San Francisco Wedding Venue
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Standing beneath marble columns, ornately gilded balconies and an elaborate frescoed ceiling, it’s easy to imagine this building’s allure when it first came on the scene as a flashy French restaurant and San Francisco’s grandest nightclub. Opening in 1907 on the heels of the great earthquake, the 5,000-square-foot concert hall symbolized the city’s renewed optimism. The popular club flourished for a quarter century in this incarnation, then became the Music Box, where Sally Rand performed her famous fan dances, and later served as a Moose Lodge and yet another French restaurant.
In 1972 it was reborn as the Great American Music Hall, and in 1994 a complete facelift restored the club to its original rococo grandeur. For more than 25 years the hall has showcased the talents of music and comedy greats such as Ray Charles, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. Its intimate setting and wonderful acoustics continue to make it a favorite among locals, as well as with their devoted following throughout the Bay Area.
In addition to countless concerts, the Hall has hosted corporate bashes, fundraisers, holiday parties, product launches and weddings. Its flexible layout—one large room with balconies, a stage, huge oak dance floor and two full bars—makes it party-friendly, and there’s not a bad seat in the house. The Music Hall also comes equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system and all the necessary staff.
Couples getting married here use the stage for the ceremony, with their “audience” seated in chairs on the dance floor and up in the balconies. Once the knot has been tied, the rows of chairs are removed and the Hall is ready for the next phase of the celebration. Tables have been set up for dining all around, and even on the balconies if you like. With a band or a DJ making music on the stage and your guests dancing in the center of the room, the festivities can carry on into the night.
The Great American Music Hall offers a couple of very cool options that take the fun factor up a notch: They’ll put the name of your company, your group, your families, or a special message on their marquee (who wouldn’t get a kick out of seeing your name in lights?). Considering a theme event? The Hall is the perfect setting for a glitzy casino night, a Barbary Coast bash, or a Phantom of the Opera Night. Swing or ‘60s dance parties work well here, too.
Close to Union Square and only 10 blocks from Moscone Center, the Music Hall is conveniently situated for post-convention events. The space adapts comfortably to the size of your group, whether you have 100 or 600 guests, and the in-house coordinator will help you book just the right band or DJ.
While you can enhance the mood here with lounge furniture and uplighting the columns, the Great American Music Hall is really quite scintillating all by itself. The only building of its kind in The City, it provides a unique window into San Francisco’s colorful, exuberant past.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Hall can accommodate 50–350 seated and up to 600 standing guests for a reception. Ceremonies can take place on the stage.
MEETING CAPACITY: Up to 250 seated guests with an unobstructed view of the stage.
Half the required event minimum plus a $500 refundable security deposit are due when reservations are confirmed; the balance is payable 2 business days prior to the event. Facility rental rates are as follows:Sunday–Wednesday $6,500, with an additional food & beverage minimum of $3,000; Thursday–Saturday $8,000, with an additional food & beverage minimum of $5,000. Food & beverage minimums are subject to a service charge and current sales tax. Holiday rates may be subject to an additional surcharge.
There are additional fees for miscellaneous services and various rental items. Evening rental rates include a house manager, bartenders, cocktail waitresses, sound and lighting technicians, security staff, an on-site event coordinator and more. If you use the in-house catering, all servers and culinary staff are included and meal pricing is as follows: hors d’oeuvres start at $20/person, dinners at $45/person; alcohol, tax and service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: cocktail tables and chairs are provided or rented
Linens, Silver, etc.: call for details
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: 3 dressing rooms
Meeting Equipment: microphones, screen, built-in stage
Parking: valet, garage, nearby lots, on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Other: event coordination, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, entertainment bookings
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Other: no birdseed, rice or confetti; no stick-on name tags
Year-round, daily, flexible start and end times.