The Armory

Downtown Janesville's Premier Event Venue


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Planning a special event? The Armory is the perfect venue for your occasion with the capacity to host both large and small events. Our staff will meet with you every step of the way and help your vision become a reality.

The Armory, located in downtown Janesville, is the premier celebration venue in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Make your day a wonderful life-long memory at the Armory. We specialize in extraordinary cuisine and personalized service. Everything from the creation of your menu, to the execution of your plans is done with the utmost service, experience and professionalism.

The Armory features a variety of venues for special celebrations. The Drill Hall combines an open atmosphere with warm, stylish decor excellent for dinners, receptions or wedding ceremonies. Sophisticated and contemporary, the Lieutenants is perfect for small stylish affairs. In addition, the Patio offers the best in outdoor options. Stage the perfect celebration, at any budget you wish to set … at the Armory.

For further information about booking your next special event at the Armory, please contact Best Events Catering at 608.741.7400 or by email at info@besteventscatering.com


The Drill Hall can accommodate parties and receptions from 100 to 280 guests.

High ceilings with exposed structural steel ceiling, wood floors and exposed brick walls of the Drill Hall becomes the backdrop for creating your special day. Able to accommodate round or square tables and almost limitless decorating possibilities, this space must be seen to realize all the potential.


The Best Events team will help you create the perfect menu and our unique spaces will allow you to host a bridal shower or wedding reception for parties from 10 to 52.

Upstairs at the Armory, the Lieutenants Alcove provides an intimate nook for 10 to 20 guests and the Lieutenants with its own bar, can host up to 52 guests.


The Patio offers a beautiful outdoor venue.

Whether a relaxed morning brunch, a luncheon on a warm afternoon or an evening under the stars, the Patio is available for cocktail receptions, meetings or bridal receptions.



Originally built in 1930 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Armory features a stunning array of brickwork, terrazzo floors, and decorative iron. Soldiers from the National Guard that later became Company “A” of the 192nd Tank Battalion during World War II, a group also known as the “Janesville 99”, trained at the Armory prior to World War II. The facility served as a mustering center for these soldiers who were deployed to the Philippines in 1941 and ultimately forced into the infamous Bataan Death March.

In 2005, after several years of being vacant, the building’s exterior has been preserved to retain its historical significance, while the interior has been renovated to provide event spaces, private dining options and meeting spaces.

From 2006 to 2011 the Armory produced 23 separate professional musicals in the 230 seat Drill Hall Theater. Starting in 2012 the focus of the Drill Hall was to hold more events/meetings and develop a Friday Night Comedy.

With a dramatic increase in our guests’ desire to hold more events at the Armory, in 2015 the Armory become an event only facility. Best Events, a Janesville catering and event production company, now executes all functions at the Armory. To help accommodate this change in direction, lunch and dinner service in the Bunker Lounge, Patio and Friday Night Comedy will no longer be offered.


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10 S. High Street Janesville, WI 53548