Discover the top 25 San Francisco venues for events in 2019. Consider the best options for corporate events, private parties, music venues, and more.
San Francisco is a place where ideas are born or come to flourish. The city is always changing, and with it, event venues are growing and adapting. The change goes beyond just space. The best event venues in San Francisco are thoughtfully curated and often mission driven. From environmental responsibility to a redefinition of office culture, these top 25 San Francisco venues showcase the diversity the city has to offer.
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This post shares the top San Francisco venues for events, as follows:
THE BEST SAN FRANCISCO CONFERENCE VENUES
The Village, South of Market
Some nights it’s a lush forests, and some nights it’s a circus. Whatever the theme, The Village is one of the most adaptable San Francisco conferences venues.
WHY IS IT COOL? The Village was designed for easy customization. Features include separate levels for creating unique environments and interactive media. Event planners enjoy the convenience of multiple exits on each floor and easy car access for load-ins.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, product launches, receptions, dinner parties, themed parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire facility is 17,000 square feet spread across three floors. The ground floor holds 577 reception style, 410 theater style, and 229 banquet style. The upper floor holds 299 reception style, 200 theater style, and 253 banquet style. The lower floor holds 226 reception style, 150 theater style, and 116 banquet style.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: 1,000 mbps of internet, 75 foot projection screen on ground floor, LAN infrastructure, WiFi.
CATERING: In-house catering provides food and beverage.
TRANSPORT: The Village is next to the Powell St BART and MUNI station. Guests can park at the lot at the 6x6 Building, directly next to The Village. There is also an open-lot parking facility behind the building.
TAGS: attention to planner, future proof, immersive.
The Moscone Center, Yerba Buena
The largest exhibition and meetings facility in San Francisco has annually welcomed over a million convention-goers from scientists attending a scientific association’s annual meeting to game developers and cyber experts attending a technology conference.
WHY IS IT COOL? The facility regularly draws record-breaking attendance. The new Moscone North and South expansion (opening January 2019) will have less carbon emissions per delegate than any major convention center in North America and will feature the second largest publicly owned rooftop solar photovoltaic array in the nation. The Moscone Center is supplied by greenhouse gas-free electricity.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The Moscone Center campus covers more than 20 acres on three adjacent blocks. Together, Moscone North, South and West offer just over a million square feet of total event space, 915,000 square feet of exhibit space, three ballrooms and 120 meeting rooms. Moscone North and South are undergoing a $550 million capital expansion, set to finish in December 2018, which will add more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space to the venue. The Moscone Center also offers two 50,000 square foot ballrooms, one 43,000 square foot ballroom and nearly 22,000 square feet of secure outdoor terraces offering spectacular views of downtown San Francisco. Event planners will find 504,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space and upgraded public amenities from multiple open air plazas to public art.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Trade shows, meetings, conferences, conventions.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Projection Technology is the preferred in-house AV provider. Options include LCD/LED displays, projectors, content recorders, PA systems, processing equipment. Moscone Facility Services is the exclusive provider for full-fiber backbone and WiFi.
CATERING: Exclusively provided by SAVOR.
ACCESSIBILITY: All levels of the building are accessible by elevator. Meeting room doorways are wide enough for wheelchairs. There are no revolving doors.
SUSTAINABILITY: The facility aims to garner LEED Platinum certification with zero-emissions electricity, the largest photovoltaic solar rooftop array in the city, and recovery of 15 million gallons of groundwater annually for reuse irrigating local parks and street cleaning. Since 2007, the facility’s caterer SAVOR has served to-go food in only certified compostable serveware. Zero waste stations including recyclables and compostables are available campus wide in all lobbies and on-site sorting can be arranged.
TRANSPORT: Attendees may connect from SFO airport to the city’s downtown via BART. Powell and Montgomery Street BART and MUNI stations are two blocks away. MUNI’s Yerba Buena/ Moscone station is located a half block away and is estimated to open to the public in late 2019.
TAGS: sustainability, new and newsworthy, in demand.
The Westin St. Francis Union Square, Downtown
Elegant yet modern, The Westin St. Francis Union Square is in the heart of San Francisco. Event guests enjoy a charming space steeped in history.
WHY IS IT COOL? This landmark hotel offers over 30 rooms with individual designs. From the regal Borgia Room, once the hotel’s chapel, to the glamorous St. Francis Suite, a restored 1900’s residence, the unifying theme is elegance.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, luncheons, dinner parties, receptions.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: Over 56,000 square feet of space includes 33 newly renovated rooms. The largest room, Grand Ballroom, holds 1,500 guests reception style or 1,100 guests theater style.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV packages can be purchased, including a range of LCD projectors, tripod screens, flip charts, microphones, speakers, WiFi.
