Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association




Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the five-story, Renaissance Revival style building of Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, has been an important meeting place for Czech and Slovak culture since it was first built in 1896. With its grand reopening in 2008, Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association continues to host a variety of events both for and outside of the Czech Community. Spaces like the Grand Ballroom maintain the Hall’s historic beauty while integrating modern amenities such as theatrical lighting and acoustics. Ornate ironwork, magnificent chandeliers and a second story balcony that overlooks the dance floor create a formal and elegant atmosphere for your wedding reception. For a more casual after hours celebration, retreat to the retro-inspired bar adjacent to the Ballroom. Here guests can mix and mingle long after the wedding cake is served. With a rich history and the decorative details to match, Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association offers a classic and sophisticated setting for your New York wedding.

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant, Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Museum/Gallery, City/Skyline View, Ballrooms


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 300 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 74 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 280 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up starts at 10am over the weekends. Early morning can be arranged if required. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The space fee ranges from $8,500.00 to $15,000.00 for a reception and includes 6 hours of event time excluding additional services, technical support (determined by event requirements), set up & clean up time and catering services. A refundable security deposit of $1,500 to $2,500 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association is estimated at between $36,369 and $40,262 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Full kitchen facilities
Public parking

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight