Turning 40 is great time to take stock, assess how far you’ve come, then forget all that and party like it’s 1999 (because you remember when Y2K was an actual fear). No need to add “find a place to celebrate” to your neverending to-do list — we’ve got it covered. Here are forty 40th birthday party venue ideas for your LA soirée. We’ve divided our list into Intimate Celebration (dinner party or smallish cocktail gathering), Mid-Sized Party (100-300 of your closest friends) or Blowout Bash (everyone you’ve ever met). Now all you have to do is make the guest list. Good luck with that!
The Hilton Checkers hotel boasts a rooftop spot with 1,700-square-feet of view-rich space. Allow your guests to get up close and personal with the glittering cityscape of LA’s downtown area while enjoying Hilton’s signature high level of service. With valet parking and a top-notch in-house catering team that’s super-accommodating of all types of eating restrictions and preferences, hosting a birthday soirée at this venue is easy.
Capacity: 60 (seated) – 100 (standing)
This fourth floor open patio lounge offers stunning Doheny Beach views of sunsets and sailboats. You and your birthday guests can indulge in gourmet appetizers and specialty agave spirits made into creative craft cocktails while snuggled into comfy couches next to the crackling warmth of the firepit. The friendly staff staff draws rave reviews and the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel spot is perfect for enjoying live music.
Capacity: 60 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Located in the historic United Artists Building, the Ace Hotel is vibrant and ornate — and its Mezzanine space is no exception. With rough-hewn floors and a long wooden dining table tucked into a cozy spot overlooking the bustling LA Chapter Restaurant, the Mezzanine is perfect for intimate dinner parties. The space also has a private bar and additional seating for pre-dinner mingling with open views of the restaurant’s lofty ceilings and stained glass windows.
Mezzanine Capacity: 30 (seated) – 60 (standing)
This landmark location on Sunset Boulevard is a modernist work of art commissioned in 1938 as the CBS Radio Building. With a long slatted-wood banquette and mid-century chairs, this dining spot has modern lines with raw edges like exposed ducts and a concrete accent wall. There’s a constellation of brass mobile-style light fixtures and chic rugs that create a hospitable space perfect for celebrating with friends and family.
LIbrary & Private Dining Capacity: 32 (seated) – 60 (standing)
Located on the ground floor of the historic Telephone Building, Cassia LA is a warm, unpretentious spot in Santa Monica helmed by two culinary couples with impressive kitchen credentials. The food evokes a French brasserie with Southeast Asian flair. Adjacent to the Private Dining Room, the Wine Room is lined with shelving displaying the restaurant’s entire wine list. It’s just right for an intimate meal in a swanky setting.
Wine Room Capacity: 36 (seated) – 60 (standing)
The location of the Montage Beverly Hills makes it a great spot for a celebratory retreat. The Conservatory’s rooftop perch quite literally elevates every occasion. Its unique pitched ceiling is outfitted with rows of marquee-style style lighting that amp the glamour and two full walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that offer natural light and sweeping views galore. It’s a sophisticated, intimate space to gather.
Capacity: 60 (seated) – 73 (standing)
This combo wine shop and bar offers built-in decor with walls decked from floor to ceiling with bottles. Located in a 1937-era Art Deco building, Esters has a giant U-shaped bar perfect for convening and varied seating throughout from stools to tables to couches. The space boasts a raw retro vibe with high ceilings, exposed ducts and beams, vintage-looking chandeliers and metal-meshed glass separating the kitchen from the dining space. It’s a party-perfect spot with with an outdoor space for added flexibility.
Capacity: 90 total (50 indoors, 40 outdoors)
This West Hollywood restaurant sits on a chic stretch of Melrose Avenue. A private entrance leads into the Atrium & Courtyard, a beautifully quirky spot with antiques from local shops and a macramé wall sculpture. There’s AV capabilities for that video montage your friends made to surprise you and a surround sound system to set the ambiance with with music. Enjoy the modern American menu and full private bar with crafted cocktails before meandering into the alfresco courtyard.
Atrium & Courtyard Capacity: 80 (seated) – 115 (standing)
Private Room at Spago
The flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck empire, Spago in Beverly Hills continues to uphold the chef’s high standards for innovative cuisine. The food is the star with market-driven seasonal menus while the space is sleek and simply chic. There’s flexibility in menu and spaces for your soirée with multi-course options, a California tasting menu and two private dining rooms that can be used separately or combined into one larger space.