CATERING: An in-house catering team provides food and beverage.
TRANSPORT: The nearest BART and MUNI station is Powell St. The hotel offers valet parking at $12 an hour.
TAGS: iconic, corporate friendly, reinvention.
Bently Reserve, Financial District
One of the most prominent landmarks in the Financial District is The Bently Reserve, once home to the San Francisco Federal Reserve. Now serving canapes instead of dollar bills, it excels as a corporate event space in San Francisco.
WHY IS IT COOL? The original 1924 building was renovated in 2005 to include advanced environmental amenities, but still maintain the classic style. The numerous meeting spaces reflect this timeless design alongside modern art from the SFMOMA Artist Gallery Program,
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, business meetings, galas, product launches.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The ground and mezzanine floors are used for conferences and special events. There are nine meeting rooms plus the Banking Hall - an 8,045 square foot space holding 805 reception style or 250 theater style.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: LED lighting package available, built-in projector and screen, built-in speakers, WiFi.
CATERING: Bently Reserve offers an in-house beverage catering menu. For food, they have a preferred list of vendors.
SUSTAINABILITY: The Bently Reserve is LEED Certified and Energy Star certified.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Metro Montgomery MUNI station. There are several nearby parking garages.
TAGS: sustainability, corporate friendly, reinvention.
THE BEST CORPORATE VENUES IN SAN FRANCISCO
Terra Gallery & Events, South Beach
While the space is transformable, all events enjoy a touch of sophistication from the venue’s contemporary art, Barcelona lounge furniture, and baby grand piano.
WHY IS IT COOL? A soaring 20-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows mean sunlight floods the space during the day and city lights illuminate the gallery at night. The Brazilian cherry hardwood floors and white walls make for a basic but elegant backdrop for an array of events.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, conferences, trade shows, product launches, fundraisers, private parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The building is made up of two levels over 24,000 square feet. They can be connected or kept separate. The upper level holds 725 reception style or 400 seated. The lower level holds 725 reception style or 200 seated. There is an additional 3,000 square foot outdoor terrace.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Multimedia capabilities including live-feed real-time conferencing, WiFi.
CATERING: While event planners must hire their own food caterers, Terra Gallery & Events offers an in-house full beverage service.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stops are the Montgomery BART station and Rincon Point MUNI station. There is optional valet parking for events.
TAGS: experience first, human friendly, corporate friendly.
Palace Hotel, Yerba Buena
This luxury hotel was built in 1875 and maintains its original architecture. The classic design paired with modern decor create a stylish backdrop for your next event.
WHY IS IT COOL? The building was originally constructed in 1875, and while it’s transformed over the years, it hasn’t lost its historical feel. The numerous event spaces feel warm and ornate with their chandeliers, classic paintings, and vaulted ceilings. An in-house event planning team helps organize large-scale corporate events.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, conferences, product launches, private parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: Palace Hotel has three large ballrooms, four executive boardrooms, 23 meeting rooms, and a self contained conference area. The largest room, Grand Ballroom, holds 1,000 both theater and reception style.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Unlimited bandwidth in all meeting rooms, WiFi.
CATERING: An in-house catering team provides food and beverage. There are options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Montgomery BART station. Valet parking is available at the hotel.
TAGS: boutique, corporate friendly, the age of all-inclusive.
The San Francisco Mint, South of Market
This classical Greek revival structure was built in 1874 in reaction to the California Gold Rush. Today, it maintains its historic character, but with technological upgrades- allowing modern conferences and meetings to take advantage of the space.
WHY IS IT COOL? The interior is historic and stately with its columns, gold accents and chandeliers. Additionally, the downstairs vault level, with its gold vaults and ore mill, can be explored by guests.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, conferences, galas.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire SF Mint is 92,000 square feet. There are four spaces for rent, including an outdoor courtyard. The largest meeting space holds 999 reception style over 52,000 square feet.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Power distribution services available, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Powell St BART and MUNI station. The nearest public parking garage is at 5th Street and Mission.
TAGS: reinvention, experience friendly, iconic.
The Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
While it’s a deviation from pure business-oriented venues, The Conservatory of Flowers is as much a corporate destination as it is an aesthetic wonder.
