Believe it or not, ‘tis already the season to plan holiday happenings. Your to-do list might look a bit overwhelming, but San Francisco Travel has a wealth of resources that make it easy to plan a fun, festive and memorable holiday event. Choosing the right location is key, so we’ve compiled this list of seven hot venues around the city for parties of every style, size and budget. Don’t delay; December dates are filling up fast!
Hotel Via (138 King St.)
Take your event straight to the top at the modern Hotel VIA in South Beach, which opened in June 2017. The hotel’s Rooftop at VIA is an exclusive indoor/outdoor space boasting gorgeous views that will captivate your crowd. Open-air fire pits, cabanas, heat lamps and comfy communal seating help create a relaxed lounge vibe set against the stunning backdrop of the downtown skyline, the Bay Bridge, and AT&T Park. Guests will be in a celebratory mood, thanks to Hotel VIA’s highly personalized service, extensive wine and spirits list and tempting selection of tapas and sweets.
The Commonwealth Club of California (110 Embarcadero)
Located on San Francisco's historic waterfront, the new Commonwealth Club location offers a sophisticated setting for your holiday affair, featuring three stories of event space and a rooftop garden terrace with unbeatable views of San Francisco Bay. This extensive and versatile venue includes a state-of-the-art sound system, flexible configurations, two fully equipped catering kitchens, and has already been taking bookings for events beginning Oct. 1, 2017. Whether you desire a stylish rooftop cocktail party or a private seated dinner, the Commonwealth Club can fulfill all of your event needs.
Giants Enterprises will help you design a one-of-a-kind holiday event with its top-rated team and impressive roster of services and venues, including iconic AT&T Park, the speakeasy-style Gotham Club, the vintage warehouse PIER 48 and two exciting new yacht experiences. Dazzle your guests with a memorable seafaring event aboard the 100-foot luxury vessel California Spirit, which can accommodate up to 130 passengers for a breathtaking bay cruise. Yacht Lady, an 80-foot Monte Fino Motor Yacht with a plush interior and generous decks, is suited to more intimate gatherings with its capacity limited for 12 guests.
For a truly unique fete, choose the world's only aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and rainforest all under one living roof. The California Academy of Sciences transforms into a winter wonderland for its annual exhibit ‘Tis the Season for Science. This year’s theme, Life on Ice, explores the North and South Poles, complete with an ice-skating rink in the East Garden. For evening events, the Academy can accommodate 3,000 people for cocktails, dinner and dancing, along with private access to the exhibits. Daytime events are ideal for parties of up to 80 people for lunch or team-building activities, including private behind-the-scenes tours.
San Francisco Proper Hotel (1100 Market St.)
Proper Hotel is a just-opened luxury lifestyle hotel located in the heart of San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood. Its collection of traditional and non-traditional spaces is well-suited to a range of holiday gatherings, from black-tie to creative casual events. Attendees can take in fantastic views from Charmaine’s, the chic rooftop terrace that features open decks, fire pits, bars and lounges all beneath a cornice of palmetto leaves. The beautifully appointed Board Room and Conference Room can each be arranged to host groups of 50, while the opulent Hidden Jewel Box dining room is perfect for smaller groups of up to 14 guests for an elegant dinner, cocktail hour or reception.
White Chapel SF (600 Polk St.)
Featuring the largest gin selection in North America and loaded with Victorian-era charm, White Chapel SF is an incredible setting for attendees to mingle and toast the season. Guests can step from the streets of the Civic Center/Hayes Valley neighborhood into a fantastical re-creation of an abandoned 1890s London Underground station. They’ll delight in a creative collection of cocktails and tasty bites bound to please. For a thrilling touch, rent the utterly singular gin cart, equipped with a liquid nitrogen container that freezes glasses for the coldest-possible martini. White Chapel has two spaces for private events: The Distillery (20-30 guests), ideal for casual cocktail receptions, and The Gin Palace (30-40 guests), which features its own private bar and a variety of tables and seating options. Complete buyouts are also available.
AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront (1333 Veterans Blvd., South San Francisco)
At the new design-driven AC Hotel located in the Cove at Oyster Point, you can treat party-goers to incredible waterfront views through the ultra-modern wall of glass. This sleek venue has more than 8,000 square feet of customizable space, with both indoor and outdoor options and six event rooms. An extensive catering menu features a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and reception choices. Conveniently positioned just minutes from SFO via free shuttle, AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront is also adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Trail with easy access to PIER 39, the Embarcadero and Golden Gate Bridge and are accepting bookings for events beginning in mid-October 2017.
It’s never too early to book the perfect holiday event venue, as desirable December dates get snapped up quickly. For more information and assistance with planning, contact San Francisco Travel. We’re always here to help as your one-stop resource for booking events in San Francisco.