Anyone who has ever wandered around a trade show floor at one of the major annual conferences in San Francisco will know it can be overwhelming. This can be a challenging environment for networking or building authentic, real rapport with peers or prospects. Wouldn’t it be nice if you and your colleagues could escape to an urban oasis and have a real, meaningful conversation? Turns out, such places exist. While the masses are flocking to traditional restaurant banquet rooms and hotel conferences to host their meetings, the savviest event planners look elsewhere for more bespoke experiences for their guests. For inspiration, check out some of these unique, smaller spaces that are available near The Moscone Center in San Francisco.
111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna St., 6-minute walk to Moscone)
Transforming with ever-changing art exhibitions, the gallery measures 4,200 square feet, dividing into intimate spaces or accommodating 500 people. Two full bars, exceptional audio/visual, catering and staff make for a unique art and event space.
Native Sons (414 Mason St.)
A block off Union Square and a 15-minute walk from The Moscone Center, the Native Sons of the Golden West offers their Historic Philanthropic Club Meeting Room for parties up to 50 people. Get acquainted with your new contacts in this intimate, classic space.
Billy’s Crib (245 Fifth St.)
Looking to have a small breakout meeting just 5 minutes from The Moscone Center? Billy’s Crib is the perfect spot. The intimate, 1,400-square-foot loft space can accommodate 12 people and allows for catering and has limited parking.
Zeo’s Loft The Garage (951 Folsom St.)
10 minutes from The Moscone Center is this tremendous loft space that can accommodate up to 100 people. At 3,000 square feet, it’s one of the most spacious offsite venues available to you in SoMA.
SF Camerawork (1011 Market St.)
Located along the stretch of Market Street that’s currently enjoying record renewal, SF Camerawork is a spacious gallery space that can host sophisticated and inspiring meetings. Outside catering is allowed, but staffing is not provided. SF Camerawork is 15 minutes from The Moscone Center and 12 minutes from Union Square, making it a convenient location for conference attendees.
This article was compiled by Peerspace, an online marketplace that provides teams and individuals with access to unique, undiscovered venues for all kinds of activities. From birthdays to private dinner parties, Peerspace makes it easy to find and book hidden-gem venues across San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.