WHY IS IT COOL? The elegant, lush backdrop suits both formal settings and casual parties. Regardless of the event, the flowers, plants, and custom metal work of the conservatory add an element of exoticism. Event planners can choose between a terrace with views of the flowerbeds, the lawn, or a pavilion.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, promotional events, cocktail parties, private parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The Palm Terrace holds up to 500 standing or 400 seated. The Terrace Lawns hold up to 400 standing or 350 seated. The Orchard Pavilion holds up to 300 standing or 150 seated.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.
CATERING: The venue has a list of preferred caterers.
ACCESSIBILITY: There is wheelchair access throughout and designated handicap parking.
TRANSPORT: There are both valet and reserved parking at the venue. Golden Gate State Park also offers free parking.
TAGS: human friendly, immersive, in demand.
THE BEST SMALL EVENT SPACE SAN FRANCISCO
The Box SF, South of Market
This letterpress studio doubles as an event and workshop space. Guests are treated to a wealth of printed history, from books to packaging to antiques.
WHY IS IT COOL? Wood ceilings, wood window frames, and wood tables- this venue is rustic through and through. Paired with fairy lights and large windows, The Box SF feels like an artist’s loft with business capabilities. To add to the hipster vibe, the building houses the largest antiquarian paper and advertising archive in the United States.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, luncheons, dinner parties, private parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: There are four different rooms over two floors. The capacity ranges from two to 50 seated.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Projection screen, WiFi.
CATERING: The Box SF has a list of preferred caterers. There is a fee if you prefer to use a caterer not on the list.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Civic Center BART station.
TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capital, boutique, experience friendly.
COVO, South of Market
COVO is the quintessential coworking space with event capabilities. Rooms are built around a central coffee shop, abstract paintings line the walls, and small nooks for working are plentiful.
WHY IS IT COOL? Exposed brick and high ceilings give COVO an urban loft atmosphere. Interesting quirks include phone booths for conference calls and an on-site cafe with wine, craft beer, and organic coffee.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Business meetings, brainstorming sessions, networking.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: There is 7,000 square feet of event space on the ground level along with additional meeting rooms. These include The Amber Room, fitting 8 people, the Saison and Porter Rooms, fitting 12 people, and the Classroom, fitting 25 people.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Full AV capabilities, flat-screens in each event room, WiFi.
CATERING: On-site bar and coffee shop provide catering services.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Powell St BART and MUNI station. There is ample street parking around COVO. The Fifth & Mission Parking Garage is also one block away.
TAGS: innovative, emerging, human friendly.
Shin Dig, Inner Sunset
If you’re after business with a side of wine, Shin Dig’s high quality, small production wine list curated by an in-house sommelier will do just the trick.
WHY IS IT COOL? Two of Shin Dig’s four walls are lined with bottles of small production wines. On the opposite side, large windows allow ample natural lighting to flood the lofty space. The room is centered around a long live-edge redwood table that can be used for both business meetings and wine drinking.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, board retreats, luncheons, dinner parties, cocktail parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The 1,000 square foot space includes a 24 foot table and bar. It holds 50 reception style and 40 for a seated dinner.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: State-of-the-art sound system, 60” plasma monitor, Apple AirPlay enabled AV capabilities, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is at the Irving St & 4th Ave MUNI station. There are also two major parking lots within walking distance (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and Irving or on 5th Avenue and Kirkham).
TAGS: experience first, bleisure friendly, boutique.
THE BEST PRIVATE PARTY VENUES SAN FRANCISCO
Gallery 308, Marina
Adjacent to the East Harbor, with panoramic views of The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, lies a quintessential San Francisco event space rental option. Originally a maritime trade and repair shop, Gallery 308’s warehouse style space transfers seamlessly to hosting private parties.
WHY IS IT COOL? With an open floor plan, polished concrete floors, and lofted ceiling, Gallery 308 can be transformed into a myriad of designs. The views are spectacular both day and night.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, dinner parties, cocktail parties, receptions, conferences.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space is 3,835 square feet with a 27’ ceiling. It holds up to 430 guests reception style or 240 guests banquet style.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: In-house projector, in-house speakers, wireless mics, up lights, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: Guests can use the paid parking at one of the parking stations at Fort Mason Center.
TAGS: human friendly, experience friendly, in demand.
Tank 18, South of Market
Tank 18 was founded by a group of Silicon Valley tech heads turned wine connoisseurs. With the mission of bringing good wine and fun to the community, Tank 18 has developed into a sought-after venue for hosting private parties.
