Within the confines of 49 square miles, San Francisco boasts hundreds of fabulous meeting and event venues. The paint has barely dried on eight new — and nothing short of show stopping — properties. From historic auditoriums restored to their original grandeur to divine urban wineries offering authentic wine country experiences right in the city’s backyard, each new venue offers meeting planners exciting new settings for events.
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1028 Market St.
This trendy Central Market food hall doubles as a 4,000-square-foot venue with indoor/outdoor potential. Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with The Hall's six ethnic offerings, including flavors from Vietnam, Morocco, India, and, of course, California. Specializing in hors d'oeuvres and platters ideals for networking events and receptions, The Hall can also accommodate seated soirees, such as weddings and corporate dinners. Choose between a "happy hour bar" from 5-8 p.m. for groups up to 75, or a "private party" anytime after 4 p.m for groups up to 200 (120 seated). Each package includes use of the sapce, amenities and special discounts on food and drinks.
845 Market St., Suite 450, Westfield San Francisco Centre, Fourth Floor
BESPOKE is the first-of-its-kind, 35,000-square-foot ecosystem comprised of co-working, event and technology demo space located on the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Designed with customization in mind, BESPOKE addresses all needs — business, entertainment and retail — to make your next happening as original as the concept itself. Opened in February 2015, BESPOKE can accommodate groups large and small and features 18,000 square feet of divisible event space within its high-tech, fully flexible infrastructure. This state of the art space is also lined with a 2,000 square foot demo facade and zone with three 12-by-7 foot Kinect Sensor screens and three touch monitors engaging the consumer or event guests with what's new and next in technology. Or, opt to cultivate collaboration in the 14,000-square-foot co-working space furnished with dedicated and shared desks, private offices, 14 conference rooms and — for the climbing inclined — a bouldering wall, open to the public. Contest convention and encourage attendees to create, collaborate, refine, work, showcase and entertain, all under one roof.
400 California Ave., Treasure Island
"Fill your glass, not your tank," is the adage behind San Francisco's new, one-of-a-kind urban-industrial winery collective, Winemaker Studios. Ideal for those that long for wine country but are short on time, Winemaker Studios — a co-op of three trendy wineries — is conveniently located just minutes from downtown San Francisco on Treasure Island. Perfect for private events, corporate outings, group tastings and more, Winemaker Studios is the only San Francisco venue where guests can walk between wineries and taste at their own pace. From a submarine-like training vessel to flexible indoor/outdoor space that can accommodate groups of more than 1,000, each tasting room offers a bounty of character and a bevy of options — most with sweeping skyline views.
969 Market ST.
Edgy, sophisticated and ultramodern — and that's just the ground floor. With 17,408 total square feet spread across three levels (each floor with its own distinct vibe) and a total guest capacity of 1,344, The Village is located in the budding Central Market neighborhood and designed to host conferences, product launches, receptions, banquets and more. This facility provides more integrated technology than a sci-fi convention, including cutting edge event solutions for video mapping/projection, lighting, motion picture and interactive multi-media. The Underground (subterranean level) is equipped with a dance club and built-in projection bar, while the Experience Design Center (top floor) is adorned in exposed brick, hardwood floors and natural light. The Village boasts full-service event production support ready to take your affair into the 21st century — and possibly beyond.
1127 Market St.
What was once a vaudeville theater and cinema will again take center stage as the American Conservatory Theater becomes its newest resident. The perfect balance of old and new, the nearly century-old Strand Theater has just returned to the spotlight. History buffs will rejoice because up to 70 percent of the original building’s 1917 illustrious red façade remains preserved. The main performance space accommodates large crowds and can quickly be converted into a casual cabaret furnished with tables and chairs. Natural light pours into the flexible black box theater upstairs — perfect for smaller events — and is outfitted with soundproofing materials throughout, granting your event full and total privacy without disruption.
275 Hayes St.
After a 30-year slumber, one of San Francisco’s finest landmark theaters returns. Where a spotlight once shined on poets, rock stars and students, The Nourse theater has returned to its former splendor as City Arts & Lectures’ premier lecture hall and event venue. The renewed Nourse boasts unobstructed views throughout the orchestra and balcony, a colossal proscenium stage, state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, regal chandeliers and original Spanish-Revival architectural details. The sizeable, 1,670-guest capacity accommodates presentations, lectures and performances and offers in-house amenities, audiovisual support, video projection, instruments, props and more.
1111 California St.
For a slice of midcentury modern prestige atop San Francisco’s scenic Nob Hill, look no further than the California Masonic Memorial Temple, or in short — The Masonic. Ideal for banquets, receptions, tradeshows, ceremonies, concerts, business meetings and more, this newly renovated venue delivers generous convenience, reimagined flexibility and expert support. Guests enter from the dramatic pillared porch and are greeted by the famous Emile Norman “endomosaic” mural displayed in the Grand Lobby. Inside, there’s flexibility for 100 to 3,300 attendees with the tiered open floor plan. The Exhibition Hall’s moveable air walls are optimized for breakout sessions, and the California Room offers sweeping views of Huntington Park and the San Francisco Bay. Guests will adore The Masonic’s old-meets-new charm.