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Downtown Birmingham's Premier Historic Event Venue

"Our rehearsal dinner was perfect and amazing. Your team was professional yet personable. They knew the schedule, responded quickly and happily with requests, and interacted so nicely with everyone. They helped Michelle break everything down and just went above and beyond for us. And I want to reiterate how nice they were. The food was excellent and the bar area was perfect (the sangria was a huge hit). Everything was set up perfectly when we arrived.
I have 3 more boys and if they marry in Birmingham I know where I’m having the Rehearsal Dinner. Thank you for all you and your team did to make this night so special for us."


Urban Cookhouse features Birmingham's finest historic event venue, the Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom. This flexible venue includes three private spaces customizable for events from 4 to 244. In addition to the Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom, available spaces include our restaurant and the adjacent One Federal Place outdoor plaza featuring the Zillij Moroccan Fountain. These three spaces can be reserved individually or coordinated to host large events ranging from birthdays and parties to corporate events. This venue features ample parking, and valet parking options are available. 

Private events include options for fine dining, casual dining, beer, and wine through Urban Cookhouse catering. Download our event menu to see the full range of options!




Dining Room:

138 max seated


92 max seated

$1,500 minimum on food and beverage for UC space






Full Service:


DRINKS - a la carte

Non-alcoholic drinks

Beer & Wine:

Per bottle per case pricing




Reception/Rehearsal Dinner :

132 max seated



207 max seated


1/2 tables & 1/2 dance floor:

80 seated


$2,000 minimum on food and beverage for grand ballroom 

Host Your Event In The Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom

Birmingham's Federal Reserve Bank Building offers an elegant and refined space for any occasion. The Federal Reserve Bank Building is on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and is surrounded by downtown Birmingham's finest architecture. The building and the Grand Ballroom were designed by A.J. Krebs of Warren, Knight, & Davis, a prominent early 20th-century architectural firm that helped Birmingham earn its nickname, The Magic City. Since opening its doors in 1924, this iconic space has preserved the Gatsby spirit of the 1920s. A complete renovation in 2016 added immaculate modern facilities while meticulously preserving the historical details that mark this world-renowned structure. 


Whether you are planning a seated wedding, a dinner party gathering for a notable birthday, or the ultimate Roaring 20's party, hosting your event at the Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom assures that your evening will be the talk of the town for years to come. 


If you are looking for a spacious rehearsal dinner venue or an unforgettable space to host a wedding in downtown Birmingham, the Federal Reserve Reserve Grand Ballroom can be tailored for your event. Our team is prepared to exceed your expectations from start to finish.


Contact us to learn more about reserving the Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom for your private event!

Private Outdoor Events At The One Federal Place Plaza

One Federal Place Plaza features the Zillij Moroccan Fountain, donated to the City of Birmingham by the Kingdom of Morocco during the city's "Salute to Morocco" cultural celebration in 1999. The fountain is a rectangular pool adorned in brightly colored hand-cut glazed mosaic tiles in the Moorish style. Nimrod Long & Associates used a wall of water and panels of greenery to incorporate the fountain into the One Federal Place Plaza, creating one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in downtown Birmingham. 


Contact us to learn more about hosting your outdoor party in the plaza or reserve the space in coordination with your event in the Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom or our restaurant space. 

Private Events in Urban Cookhouse Restaurant


Our downtown location on 5th Avenue North is available for private events during the evening and on weekends! Reserve our entire restaurant, including the One Federal Place Outdoor Plaza, to host friends, family, or coworkers. 


When you book the Urban Cookhouse restaurant or patio, you will receive the privacy and exclusivity that comes with having the entire event space available to your party. Our team will provide everything you need, including setup, catering, and clean-up. 


Contact us to learn more about reserving the Urban Cookhouse restaurant or patio for your private event!

Looking for a Wedding Venue in Downtown Birmingham?

For weddings, the Federal Reserve Grand Ballroom can be arranged for a stunning ceremony with a beautiful reception in the restaurant and outdoor plaza!

For your wedding ceremony, the Grand Ballroom holds up to 207 seated guests, and our restaurant and patio can accommodate a total of 230 seated guests.



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Janet Maycock

From start to finish it was again a pleasure to work with you. Everything was wonderful. Tyler was fantastic, so helpful, hospitable and  friendly. The Carver Class of '68 event at the Federal Reserve Building and  Urban Cookhouse was great. Everyone really enjoyed the venue, food and  attentive service. You were such a pleasure to work with and I look forward to  working with you again in the future. 

Bailey Mair

Thank you, Bella! We had a wonderful weekend, and everything was perfect at  the rehearsal dinner! Food was great, and the service team worked well to make  sure everything was as we wanted it. The venue was perfect for our event.  Thanks again for working with us; Bailey made great choices for us! Kristi B. Pair

Lauren Wiechman

I wanted to reach out and thank you for all of your help the past few months. We
were so impressed with you, the food, the staff and all the help they offered with
the set up. I appreciate how responsive you were to us and I loved working with
you. I swear we would be best friends if I lived in Birmingham! Well, I would want
to be your best friend at least. Haha Thank you for being a part of this day.
You’re a Gem!

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