WHY IS IT COOL? Tank 18 is an urban winery, meaning the SOMA district location revolves around an impressive wine list. Despite its vaulted ceiling, Tank 18’s low lighting, wooden beams, and concrete floor create a warm, cozy atmosphere. Candles light the tables and furniture is made from wood crates.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, networking events, dinner parties, cocktail parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The whole facility is over 6,000 square feet. Besides the bar, the space can be flexibly configured with or without tables. The venue can fit 250 standing or 130 seated.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: WiFi.
CATERING: In-house catering team provides food and beverage. Menus range from hor d'oeuvres to shared plates, all paired with wine.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Market St & 9th St MUNI station. The are also a couple nearby parking lots within walking distance.
TAGS: experience first, bleisure friendly, experience friendly.
251 Rhode Island, Potrero Hill
A new addition to San Francisco’s event venues, 251 Rhode Island is located in the heart of the city’s design district. Fittingly, its boasts a variety of design elements to create a personalized party atmosphere.
WHY IS IT COOL? The facility is all-inclusive, including bar packages, catering, and music. With its cozy nooks and eclectic lounge furniture, the atmosphere marries cocktail lounge with quirky loft. 251 Rhode Island can accommodate the likes of food trucks and photo booths inside the venue for entertainment-driven events.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, corporate meetings, cocktail parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space holds 100 seated or 200 standing around various nooks of lounge furniture and open floor.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Large sound system, video projection abilities, DJ booth, computerized dance lighting, WiFi.
CATERING: In-house catering provides food and beverage.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Owens St & C St bus station. There is ample street parking nearby.
TAGS: the age of all-inclusive, experience first, bleisure friendly.
The Pearl, Dogpatch
This San Francisco event venue combines warehouse architecture with organic design in the working-class turned industrial chic neighborhood, Dogpatch.
WHY IS IT COOL? Potted plants and a huge tile tree mural give the space a natural feel. More so, a built-in gantry crane hosting an indoor living garden is suspended above the main space. With multiple rooms, there is ample space for breakout sessions or party preparation areas.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, receptions, cocktail parties, conferences.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The whole facility holds up to 700 guests reception style. The main floor is 3,457 square feet with a 31-foot ceiling. The mezzanine is 1,188 square feet with a railing view of the main floor. A rooftop terrace provides an additional 4,655 square feet. New to the facility, the School Night Bar is a 1,388 square foot addition, holding a maximum of 100 guests reception style.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: The main floors includes plug and play theatrical lighting capabilities, custom logo projection, pattern/texture projection. The School Night bar includes a four-zone wireless control sound system, plug and play projector, WiFi.
CATERING: Full bar service with beer and wine on tap is included in the rental. There is also a full-scale catering kitchen on the main floor. For food, The Pearl has a preferred catering list.
ACCESSIBILITY: The mezzanine and rooftop are both elevator accessible.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Third St & 20th St MUNI station.
TAGS: attention to planner, experience friendly, emerging.
THE MOST MODERN SAN FRANCISCO EVENT VENUES
For a city that’s famous for its innovation, there’s no shortage of modern venues in San Francisco. These three venues add an extra element, ranging from interactive games to modern art, that raises them above the rest.
Hotel Zephyr, North Waterfront
Spread across an indoor and outdoor venue, this modern San Francisco event space offers group lodging for attendees alongside an interactive business “playground”.
WHY IS IT COOL? The facility is divided between two event spaces, the Yard and the Game Room. The Yard is an outdoor venue with firepits and lounge chairs, while the indoor Game Room includes a pool table, ping pong, table-top shuffleboard, and Smart TVs. Guests are encouraged to engage with their environment.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate parties, themed events, receptions, dinner parties, charity fundraisers.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The outdoor Yard has 8,000 square feet of flexible space, holding up to 500 standing. The Game Room, a flexible indoor space, is an additional 1,610 square feet with capacity for 75 standing.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: 60” Samsung Smart TVs, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Beach & Mason MUNI station. The hotel offers self-park and valet parking options.
TAGS: immersive, experience first, bleisure friendly.
SFMOMA, Yerba Buena
The modern features of this venue extend farther than just its name. The West Coast’s largest modern art museum is also at the forefront of sustainability and experimental design.
