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The Best Raw Event Spaces in San Francisco

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Article updated 11/8/23

Potential. That’s all a seasoned event planner can see when they come across the perfect raw event space. When it comes to event venues, the San Francisco area is simply loaded with blank canvases, ready to be transformed. San Francisco is already positioned at the forefront of tech, retail, cuisine, and organizational best practices, so any professional event thrown in this city will already lead the way.

And, when it comes to hosting unforgettable events, the choice of venue can make all the difference. In a city known for its iconic landmarks and picturesque landscapes, there is no shortage of raw event spaces that offer a blank canvas for crafting truly extraordinary gatherings. From industrial chic warehouses with exposed brick walls to rooftop terraces with breathtaking cityscape views, San Francisco boasts some of the best raw event spaces that cater to a diverse range of tastes and event types. Check out The Vendry’s list of raw event venues in San Francisco below, certain to wow your savvy crowd. 

13 Raw Event Spaces in San Francisco Ready for Transformation

A raw event space gives you a blank canvas from which you can let your creativity run wild. San Francisco offers several start-from-scratch options, each with its own amenities, price ranges, guest capacity counts, and aesthetics. Dive deep into all that San Francisco has to offer below.

1. The Laundry

Location: Mission District

The Laundry is an experiential art gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District, spanning two floors and offering 6,000 square feet of workable space. This venues is truly multi-use, so here’s a spot to plan your film screening, corporate off-site, fundraiser, musical performance, or all of the above. There’s always the option of a full-venue buy-out for your event for just over 200 people, but this cultural spot also offers four different gallery options if you’ll be hosting a smaller affair. Not to worry about certain details, as this space offers staffing, audio/visual, beer, wine, and other beverage services. The Salon Gallery is a real stand out, with its exposed brick and lofted ceiling, making it perfect for cocktails, a seated dinner, or even a large meeting. Do what you want within The Laundry – it was built to house creativity after all. 

The Laundry San Francisco raw event space
The Laundry

2. Storek

Neighborhood: SanFrancisco
Capacity: 1,000

Storek in San Francisco is the perfect raw space to host a corporate event, offering a seamless blend of historical charm and modern functionality. The beautifully restored brick-and-timber building, once a bustling saddlery in the 1930s, now serves as a captivating venue for gatherings that seek to bring warmth and history to technology conferences, or unique acoustics to performances and galas. With its early 20th-century architecture and contemporary event capabilities, Storek provides an ideal canvas for creating timeless moments. The rich history of the space, once a hub for leather and canvas goods in the Bay Area, adds a layer of intrigue to any event hosted within its walls. Explore the endless possibilities at Storek and discover how this unique venue can elevate your corporate event in the heart of San Francisco.

large venue of Storek in San Francisco with wooden floors and metal beams

3. SVN West

Neighborhood: South of Market
Capacity: 2,429

Wow. What to do with 100,000 square feet? Well, the choice is yours at SVN West, a seriously rocking raw space at the intersection of South Van Ness and Market. This spot just begs to be transformed – there’s three levels of space, including the outdoor rooftop. There’s a whopping 217 parking spots (a rarity!), rigging, dedicated 400 amp circuit, and loads of Wi-Fi bandwidth. While this is an obvious choice for a concert event, corporate gatherings and product launches fit in perfectly here. SVN West provides you with a list of preferred vendors and off you go to plan one memorable event. 

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SVN West

4. The Archery


The Archery in San Francisco is an exceptional raw space to host a corporate event, offering unparalleled versatility and unique features. Nestled in the heart of the Mission, this one-of-a-kind exhibition space provides a central hall, ideal for conferences, that effortlessly transitions into an event space. Its flexible layout makes it perfect for various corporate functions, including production, photoshoots, dinners, and product launches. With amenities like a catering kitchen and a cafe, The Archery ensures that all event needs are met seamlessly. Its prime location, nestled between Tartine Manufactory and Dandelion Chocolate factory, adds to its allure, making it an extraordinary choice for corporate gatherings that require an innovative and adaptable setting in the vibrant city of San Francisco.