Private Dining Room 1 Capacity: 24 (seated) – 35 (standing)
Private Dining Room 2 Capacity: 60 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Combined Private Dining Rooms Capacity: 88 (seated) – 100 (standing)
Private Dining at La Boucherie
On the 71st floor of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, this French-inspired American steakhouse offers reimagined dishes and premium steaks — just the sort of meal perfect for an epic celebratory dinner. With a cheese-and-charcuterie atelier and a wine list that wows, it’s sure to be a memorable night. It only gets better with panoramic views of the LA skyline and intimate private dining spots featuring floor-to-ceiling privacy screens or a semi-private Chef’s Table option.
Private Dining Capacity: 8 – 16 (seated)
Penthouse 64 at Chateau Marmont
No hotel evokes old Hollywood glamour like Chateau Marmont. Its 63 rooms offer tinsel town views including the Sunset Strip and the hotel’s lush gardens. Chateau Marmont boasts an A-list vibe and soundproof walls (as it was the first “earthquake-proof” building in LA) for all-night partying without disturbing the neighbors. The most famous room at this iconic spot is Penthouse 64 — its largest space with 3,800 square-feet which includes a spacious living room perfect for partying that spills out onto a lovely terrace.
Rooftop Penthouse at Sunset Tower Hotel
Sunset Tower Hotel has been setting the standard for Hollywood glam since 1929 and their Penthouse Suite boasts the early 1900’s architectural details you’d expect plus vintage photos of actors from the era. Modern touches abound with a high-ceilinged living room full of windows that open to let in the breeze. The Penthouse’s wrap-around balcony offers views of the Hollywood Hills, Sunset Strip and Downtown LA that are worthy of a heartfelt toast.
An iconic landmark hotel for more than 100 years, The Langham Huntington Hotel is just minutes from downtown LA in beautiful Pasadena. Here you’ll share the spotlight with the food — USDA prime cuts, Australian Wagyu and Japanese Kobe beef. The restaurant sports luxurious navy and white decor with creamy leather armchairs and clear acrylic seats under a dramatic light fixture centering the space. A dark wood wine room beckons with a great selection for your special night.
The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse Capacity: 100 (seated) – 150 (standing)
This beautiful walled courtyard offers arched metal beams and twinkling lights open to the gloam of the LA sky. Connected to Fig & Olive restaurant through the White Atrium, the versatile space is perfect for a cocktail reception or a seated dinner. With greenery galore, this spot has walls covered in ivy and rosemary plants filling the air with herbal notes as ferns and palms fill out the area near the long wooden bar backed by glass and brass shelving. It’s a memorable spot for a day or evening event.
The Provence Courtyard Capacity 250 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Visit Europe without leaving California at Perch’s French-inspired bistro. With its Art Deco touches, colorful tile floors, and intricate woodwork, your party decor is already done for you. The 15th floor restaurant features a wrap around patio and glass walls stretching from the floor so the separation between you and the the LA skyline and mountains is imperceptible. Enjoy bistro dishes and cocktails evocative of Paris.
15th Floor Capacity: 120 (seated) – 250 (standing)
The Fairmont really knows how to make a bungalow look enticing. Here, guests are greeted with a nostalgic beachy vibe upon entering this especially SoCal space. This cozy and casual LA venue featuring four spaces for entertaining has plenty of lush vegetation and stunning views of oceanside cliffs in Santa Monica, perfect for relaxing in the homey cushioned patio furniture and adirondack chairs with a cold cocktail on a summer night. Looking to make your 40th a mini vacation? I think we found your spot.
The Deck Capacity: up to 180
The Main House Capacity: up to 55
The State Room Capacity: up to 40
The Study Capacity: up to 75
This ultra-luxurious penthouse suite is the largest in Los Angeles, providing more than 11,000 square feet of living space, 5,000 square feet on the rooftop deck (with 360-degree sweeping views), and even a 2,000 square-foot Grand Salon. The carefully designed interior was built especially for a grand and elaborate celebration, with abundant sleek and sophisticated finishings. Waterfalls, private entrances and spa-like bathrooms are all included in this massive penthouse, which is fit for royalty.
The Penthouse Suite Capacity: 250 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Millwick offers a spacious loft-y venue and brings relaxation with its earth toned themes. The tall steel-beamed white ceilings feature skylights, bringing an light and nature into this aged industrial space. This spot provides its own cinema, perfect for a 40th birthday montage that the entire audience can enjoy, as well as gardens and lounges fit for mingling with new and old friends. This 7,000 square foot space of combined indoor and outdoor areas is perfect for entertaining your friends and family in a grand yet relaxed fashion.
Millwick Capacity: 175 (seated) – 250 (standing)
The Rooftop at The Hotel Jeremy is perfectly situated in West Hollywood, offering views of LA and the Hollywood Hills. Party in style nine floors up in this chic spot that sports wood floors, teak accents galore and elegant white-cushioned loungers and chairs. Turn your birthday event into a pool party with a dip in the 82-degree pool then sip cocktails in the intimate cabana-like structure formed by a cool artistic rope installation.
