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San Francisco Party Venues You Can Have To Yourself This Holiday Season

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Planning a San Francisco holiday party? From an immersive ice-cream themed museum in an old bank building to a private nightclub you can have exclusively to yourselves, San Fransico holiday party venues are nothing short of amazing and have plenty of unique character to throw a swanky, end-of-the-year celebration with your work crew. When it comes to decking the halls, all these spots are game.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown

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Lazy Bearlearn more

Michelin starred and James Beard Award-nominated, Lazy Bear presents an Americana themed dining experience that is as much a performance as it is a communal meal among friends. If you’re planning a small holiday gathering, score tickets well in advance and make a night of it. If your party list is looking lengthy, this space offers 56 seats for private dining events.
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Loews Regency San Franciscolearn more

There are a few venues at the Loews Regency in the FiDi, but our favorite for a holiday dinner party is the library. Here, you and about 60 guests can wine and dine surrounded by antique books and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the cityscape below.
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VERSOlearn more

Think of this place as your own private nightclub in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district. A spacious, brick-walled loft, VERSO includes space for up to 525 guests to revel in the holiday spirit. We’re picturing an epic installation of disco balls dangling from the ceiling for this party.
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Museum of Ice Creamlearn more

If you’re planning a holiday party that’s whimsical, interactive and bursting with colorful energy, look no further than the Museum of Ice Cream. Spread across two stories of a former bank building, this museum includes a swimming pool full of sprinkles and a cookie carousel amongst other fun creations. For a holiday party here, we’re thinking a big bash with up to 600 guests should keep the energy high.
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Cerf Clublearn more

A dinner party for about 60 guests is the perfect fit for the Cerf Club. Managed by Stag Dining Group, the bright and warm space welcomes holiday revelers ready to kick off the season with a family-style meal, session cocktails and natural wines.
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The Regency Centerlearn more

The Regency Center is another iconic SF venue, established all the way back in 1909. To this day, its towering ceilings, classic chandeliers, horseshoe-shaped balcony, working fireplace, and built-in stage with 31 hand-painted backdrops remain in mint condition, making this spot a favorite venue for parties with all the (holiday) bells and whistles.
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Capitol Artlearn more

Dreaming of a White Christmas themed dinner party? Check out this bright and airy photography studio in The Mission. Capitol Art hosts functions of up to 49 guests in a rad space with high whitewashed beam ceilings and four huge skylights. We’re picturing a collection of fir trees in the elevated loft for decorative effect.
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Asian Art Museum of San Franciscolearn more

If you’re planning a festive gala, the Asian Art Museum offers a beautiful, stately space that can host up to 1,400 guests. Three of the galleries can be booked individually to create a warm, intimate atmosphere for smaller events like holiday dinner parties.
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The Warfieldlearn more

You already know The Warfield as a music venue, but this tried and true venue also doubles as a private party spot. Deck the halls with the season’s bounty, put together an award show for your work squad and plan a dinner in the sprawling century-old venue.
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Cookhouselearn more

For those celebrating with a smaller crew of 30 or fewer guests this holiday season, Cookhouse offers a warm, stylish loft atmosphere with everything you need to pull off a beautiful gathering. They’ll even hold your hand through the planning so you can create a seamless, laidback holiday event without hosting at home.
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The Hibernia SFlearn more

When your holiday guest list gets into the 1,000+ invites range, it’s hard to think of a venue that can host so many without feeling cramped. Thankfully, this historic bank building can host nearly 1,200 guests within its spacious, Neoclassical Revival-style walls.
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