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Unique San Francisco Venues That Should Be On Every Meeting Planner's Radar

There's no limit to the types of places where you can have your next San Francisco event.

The sheer variety of meeting venues found in San Francisco — from restaurants and state-of-the-art music venues to Victorian parlors and ping-pong social clubs — practically guarantees that there’s good food, good wine, and a memorable event in store for attendees.

111 Minna (111 Minna St.)
Combine the business of art and leisure at 111 Minna, an urban gallery showcasing a blend of local and international artists. Your guests can enjoy the current art on display at this 4,000-square-foot space, perfect for events large enough for 500 people.

August Hall (420 Mason St.)
This historical San Francisco venue has been hosting events of all kinds since the 1900s. Host a private event in one of their three spaces: The Music Hall, the main stage with 32-foot ceilings; the Green Room, a plush cocktail room that offers an escape from The Music Hall; or Fifth Arrow, the gaming parlor equipped with three bowling lanes (located downstairs from the August Hall lobby).

The Hibernia (One Jones St.)
Host your next private event at the historic Hibernia. This 127-year-old building offers a piece of San Francisco history in four flexible event spaces: The Main Hall, The Gallery, 1 Jones, and The Tobin Suite. Perfect for a holiday party, gala, wedding reception, or corporate celebration, these spaces can accommodate anywhere from 57 to 1,500 people.

Bimbo's 365 Club (1025 Columbus Ave.)
This uniquely retro supper club has a lot to offer meeting and event planners. From its state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems to its concert stage and terraced dining platforms, Bimbo's is a must-visit event space. They can host private parties and receptions up to 685 guests and dinners from 150-475.

Chase Center (One Warriors Way)
Home to the Golden State Warriors, Chase Center offers a variety of luxury, private event spaces. From suites to courtside lounges and theater boxes, delight your guests with an exclusive sports and entertainment experience. For more info, click here

China Live (644 Broadway)
The Eataly of Chinese cuisine, China Live features four distinct dining settings for visitors to enjoy. It also has a fully-stocked marketplace and banquet and event space. The various venues within can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 825 people.

Exploratorium (Pier 15, The Embarcadero)
Host your event at one of the most visited museums in San Francisco. The Exploratorium is divided into galleries that cover more than 50,000 square feet of event space. One of their most popular event venues, the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery & Terrace, boasts breathtaking views of the city and Bay with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Each of the unique event spaces are filled with hundreds of hands-on exhibits for your guests to interact with. Galleries can be rented out individually or in combination, and the museum is available for a full buyout.

Photos courtesy of Exploratorium.

The Masonic (1111 California Street)

Surrounded by world-class hotels on San Francisco’s swanky Nob Hill, The Masonic has been a part of the City by the Bay’s culture for more than 50 years. Just blocks from downtown, the historic 16,500-square-foot venue features flexible meetings and exhibition space and accommodates 50 to 4,000 guests.

Hornblower Cruises & Events (Pier 3)
Private events are much better on a yacht, especially when you get to cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. With a variety of yacht sizes, meeting planners can choose to host a small team meeting or a larger conference.

The Midway (900 Marin St.)
The Midway has 40,000 square feet of potential for meeting planners who are looking to customize a large space. Located in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, The Midway is perfect for the most creative and innovative planners.

The Palace of Fine Arts (3601 Lyon St.)
Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, the Palace of Fine Arts is now available for private events. Both scenic and spacious, this venue can accommodate up to 4,500 people. From product launches to galas and intimate receptions, meeting planners can host a wide variety of private events at this incredibly versatile San Francisco icon.

The Pearl (601 19th St.)
You can really get creative with all the possibilities available at The Pearl. This meticulously designed event space offers the best in food and drink catering, lighting and audio/visual services, and indoor and outdoor spaces (including a rooftop farm).

Meeting planners instantly fall in love with PIER 48's vintage ambiance. It's styled in wood and metal, and offers high ceilings and tons of open-air space for receptions, festivals, gala dinners and conventions. Its size and flexibility makes it one of the most sought out event venues in San Francisco for events of all sizes. Located on the waterfront and just steps away from Oracle Park, PIER 48's location makes for a memorable place to host an event.

State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore St.)
Renowned chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski have created a Michelin star restaurant with State Bird Provisions. Two alcove tables accommodate groups of up to 16 for an intimate experience. For buyouts, the restaurant seats 60 guests or holds 75 for receptions. Treat your guests with the one consistent item on the changing menu: its namesake California valley quail.

The Fillmore (1805 Geary Boulevard)

This legendary 5,305-square-foot venue was the focal point for San Francisco's psychedelic music scene in the 1960s and 1970s, helping to launch the careers of some of rock and roll's biggest names. Located less than 2 miles from The Moscone Center, The Fillmore can accommodate 25 to 800 guests and is the perfect location to host soirées of every description.

Wingtip Club (550 Montgomery St.)
Entertain your guests in style at the Wingtip's modern day version of the classic social club. Think beveled glass doors, antique rugs, and chandeliers. Private event spaces are located on the 11th floor Penthouse, which includes the various parlor rooms and the Wine Cave, a highly intimate experience. Wingtip Club welcomes private events for up to 120 people, or a full buyout for up to 350.

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Whatever your next meeting needs, San Francisco Travel can help you make your next event a fantastic success that's unforgettable for attendees.