Capacity: up to 190
Your group can dine al fresco in this spot with its glittering marina backdrop. Plan for a sunset hour event to enjoy the colors over the water as you cocktail and dine under the emerging stars. Bonus: guests can stay overnight in the hotel after your long evening for the shortest post-party commute ever.
Event Lawn Capacity: 100 (seated) – 250 (standing)
With an earthy eclectic aesthetic that flows indoors and out, Citizen Beverly Hills in the heart of Beverly Hills offers a great spot for gathering. Named after the principle that any place you spend a lot of time in you become a citizen of, this warm venue is for lingering with its cozy fire pit, handmade macramé screens and wall of gray leather banquettes. A retractable glass facade opens to the outside for a seamless separation between the Citizen ceiling adorned with glowing 60’s-era pendants and the LA sky.
Capacity: 215 (seated) – 225 (standing)
The Fig House is a bespoke indoor/outdoor venue nestled between Los Angeles and Pasadena. With an eye toward modern glamour, the space features stained glass windows, and bold-hued paint and wallpaper. The outdoor garden is home to lush landscaping and walls rich with ivy. Though The Fig House can host up to 450 people, its layout has the unique ability to foster an intimate ambiance for smaller parties of fewer than 100 guests.
Capacity: 250 (seated) – 450 (standing)
On the 30th floor of the iconic South Park Center high-rise, the Penthouse Suites offer dramatic views that captivate. A flexible floor plan combined with architectural lighting that amps the glamour and an open air skydeck with glass walls that remove all barriers between your guests and the cityscape, make this a sophisticated and memorable backdrop for a fabulous party to toast your next decade.
Capacity: up to 300
Eveleigh knows how to host the most quaint and enchanting celebrations, with humble patio seating and open air roofs that make it easy to enjoy crisp or balmy LA nights with friends and family. Surrounded by greenery and beautifully-tiled outdoor floors, guests are automatically transported to a small European town from right off the Sunset Strip. If you don’t have time to take your guest list to Europe, we found the next best thing for your 40th.
Front Garden Patio Capacity: 24 (seated) – 60 (standing)
Back Patio Capacity: 75 (seated) – 150 (standing)
Hills Penthouse West Hollywood
Gold accents and luxe finishes abound in this penthouse suite, making this Penthouse in West Hollywood is a playground for anyone looking for a fancy 40th. Comfortable cushioned couches throughout the interior and exterior make it feel homey but sophisticated. sunlight pours into the space from the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space, providing a beautifully lit backdrop for your celebration.
Hills Penthouse Capacity: 200
Pool Terrace at Sunset Towers
You and your guests will enter Sunset Towers’ chic Pool Terrace through a private entrance right off of Sunset Boulevard. The flexible space flows in and out of doors delighting with sweeping Southern views and intimate cabana spots. The historic Hollywood hotel is a perfect place to celebrate your own history — and exciting future.
Capacity: up to 500
Beauty & Essex, Second Floor
With an operational pawnshop entrance, this spot boasts a secret speakeasy-style vibe that your guests will love. Inside, Beauty & Essex is 10,000 square-feet of luxe swankiness that includes a double-height main dining room with a 20-foot oval skylight and an opulent private dining room just right for intimate birthday dinners. The menu, courtesy of Chef Chris Santos, features multi-ethnic dishes and modern twists on comfort food like Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos and Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings.
The newly-renovated Hotel Maya is a Long Beach mainstay with lush gardens and stunning oceanfront views. Their newest event space, Lagunita Pavilion, boasts a cathedral-style vaulted ceiling, luxe chandeliers and 13-feet-tall floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to panoramic waterfront and city views. It’s a water’s edge, indoor-outdoor experience that offers flexibility with an all-white palette perfect for any type of decor and plenty of space to dance the night away with 500 or so of your closest friends.
Capacity: 450 (seated) – 600 (standing)
Mr. C hotel in Beverly Hills — a space where old world European design meets modern touches — is the perfect backdrop for a birthday celebration. With six on-site event venues to choose from, there’s a spot for every vision. Their Yacht Club is a marine-inspired pool deck surrounded by olive trees. Rich teak flooring pairs with luxe cabanas hung with chandeliers and cozy booths perfect for connecting with friends.
Capacity: 350 (seated) – 400 (standing)
The Ten Grand Ballroom boasts moveable glass walls that stream in natural sunlight and allow access to a greenery-filled garden for a fluid indoor/outdoor experience. The large, 4,000 square-foot gathering space can be divided into three individual rooms, all with access to the foyer and garden — which is perfect for a roaming birthday party (think cocktails in one room, dinner in the next then dessert or after-party) or more intimate events.
