This is a large room with brick walls, skylights, multiple seating options, including comfy couches, and a professional stage in the corner. Perfect for product presentations, speeches, performances and/or announcements, the room is set slightly below street level, accessible via a short staircase (or an ADA-compliant chair lift), and is 1090 square feet. The corner stage is an 160 square feet, and the entry platform just inside the front door is 50 square feet. The space includes a kitchenette and two bathrooms (one is ADA-accessible). The kitchenette is available as a staging area for food prep and as a water source for washing and drinking, but NOT for cooking. We have two hi-tech induction-style hot plates, which are available for limited use (such as re-heating food or boiling water), and can be relocated to the main room. The kitchenette has a double-sink and a medium-sized fridge, which can be partially or fully available for your event. There are beautiful custom-made wooden tables (4 - 4' long rectangles, 4 - 2' rounds), extremely comfortable bar chairs (also custom-made) and stools which offer flexible seating and/or display areas if needed, and which you are welcome to move around the room. We also have 11 couches in the room, which can be moved only slightly. An additional 20 folding chairs are available at no cost. We offer a set-up sound system at no cost; however a service fee will be leveraged if a sound man is needed throughout the event. A Steinway grand piano is available at no additional cost. PLEASE NOTE: Our space is an active music venue (The Back Room) and is frequently booked with music performances and community events. Please check our schedule for availability: https://backroommusic.com/events/. Thank you!
$120 flat rate cleaning fee is included in your booking. Food, beverages and alcohol can be brought in to the space and consumed on-site, but not sold to the general public.
The venue served us very well. Sam allowed us to start setup at 6:00 PM, which helped a lot. The rows of narrow tables along the east wall needed extensive rearranging. Fortunately we had lots of helping hands. Sam was a bit cantancourus about some of it, but generally helpful. He did a great job with the band setup, and let Art set up our slideshow from his control panel area. I got to chat w lots of friends on the comfortable couches, while 80th birthday boy Art wandered mingled with old friends. Overall an evening to cherish.
The space was awesome the person who managed the space needs a littleneeds a little training on being assertive without being aggressive he did his best though for where he's at and again I say the place is beautiful and met our needs wonderfully and all the old Berkeley folks absolutely loved it I'm talking about people in their sixties and seventies who definitely remember the old freight and salvageif you have good people skills you will be able to deal with the manager just fine so go for it if you'd like it rented it's worth it
The room was spacious. I loved the skylight and the stage setting. The venue was however, not very well kept. Garbage was strewn all over the floor. Obviously, the owner himself was living in the building. The kitchen and bathroom were not very clean either. The owner said there was an event the night before, but I thought he could have cleaned up before my booked time (1- 4 pm). He assisted us with the sound system, which was nice. Whether the sound support was part of the price or not, I felt lucky to have someone watching the sound quality during my show. However, he was not able to fix the slight feedback from one of the vocal mics, nor knowledgeable enough to put my guitar amp through the main speaker system (which should have been easy, I got it done by another engineer when I played at a festival.) I was happy that the venue had a piano.
Sam was an amazing host for our event. He made himself very available for us to come by and do several site visits/walk-throughs prior to our event. He also assisted us throughout the event with the sound & lighting systems, which was incredibly helpful. The space itself was perfect for our event, an intimate fundraiser with arts and crafts activities & storytelling. The thrift store couches were a huge hit with our guests. Thanks again to The Back Room!
I absolutely loved the venue itself and the central location. And Audrey the Peerspace contact has been nothing but responsive & helpful. However, the actual venue host Sam, was very unprofessional both the first time I met with him to see the space AND with my coworkers who ran the event on Saturday. Both times the space was super dirty, beer bottle lids on the floor and crumbs all over the couches. He himself didn't sound all that coherent, as if he just rolled out of bed hungover. And I really do not enjoy that I'm writing this, but interacting with Sam in person felt very uncomfortable for me as a woman. He assured me he would clean up the place, but that was not the case on the morning of the event, so much so that our own volunteers had to sweep and pick up the garbage before we could start. Given the cleaning fee that is part of this reservation I would have expected better for the cleanliness. Again, the venue itself & Audrey were great. I'd even consider booking again for some other event in the future. I just do not want to have to deal with the host himself and request that Peerspace does a more thorough vetting of the professionalism & the cleanliness of the venue beforehand. Thanks,