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On WeddingWire since 2022

Last update: November 2023

Sawdust City is a craft beer brewery and restaurant wedding venue located in the “Gateway to Muskoka,” Gravenhurst, Ontario. Founded in 2014 in a former Canadian Tire, the brewery has been fully renovated to feature a combination of the original industrial atmosphere and rustic Muskoka accents.

The Service Bay event space was recently renovated and offers an elegant atmosphere with friendly staff to deliver a charming and inviting atmosphere for you and your loved ones. Located in the heart of Gravenhurst, Sawdust City is surrounded by iconically picturesque locations such as Muskoka Lake, the Gravenhurst Wharf and Gull Lake.

Facilities and Capacity

This flexible venue space consists of three open-concept floors that provide many unique floor plans, accommodating anywhere from 15 to 200 guests. The main floor features towering ceilings, a brick backsplash and a large, live-edge bar top. Steps down from our main floor, you’ll find our large seating area, surrounded by glass, bay doors and a cluster of halo pendant lights. The space is illuminated with beams of natural light by day and an intimate ambiance at night. The bay doors can be opened on warm summer nights, providing access to our private, 3-seasons patio and refreshing the dancefloor with a Muskoka breeze.

Services Offered

The Sawdust City Service Bay prides itself on offering a stress-free and personalized experience for you and your guests. Our Events Coordinator will walk you through every step of the process, provide detailed timelines and floor plans, and coordinate with vendors to make sure your vision is realized. The Coordinator will be present at your wedding, so all your plans are executed seamlessly and you can thoroughly enjoy your day.

Included in your reservation are glassware, barware, flatware and dishware for bar and dinner service. We have additionally established partnerships with a local event rental company to offer a dance floor and a wide variety of tables, chairs and linen to suit your wedding's theme, style and budget.

On Tap

We offer a flexible approach to our bar packages. Choose from a cash bar, open bar or mixed option to suit your budget. Our bar is stocked with 8, Sawdust City Craft beers which can be customized to suit your preferences, in addition to a full rail of spirits, wine and cocktails.

Craft the perfect menu for the occasion! Organize a tasting of our beer or meet with our mixologist to create a pair of signature cocktails that tell your story.

Looking for a memorable touch? Create a personalized label for your favourite Sawdust City beer.

Cuisine

We offer far more than (elevated) pub food! Our events menu will surpass your expectations with a variety of cuisine and serving styles. Our chef has crafted extensive menus to suit your occasion, whether you’re looking for an intimate, family-style dinner, served hors d’oeuvres, interactive food stations or an elaborate buffet.

Audio/Visual Equipment

Your best man will be able to offer the most memorable of speeches thanks to our 17.5ft wide screen and projector. Don’t let anyone miss a detail, thanks to our wireless microphones.

Finally, No party is complete without a sound system. Our space is equipped with 14 speakers dispersed throughout the space providing over 1000W of amplification horsepower to keep the party going all night long. Craft your own playlist or hire a DJ or band. Our Behringer X32 Compact soundboard is the industry standard and can handle any task.

Frequently asked questions

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Banquet hall
Restaurant
Winery

Describe the style of your venue:

Rustic

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What event services do you offer?

Catering / bar
Clean up
Event planning
Event rentals
Liability insurance
Lighting / sound
Set up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
Liquor license
Open bar
Signature drink
Specialty beer

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Chair covers
Dance floor
Furniture
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Flatware
Glassware
Parking

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$75

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$60

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$20

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$30

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$45

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders
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98% Recommended by couples

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Pam T. Sent on 13/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing and totally stress free!

Organizing our wedding with Shannelle and her staff at Sawdust was simply amazing. Her attention to detail was second to none. She was quick to answer my questions and took phone calls when a conversation was needed. She asked questions to ensure we both had a good understanding of how the even would be run and to be sure all expectations would be met.
The venue is beautiful. They really did a fantastic job in designing the space with a lot of character and charm. The food was delicious too. The menu has many options to choose from including choices for dietary restrictions.
They really did excede our expectations in making our wedding after party absolutely 💯 % perfect!
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Tina R. Sent on 11/10/2023
4.4 out of 5 rating

Made planning easy!

Shannelle was incredible. She was very flexible and accommodating as were the chefs. Our family and friends said one of the best wedding foods they have had. Space was a little cramped, we should have used the mezzanine and bar tending was insufficient leaving guests to wait or purchase their drinks in the saloon. We should have hired two bartenders. Overall a great experience. Would definitely recommend.
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Derek S. Sent on 06/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Children’s Foundation fundraiser

The event centre at Sawdust City is simply a stunning venue for hosting any number of gatherings. Shanelle goes above and beyond to make sure all aspects of the event run smoothly. Our guests were over the moon happy with the facility. Kudos to the team!
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Dave C. Sent on 21/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Company Christmas Party

We held our Christmas party here in December 2022 and the venue was terrific. Staff were excellent to deal with from the planning stages right through to the night of the event. The food, service and presentation were excellent and we would highly recommend for others to experience this at Sawdust Brewery.

Many thanks,
DaviCor Construction Inc.
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Geoff C. Sent on 19/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional Staff Christmas Party

Our company and a second local company paired up and chose Sawdust City Brewing Co. to host our Christmas party. They held a tasting event, compromising of a five course meal paired with several of their brews. From the facility, to the staff, to the quality and presentation of food, and finally the service, everything was outstanding. We will surely consider this same event in the future, as our own staff and friends provided nothing but positive feedback following the event. Well done Sawdust, keep up the great service you offer!
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397 Muskoka Road N P1P 1G3 Gravenhurst (Ontario)
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