Capacity: up to 425
A building originally conceived in 1925 as an Elk’s Lodge has now become a premier coveted event space. The venue’s original wood-beamed ceiling has been restored with hand-painted floral designs and impressive rows of columns topped by arches that line the room’s sides. Giant wrought-iron chandeliers complete the Art Deco look of the open, yet intimate, Grand Ballroom. The MacArthur has historic charm to spare plus modern conveniences like AV equipment and a kosher kitchen.
The Grand Ballroom Capacity: 270 (seated) – 400 (standing)
Make a scene in a place fit for the stars! This Warner Bros. backlot street was originally constructed in the 1930’s as a stand-in for a block of upscale residential walkups. It’s been immortalized in shows from Pretty Little Liars to E.R. and now can be the backdrop for your own drama about turning 40. A custom tent structure has been designed for the space in case you want protection from the elements or just tented ambiance; otherwise you can party under the stars and the bright Hollywood lights at this picture perfect location.
Capacity: 550 (seated) – 800 (standing)
This historic space in the Fashion District used to cater to the fashion designers and manufacturers in LA throughout the 30s and 40s. Fast forward to now and it’s a coveted multifunctional raw space. The thick and perfectly crisp white columns placed throughout the space offer organization to the expansive showroom while colossal light and bright, paned windows line the entirety of the venue. Cooper Design Space has taken a building with an abundance of creative history and flipped it to serve the new creative minds of today. This raw space is the ultimate destination for a chic and sleek 40th.
Capacity: 1000 (seated) – 1199 (standing)
This special space holds some of the most prestigious ballrooms in the country, spots that have welcomed presidents and celebrities since 1906. Known for their high arched ceilings, crystal chandeliers and massive spaces for eating, dancing and drinking, this is a great place to host your over-the-top birthday celebration. With windows flooding the venue with natural lighting as well as ornate decor and intricate detail that adorn the space, your friends and family will have high expectations for your many birthdays to come.
The Palm Court Capacity: 260 (seated) – 500 (standing)
The King Edward Capacity: 200 (seated) – 400 (standing)
The Mezz Capacity: 500 (seated) – 800 (standing)
This historic cathedral located in the heart of Historic Downtown Los Angeles provides ample space for your blow-out bash. With high arched ceilings and marble walls, your guests will never feel to crowded. This venue will transform your 40th celebration into an unforgettable majestic night. Luxurious and breathtaking indoor spaces as well as lush gardens lined with palm trees and greenery make this space perfect for hosting everyone you know.
Vibiana Cocktail Capacity: 789 (standing)
Vibiana Indoor Capacity: 550 (seated)
Vibiana Outdoor Capacity: 300 (seated)
Perched 1,000 feet above the city, the OUE Skyspace offers knockout panoramic 360-degree views of Los Angeles that will wow your guests — no other event venue in LA can make this claim. Its neutral slate allows you to customize the decor to create your dream celebration. The over-the-top view is the perfect backdrop for amazing photos and the “sky slide” will have your more daring guests’ hearts pounding. In-house security, AV equipment and on-site event tables will make your planning easy so you can enjoy your own party.
Capacity: 300 – 800 (with differing layouts on two floors)
As the tallest building in the West, the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown makes a towering statement before your guests even arrive. The Skydeck at 73rd Floor is the coast’s highest open air skydeck, offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and sunsets galore. The spot’s furnishings are the epitome of style with grassy-looking green benches and chic turquoise umbrellas.
Capacity: 200 (seated) – 548 (standing)
The Hudson Loft is an interesting and historical raw space, starting out as a Hudson car dealership in the 1930s, but has since been transformed into a trendy spot for photoshoots and creative events. The shabby chic interior shows that the space has been well-loved, while at the same time creating a fun and different backdrop for your 40th. There are many different ways to use the space, but some of our favorite spaces in the Hudson Loft are the Rooftop and the 4th Floor Main Loft.
Capacity: approx. 300
The Viceroy in Santa Monica is a luxury beach hotel with several spaces for intimate or epic celebrations. Make beautiful use of SoCal’s reliably gorgeous weather by holding your birthday party at the hotel’s Outdoor Patio. It’s al fresco glamour at its best with tailored cabanas draped in sailcloth and appointed with plush banquettes and armchairs.
Capacity: 120 (seated) – 450 (standing)
Want your birthday celebration to be under the same roof that some of Hollywood’s most recognizable names have performed? If so, then The Lot is the ultimate place to host your 40th. With their special events and catering run by Global Cuisine, it’s likely that this will be your best birthday yet. The Lot offers many options when it comes to spaces, but they are known for throwing tremendous blow-out bashes, which makes this space perfect for someone with a lot of friends.
Capacity: up to 3,000
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