24 Perfect San Francisco Event Venues
It’s been called the “City by the Bay,” the “Golden City,” and even “Fog City.” To techies, it’s the place where it all began; to realtors, one of the most extreme examples of the upward potential of housing prices. But for event planners, San Francisco has another reputation: one of the most well-appointed event destinations in the country. From corporate events to weddings, San Francisco seems to have space (or twenty) for any party or gathering. The only challenge? Finding a venue that fits your budget. Here are a few of our favorite venues in the city also known by two simple letters: SF.
Location: 135 4th St
Great For: Press Events, Product Launches
11,000 square feet of space would be a lot for any San Fran venue, but when that’s just the terrace, you know you’ve found a unique spot indeed. City View’s venue space totals 31,000 feet, including a terrace with sweeping views of the skyline with floor-to-ceiling windows. Careful attention to engineering and power supply make it uniquely capable of handling innovative product launches and the parties that follow.
Location: 88 5th St
Great For: Corporate Events, Lavish Weddings, Galas
92,000 feet of history. 92,000 feet of party. The San Francisco Mint, once the birthplace of new dollar bills, is now a private event space, and the city’s party scene will never be the same. Not a venue for the faint of heart (or budget), the SF Mint has played home to lavish corporate parties, eye-popping weddings, and lucrative fundraisers. And yes, you can even host a party in the vault.
Capacity: 564 Theatre-Style / 250 Banquet
Location: 609 Sutter St
Great For: Staged Events, Keynotes, Meetings, Receptions
A collection of multiple spaces, Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel is comprised of a reception hall, staged facility (once home to the Actors Workshop), and meeting rooms in sizes suitable for most any event. High 16-22-foot ceilings give guests room to breathe, while its sister hotel makes accommodating out-of-town visitors pleasant and efficient.
Location: 194 Church St
Great For: Team celebration, Private party
Class. Warmth. Leather. Shuffleboard? All are to be found at The Office, a well-appointed yet laid-back venue at Church and Market. A full bar, private bathrooms, and full kitchen are flanked by large screens, quality projectors, and a state-of-the-art sound system. Turnkey hosted and cash bar packages make planning easy and guests happy.
Location: 473 Broadway St
Great For: Birthday parties, Team Celebrations
A work of art. What could be a more fitting description of a venue called “Monroe” than that? Confident decor fills 3000 square feet of intentional space, run by full-service staff available to handle bartending, catering, A/V for corporate events, slideshows, or speeches, and even special lighting.
Location: 155 Sansome St
Great For: Business Meetings, Fundraisers
Just show up. Those are the instructions of the historic City Club of San Francisco, an Art Deco fan’s dream come true. The semiformal space can be dressed up or down for most any occasion but makes an especially suitable spot for a business gathering or philanthropic event.
Location: 1345 Howard St
Great For: Receptions, Moscone Center after parties
Tank18 says it best themselves: “We’ve designed a space that reflects us: big, loud, and full of alcohol.” What more do you need to know? How about that it offers 6000 square feet of space for tables and chairs or nothing but dance moves, and is just 4.5 blocks from Moscone center. An in-house catering team makes menu planning quick, while the option to print private wine labels adds a unique touch of personalization.
Capacity: 200 Seated / 300 Standing
Location: 2455 3rd St
Great For: Corporate Events, Team Building Activities
Whether hosting a wine-centric party, or simply in need of 12,000 square feet of space to turn your dreams into reality, DogPatch WineWorks offers both at a reasonable rate and in an approachable environment. An in-house event planner and turnkey wine tasting activity make event planning simple.
Location: 1300 Potrero Ave
Great For: Meetups, Small Gatherings
Sometimes, your big idea requires a small group and an inspiring space. For all of those times, Eristavi Winery is the perfect spot. A simple, approachable, and yet unique venue for trading ideas, swapping contacts, and making connections.
Capacity: 750 Reception / 220 Classroom
Location: 465 California St
Great For: Galas, Weddings, Formal events
Take the iconic San Francisco streetcar right to the front door. Stand where President Obama addressed his special guests. And earn the invitation “wow factor” with one of the most iconic addresses in all of San Francisco. The Julia Morgan Ballroom is a formal space with character. Every surface is high-end, and its Merchant Exchange architecture is sure to draw attention.
Capacity: 845 Standing (Buyout) / 12 Seated (Smallest Boardroom)
Location: 135 Fisher Loop
Great For: Corporate events, Wedding receptions
How many event venues can claim a past as a regular meeting place for the signing of treaties? The Golden Gate Club can, and it also has another claim to fame: unbelievable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Presidio forest. Five different spaces are available for rent individually for as few as 12 people, or as a complete buyout for crowds of up to 845.