blank space at the archery with wooden floors and large windows
The Archery

5. Bespoke

Neighborhood: Downtown
Capacity: 1,800

High above Market Street, Bespoke is just as its name implies: a perfectly customizable event space. Just right for your next conference or gala, this 18,000 square foot venue is genuinely “tailored for tech”. Imagine the style of an art museum, then blend it with Times Square, and top it off with interactive capabilities. Bespoke is in Westerfield San Francisco, considered the center of downtown commerce. There’s space to rent under the historic Emporium Dome, a 4,100 square-foot gathering spot in San Francisco since 1896. And then there’s atop the dome, a completely workable rooftop of endless possibilities. Bring in your own rentals, furniture, food, décor, and music all to Bespoke, while they provide the clean slate of top-of-the-line tech.

BeSpoke San Francisco large event space with couches and decorative elements

6. Terra Gallery & Event Venue

Neighborhood: Rincon Hill
Capacity: 725

Two floors of versatile space makes Terra Gallery & Event Venue one of the most unique corporate venues in San Francisco. Close to some of the area’s finest hotels, this open-layout is just right for networking events or dinner parties. The upper level boasts 5,000 square feet of Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, white gallery walls, and even a reception area with floor-to-ceiling windows that transform in the evening into a glittering showcase of downtown lights. Mer, the downstairs level, has a serpentine bar and a built-in oak stage with lighting. Bring in your own caterer and rentals, and – poof – Terra takes care of the rest.  

Terra Gallery San Francisco large event space with reddish dim lighting and dining tables
Terra Gallery & Event Venue

7. Alloy Collective

Neighborhood: South of Market
Capacity: 200

There are three separate floors at Alloy Collective, with three distinct opportunities to make your event as unique as your organization. Host 200 standing in The Avenue, a wide-open, industrial space with concrete floors and white walls just awaiting your inspiration. The second offering is The Alternative, which has breakout offices, a kitchen, a lounge area, and boasts huge windows that flood the space with natural light. Finally, The Anomalous truly stands out as the super sleek rooftop with enclosed floor-to-ceiling glass and completely breathtaking views of downtown. This South of Market distinctive space will make all your meeting, networking, or product launch events take on a new life.  

Alloy Collective San Francisco large raw event space with chrome globe ceiling lights
Alloy Collective

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8. Dogpatch Studios

Neighborhood: Dogpatch
Capacity: 450

Whatever you can imagine, it can happen at Dogpatch Studios. They are ready and willing to cater to all your large-scale needs, as the entire building is wired for 1800 3 phase electricity. There’s three floors of possibilities, perfect for corporate events, photo and film productions, fashion shows, or dinners. Dogpatch Studio’s ground floor is considered their large presentation space, while the two upper rooms are well suited for breakout or reception rooms. This is genuinely a world-class, state-of-the-art venue, that is the epitome of what forward-thinking, tech-savvy San Francisco is all about. 

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Dogpatch Studios

9. Pier 27

Neighborhood: Northern Waterfront
Capacity: 1,200

San Francisco’s Embarcadero is home to Pier 27, an industrial-chic space filled with remarkable views. The aptly-named City View offers a flexible, open floor plan for unlimited creation, and can accommodate 1,200 guests. Directly in focus from its floor-to-ceiling windows is the entire San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Financial District. The Bay View and Embarcadero rooms are large reception areas, and have plenty of tech and rigging capabilities. Pier 27 provides a list of vendors for everything from catering to rental furniture, to photobooths and even waste management. 

Pier 27 San Francisco raw event space with large windows and city view
Pier 27

10.  The Pearl

Neighborhood: Dogpatch
Capacity: 800

As a large blank canvas, The Pearl in Dogpatch eagerly awaits your ideas. The Main Floor has it all – a full-scale catering kitchen, in-house lighting, beer and wine on tap, a green room space, and even a 31-foot reclaimed cedar ceiling with skylights. The Pearl’s Mezzanine provides a great transition space to the main event. Finally, their Rooftop awaits, which was voted #1 by Time Out Magazine. One step onto this rooftop and one can clearly see why so many are drawn to hosting their corporate events here. There’s unreal views of The Bay and Oakland Hills, a garden, and plenty of spots from which your caterers can work. If a pearl is considered a rare and beautiful find, then this location lives up to its name.

