Our hall can seat guests up to 260 people for your event. We have a large dance floor that is 28'11" x 21'5" as well as a stage area for bands and DJ's that is 6' x 16'. 

A private bridal suite & private bathroom is available for weddings along with up to 4 bathrooms for larger events. 

On the cooler days, we have a beautiful double sided fireplace and when the weather is nice, a large deck that overlooks the waterfront is available for your guests. 

We have ample parking and plenty of hotel amenities nearby. Have Tavern on the Harbor host your next event....... Your best memories start here. 


Tavern on the Harbor

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Ocean Front, Ocean View, Deck

Describe the style of your venue
Sea side Classic

What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access (lift gate & restrooms

Where is the Tavern on the Harbor located?

We are located at 30 Western Ave in Historic Gloucester Massachusetts. We directly overlook Gloucester’s beautiful harbor and at the end of the boulevard.

How many people can this location accommodate?

Our events can accommodate 250 people comfortably for a sit down wedding and 300 for cocktails. (Food must be served at all events to comply with ABCC liquor license laws) 

What is included in the price?

The surfside room, tables & chairs, 2 bartenders, a bar back, security, a coat check room , a bridal room with private bathroom and full kitchen along with set up and breakdown. 

Do you have a liquor license?

Yes. We have a full liquor license and a full bar. All alcohol must be purchased from the Tavern on the Harbor due to state liquor license laws.  The ABCC prohibits purchasing from any other license holder other than Tavern on the Harbor.
Do you offer any type of bar packages? Yes. We offer host paid open bar with 1 hour option or 3 hour option at an average cost per person. We also offer consumption bar for 1 hour or 3 hours. Cash bar is available as well as Wine on the table and Champagne toast.

What is the rental fee for Tavern on the Harbor?

We are running a wedding special for the rest of the 2015 season. Saturday functions are $3500 and Friday and Sunday are $2500 if you book before Dec 30, 2015.

What do I need for a deposit to hold the date?

A $2000 deposit is required. The remaining balance is due no later than 10 days prior to your event and it must be a bank check. 

Could I hold my ceremony on site?

Yes. There is an additional fee of $750 to have your ceremony on site. It would be held in the Surfside room with our beautiful harbor view as your back drop. Once the ceremony is over, our caterers would flip the room while you receive your guests and during cocktails & photographs.

How much time do we have for rehearsal? You will have no longer than 1 hour for rehearsal up to 4 days prior to your event. The date needs to be scheduled with the event manager.

How long will I have to use the space for my event?

5 hours of your choice of times. With an additional $500 fee per hour over.

Is there an outside area for guests to mingle and is it protected from the elements?

Yes. We have a deck that overlooks the water. It is not covered at the moment.

Is there a separate indoor socializing area?

Yes. There is a bar area that is separate from the event space (directly next room) via hall door with tables, chairs & barstools.

Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers, or do I need to provide my own?

Yes, we do have a list of preferred caterers. If you have another caterer in mind that is not on our list, they must be approved first and provide their insurance binder along with all certifications prior to event.

If I hire my own caterer, are kitchen facilities available for them. Yes.
Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided or will I have to rent them myself or get them through my caterer?

Our preferred caterers include linens, plates, table glassware, chairs and silverware. Our venue provides barware as well as tables.

What is the food & beverage cost on a per person basis?

See preferred caterer list. Prices vary. We do have a beverage program that you could choose from. Once you schedule a showing of the hall, your event manager will go over your options with you.
Can I bring in a cake from an outside cake maker or must I use a cake made on the premise?  Is there a cake cutting fee and do you provide the utensils?

Yes. You may choose a cake maker of your choosing. See preferred caterer for any additional charges and utensil use.
Can we bring our own wine, champagne beer or specialty alcohol and if so, is there a corking fee?

NO. All alcohol must be purchased through our venue due to strict Massachusetts ABCC liquor laws.

Are you licensed to provide alcohol service?

