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.
Born from a love of cuisine and a longing for community, MRKT Space is an intimate San Diego cafe, bar and market designed to foster connection. The brainchild of business partners Matt Power (the Aussie) and Alex Brinis (the Italian), this hidden gem is more than a local hotspot for surfers making their way from the break; it’s the perfect social hub for hosting events over elegant food spreads. With locations in La Jolla and Encinitas, each venue boasts a relaxed ambiance with a hip flair reminiscent of the laid-back San Diego lifestyle. Alfresco dining, airy spaces and aesthetic comfort form a cohesive setting for hosting corporate events, wedding receptions or birthday celebrations. MRKT Space’s experienced team specializes in event planning and hospitality, allowing guests to relax while their team handles the details. Their custom event menu features light appetizers and comfort food, including charcuterie boards, flatbreads, pasta and salads. All their dishes are served family-style to accommodate parties of all sizes. For more details on their event spaces or to see their menu, click here!
Situated on the San Diego harbor, Coasterra is an ode to San Diego culture with modern Mexican cuisine and waterfront event spaces that celebrate the city’s coastal lifestyle. Elegant, lavish rooms extend over the bay with captivating views of the downtown skyline. Their Habor Float and Bayview Ballroom spaces are curated to host large, stylish events—from weddings and business affairs to social mixers. Coasterra’s event team delivers personalized service while their award-winning chefs enhance celebrations with gourmet fare. The restaurant highlights dishes native to Mexico, refined with a California-inspired flair.
JULEP is one of San Diego’s newer full-service event venues, but it has quickly 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 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
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.
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
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 was transformed in 2022. After being purchased by long-time employee Ryan Thorsen, the private “Blue Room” was brought back to its original style and features upscale lounge seating on the outdoor deck with an expanded bar menu.
Location: Banker’s Hill
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, depending on where in the building you envision your shindig taking place. Event buyouts come with full access to all of Music Box’s amenities, including catering packages and bar service.
Location: Little Italy11/16
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
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. Recently 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 canvas 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 perfectly combines modern architecture with farm-style whimsy—so much so that you might just forget you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter! Step inside this facility that features over 18,000 square feet of space to 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