23 Unreal Los Angeles Event Venues
It’s been said that few cities differ more from their depiction in entertainment that Los Angeles. While Hollywood tends to portray the City of Angels as the ultimate destination for glitz and glamour, the version summarizes by most tourists is something else: concrete. As such, few things are more important to get right when planning an event in LA than the venue. Whether you’re hosting a small party, a large conference, or throwing an outdoor party, we’ve scoured our Rolodex for the best spots that scream anything but “concrete jungle.”
Location: 4000 Warner Boulevard
Great For: Corporate Retreats
Where better to host a week of visioneering and daydreaming than the studio lot that’s home to Friends’ Central Perk and a props warehouse filled with some of the most iconic pieces of creativity to grace the small screen? Not only does Warner Bros. lend their studio’s lot for special events, but they’ll even connect you to some of the most talented tradesmen in the arts to design and craft memorable props only found in Hollywood.
Capacity: 789 Standing / 300 Seated Indoor Reception
Location: 214 South Main Street
Great For: Performances, Galas, Weddings
A chef and a designer walk into a cathedral. What happens next? An event space so gorgeous, you may just decide to renew your vows. For those looking for a turnkey space, the former cathedral’s tall columns and beautiful architecture can easily stand on their own, while those looking for a canvas to take to the next level are more than welcome to gild the lily with LED lighting, posh furniture, and whatever they can dream up.
Location: 800 W Olympic Blvd
Great For: Galas, Charitable Events
Get your very own “Night at the Museum,” when you rent the GRAMMY Museum as a full buyout, where permanent and traveling exhibits chronicle some of music’s biggest names in well-appointed space. Looking for a bit less space while retaining the impressive address? Rent one of their four other spaces, including the 200-seat Clive Davis Theatre, galleries for 100-150, or green room for 20.
Location: 100 Aquarium Way
Great For: Picnics, Company Meetings, Birthday Parties
For a more laid back atmosphere that inspires and entertains, consider the Aquarium of the Pacific. Designed as a showcase for the Pacific Ocean and all its inhabitants, the aquarium regularly plays host to company meetings, weddings, and even marriage proposals. A number of event spaces and delectable menus (sustainably sourced seafood, anyone?) make meeting planning straightforward.
Location: 1111 S Figueroa St
Great For: Corporate Celebrations
Ready to celebrate a team’s major accomplishment with some lavish TLC? Purchase the best seats in the house at the Staples Center at the Hyde Lounge. A private suite with a VIP entrance, the lounge can accommodate up to 250 guests who will wine and dine with onsite catering and dedicated serving staff.
Location: 1050 S Hill St
Great For: Performances, Press Events
You’ve never seen a theatre quite like this. Among LA’s most jaw-dropping venues, the Belasco Theatre is a snapshot of a different era when architecture was crafted to last (and impress) for centuries to come. The intricate details and iconic ceiling make the Belasco a gorgeous setting for a concert, product launch, or press event.
Capacity: 150 Seated / 300 Standing
Location: 800 West Olympic Boulevard
Great For: Product Launches, Networking Events, Parties
High atop the landmark GRAMMY Museum, The Terrace provides 180-degree views from downtown skyscrapers to the Hollywood Sign. The space can be outfitted with a modern vibe A space managed by LA Live, their talented team of props makes event planning a snap. A water wall, two bars, and catering by Wolfgang Puck? We’re there.
Capacity: 540 Seated / 900 Conference
Location: 4375 Admiralty Way
Great For: Weddings, Board Meetings
A meeting at the Ritz is more than a meeting. It’s a meeting at one of the most well-regarded hotel brands in the world. Their attentive staff turns the most sensitive of meetings or most lavish of weddings into something spectacular. Up to 900 conference guests can be pampered with room to breathe, or up to 540 seated for a night, they’ll never forget.
Capacity: 750 Seated / 5000 Street Festival
Location: 741-775 Chick Hearn Ct
Great For: Product Launches, Block Parties
The Xbox Plaza is a chameleon with no parallel in LA. The space is adjacent to the Staples Center and provides the perfect mix of every logistical need that may arise and all the flexibility a massive product launch or ambitious block party requires. The space has been outfitted for various events with transparent tents, vehicle-sized props, tables to dining, and even a full-sized basketball court. If you can dream it, chances are, the Xbox Plaza can make it happen.
Location: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Great For: Televised Shows, Performances
This is the event space the Academy thanks. What could top that? Most famous for being the home of the Academy Awards (a.k.a. Oscars), the Dolby Theatre was previously named the Kodak Theatre and has a long history of hosting some of the biggest events in Tinseltown. Its stage is one of the largest in America, measuring 120 feet wide and 75 feet deep. And while the 3400-seat theatre is a daunting size for most events, the stage is routinely outfitted for smaller gatherings with round tables and a much more intimate vibe.
Location: 811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2100
Great For: Product Launches, Holiday Parties
The views and allure of a 21st-floor penthouse mix with the fresh air of the great outdoors at the Elevate Lounge, a posh and sensual space covered with LED lighting, white leather, hues of blue, and notes of cool. Not your mother’s corporate party venue, Elevate is the ideal spot to make a splash. You bring the vibes. They’ll make it a party.
