The “casino floor” of the largest illegal gambling ring ever busted by the DC police, flanked by the alley John Boothe ran down after assassinating President Lincoln, and one of the original and oldest open-cage passenger elevators in the country, you cannot help but get swept up in the character and charm of Prequel’s quirky home in the historic National Fire Union building in the heart of Penn Quarter.
Six stunning rooms: Set over five floors including an intimate cocktail bar, a light and airy wine bar and four large open rooms with plenty of exposed brick and unique atmospheric characteristics, we can combine any number of rooms to scale with you and your event.
Best transport links: Positioned perfectly between the Hill and the Financial District, we are two blocks away from both Metro Center and Chinatown, connecting us directly to every metro line in the DMV. A stone’s throw from the White House and The Mall, your guests will have no trouble getting to and from our venue.
Any type of event: From board meetings and lectures to wine classes and cocktail making. Wedding rehearsals and fundraisers to private dinner parties and happy hours. Prequel has space and capacity for all of your event needs.
Facilities: Our rooms have A/V capabilities and are flexible for set up in a range of layouts, styles and configurations. Our in-house catering has been wowing guests since our inception and our expertly crafted beverage program can enhance any event.
Brick & Mortar
Located on the lower level of the building, this intimate speakeasy bar is a funky little spot for happy hours, birthday parties, product launches and cocktail classes. Split over two levels, you can host more intimate events in the Lounge overlooking the main bar - giving you a private space whilst maintaining the buzz and atmosphere of the busy bar below, or you can go all-out and rent the whole bar for a party that none of your guests will forget!
Capacity: Standing Reception – 75 Guests; Combined with the Lounge: Standing Reception – 150 Guests
With large windows overlooking F Street, this 1,600 sq ft space on the fourth floor is light, airy and versatile for cocktail receptions, seated dinners and daytime meetings.
Capacities: Seated Lunch or Dinner – 110 Guests; Standing Reception – 150 Guests
With a large built-out bar and space to mingle, this room is perfect for cocktail receptions, wine classes and cocktail demonstrations. Burgundy barrel lids from the 1920s adorn the walls and give the room some character and charm.
Capacities: Standing Reception – 80 Guests; Seated Lunch or Dinner – 50 Guests
On the second floor of Prequel, this room has an expansive view overlooking F Street and is easily accessible via stairs through the main reception as well as the elevator. Any style seating arrangement can be accommodated.
Capacities: Seated Lunch or Dinner – 50 Guests; Standing Reception – 75 Guests
Located on the second floor of the building and overlooking the alley Booth ran down after assassinating Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, this room can comfortably accommodate larger groups for both seated or standing occasions. Whether it's a daytime board meeting with presentation, or an evening's dinner or reception, this versatile space is adaptable to your needs.
Capacities: Seated Lunch or Dinner – 80 Guests; Standing Reception – 150 Guests
- Sofas, loveseats and arm chairs available in various colors and styles
- Movable bar
- Coffee tables, side tables, and credenzas
- Highboy/cocktail tables
- Classroom tables and Herman Miller Sayl office chairs
- Chiavari chairs
- Leather clothed chairs
- Dining tables
- Standing podium
- Coat Racks
Available Audio Visual Equipment
- HD Projector
- 10ft Widescreen Projection Screen
- Sound System with microphone
- Wall-mounted display TVs
- Moveable 47" Television
- Beer, wine and 2 batched cocktails: $20 per person for the 1st hour, $10 per person for each additional hour
- Rail liquor, beer & wine: $28 per person for the 1st hour, $15 per person for each additional hour
- Premium liquor, beer & wine: $40 per person for the 1st hour, $20 per person for each additional hour
We also welcome clients to use an external caterer to provide beverages for their events.
Sample Dining Options
We also welcome clients to use an external caterer for their food needs.