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9 of the Hands-Down Coolest Venues in San Diego to Host a Celebration

Make the Most of Your Next Soiree By Renting One of These Incredible Spaces

When it comes to planning a holiday party or scouting locations for your next soiree, San Diego has it all and then some. From sweeping views of San Diego Bay and downtown to arcade rooms, drag shows and indoor olive groves, this city has a plethora of venue options for an extraordinary celebration. With that said, here’s an inside look at a handful of San Diego’s most unique venues.


Pacific Coast Spirits

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Pacific Coast Spirits is spacious, beautifully rustic and fun. With its distillery side tasting rooms, selection of award-winning, craft barrel-aged spirits, velvet lounge sofas and handmade barrel Adirondacks, Pacific Coast Spirits is the perfect place for your next event. This restaurant and craft distillery sits in the heart of Oceanside, just blocks from the water. Party-throwers have three options when it comes to event spaces: The Lounge, The Stage and The Distillery Room. The Lounge can accommodate 30-75 guests and features velvet couches, booth seating and a streetside bar top looking down on PCH, while The Stage is a more intimate space (20-40 guests) that occupies a front patio with an adjoining indoor patio. If you’re looking to go all out, The Distillery Room can accommodate up to 75-100 guests and is a favorite for its elegant resemblance to a 1920’s streamliner, featuring copper stills and aging oak barrels. Pacific Coast Spirits cultivates a unique synergy between its spirits, craft cocktails and cuisine, making it the perfect place for your next rendezvous.

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Local Insight: Hosts can choose between four event packages, which include the Heavy Apps, the Entree Package, the Happy Hour Package and the Custom Menu Package. 

Location: Oceanside



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Delicious eats, top-notch drinks and over-the-top entertainment? Yes, please! Located in the heart of Hillcrest, Martinis is a San Diego favorite for Boozy Bingo Brunches and weekly drag shows featuring “Divas, Divas, Divas!” What’s more, you’ll often find live music, comedy shows and even open-mic nights hosted here. Anyone is welcome to take center stage at this LGBTQ+- friendly bar and restaurant, which is why it’s the perfect place for any celebration—from bachelorettes and birthdays to corporate parties and intimate celebrations.

Get down underneath the vibrant lights on a spacious dance floor, which sets the stage for an unforgettable night hosted by live DJs and glamorous drag queens, including Martinis very own Kevi Kev. Top off your night with a menu of exquisite dishes, such as lamb lollipops, Wagyu sliders, s’mores skillets and more, plus more than a dozen thirst-quenching martinis and other cocktails. Martinis is easily Hillcrest’s sassiest nightlife spot—a perfect setting for a fun and flirty private event!

Location: Hillcrest


Adams Avenue Theater

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For the past two years, the historic Adams Avenue Theater in Normal Heights has been under construction, but thanks to San Diego-based entrepreneur Jillian Ziska, it has recently been transformed into a city-chic, multi-purpose theater and private event space. The 6,100 square-foot venue now serves as a neighborhood nook where San Diegans can engage, connect and create. Not only does the theater host buzzy-worthy events like yoga classes, movie nights, concerts and comedy shows, but it also can be rented out for special occasions! From weddings, showers and parties to corporate events like workshops, trade shows, meetings and mixers, the Adams Avenue Theater is a versatile venue for all types of events. We couldn’t think of a more iconic spot to host your next shindig, soirée or celebration!

Location: Normal Heights



JULEP is a new full-service event venue that has become the setting for some of San Diego’s snazziest weddings, festivals, corporate events and more. Nestled at the base of Mission Hills is 12,000 square feet of a bright and airy indoor-outdoor space that can transform to suit any type of event with custom-built room dividers, a courtyard and a back patio. JULEP’s all-inclusive packages include everything you need to make your event seamless, from formally trained event planners to custom cocktail catering by Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Location: Mission Hills



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From sweeping views of the San Diego Bay and a 10-row outdoor amphitheater to a game room with Skee-Ball, cornhole and classic arcade games, Deck655 is the place to be. And would you believe that this is only a fraction of the amenities available? Located on the edge of downtown San Diego, this 8,500-square-foot, indoor-outdoor private venue can accommodate up to 350 guests. Deck655 is a popular spot to host reception-style events for companies, wedding parties and anyone who is looking to throw a next-level party.

Location: Downtown



BRICK at Liberty Station’s Art District gives you free reign when it comes to bringing your dream event to life. This 5,000-square-foot venue is in Building 32, a former Naval machine shop whose rustic brick walls and expansive ceilings lend themselves as natural decor to a bright, open space. Pet-friendly, ADA accessible and with plenty of parking, BRICK is one of the most flexible and customizable event venues in San Diego.

Location: Point Loma


Mister A’s

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Not only is Mister A’s one of San Diego’s top fine-dining destinations, but it’s also one of the best places to host parties celebrating retirement, holidays or even a marriage proposal! The team at Mister A’s will work with you to ensure your surprise is executed seamlessly, whether you’re planning something simple and intimate or you want to pop the question in an extravagant way. Mister A’s just reopened with the private “Blue Room” back to its original style, which features upscale lounge seating on the outdoor deck and an expanded bar menu. 

Location: Banker’s Hill


Music Box

Music Box
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Music Box is the scene for some of San Diego’s most intimate and off-the-cuff concerts, but this tri-level venue is also open to host a variety of events–ranging from fundraising galas and product launches to corporate events, wedding receptions and more. Music Box’s modern loft-style layout offers both indoor and outdoor space that can accommodate parties of up to 3,400 guests, depending on where in the building you envision your party taking place. Event buyouts come with full access to all of Music Box’s amenities, including catering packages and bar service. 

Location: Little Italy


Darlington House

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From a unique library room with floor-to-ceiling bookcases to breathtaking gardens and spiral staircases, this historic home will take you on a global journey. Commissioned in 1925 by Sybil Darlington as her summer home by the Pacific Ocean, this structure would undergo 15 years of thoughtful and creative additions to become the sizable mansion it is today. Elegantly furnished with architectural styles from around the world, Darlington House has received nods from WeddingWire and The Knot as one of the best venues to host your big day and reception.

Location: La Jolla


Moniker Warehouse

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If you’re looking for a bright space but still want to be amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown, check out Moniker Warehouse in San Diego’s up-and-coming East Village neighborhood. Newly renovated with soft lighting, gorgeous hardwood floors and a private suite that can be used as a green room or bridal suite, Moniker Warehouse offers more than 1,500 square feet of exposed pillars and original brick walls that create the perfect blank slate to make the event of your dreams a reality. Amenities include equipment rentals, exclusive vendor lists, a cocktail space and an outdoor parklet for 150 to 300 guests, depending on the scale of your event.

Location: East Village

Venue 808

Venue 808 perfectly combines modern architecture with farm-style whimsy—you might just forget that you’re in Gaslamp Quarter! Step inside this facility that features over 18,000 square feet of space, where you’ll find a farmhouse chapel, a full bar and a grove of real olive trees adorned with fairy lights. From weddings to special events, Venue 808 is a magnificent space that can be customized with a speakeasy, breakout offices with televisions, catering provided by local restaurant Social Tap and so much more to create a memorable experience for everyone.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

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