Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, you can be sure your wedding will be in good hands and that you and your guests will leave with fantastic memories to last for years to come!

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 40 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 80 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 5:00PM. Events must end by midnight. Events must start after 5:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Pricing as listed is for 5:00PM through 8:00PM, please inquire with venue for pricing outside of this timeframe.

Rental Fees

There is no rental fee for the reception and ceremony but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The venue allows 2 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Busboys and Poets - Shirlington is estimated at between $1,875 and $6,307 for a ceremony & reception for 50 guests.





Amenities Included

Wedding planning services
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Public parking
Silverware, glassware provided

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by midnight