by Maren Dougherty - 200 Reviews - 32 List
So it's time to bring together 50, 100, or 900 of your favorite people and unfortunately you can't just buy a few kegs and invite them to the Kappa Sig house. Fortunately San Diego is a hot spot for all party purposes, from office parties to intimate weddings to your pug's first birthday. (Photo by Paul Barnett, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art )
Updated: December 16, 2009
Give your guests the VIP treatment at this downtown club/restaurant. Plush leather furnishings, plasma screens, and an upper loft with a DJ booth create a sleek, pass-me-another-martini vibe. Can hold 150 people for cocktail parties and 60 for seated dinners.
The chic La Jolla spot has a court with installation art pieces and an outdoor terrace featuring sculptures and Pacific views. Galleries can be rented for part of the event so guests can view some of the current art exhibitions. Dinner seating fits up to 200 people.
The downtown museum is spankin? new (no pun intended) and perfect for stylish parties with a dash of playfulness. Choose among the galleries and studios in the three-floor building to find appropriate spaces for groups of 50 to 1,000 people.
No elaborate decorations required; the bay view here provides more than enough visual entertainment. The hotel has 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space in a resort complex that overlooks a full-service marina of sailboats, kayaks and jet skis. Party planners can opt for an open bar, cash bar, or a selection of wine and beer.
Waterfront reception spots at this Shelter Island hotel can host groups of 10-200. Catering packages range from theme buffets to plated dinners, and event attendees are often eligible for special room rates, especially during the holidays.
This elegant Point Loma venue has retained some of its 1920s charm with stained glass windows, a large fireplace, and a beautifully-maintained garden that features a panoramic ocean view. Best for afternoon gatherings, events must end by 9pm (even on weekends).
When there aren't horses racing around the track and fairgoers racing to devour fried Twinkies, this is a perfect spot for parties ranging from 50 to 50,000 guests. Find classic Spanish mission architecture with archways, fountains, and flowers. Patio heaters can be rented for outdoor events in the paddock area.
Anyone who caught SNL's Timberlake/T-Pain skit ?I?m on a Boat? will want to board a San Diego yacht party someday. The fleet includes everything from a 1940s classic yacht with a dining capacity of 40 to the Inspiration Hornblower, a ship that can accommodate massive dance parties with 500 guests per deck.
It might be in the middle of a suburban office complex but this Karl Strauss location in Sorrento Mesa has a backyard garden with a gorgeous Koi pond, waterfall, and lush landscaping. Beverage service includes the full line of hand-crafted beers and California wines.
Good for serene weddings and relaxed social events, the North County garden's spaces include a Victorian gazebo, an intimate walled garden surrounded by lush ferns and trees, and a deck that overlooks a three-story waterfall and exotic tropical plants.