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8 Unique Event & Wedding Venues in the Bay Area, From Glam Galleries to Stunning Studios

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We love the raw beauty of an industrial space. Soaring blank walls create perfect opportunities for branding or creative projection lighting, while exposed beams allow for a myriad of dramatic ceiling installations. In a city renowned for its cutting-edge art scene, these wedding venues in the Bay Area promise to be an imaginative backdrop for your next personalized celebration.

111 Mina Gallery: For a dynamic rotating gallery space

111 Minna Gallery Bay Area venue
111 Minna Gallery

Located in the South of Market District, this award-winning gallery space showcases a rotating collection of art and live performances. In the evening, 111 Minna Gallery transforms into a chic private events space. This 4,000-square-foot industrial warehouse boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, 16-foot walls and exposed piping. Multifunctional theatrical lighting combined with an ever-changing backdrop of contemporary artwork creates one of the most Instagrammable venues in the Bay Area. With a raised stage, two full bars, and a divisible exhibit space, the venue easily accommodates any artistic vision.  

111 Minna Gallery Capacity: 100 (seated) – 500 (standing)

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The Box SF: For a one-of-a-kind venue in a historic printing plant

The Box SF Bay Area venue
The Box SF

Once the “William Randolph Hearst Printing Plant,” The Box SF is now one of San Francisco’s most coveted event venues. Boasting several original printing presses dating back to 1838 and the largest antiquarian paper archive in the United States, this historic Mercantile offers five unique event spaces. In addition to three fully furnished private suites, The Box SF features a spacious main Gate Room with additional breakout spaces. This sun-lit and airy space gets its name from the 335-year-old dining table constructed from antique Chinese village gate doors. Panoramic windows and amber lighting create a luminous backdrop at every turn. The various spaces can be rented out separately or together, making it an ideal space for any creative company off-site or milestone birthday event.

Webster Suite Capacity: 12 (seated)

Buddy Suite Capacity: 30 (seated)

Gate Room & Top Floor Capacity: 50 (seated) – 75 (standing)

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Dogpatch WineWorks: For an urban winery with all the charm of Napa Valley

Dogpatch WineWorks Bay Area venue
Dogpatch WineWorks (instagram)

Imagine the majestic vibe of Napa Valley in a chic, urban setting. Owners Dave Gifford and Kevin Doucet work with several world-renowned fruit sources to create a prestigious tasting menu without the extravagant costs associated with nearby vineyards. With 15,000-square-feet of versatile event space, Dogpatch WineWorks offers an elegant setting for your next exclusive event. Twenty-foot ceilings, up-lit oak barrels, and Italian string lights create a dramatic yet inviting atmosphere. We especially love how the winery uses customized barrel walls to create a more intimate event space. Best of all, blending classes are also available for a unique take on the traditional wining and dining experience.

Dogpatch WineWorks Capacity: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)

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Center by Design San Francisco: For a limitless event space its own campus

Center by Design San Francisco venue
Center by Design San Francisco

This three-building campus on the up-and-coming Treasure Island features nine unique event spaces. Each building offers 4,000-square-feet of flexible space that includes a kitchen and ample storage room. The Main Hall is bright and cheerful with lots of natural light and new bamboo floors. We also love C Hall & Lounge for laid back cocktail hours and stylish corporate events. With plush furnishings and an impressive view of the Bay Bridge, guests will want to linger long after the meeting ends. Center by Design also features an outdoor courtyard that’s ideal for cocktail receptions or registration table setups. With an entire campus at your fingertips, there’s no limit to your private event.

C Hall & Lounge Capacity: 50 (seated) – 80 (standing)

B Hall Capacity: 60 (seated) – 80 (standing)

Main Hall Capacity: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)

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The Laundry: For an experimental art gallery in a rustic industrial space

The Laundry Bay Area venue
The Laundry

Located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District, this experimental art gallery and workshop space also serves as a stunning private event venue in the Bay Area. With 6,000-square-feet of event space spanning two floors, The Laundry offers an ideal setting for any dynamic celebration. A mounted projector and expansive wall space make for perfect branding opportunities. While the Main gallery can easily be divided into three separate rooms for breakout sessions, the complete space offers plenty of room for a cocktail celebration or live entertainment. Unique artwork installations, exposed brick and reclaimed wood contribute to the room’s industrial charm. The spacious Theater Gallery is especially ideal for dinner celebrations or theater-style lectures.

The Theater Gallery Capacity: 70 (seated) – 100 (standing)

The Main Gallery Capacity: 100 (standing)

The Laundry Capacity: 210 (standing)

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Dogpatch Studios: For a raw space with all the bells and whistles of a production studio

Dogpatch Studios Bay Area venue
Dogpatch Studios

Dogpatch Studios may be famous for housing film productions and commercials, but event planners also love the creative potential of this raw space. This spacious industrial venue in the Bay Area offers three flexible floor plans that easily cater to everything from traditional cocktail parties to high-end fashion shows. The first floor boasts 30-foot-high ceilings, polished concrete radiant heated floors, and a Black Tomcat fully-motorized truss system. Celebrations on the third floor are especially impressive with atrium-style windows offering dramatic views of blue sky and the San Francisco skyline. An exterior deck overlooking the city allows guests to momentarily step outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Third Floor Capacity: 95 (seated) – 130 (standing)

Second Floor Capacity:100 (seated) – 140 (standing)

First Floor Capacity: 300 (seated) – 500 (standing)

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Capitol Art: For a space that’s meant to be photographed

Capitol Art Bay Area party venue
Capitol Art

Nothing says “possibility” like the blank canvas of a photo studio. This all-white industrial space allows event planners to bring your personalized artistic vision to life. Lofty, exposed-beam ceilings and dramatic skylights create an impressive setting for anything from a private dinner to a sensational product launch. Event photographers will love the West Studio with its 40-foot-wide cyclorama and spacious shooting area. Paired with the East Studio, Capitol Art offers 7,000-square-feet of bright and open space that easily transforms into the venue of your making.

West Studio Capacity: 49 (standing)

East Studio Capacity: 49 (standing)

Capitol Arts Capacity: 98 (standing)

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Tank 18: For an urban winery where rustic charm meets industrial grit

Tank 18 Bay Area venue
Tank 18

This urban winery, located in a former clothing factory, boasts over 6,000 square feet of rustic, industrialized space. Raw concrete walls and large skylights complement exposed wooden beams for a modern, edgy aesthetic. The decor draws its inspiration from the wine-making process. Tasting tables are upcycled from wooden pallets. The bar’s stainless steel façade suggests metallic bottling tanks. Guests will love posing in front of the feature wall which is lined with green wine bottles that reflect the shifting daylight. For personalized messaging and branding opportunities, Tank 18 also offers custom wine labels.

Tank 18 Capacity: 130 (seated) – 250 (standing)

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