Great American Music Hall 859 O'Farrell Street • San Francisco • California 94109


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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 of music lovers 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. 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 50 or 600 guests.

While you can enhance the mood here with lounge furniture and uplights on 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.


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PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $9,000–11,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
  • Venue rental fees can include:

    • Exclusive use of the ceremony and reception space
    • Specialty lighting and Audio/Visual services
    • Bartenders and service staff
    • On-site event coordinators
    • Security services
    • House manager to oversee venue operations
    • And more!

    Additional fees may be required for event rentals and miscellaneous service upgrades. Holiday rates may apply.

Package Prices
  • Food & Beverage packages can include:

    • Hors d'oeuvres and dinner
    • Open bar services
    • Flatware and glassware
    • And more!

    Bar minimums begin at $5,000.

Additional Info
  • A service charge is additional.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 350 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 600 0
Reception Seated 350 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 250.

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: The Hall seats up to 250 guests with an unobstructed view of the stage.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$





Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily; flexible start and end times.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Nightclub
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

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
Dressing Areas: 3 dressing rooms
AV/Meeting Equipment: microphones, screen, built-in stage, state-of-the-art sound & lighting systems
Parking: valet, garage, nearby lots, on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: no
Other: event coordination, entertainment


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: no
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required
Other: no birdseed, rice, or confetti; no stick-on name tags


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