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Meeting venues near San Francisco’s Embarcadero

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In the Financial District of San Francisco, historic streetcars blend with skyscrapers, charming shops and award-winning restaurants.

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In the Financial District of San Francisco, historic streetcars blend with skyscrapers, charming shops and award-winning restaurants. The area buzzes with caffeine-amped professionals and sophisticated shoppers alike. In the shadow of the iconic Transamerica building and a short walk from visitor draws such as the bayside Embarcadero, meeting planners will find plenty of distinctive venue options for meetings, events and receptions. You can search for venues and convention facilities throughout the city.

Bently Reserve & Conference Center (301 Battery St.)

Formerly the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Bently’s imposing, eight-columned-entrance is an immediate signal of its long-established elegance. Wood-paneled boardrooms class up any meeting and large windows keep things bright and cheerful, while smaller meeting rooms and a conference center lounge fill in the gaps for groups large and small. The real newsmaker is the Banking Hall, an epic 8,000-square-foot ballroom that was voted the best in North America by BizBash in 2013.

Julia Morgan Ballroom (465 California St.)

For more than 100 years, the 15,000 square feet of event space within the Julia Morgan Ballroom and its sister venues have offered modern amenities, acclaimed culinary direction and distinctive Beaux-Arts architecture. Unobstructed exhibit space as well as breakout and lounge areas provide flexibility for all types of events. Perched on the 15th floor of the historic Merchants Exchange Building, floor-to-ceiling windows add sweeping city views and natural light to the list of luxuries.

Practicing Law Institute California Conference Center (685 Market St.)

A polished and affordable choice for seminars, receptions and business meetings located on Market Street, the recently renovated LEED Gold-certified center’s mix of meeting rooms facilitate networking and provide comfortable, tech-savvy amenities for speakers and attendees — including webcast/videoconference capabilities for those who couldn’t make it in person.

City Club of San Francisco (155 Sansome St.)

The City Club’s Art Deco interiors present a modern and dramatic setting for everything from client receptions to fairytale weddings and holiday gatherings. One of San Francisco’s premier business and social clubs has a reputation for stellar service, linking event organizers with the city’s best vendors and ensuring it all comes together smoothly in its variety of spaces, from grand salons to a library, wine cellar and penthouse. A grand staircase, bronze-framed elevator doors, a Diego Rivera fresco and many other artful details give events a bit of San Francisco flair.

One Kearny Club (One Kearny St.)

Combining three buildings that date back to the 1900s, the One Kearny building offers a unique event venue, One Kearny Club. The 4,000-square-foot venue hosts events ranging from small meetings to all day corporate events and receptions with a maximum capacity of 300 guests. It includes an outdoor terrace that John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, described as “San Francisco’s most exhilarating new public space.” The 11th floor terrace overlooks Market Street and offers a 270-degree view of unusual perspectives of downtown landmarks as well as the building’s handsome mansard-roof.

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Editor in chief is Linda Hohnholz.