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19 of San Diego's Coolest Holiday Party Venues

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‘Tis almost the winter holiday season, and it’s never too early to start planning the most memorable work party yet. Toast to your team at one of these unique San Diego party venues fit for a day or night of merriment. From casual craft breweries and a Tuscan-inspired vineyard to rooftop bars and skyline-view museums, we’ve gathered 19 of the best San Diego venues made for the perfect 2017 holiday gathering.

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Underground Elephant learn more

Whoa. This office-slash-venue has so many cool things going on under one roof, we're just looking for an excuse to visit. Set up to mimic a mini village, this tech startup headquarters across from Petco Park features multiple options for a killer holiday party: Sip on a pint from the in-house Ballast Point bar at the Watering Hole, lounge around the “Game of Thrones”-themed Schoolhouse, or take your small team (30 or less) to the hidden speakeasy-like Bunker.
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Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn learn more

Upscale but casual, historic but modern, Temecula’s Ponte Vineyard is the closest you can get to Tuscany within a short drive from San Diego. Throw a private holiday dinner surrounded by hundreds of oak barrels, ring in the winter season with panoramic vineyard views or hide away in the plush decanter room with a team of 12 at this eco-friendly winery.
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The New Children's Museum learn more

Feel extra good about booking your winter party here, since proceeds support art exhibits and programming for families. The 50,000-square-foot urban space is an architectural knockout, with an outdoor garden, art studios and terraces that can accommodate up to 1,000 people—complete with skyline views.
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Kettner Exchange learn more

The open-air rooftop of this Little Italy restaurant is a huge draw for locals, with the only private cabanas and ocean views in the neighborhood. Standing parties of up to 400 can celebrate with Kettner Exchange’s innovative cocktails and sophisticated bites; if you’re hosting a smaller team, consider the hidden chef’s table for a five-course dining experience.
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Brick learn more

There are no curfews or noise ordinances at this historical Point Loma space, which is yours for a full 24 hours (seriously!). Create a versatile event for up to 450 in the modern industrial space, which features market lights, exposed beams and—duh—natural brick walls.
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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa learn more

This luxury oasis covers 45 beautiful acres of Rancho Santa Fe, providing eight garden-filled options for celebration spaces. Each space—from the popular croquet lawn to the private rose garden—can work for a low-key day party or formal nighttime affair.
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The Wood Shed by Booze Brothers learn more

If you’re celebrating with a team who appreciates a quality craft brew, head to this space attached to Vista microbrewery Booze Brothers. The venue—which can accommodate 130 seated, 200 standing—has the feel of a quirky-cool cabin, with geometric wood patterns, a chalkboard wall, an outdoor patio with stringed lights and plants galore.
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The Crack Shack learn more

Chill, fun-loving teams will feel right at home at this order-at-the-counter San Diego staple restaurant with locations in Little Italy and Encinitas. The food—crazy good sandwiches and surprising chicken and egg specialties—is incredible, and the atmosphere is all fun and games (literally—there’s a bocce ball court).
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Luce Loft learn more

Cathedral ceilings, exposed brick and market lights create the perfect urban party backdrop, and you can customize the rest (including booze—it’s BYOB). Pick from one of 10 catering vendors—from nearby restaurants to food trucks—and get the party started with a DJ and photo booth.
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Darlington House learn more

Throw an elegant holiday garden party in the heart of La Jolla at the Mediterranean-style Darlington House. There are rooms to explore around every corner of this vintage home (consider the dark wooden library for a cool bar spot), which is available for parties every day of the week.
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Sidebar at the Rose learn more

A good boss is always trying to teach employees new things, right? Be a quality leader and take your team (of up to 75) on an interactive wine tasting with the sommeliers at this South Park space attached to The Rose Wine Bar + Bottle Shop.
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$289 avg. room rate
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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe learn more

In the heart of Rancho Santa Fe village sits this quaint, luxury inn with dreamy indoor-outdoor event spaces. You could host up to 600 colleagues around the 21-acre property, which might leave some colleagues thinking they spent a night in the countryside.
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$419 avg. room rate
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines learn more

In an endless-summer city, it’s not always easy to create a festive wintery ambiance but at this craftsman-style resort, that’s a different story. The Lodge features a variety of indoor-outdoor venue options (up to 400 people), with Pacific Ocean views, cozy fireplaces and rare Torrey Pine trees that pretty much guarantee to put everyone in the holiday mood.
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Juniper and Ivy learn more

Reward your hard-working colleagues with a holiday dinner at chef Richard Blais’ high-end restaurant in Little Italy, where he pushes the limits of fine dining. Enjoy the former Top Chef winner’s menu on Juniper and Ivy’s patio, in a private dining room or at the exclusive chef’s table (max capacities range from 14–65).
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PrepKitchen Little Italy learn more

Throw a lively dinner party for 26 in the study or take over the restaurant (150 people max) at Prepkitchen Little Italy, where family-style home cooking makes up the seasonal menu. Do dinner here first, followed by more celebratory drinks after at one of Little Italy’s many watering holes.
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Wedgewood Galway Downs learn more

You dream it and they can probably do it at this multi-purpose venue in Temecula (seriously, they do luxury weddings, mud runs and music festivals, all here). Wedgewood Galway Downs started as an equestrian center but morphed into one cool place to throw a big shindig—lawn games, lily pad ponds, carriage rides and a roaming bar? Heck yes.
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Searsucker San Diego learn more

Brian Malarkey is one of San Diego’s most notable chefs, with multiple restaurant concepts that take a theme (in this case, American soul food) and add an innovative twist. Searsucker’s stylish interior is perfect for a holiday party in the Gaslamp. Treat a large team to craft cocktails and shareable plates or settle in with 34 guests for an intimate dinner.
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Farmer and the Seahorse learn more

The playful details of the Farmer and the Seahorse give it a naturally festive vibe—from the vintage Airstream to the telephone booth to the inviting corn hole games on the lawn. Combining the best produce from the restaurant’s gardens and local farms with the freshest catch from the Pacific, the menu from celebrity chef Brian Malarkey is all kinds of delicious.
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Vin de Syrah learn more

Don’t reveal too much to your team about this Gaslamp District speakeasy and they’ll be pleasantly surprised. The quirky décor has been compared to Alice in Wonderland—picture oversized, cushy booths and botanical chandeliers—and the entertainment options go beyond a live cover band. Reserve a burlesque show, a tarot card reading or an illusionist and your coworkers will never forget the Holiday Party of 2017.
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