You want to find a location that is convenient for you. Remember, you’re starting the meeting. It may take time for the meeting to grow in size, and therefore, may take time before you are relieved of your duties as Chair.
Generally, social centers, churches, synagogues and some schools make the best locations for meetings. The people who run them are usually very happy to help you out. Choose a safe environment where people’s anonymity and sobriety are not compromised. As our Twelfth Tradition reminds us, “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”
Some places require a nominal rent for the space (depending on the location). This is usually paid through the meeting collection. If they do ask for rent for the room, make sure they understand that since the meeting is just starting out, it may take a little while before there is enough money coming in on a regular basis for the rent. (Perhaps the meeting space will reduce the rent for a short period of time, e.g. four weeks.) Also, explain that meeting sizes vary and some weeks will have fewer people than others. Getting this said out in the front establishes a responsible relationship with the people you are renting from.