Yes. When you book your event, 2 bartenders will be available along with a bar back. Bartenders are T.I.P.S certified and reserve the right to refuse service if they feel someone could become intoxicated.

What are the typical drink prices you serve?

Our prices vary in beer from $3.50 to $5, wine $7 to $10 & spirits from $7 to $12 all depending if it’s our call or top shelf alcohol.

Are there restrictions to what kind of music I can play or a time limit? Does your venue accommodate live music or a DJ?

Yes. We have a 6 x 16 foot stage area for bands and / or DJ with outlets. Music must stop by 11pm.
Is there parking on site and if so, how many spaces? Is there a cab service close by?Yes.

We have our own private lot with 75 spaces. We do not offer valet service. There is also additional public parking down the street as well as the boulevard area next to us. There are 3 local cab/taxi companies available in Gloucester. 

How many restrooms are available?

We have 5 restrooms. We have 2 down on the event hall level as well as 2 upstairs for larger events. There is also a private bathroom for the bride that is also handicap accessible.

How big is the dance floor? 

It is a 21.5 x 28.11 foot dance floor. Plenty of room for all!
Do you have Wifi? Yes.
Do you offer onsite coordination?

Yes. The coordinator will work with you and your vendors to make sure your special event goes smoothly.
Are there any hotel, motels or B&B’s nearby?

Yes, there are all three types close by.

What type of security to you offer or do we have to hire our own?

A security guard is included in the cost of the facility.

Does your venue have liability insurance? Yes. It is also important to ask your vendors as well. All catering vendors MUST have insurance as well. 

What is the size of the deck?

The deck is 32'x12'

How many tables to you have?

We have 25 of the 60" rounds

6 of the 8ft rectangle

2 of the 6ft rectangle

1 5ft rectangle

1 30" or 36" square

The Surfside Room

The Tavern on the Harbor is located just forty-five minutes north of Boston in scenic Gloucester, Massachusetts, home of the country's oldest working seaport and art colony.

This one of a kind waterfront venue offers exquisite views of the Atlantic Ocean. Our preferred caterers offer world class, personalized cuisine and exceptional service. 

Enjoy walking Pavilion Beach or Stacy Boulevard and around Stage Fort Park while you simutaneously watch boats sail the harbor. Downtown Gloucester is only a few minutes walk from our establishment. Make Tavern on the Harbor your personal choice for your event to create meaningful memories.


August 6, 2016

The Jylkka's

Hosting our wedding reception at the Tavern on the Harbor was one of the best decisions my husband and I made in planning our wedding.  Where to begin??  Logistically, the Tavern made what has the potential to be a very overwhelming process, very easy and doable.  The exposed wood on the interior of the main room juxtaposed with the blue, green glow of the ocean with the deep sunset colors slipping through the large windows created a simply breathtaking backdrop for our celebration. Honestly, I didn’t need to bring in many additional decorations to beautify the space…much to my budget’s great relief.  To not worry about parking, security, bathroom space, additional room for our wedding party to get ready, and license to serve alcohol allowed my husband and I to have a fantastic, care-free experience at our reception.  

And of course, there’s Dawn.  That woman is any bride’s superwoman!  Dawn worked carefully and diligently with us to make the vision we held for our reception a reality.  Throughout a number of walk-throughs, emails, and phone calls, Dawn calmly and confidently supported us through months of planning.  On the day of our wedding, I can’t stress enough the great relief I felt in seeing her awaiting us as we stepped off the bus.  She’d done a beautiful job in setting up our centerpieces and various stations, coordinating with the vendors, and executed an incredibly smooth transition for our guests as they arrived to the reception.  Our reception was beautiful, thoughtful, and SO MUCH FUN!  The best part was that my husband and I didn’t have to think about or do anything to make it happen day of, thanks to Dawn!  

If you are at all interested in a stunning venue on the water and a marvelous coordinator for an incredibly reasonably price—look no further: Tavern on the Harbor is the place for you!

Mrs. Danielle Jylkka