Private Hire

A place to party with a difference.


Looking for a place to host a party (engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, conferences, workshops and speaking events)?
Want something central with bags of wow factor? Look no further than Water Lane.

Water Lane is a quirky venue steeped in history, based in the heart of Bishop Stortford in a former 17th century Brewery. Fast forward to modern day and the former Hawkes Brewery now plays stage to an award-winning cocktail bar with lots of original features over two floors plus a mezzanine level. It's the perfect place for private parties with a stage, multiple bars, social and comfortable seating, plus plenty of room for dancing. A blank canvas with stacks of original features that will surprise and delight your guests. 




We experiment in our cocktail laboratory with cold-drip spirit infusions, aero-pressed distillations, 48 hour de-hydrations and many more techniques so we can bring you cocktails with a unique edge in a venue with a unique history.

Water Lane is split over two floors plus a mezzanine level and has a max capacity of 250 guests (120 upstairs and 130 downstairs in the cellar bar). We're open 3 nights a week with live music and cocktails to tempt all, and the rest of the week we are available for private hire.


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