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The Best Event Spaces to Host Your Next Private Event in San Francisco

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At Pic Station, we know that choosing the right venue is an important part of event planning. To help you find the right San Francisco event space for your next holiday party or charity gala, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite spaces throughout the city. Discover some new options in our curated collection of bars, rooftops, ballrooms, and more.

For Small Events

Looking to host a smaller event with 100 people or less? Pic Station has some great ideas on where you can show your guests a good time. Explore some unique locations with flexible options here.

Palace Hotel, Yerba Buena

While it has three different ballrooms, booking just one could be the perfect space for your next private party. Whether you need a San Francisco event space for a wedding or a bar mitzvah bash, this luxury hotel offers you classic design blended with modern decor. Built-in 1875, the original architecture creates a unique backdrop for whatever event you have in mind. Ornate chandeliers, classic paintings, and vaulted ceilings exude sophistication and elegance. The hotel also offers an in-house event planning staff to assist you with your event.

ShinDig, Inner Sunset

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Decorated with batches of small production wines, ShinDig offers you a small loft space with plenty of natural lighting that’s a perfect spot for intimate celebrations. With a 24 foot table and bar, you can host up to 50 people for a reception and 40 people for a banquet dinner. This private event space in San Francisco also offers a plasma monitor, wifi, sound system, and Apply AirPlay capabilities.

Charmaine’s at San Francisco Proper

Featured in Conde Nast, Charmaine’s is the perfect choice for a rooftop event with panoramic views. With options for partial or full buyouts, you can customize the rental space for your needs. Host a wedding reception or birthday party with a reception capacity of 200 people at this San Francisco event space.

For Medium Events

So you’re planning on hosting an event for a few hundred of your closest friends! No problem, Pic Station has some ideas for where you can invite a big crowd. Convenient locations with plenty of onsite amenities are some of the top San Francisco event spaces on our list.

The Ferry Building

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A really cool event space in San Francisco, this is the historic terminal building for boats traveling across the bay. It has a grand hall with gorgeous mosaic tiling and beautiful skylights that allow you to incorporate venue-hosted vendors from the food hall. With 6,500 square feet, you can invite up to 400 people to your next gala.

Aquarium of the Bay

One of the best reasons to book the Aquarium of the Bay as your next San Francisco event space is due to the fact that they donate over 80% of their revenue to support the museum’s educational initiatives. You can host a great party and give back to your community — all at the same time. Host a reception with space for up to 500 or a seated dinner with a capacity of 270 in its largest space. As an added bonus, the aquarium also promotes sustainability with water conservation and more.

Merchants Exchange

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If you’re looking to blend historic and modern aesthetics, the Merchants Exchange is the San Francisco event space for you. With the iconic Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Beaux-Arts style as well as additional breakout and reception spaces throughout the Exchange Club, you have room for everyone. The Merchants Exchange also offers in-house catering and A/V options to suit your needs.

For Large Events

You’re hosting the biggest event of the year and you need enough space to ensure everyone has a great time. We’ll point you in the right direction for massive private event spaces in San Francisco here.

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Modern, sustainable, and chic, Hotel Nikko is a centrally located San Francisco event space that offers beautiful panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay for your guests. The Nikko Ballroom can be used to host huge events with a capacity for 800 people in theater-style seating. The hotel utilizes comprehensive water and energy conservation programs through sustainable menu options, cutting down water bottle usage, donating used linens to charity, and so much more.

California Academy of Sciences

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If you want to host an event in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is the space for you. This modern museum hosts plenty of after-hours events from dinner in the African Hall to cocktails in the Aquarium. Your event can even include a walking tour through a rainforest canopy. You have over 100,000 square feet in which to welcome guests to this San Francisco event space.

Chambers at The Phoenix Hotel

Located in the gritty Tenderloin district, The Phoenix Hotel offers you a view into the epitome of retro-cool. Plan your event around their record library, lounge space, swimming pool, and huge outdoor courtyard. With plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces, you can host up to 1,000 guests in this private event space in San Francisco.

Ready to book a place for your next event? Don’t forget about entertainment! Reach out to the booking team at Pic Station to request a quote for our photo booths, video booths, and social event photography today!

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