WHY IS IT COOL? Each room in SFMOMA has a distinct style, from an open-air sculpture garden to a leafy oasis with a 4,400 square foot living wall. Acclaimed Norwegian firm Snohetta designed the building in true Scandinavian fashion- simple, yet dramatic.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Receptions, celebrations, dinner parties, award shows.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The smallest room in the facility is 3,000 square feet and is ideal for groups of 100 to 200 standing. There are no small meeting spaces for rent.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: SFMOMA does not provide any AV and lighting equipment.
CATERING: SFMOMA has a list of preferred caterers.
SUSTAINABILITY: The building has an LEED Gold certification.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Market St & Kearny St MUNI station. There are several parking garages located within walking distance of the museum.
TAGS: innovative, experience friendly, sustainability.
Bespoke, South of Market
Bespoke was the first venue of its kind in San Francisco. By combining coworking, demos, and events inside one shopping center, ideas can be created, tested, and celebrated all in one place.
WHY IS IT COOL? The venue is fully customizable, including three modular air walls that can divide the space into quadrants. Features like the three 12’x7’ LED screens with interactive displays provide unique branding opportunities. With its location inside Westfield San Francisco Centre, guests are steps away from cafes and shopping.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, product launch, receptions, private parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire space is 18,000 square feet and can fit between 30 to 1,200 guests. It includes a spacious reception area and divisible event space. When configured for a conference, it holds 1,200 guests standing.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV outfitted, projectors and screens, projection capable walls, ceiling rigging, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Powell St BART station. The nearest parking garage is the 5th and Mission Parking Garage.
TAGS: forward thinking, emerging, attention to planner.
THE BEST WAREHOUSE EVENT SPACE SAN FRANCISCO
Colorbloq, Mission Bay
The concept behind Colobloq is known as ‘color-blocking’- pairing together opposite colors to make unique color combinations. The result is a bright, creative space.
WHY IS IT COOL? The main design component of Colorbloq is its colorful shipping containers. With the addition of a food truck and camper trailer, the warehouse offers plenty of small spaces to customize, facilitating the creation of a dynamic, multi-purpose event.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Product launches, conventions, networking.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space includes five shipping containers that can be customized to your event. There is also a food truck scooter, a camper trailer, and a built in bar. It fits 360 guests standing or 200 guests seated.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Built-in 4,000 Watt sound system, 4x12” powered QSC K12 speakers, 32 channel digital sound mixer, wireless microphone, Dukane ImagePro 8974WU projector, four flat screens, WiFi.
CATERING: Colorbloq has a list of exclusive caterers.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stops are the King St & 2nd St MUNI station and the Caltrain train station.
TAGS: innovative, attention to planner, forward thinking.
Harmonic Brewery, Dogpatch
Craft beer and warehouses go hand in hand. But now, so do event venues. 12 house brews on tap plus customizable space make for an industrial-chic warehouse venue.
WHY IS IT COOL? The neighborhood where Harmonic Brewery resides has been dubbed the “Brewpatch” for its concentration of breweries. Fittingly, included in your rental is a brewery tour. Harmonic Brewery was renovated in 2015 with custom steel and glass work, polished concrete floors, and a new taproom.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private parties, cocktail parties, dinner parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The taproom is 1,000 square feet and hostss 80 guests standing. It can also be rented with an L-shaped bar and 11 tables to hold 56 seated guests. The showroom is 1,350 square feet and holds 70 guests standing. The space comes without furniture.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Speakers, WiFi.
CATERING: Catering or a food truck can be arranged by Harmonic Brewery. There is no on-site kitchen.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Third St & Marin St MUNI station. There is ample free street parking outside the brewery.
TAGS: bleisure friendly, human friendly, immersive.
Avenue, Bernal Heights
This San Francisco event venue leaves ample room for creativity. With the goal of supporting local talent, the walls are left bare and the architecture is simple, allowing your creative design to become the focal point.
WHY IS IT COOL? Avenue is modest and simple, with the only touch of color coming from the gray concrete floors. Therefore, personalization is easy. The high ceilings allow for plenty of wall space to add art curations or installations.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Business meetings, private parties, fundraisers.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The main space is 850 square feet with 14-foot ceilings. There is additional private conference room that can hold four to six people.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Private conference room includes Apple TV and computer hook-up. Main space includes theater projector, specialty lighting, Sonos wireless sound system, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation is the 30th St & Dolores St MUNI station.
TAGS: attention to planner, human friendly, the age of all-inclusive.
Dogpatch Wine Works, Dogpatch
Amongst Dogpatch’s numerous converted warehouses lies Dogpatch Wine Works, an urban winery operating out of the American Industrial Center.