Location: 800 N. Alameda St.
Great For: Birthday parties, Company parties
Within LA’s historic Union Station, Imperial Western brews beer served across the city while shucking oysters and showing guests a grand time. Luckily, Imperial’s brewmasters realized that their space was far more than just a practical spot. Its high arched ceilings and warm surfaces make it a fabulous spot for a semi-casual team celebration or birthday party, which can be rented out for private events.
Location: 550 S Flower St
Great For: Parties, After Parties, Product Launches
Sitting before you is a heated swimming pool, red astroturf, a DJ spinning tunes for a packed dance floor, and waterbed pods. Yes, waterbed pods. You must be on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel, where eclectic design doesn’t even begin to describe the funky aesthetic that is Standard.
Location: 6215 W. Sunset Blvd
Great For: Corporate Event, Performances
The Hollywood Palladium has hosted Tinseltown’s A-listers for centuries, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Treat guests to a taste of Old School Hollywood with 59,000 square feet of space professionally managed by a full-service staff, all just a mile from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See you name in lights on the big marquee, welcome guests on a red carpet, and toast VIPs in the champagne lounge. True Hollywood glamour.
Location: 5333 Zoo Dr
Great For: Corporate Picnics, Family Party
Family-friendly venues can feel hard to find in LA, but the LA Zoo is certainly one of them. In addition to granting admission to all of your guests, hosting a company picnic or family celebration at the zoo is a great way to get away from screens and into nature without having to brave LA’s freeways for hours. The Eucalyptus Grove can accommodate up to 250 guests
Capacity: 350 Seated / 1500 Standing
Location: 6121 Sunset Blvd
Great For: Meetings, Performances
Premium. That’s Neuehouse in a word, a collection of gorgeous spaces designed for designers. Far from the over-the-top vibes of some of Hollywood’s spaces, Neuehouse venues would make a fitting setting for a gathering of architects, magazine designers, or even fashion icons. If “chic” is on your list of priorities, Neuehouse should be your first stop.
Capacity: 700 Seated / 1000 Standing
Location: 1145 S San Pedro St
Great For: Corporate Parties, Pop-Up Galleries
Once a warehouse, the contemporary City Market Social House is a welcome addition to the downtown LA party scene. Large enough to accommodate 1000 standing guests, City Market’s central downtown location makes logistics a breeze, while the tall ceilings of the once-industrial space allow to space to adapt to a wide variety of uses, from rustic weddings to pop-up galleries, company parties, and more.
Capacity: 150 Seated / 250 Standing
Location: 2651 S La Cienega Blvd
Great For: Cocktail Parties, Receptions
If its name sounds bizarre, it’s actually quite practical. SmogShoppe used to be just that: an emissions testing center-turned-event space. Located in Culver City’s design district, the space offers an ideal spot for an art show, intimate wedding, or creative company cocktail party.
Capacity: 250 Seated / 450 Standing
Location: 8490 Melrose Pl
Great For: Dinner Parties, Galas
Melrose Place’s Fig & Olive is one of several notable locations of the restaurant chain, which opens its doors to private parties intimate or large on a regular basis. At 8,000 square feet, Fig & Olive is notable for a few things: lots of natural light, more rosemary plants than you knew could fit into a single place, and food. Good food.
Location: 111 S Grand Ave
Great For: Seminars, Presentations, Concerts
We could count on one hand the number of Frank Gehry buildings that allow for private events. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of them, and if you’re lucky enough to book it, you’ll secure your spot among the most memorable event venues your guests have ever visited. As a union house, vendor selection is closely controlled, but the results are nothing short of magical.
Capacity: 175 Seated / 250 Standing
Location: 800 E 4th Pl
Great For: Weddings, Receptions
Millwick has lived multiple lives. Once a livery, then a warehouse, and now an Insta-worthy event space, the 2500 square-foot garden and 4500 square-foot interior work in tandem to give guests two space for weddings and the reception that follows, or company speeches and the after party drinks that chase them.
Capacity: 225 Seated / 300 Standing
Location: 1425 N Cahuenga Blvd
Great For: Weddings, Retreats, Corporate Parties
If 35-foot ceilings sound unusual for LA, they are. But this may explain Lombardi House’s ability to pull them off: it was once a barn complete with stables for horses. Today, the estate is a wedding destination, family reunion, and corporate retreat dreamland. Want to host an outdoor movie? This is the place to go.
Capacity: 350 Seated / 500 Standing
Location: 225 N Canon Dr
Great For: Parties, Galas, Weddings
Throwing a party in Beverly Hills is like bragging about your kid’s tee ball successes in the dugout of the world series. It’s hard to make an impact. Yet Montage has been helping party hosts do just that for years. Guests can mingle around a rooftop pool with views of Rodeo Drive while enjoying food and beverages prepared by talented chefs. Luxury has never looked better.