Small Party Venues for Rent in San Diego

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Top Small Party Venues in San Diego

San Diego is home to the best small party venues in California. Whether you want to celebrate your birthday in a loft overlooking Balboa Park or host a dinner party in one of the elegant restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, America’s Finest City has much to offer. We’ve collected the top intimate spots in the city, so you can find and book your favorite in no time! Get your closest friends together and go out on the streets of San Diego, that’s where the wildest parties take place!

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Small Party Venues Rental Guide

Contrary to popular belief, a small venue doesn’t mean less fun. Choosing the right venue is extremely important when organizing a party that your guests won’t stop talking about any time soon! Thanks to Tagvenue, finding the perfect venue for your party has never been easier! Our filters can enable you to search by area, type of venue, and price range. If you’re thinking of hosting a party with just close family and friends, book an intimate venue - we assure you, it’ll be the best choice for your event. It’s also a great way to celebrate on a budget as most venues will offer drink and food packages that will accommodate all of your needs.

Why should you rent a small venue for your party?

Are you still not 100% sure whether you should host your intimate event in one of the city’s venues? Well we've got a few things to share that will help you make up your mind! Check out our list of some of the biggest advantages of booking a party venue below.

  • Change of setting – Treat your guests by escaping your usual spot and celebrate somewhere unique! Why? Let’s be honest, nobody wants to have an office party in the office. If you have the budget for it, choose a fresh and unique environment. Even when you’re hosting a private event, such as a birthday party or an anniversary dinner, booking one of San Diego’s small party spaces is a great way to make the occasion truly unforgettable!
  • The food – What’s one of the best parts of renting a venue for your party? Not worrying  about cooking and serving the food! And once the event is over, you won’t be faced with cleaning the dishes either. A rented party venue can give you back the time you would normally spend on looking up recipes, buying ingredients, and making the meal. So, when the party comes, you’ll be able to relax, focus on your guests and enjoy being served by someone else.
  • Ambiance – Choosing a small party venue with the right atmosphere can take your event to the next level! San Diego boasts plenty of intimate venues with a unique ambiance that’s hard to recreate anywhere else! Just think about what kind of style and mood you’re going for, then have a look at our listings and pick the perfect space for your small party.

Guide to renting the perfect small venue 

There are a few things to consider before renting the ideal space for your intimate celebration. And no, we’re not exaggerating! Have a look at our guide and keep all of these points in mind when looking for THE venue!

  • Set the budget – You cannot start planning any event without first settling the budget. Why? It will be much easier to choose the perfect space for your party when you know what you can afford! Thanks to Tagvenue’s smart platform you can adjust our cost slider and easily browse venues that fall within your price range.
  • Create a guest list – Think about who cannot be missed during the party and create a guest list - it’s just that simple! Send out the invites and ask the people to send their RSVP as quickly as possible. Knowing the estimated number of guests will help you find the right-sized venue. After all, nobody likes to overspend on a space that’s too big for a small gathering. It’s best practice to make sure that there is enough room to accommodate everyone in the space comfortably. 
  • Set the date – Pick the date of your party before you get to any planning or searching for the spot. Many popular venues in San Diego are booked far ahead in advance, so a good rule of thumb is to start browsing your options as early as you can. Another tip is to be flexible with the date and day of the week if you can - trust us, this can sometimes help you get a fantastic deal.
  • Pick the location – Do you have a specific area around San Diego in mind for your small event? Would you rather host it indoors or outdoors? Keep in mind that the place you choose should be easy to reach for your guests. We also suggest you consider things such as parking spaces or and full access for guests with special needs.
  • Choose the menu – One of the core (if not paramount) elements of any party is the food! Decide whether you want to rent a venue that provides in-house catering, hire one of your trusted external caterers, or organize a potluck. But there is one catch: not all venues allow you to bring your own food and beverages, so before renting the space, read the terms and conditions carefully and ask the venue manager - just to be extra sure. After all, better be safe than sorry!
  • Schedule a viewing – Last but not least, once you’ve looked through the listings, compared the offers, and picked a few favorites, it’s a great idea to schedule a viewing before you make the final decision. Seeing your chosen venue in person will help you assess whether the photos are true, whether the ambiance of the place suits you, and make a final decision as to whether it’s the right fit for your occasion.

Small Party Venues in San Diego FAQ

How much does it cost to rent a small party venue in San Diego?

Depending on your chosen location or venue, the rental costs in San Diego vary greatly. You can rent a tiny place for $75 per hour, or somewhere slightly bigger for up to $500 per hour. Some venues offer special packages that start at $15 and get up to $75 per person. (All data from Tagvenue.)

Where in San Diego can I find the best small party venues?

We’re certain you’ll love La Jolla’s selection of small venues that are ideal for all kinds of small celebrations. Whether you’re dreaming of a small banquet hall, a private function room, or a terrace, we highly recommend checking it out. Downtown is home to rooftop venues where you can celebrate with sprawling city views as a backdrop. Around Gaslamp Quarter and East Village you’ll find plenty of venues that will suit your requirements and your style. North Park is the epicenter of great restaurants and quirky bars if that’s the direction you want to go.

How far in advance should I book a party venue in San Diego?

A good rule of thumb is the earlier, the better! If you’re interested in one of the more popular venues in San Diego, you should book at least 5 to 6 weeks in advance. Planning your party early increases your chances of securing your desired space.

How much does it cost to cater a small party?

Catering for a small party can cost anywhere between $20 and $80 per person. These packages include the rent for the space, as well as food and beverages. If you have a tight budget, we suggest you consider doing a BYOB or a cash bar for your guests.

Guest Reviews of Small Party Venues on Tagvenue

Giavanna Baugh
Booked Common Space at Hardihood Cowork - North Park, San Diego
The venue manager was super communicative and I knew exactly what to bring and what to expect for when I arrived at the venue. Really nice space and they had a backdrop perfect for taking pictures as well.
Jacopo Bellini
Booked Penthouse With Terrace at The Penthouse @ La Jolla Cove
Jackie and her staff have been simply incredible, better than expectations. Besides being professional, helpful and organized they have been friendly and collaborative. They made the impossible possible. The Penthouse offers an incredible view and is perfect to host an event that you want to be memorable. Thank you Jackie and Olivia!

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