WHY IS IT COOL? Large wine barrels line the walls, curtains drape from the ceiling, and eclectic lounge furniture hosts wine drinkers. It’s rustic, with a touch of class. The winery also offers group and team building activities like blind tasting and wine blending sessions at events.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Receptions, dinner parties, cocktail party, private party, seminar.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: There is 5,600 square feet of usable space in the building. 300 guests can fit standing and 200 guests can fit seated. There are also small group rooms available.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Electrical capacity for industrial lighting and sound, SONOS sound system, plasma TV, WiFi.
CATERING: Outside caterers for food service is allowed, but beverage catering is done exclusively by Dogpatch.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Third St & 20th St MUNI station. There is unmetered street parking outside the venue.
TAGS: bleisure friendly, experience first, reinvention.
THE BEST SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC VENUES
The Warfield, Tenderloin
This 1922 building originally functioned as a vaudeville and movie palace. It’s hosted the likes of Marion MacDonald from Gone With The Wind to the Grateful Dead in the 1980s. The music venue continues to showcase impressive talent over a variety of events.
WHY IS IT COOL? The elegant lobby with marble accents and crystal chandeliers opens to a grand staircase. At the top, guests find the ornate theater, true to its 1922 form. To avoid the appearance of an empty theater, smaller gatherings can rent the lower level- a more intimate space.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, private concerts, banquets, receptions, award shows.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The whole theater hosts 2,300 guests standing, 1,734 theater style, and 500 banquet style. The space is 25,000 square feet.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: The Warfield has a list of preferred vendors for DJ, uplighting, and AV services.
CATERING: The Warfield has a list of preferred caterers.
SUSTAINABILITY: The venue participates in AEG 1EARTH, a corporate environmental sustainability program. Through the program, the venue exchanges sustainability practices with other venues, tracks their performance, and contributes to the program’s 2020 Environmental Goals.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the Powell St BART or MUNI station. There are many public and private parking lots near the venue. The nearest is The Taylor Street Lot, directly behind the venue.
TAGS: sustainability, iconic, theaters.
The Chapel, Inner Mission
Originally a 1914 mortuary, this music venue is now anything but morbid. A 40-foot high arched ceiling makes for outstanding sound quality in comparison to other San Francisco music venues.
WHY IS IT COOL? The vaulted ceiling suggests The Chapel’s mortuary past, but new concert lighting and a huge disco ball have transformed the venue into a party space with great acoustics. Spread across a ground floor and mezzanine, guests have ample space to watch live performances. The Chapel Bar also has large windows that open to views of the stage.
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private concerts, private parties, fundraisers, product launches.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The Chapel is composed of multiple spaces that can be rented individually or together. There is a music room, mezzanine, mezzanine booth, bar, restaurant, and outdoor patio. The venue fits up to 550 standing or 180 seated.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: State of the art sound, lighting, and projection systems, WiFi.
CATERING: In-house caterers provide food and beverage.
ACCESSIBILITY: The building is wheelchair accessible.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the 16th St Mission BART station. The nearest parking garage is the Mission & Bartlett Garage. There is also limited metered street parking.
TAGS: reinvention, bleisure friendly, experience friendly.
SFJAZZ, Van Ness
SFJAZZ was the first stand-alone structure built in the country for jazz specifically. With that kind of particularization, sound quality and performance are top priorities.
WHY IS IT COOL? Depending on the style of music, SFJAZZ offers a range of rooms suited to different events. The main auditorium is as stunning architecturally as it is acoustically. For more intimate performances, there’s a smaller room encased in glass walls with plenty of ambient light. The two lobbies are ideal for cocktail events without the performance element.
What types of events is it most suitable for? Conferences, meetings, private performances, cocktail parties.
GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility has several spaces for rent. The largest is the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, holding between 300 and 700 seats. The Joe Henderson Lab holds up to 100 seated guests. The ground floor lobby holds 150 guests standing and the second floor lobby holds 250 standing.
AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Custom Meyer sound system, stage-of-the-art lighting, high definition video projection, WiFi.
TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stops are the Van Ness and Civic Center MUNI stations and the Civic Center BART station.
TAGS: in demand, innovative, immersive.
Though small in stature, covering just seven square miles, San Francisco offers some of the world’s most renowned event venues. Each coming year brings new ideas and more venues, necessitating renovations on what was once innovative and keeping event planners on their toes. These top 25 San Francisco venues for events will be hosting some of 2019’s most memorable conferences, conventions, and parties.
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