San Diego, California 92101
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Why We Like This Place
As a famous ad line once said, "Membership has its privileges," so it's quite exciting to find that one of San Diego's most exclusive urban retreats, The University Club Atop Symphony Towers, will extend their VIP treatment to nonmembers when they host a wedding or special event here.
This super-chic, downtown penthouse exudes understated elegance, not to mention jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the entire city. Originally founded in 1909 to promote education, literature and art, the club now counts many of San Diego's elite business and cultural luminaries among its members. But toss out any preconceived images you might have of stuffy rooms and a stodgy atmosphere, because with its recent expansion and renovation, this 34th-floor aerie is au courant and stunning.
The elevator whisks you to the white-marble entry where a receptionist greets you. Straight ahead is the expansive main section, where dark ceramic floors and a striking color palette of crisp white and black get a vibrant pop with splashes of turquoise on high-backed sofas and modern club chairs. Huge floor-to-ceiling picture windows frame the spectacular vistas that showcase the San Diego Bay (including the Embarcadero, harbor and Coronado Bridge), the convention center and surrounding skyline, as well as Tijuana to the south and the hills to the east. A large alcove even provides binoculars on each of the tables so you can get a bird's-eye peek of the Padres in action down at Petco Park.
Speaking of action, to your left is the Media Room, featuring a 103″ flat screen TV and an array of signed baseball bats hanging in Lucite boxes, which have been donated by an owner of the hometown team. Since the University Club likes to highlight its local connections, there are Taylor Guitars displayed on one wall and a John Bishop-designed longboard-cum-table in the hip and casual Ebb+Flow Lounge. Glittering chrome chandeliers spiral from the ceiling like tiered sculptures and art is everywhere, from classic oils to a changing display of local artist pieces that you pass en route to the Laureate Ballroom.
This grand space is the hub for your private event. The rich, muted colors of the room make the sensational views of lush Balboa Park through walls of glass even more dramatic. Opulent French doors allow you to divide the ballroom and have your ceremony on one side and your reception on the other. (On Sundays, you can have use of the entire club so you might want to start by exchanging vows in the Founder's Room, which looks over the Coronado Islands and Pacific Ocean.)
Live music is welcome—they've had everything from jazz piano to rock to mariachi bands and even the USC marching band. And, of course, your dining experience will be as impeccable as the venue: The chef and culinary team are used to catering to a discerning clientele, and use only local, organic and sustainable ingredients, putting a contemporary spin on classic favorites.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 220
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated Indoors: 175
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 200
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The club holds 220 seated guests indoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The club can accommodate 175 seated or 500 standing guests indoors.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
20% of the estimated event total and a signed contract are required to secure your date. 50% is due 60 days prior to the event, and the final balance is due 7 days prior. The food & beverage minimum ranges $3,500–15,000 depending on the day, time of the event, and the guest count. Meals range $50–110/person. Complete wedding packages are available. Tax and a 22% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: self and valet available
Accommodations: no guest rooms, hotel nearby
Outdoor Night Lighting: no
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: panorama of city, coastline, Balboa Park and Pacific Ocean
Other: grand piano, Moët champagne tower, event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required