Filled with noteworthy attractions, exciting nightclubs and great dining options, the South of Market (aka “SOMA”) and Yerba Buena areas are popular destinations for planners in search of special venues capable of hosting receptions, dinners, ceremonies and other functions in close proximity to Moscone Center. Whatever type of event you’re working on, these neighborhood venues offer a spectrum of possibilities for space and a distinctive sense of place. We’ll have more neighborhood updates for you in the next issue.
Oracle Park (24 Willie Mays Plaza)
Just because you don’t need seating for 41,503 doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities to host an event at the ballpark. When the San Francisco Giants aren’t using it, the stadium is full of interesting spaces, from the clubhouse to the field, which can accommodate anything from an intimate board meeting to a sit-down dinner for several hundred. And the food isn’t just hot dogs and Cracker Jack either.
Bluxome Street Winery (53 Bluxome St.)
If you’re planning an event in such close proximity to one of America’s most prominent wine regions, you’d be remiss not to add a taste of wine country to the itinerary. Whether or not attendees want to taste wine, Bluxome’s space (2,500 square feet; 300 capacity reception-style) will make an impression thanks to a wall of wine barrels and lovely, teardrop light fixtures. Wi-Fi, audiovisual capabilities and ample parking are icing on the cake.
The Box SF (1069 Howard St.)
Just two blocks west of Moscone Center, the name doesn’t begin to do justice to the versatile space in which urban chic comes standard. Small meetings during the day are treated to the bright, airy space and its wall of windows. An additional treat is their conference table (seats 32), which is made from 325-year-old Chinese village gate doors. At night, use creative lighting configurations to set the mood for a reception or after-party (the space holds up to 200 standing).
Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.)
This historic warehouse was restored with plenty of modern touches. The two-story space offers more than 12,000 square feet of versatile space that can be adapted to fit groups from 75 to 1,000. Home to a regular schedule of concerts and performances, the space’s full-service event staff is ready to help with the ins and outs of catering, audio, lighting, booking and décor for the space. For indoor/outdoor event concepts, pair the Mezzanine with Mint Plaza next door.
111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna St.)
High ceilings, plenty of wall space and two full bars make this bustling art gallery the perfect setting for a creative reception with an urban, industrial feel. The 4,200-square-foot space accommodates up to 500 or can be sub-divided for more intimate affairs. They also offer turn-key options including catering, audiovisual, décor, photography and more to help simplify your workload. The gallery offers equally appealing opportunities as the setting for daytime retreat sessions or private parties after business is done for the day.
Terra Gallery (511 Harrison St.)
Just minutes from Moscone Center, this two-level space has worlds of possibilities for planners. The gallery level on the second floor offers plenty of natural light during the day and city views by night, in addition to the elegant mix of tall white walls and rich-hued hardwood floors. The lower level offers a built-in stage with lighting and is capable of holding 740 reception-style or 200 seated. If you need additional space, there’s a landscaped outdoor space attached that can be tented to seat an additional 300.