Welcome to
THE WILARIE
"A Diamond in the Rough"

Hosting Unforgettable Events with First Class Service,

Exquisite Food and Sophistication.

About Us

Creating Memorable Events

From inception to completion, we can help to make your dream event come to life. We can assist with providing the perfect cuisine, ambiance & decor as well as entertainment.

From formal affairs and business meetings to private parties and family gatherings, choose from several function spaces (indoor & outdoor) designed to suit all of your needs.

We are conveniently located in the East Falls area of Philadelphia near major highways as well as public transportation. Our venue also offers secure on-site parking for you & your guests. The Wilarie also has a handicap accessible ramp and parking.

Versatile Service

Our choice selection of House Caterers and diligent staff ensure you have exactly the event you want. From corporate event functions to anniversary parties, we help you find the event schedule that works for you. Contact us to meet to discuss your many options.

A History of Satisfaction

Our many satisfied clients over the years agree that our events are big hits...probably because we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. From personalized consultations to email updates about how the planning is going to managing the day of the event, we will support you the whole way through.

Price List



All linen, China & Bar Services are provided by THE WILARIE ONLY. THE WILARIE HAS EXCELLENT HOUSE CATERERS OR YOU MAY PROVIDE YOUR OWN LICENSED & INSURED CATERER . OUTSIDE CATERER MUST BE APPROVED BY MANAGEMENT AND AN AN OUTSIDE CATERER FEE WILL BE CHARGED STARTING AT $250.00 .

Downloadable Files

The following downloadable files will be helpful in the planning of your event. We encourage you to print & complete the Booking Questionnaire prior to your visit to THE WILARIE or you may email to thewilarie@thewilariefoundation.org to obtain a proper quote.

THE WILARIE Booking Questionnaire (pdf)

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THE WILARIE Menu Suggestions (pdf)

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TWF Brochure (pdf)

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Directions

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DIRECTIONS TO THE WILARIE:

From the South & West::

Take I-76W/Schuylkill Expwy West – Merge onto

US-1 North via Exit 340B toward Roosevelt Blvd.

Take the next exit toward Wissahickon Ave.

North/Henry Ave. – Merge Left onto Roberts

Ave. Stay on Roberts Ave. to Stokley St. (Stokley

St. is the first street past the overpass.) Turn

Right onto Stokley St. – Proceed halfway up the

Street. THE WILARIE will be on your Right.

From the North:

Take Roosevelt Blvd. to Hunting Park Ave. West.

Stay on Hunting Park Ave. to Fox St. – Turn Right

onto Fox St. – Take next Right onto Roberts Ave.

Take next Left onto Stokley St. (Stokley St. is

before the overpass) – Proceed halfway up the

street. THE WILARIE will be on your Right.

From the Northwest:

Take Wissahickon Ave. South to Roberts Ave.

Turn Right onto Roberts Ave. – Stay on Roberts

Ave. to Stokley St. (Stokley St. is the first street

past the overpass.) Turn Right on Stokley St.

Proceed halfway up the street. THE WILARIE will

be on your Right.

Past Public Events

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Join GARY O, RIC WAH plus a FEW GOOD BROTHERS at their Red, White & Blue, 4th of July Affair. This event will be held at THE WILARIE on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 9pm-2am. For tickets visit: www.gorwredwhiteblueparty2018.eventbrite.com or call GARY O: 267-249-0528 or 

RIC WAH: 215-800-3529. Tickets: $25 in advance. More at the door

Client Testimonials

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Cheryl H. 5/14/18

My daughter took me to the Wilarie for Mother's Day for a genuine Comedy  Slam.  It was amazing.  It was as good, or better, than many of the  television/cable comedy jams.  The comedians were funny and there were  at least 7 (seven) of them, broken in to two groups, with two hosts, who  were equally as funny.  Because we had VIP Tickets it included dinner,  which was very good.  The DJ was hotter than a firecracker and just  right for Mother's Day.  He said all the right things, and played all  the right music, The mothers, husbands, and sons were really enjoying  themselves.  I usually don't go for loud music, but the ambiance was so  beautiful, the entertainment so real, the mothers were jammin, and it  was my daughter's treat!  What a day, what a daughter, what a PLACE! 


Cassandra Nadirah Simmons 11/28/17

The Wilarie is a wonderful venue and was so elegantly decorated for our celebration. The stage is spacious and easily accommodated  the 4- piece band and the DJ. The bar was stocked well & the bartender kept the spirits flowing. Convenient parking also added to the list of positives. We were totally  satisfied with EVERYTHING! Thank you to The Wilarie for a marvelous venue.  -  The Family of Morgan Miller, Sr. 11-26-17


Eric C. 10/16/17

We held our wedding here and it was beautiful. The venue was clean and beautifully decorated. The service we received was good as well as the food. The staff were excellent and were very professional. We look forward to having our 5th anniversary celebration here. Mr. Foster is to be commended for his professionalism. Keep up the good work because your establishment is awesome. Our family & friends were impressed as well as my husband - who is very hard to please. Everyone is still talking about the food & the venue. I was worried about the outcome but on 10-7-17, the date of our wedding, I found myself very relaxed. Thanks again for everything and our gift was beautiful. 

Mr. & Mrs. Eric Council


Michelle Strong 9/25/17

If you're looking for a venue, The Wilarie should be considered. Our group recently celebrated our first anniversary here. One of the things guests repeated is "This is a really nice place!". It was great weather so we were able to take advantage of the outside patio.


Toni Princess Jackson 9/24/17

This place is like a hidden jewel. Very nice atmosphere to have events.