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The Pearl

11. Gallery 308

Neighborhood: Marina District
Capacity: 430

Have your guests take in a little bit of San Francisco’s past at Gallery 308, a National Historic Landmark once host to the maritime trade and repair shops at Fort Mason. The panoramic views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are what draws so many planners here, but the endless canvas of possibilities is what makes them sign on the dotted line. There’s more than 3,800 square feet of polished concrete floors, state-of-the-art lighting, and blackout shades for presentations. Gallery 308’s list of preferred vendors is vast, so you’ll have no trouble partnering with a trusted source for food all the way to audio/visual. 

Gallery 308 San Francisco large raw event space
Gallery 308

12. Pier 29

Neighborhood: Northern Waterfront

The experienced folks at Metro Events want you to think BIG when it comes to Pier 29. A 250,000 square-foot unadorned space along the San Francisco waterfront, Pier 29 shrewdly pulls off old time-y train station vibes. This venue is delighted to take on anything you’ve got: product launches, award presentations, seminars, concerts…the list goes on. You can hook this spot up to its sister space Pier 27 for a truly epic experience. With a full list of vendors and a well-trained staff, Pier 29 might be just what your large-scale event needs.

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Pier 29

13. Capitol Art

Neighborhood: Mission District
Capacity:  98 standing

Nestled in the heart of the Mission District is Capitol Art, a chic photography and events studio that is long on style. Turn instantly cooler when you step foot in here – there’s a self-contained, privacy feel that can only be captured in a more intimate space like this. There’s two studios that can be combined as one event space. When put together, these two venues come complete with 7,000 square feet of workable space, street level load-in and load-out, a private conference room, and massive white walls that lead up to a peaked 35-foot ceiling, making a powerful impression. The feel of the urban-industrial space makes Capitol Art a real destination for those in the know. 

Capitol Art San Francisco large raw event space
Capitol Art

Why Finding the Right Venue for Your Event Is So Important

San Francisco is discerning. The city knows a good event when it sees one. Picking the right space to capture the mood you desire is key to a successful event in this town. The space you select will convey strength for your company and brand. It’s likely to be your event’s biggest ticket item, and will serve as the showplace for the image you want to project. Finding the right venue is crucial, so be sure to do your homework then visit in person if possible. 

Top Things to Consider When Booking a Raw Event Space

Does your next corporate event, product launch, or gala in San Francisco require a raw space? Asking questions of what you and your team require is the best place to start. When booking a raw space in San Francisco, you’ll want to ponder this:

How many guests? It seems simple, but the size of your group is most crucial in finding a raw space that suits your needs. Since the venue is indeed blank – which comes with the implication that there’s lots of space to fill up with people, furniture, exhibits, demonstrations, or experientials – you’ll want your guest count to make sense for your space. Also, in our new normal of social distancing, keep in mind a little extra elbow room never hurt anyone.

What is the budget? The cost of renting raw spaces can certainly vary. Blank canvas venues each offer different amenities, so examine carefully. In order to make your guests feel special while putting your best foot forward, really look at putting your dollar bills into what matters most. 

Should my event include an indoor/outdoor element? San Francisco and its mild temps really do make an outdoor component appealing for your affair. If your event calls for it, try to bring in that Northern California air when you can, but just make sure you aren’t in the middle of the rainy season.

What tech do I need? If you are hosting an event into the hundreds, best make sure your venue has the bandwidth for everyone to be on Wi-Fi simultaneously. What about those speakers? Do they reach everyone in the back? Tech needs are an important criteria in today’s world, so take the time to do it right and always run a tech check before the big day.

Find the Best Event Venues on The Vendry

Versatile venues offer a blank canvas for creativity, allowing event organizers to bring their unique visions to life. Whether it's a corporate gathering, a stylish wedding, or an artistic exhibition, these spaces set the stage for unforgettable experiences. With their historic charm, modern amenities, and adaptability, raw event spaces in San Francisco are the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

Embrace the endless possibilities they offer and consider them for your next event in the vibrant city by the bay.The Vendry has all the finest places to hold your important corporate events in San Francisco all in one place. Research and request proposals from incredible event spaces with just a few clicks. 

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