Capacity: 30 Seated
Location: 253 Columbus Ave
Great For: Team building, Small Gatherings
Cooking class, anyone? Cookhouse is part venue, part activity. The beautiful space halfway between FiDi and North Beach doubles as a training ground of the culinary arts (talk about palatable team building) and event space. How pretty are we talking? Their site specifically mentions film shoots. Plus, their straightforward pricing system is the stuff of event planners’ dreams.
Capacity: 125 Standing / 100 Seated
Location: 1 Yacht Rd
Great For: Company events, small gatherings
Talk about a view. The Golden Gate Yacht Club offers something you might expect from such a name (a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge) and a few things you may not: peeks at Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge to match. A full bar makes the space ideal for a small celebration or reception, while a state-of-the-art sound system and menu of various screens makes it an inspiring company meeting space. Did we mention it’s the home of America’s Cup?
Location: 1525 Cortland Ave
Great For: Small gatherings
Private table, lounge, or warehouse? At Barebottle Brewing Company, the choice is yours. The brewery’s facilities are minimalist, and messy decor like confetti and balloons are not allowed. This is one blank canvas that’s approachable and unique. Ideal for birthday parties, anniversary parties, or team celebrations.
Location: 747 Howard St.
Great For: Conferences & Large Corporate Events
The first venue is one of the largest the Bay Area has to offer, Moscone Center is the largest convention and exhibition center in San Francisco! This massive venue’s exhibit hall alone is over 700,000 sq ft and Moscone Center has over 106 breakaway meeting rooms.
Location: 2534 Mission St
Great For: Small Gatherings
Foreign Cinema is one of the beautiful and unique venues in San Francisco that is great for hosting dinners, tastings, receptions, and they are known best locally for hosting film screenings for various clients around the city.
This venue has the perfect mix up of beautiful indoor and outdoor settings perfect for an intimate gathering during any season of the year regardless of the weather.
Location: 601 19th St.
Great For: Small Gatherings
The Pearl is a stunning an intimate 9,300 square foot venue located in the heart of San Francisco’s most historical and culturally rich neighborhoods, the waterfront Dogpatch district. This venue can host a crowd up to about 200 people and can be transformed into any type of event ranging from wedding receptions, intimate corporate events or launches, networking events, receptions and more.
Location: 550 15th St.
Great For: Small Gatherings
Venue 550 is a chic new venue perfect for corporate events, launch parties, receptions, networking events, and fundraisers, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMo District.
This venue has many unique perks to it such as the fact that it doubles as a live TV recording studio, perfect for any gallery, or big launch party event that you or your team wants to be recorded or streamed live in the high-quality definition. You can even have your promotional content worked on for your event as it is happening here, making this a highly desired location for San Francisco’s entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, and musicians for debuting new products or works.
Location: 301 Battery St.
Great For: Large Gatherings & Corporate Events
The Bentley Reserve is not just a stunning venue with an array of different spaces for any occasion, it is also recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as a historical monument.
Its place in history is from 1926 to 1983 when the venue was known as the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Building and served as a major branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve. With a handful of spacious, elegant, and one of a kind spaces to choose from within the venue, this is a great choice for any memorable occasion.
Location: 511 Harrison St.
Great For: Corporate Events & Gatherings
The Terra Gallery is also one of the most versatile and beautiful venues in San Francisco with two levels both totally up to 24,000 square feet of space that can be transformed for any occasion.
The venue itself is located in San Francisco’s SoMa District which is just a hop, skip, and jump, away from downtown’s main city center filled with hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and bars.
The Terra Gallery is also located close to Moscone Center perfect for those after conference receptions and happy hours.
Location: 845 Market Street, Level 4, #450A
Great For: Coworking & Meetings
This is one of the most unique venues on this list, being one of San Francisco’s famous coworking spaces. Coworking spaces are the best locations to mix business and fun for your next launch party, corporate event, all-hands meetings, pitches, and everything in between.
With various workspaces set up throughout the location, there is a room perfect for any sort of drafting, planning, or working, you and your group need to accomplish.
Location: 435 Broadway
Great For: Corporate Events & Gatherings
If your looking for a venue with enough historical charm and space for a rocking reception, corporate event, holiday party, or fundraiser, check out Broadway Studios located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach and Financial District and it only just blocks away from the iconic San Francisco Pyramid Building.
Location: 20 Yerba Buena Ln.
Great For: Small Gatherings & Corporate Events
For those looking to entertain guests, and want to also experience all the treasures from California’s wine country while staying in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling metropolis, then Press Club is a great venue for you. This venue is located just a stone’s throw from San Franciso’s enchanting Embarcadero area with the must-see Ferry Building Marketplace filled with the cities best eats and shopping.