Marlene Rivera 9/11/17

The Wilarie is truly a Diamond in the Rough! Beautiful venue with exceptional customer service. Bill and Justine worked wonders coordinating with us for our special event and the staff they had working the actual event were very courteous as well. Loved how the House DJ accommodated our requests. We will definitely be celebrating many more occasions here!


Randy Rosenberg 8/13/17

The Chef's preparation of fish & chicken was tasty, fresh and beautifully seasoned. I would eat there again even though this is a banquet facility and not a restaurant.


Teejay Bryant 6/29/17

I viewed The Wilarie last evening and I must say we were thoroughly wowed! It is absolutely a Diamond in the Rough!


Shambra Johnson 12/19/16

I truly enjoyed The Wilarie! What an elegant environment, very spacious and inviting. Definitely a "Diamond in the Rough". I look forward to attending more events in 2017!


James Jzone Dennis 11/23/16

They call The Wilarie "A Diamond in the Rough" and it's truly a diamond type of experience located in an industrial section of the city! If you haven't been to The Wilarie, it's a wonderful place to experience great atmosphere, great service, great sound and entertainment. The total package for a great event.


Ray La'Mar 10/15/16

From the classy trim to the wide stage and great service. Nice to see a Black owned business that makes you feel like you're getting top $ treatment from aesthetics to service!


Amy Meinster 10/16/16

Indeed a Diamond in the Rough. Bill Foster is a gentleman and goes 1000 % to make sure your occasion is successful. Our event could not have been any better! Thank you Bill and your outstanding staff.


Kenneth C. DuPree 10/8/16

The African American community in the Philadelphia area spends millions on events and entertainment. The Wilarie offers parking, handicap accessibility, indoor/outdoor event spaces, courteous staff and good food. If you are planning an event, then The Wilarie must be on your short list.


Robin Bass 8/8/16

The Wilarie is a beautiful facility, conveniently located near the  expressway. The venue provides indoor and outdoor seating, ample lighted parking and attentive service. The  staff is very welcoming. The manager is very detail oriented and the facility is impeccably clean. I recommend that you attend one of The Wilarie sponsored events for live entertainment, dancing and delicious food and well stocked bar. This venue is also available for rental for receptions, repasts, and banquets. have great expectations, you will not be disappointed!


Maria S. 6/26/16

Attended a wedding here. Staff was friendly and helpful. Was guided where to park (nice-sized, partially gated lot), led inside, and never felt "lost", even tho we were a bit late. Drinks were yummy and made fresh and food was equally tasty. String beans were plump & crisp, portions and seasonings were both appropriate. Venue was clean, well decorated & spacious enough for the party, with even more room outside on the large, comfortable front & back patios, which featured umbrellas for shade & quality torches for ambiance. Nice dance floor (transportable). and large video monitors helped get the party moving. Volume was appropriate as it was was pumpin' but conversations could still be had at the tables. DJ did a pretty good job playing some old & some new, and even throwing some actual "mixing" into the mix. Location, although far from my home, was easy to get to & near major highways. 30 mins from the Walt & probably about 20 mins from the Ben. Took about 25 minutes to drive to PHL airport at 9pm. Overall, it was a beautiful wedding in a suitable & comfortable venue. This seems like a great place to host a variety of wonderful events.


Larry Edwards, Sr. 5/3/16

Was there for a birthday party. Great location, great food and great staff.


Daryl Focused Mack 5/3/16

After going to The Wilarie for two family events. We had a great venue and a very nice staff. Can't wait until the next event. A place you must book for your event.


Gloria Ward 12/5/15

It was Beautiful. It's perfect for an intimate gathering. Classy.


Lisa R. 10/27/15

The best banquet facility in Philadelphia. I guarantee you will love it!


 Artafia Robertson Hassan 10/24/15

Very Nice. Perfect for any occasion, very private location with enough parking space. Food was good and bar lounge area comfortable. Sure spot for me and my friends next big birthday celebration.


Davida Saxon 10/7/2015  

I attended a Friday After Work event at The Wilarie. First of all the space is gorgeous! 

The food was delicious, the live band kept me moving and the staff were all professional. I could not have asked for more. I definitely recommend this place for any event!


Carole Smith 9/15/15

Elegant! Very clean and romantic place to be at to hear good live music.


Maynard Cook 9/13/15

The atmosphere, location, clientele and staff are first class. Already looking to book dates for various social events.






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FAQs

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Q: What is the usage fee for your facility?


A: The current usage fee for the ballroom & lounge for 4 hours is $2100.00. The ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests based on type of event & seating arrangement. The lounge can accommodate an additional 45 guests.The usage fee for banquet room, lounge and rear patio for 4 hours is $2900.00. The rear patio can accommodate 500+ guests. This cost includes chairs, tables, secure off street parking and essential staff for 100 guests. Additional charges incurred for staffing over 100 guests.


Q: Do you offer event packages?


A: Not at this time. Each event is custom tailored to the clients wishes and at most times won't fit into a standard package mold.


Q: What is the process to secure my event date?


A: A Booking Fee must be paid to secure your date. The Booking Fee cost is equal to 1/2 of your usage fee and it will be applied toward the total cost of your event. Please be advised before securing your date that the Booking Fee is nonrefundable after 3 days, in the event of cancellation.


Q: When is the total event balance due?


A: After confirming your event date an agreement will be issued which must be  signed & returned within 7 business days along with 50% of your balance, minus the Booking Fee. 


Q: Can I bring my own food, drink or outside caterer into the venue for my event?


A: Outside caterers are  allowed to be brought into the venue provided they are licensed & insured and approved by THE WILARIE GM. There is an Outside Catering Fee starting at $250.00. We take pride in having several fine caterers who can accommodate most tastes and budgets. All beverage services are administered by THE WILARIE.

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