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5 New San Francisco Spaces for Meetings and Events

By Brendan Spiegel March 1, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

Photo: Matthew Millman


1. Overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens, Union Square, and the financial district from its 11th-floor perch, One Kearny Club consists of an executive boardroom and lounge and can accommodate as many as 300. Decked with lounge sofas, conference tables, a full-size kitchen, bar, and an adjoining terrace, the club also has full audiovisual systems.

2. The Metreon complex, a new shopping and dining development in the Yerba Buena neighborhood, includes the newly renovated fourth-floor City View event space. The venue offers 20,000 square feet of indoor space, with 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a 10,000-square-foot terrace. Total capacity is 2,000.

3. In June, the ground floor of the former Renoir Hotel building was converted into a collection of pop-up venues called A Temporary Offering. Groups can book the FoodLab space, which includes a kitchen and 150-person dining room, as a short-term public or private venue, such as a pop-up restaurant. The space is set up for seated dining but can be rearranged to allow for a standing reception. The adjacent Rio Grande whiskey and tequila bar can be rented for nightly events; it has room for 120.

4. Hip cocktail spot Raven Bar opened in SoMa (South of Market) in March 2012. It features antique mirrors, dark leather booths, and subtle lighting, plus a playful menu of drinks made with ingredients like orange-fig bitters and mango-tea syrup. The bilevel venue has three bars and two DJ booths and is available for buyouts for 300.

5. Nightspot-cum-activity venue Mission Bowling Club opened in March 2012, bringing six bowling lanes, cocktails, and comfort food to the mission district. The venue has high ceilings, hardwood floors, and an industrial-chic decor. Event groups of 12 or more can book the space for private parties.

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