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Hooray! We have resumed holding indoor & outdoor events, as official guidelines allow. Please review the local health orders and guidelines for the type and size of event you are planning—we will follow all current local health & safety protocols per SFDPH. We can help you to understand the nuances and details as we continue to receive updated guidelines. If you are interested in booking an event, please reach out and we can be as flexible and accommodating as possible. *PLEASE NOTE* due to the pandemic we have received a ton of last-minute requests. Please understand that within 1 week we will need to charge a 15% late booking fee which helps with last-minute staff scheduling, etc. Thank you, and stay safe! ——————— In the heart of the Castro District, this gorgeous, one-of-a-kind private club location is perfect for receptions, client events, fundraisers, cocktail parties, off-sites, presentations, luxury activations, and much more. ——————— INCLUDED IN THIS LISTING: MAIN FLOOR Our gorgeous 1,200 sqft main floor has 3 distinct rooms plus a service kitchen, a custom blackjack table, hardwood floors, rotating artwork by distinguished local artists, multiple seating areas, designer furniture, 12-foot ceilings, A/V system and sound, and access to an outdoor patio/yard plus basement speakeasy (additional cost, inquire with host for availability). ——————— ADDITIONAL SPACES AVAILABLE (message host to inquire about availability): OUTDOOR GARDEN TERRACE: https://www.peerspace.com/pages/listings/5cf81b06d40c58001ca6e0d8 This newly-renovated, private outdoor oasis features a gorgeous Brazilian Ipe deck, two fire pits, overhead electric heaters, warm outdoor cafe lighting, speakers for background music, and plenty of space for your group to enjoy a beautiful San Francisco evening. BASEMENT SPEAKEASY: https://www.peerspace.com/pages/listings/59f8ad6ee65cfeae01905799 A few words to the host gets you escorted downstairs through a secret bookshelf door. The 700 sqft Speakeasy features a cool "underground" atmosphere filled with games, music capabilities, and a private bar area with direct access to the Outdoor Garden Terrace. CLUB LEVEL: https://www.peerspace.com/pages/listings/5e334479bf21f2000d05e3c4 This newly-renovated top floor lounge is located within a private social club. Available for receptions, mixers, fundraisers, corporate retreats, wine tastings, and more, this space is perfect for an event that requires inviting elegance and a vintage, luxurious ambience. Three distinct rooms (tasting room bar; boardroom-dining room; club room-lounge) are connected by a hallway with glittering crystal and brass cage pendants, complete with trim details on the walls, ravishing local artwork, traditional herringbone flooring, and crown moulding throughout. FULL BUILDING BUYOUT, inquire with host for rates and availability. ——————— INCLUDED IN BOOKING RATE ❧ All required venue staff (additional may be necessary for special requests) ❧ Exclusive private access to all spaces listed ❧ One private all-gender restroom Full use of the Main Floor ❧ Standing up to 50 ❧ Seating up to 25 ❧ 70" Television in Parlor-Lounge ❧ Mounted roll down projection screen/mounted projector ❧ Sonos sound system ❧ Custom blackjack table (staffed w/ professional dealer upon request, $100/hr; availability not guaranteed) ——————— ***NOT INCLUDED*** IN BOOKING RATE (inquire w/ host for full pricing & options) FOOD & BEVERAGE ❧ BEVERAGES: The venue has an exclusive contract with a beverage caterer for bar services & bartenders. Guests are *not* permitted to provide their own beverages or staff. Different package levels are available; please inquire w/ host. ❧ FOOD: Preferred vendor food catering options available. Any caterer not on the preferred list will incur an additional fee and require a separately-scheduled walk through. ——————— ADDITIONAL SERVICES OFFERED UPON REQUEST (availability not guaranteed and must be booked well in advance): ❧ Beverage catering (w/ additional required staffing) ❧ Food catering ❧ Blackjack / card dealer ❧ Drag entertainment ❧ Outdoor Garden Terrace ❧ DJ or Karaoke ❧ Photo Booth ❧ Whiskey Tastings ❧ Wine Tastings ❧ Learn How to Make Your Own Signature Cocktail ❧ Barber Services (main floor barber salon) The Concierge Team can assist clients in need of other equipment, A/V, furnishings, and services to make your event a success. You can contact them at email@example.com. ——————— CONVENIENCE We are located less than a block from Church St. MUNI station, with easy street parking available nearby. ——————— EXPECTATIONS PRIOR TO YOUR BOOKING Guest will set expectations w/ Host 2-weeks prior to booking. *PLEASE NOTE* due to the pandemic we have received a ton of last-minute requests. Please understand that within 1 week we will need to charge a 15% late booking fee which helps with last-minute staff scheduling, etc. ——————— FAQ Q: What are the cost components involved in hosting a private event at this space? A: We will provide you with a detailed, itemized proposal for your review prior to booking. Cost components are: space rental (hourly), cleaning fee, beverage package (see below - per person, per hour), sales tax, gratuity, plus any add-ons or entertainment provided in-house. We may also charge additional fees for outside food vendors, last-minute bookings, or other requests outside our typical offerings. Q: Can we bring our own alcohol? A: Our licensing and insurance do not allow for “BYOB” and therefore this is not allowed. Q: Can we provide our own staff / bartender? A: We provide all event staff including bartender, barback, front of house host, etc. If you have a friend or volunteer who would like to assist with check-in (e.g. handing out door prizes, welcoming guests, etc.) that is okay but please inform the event manager. Only venue staff and management are allowed in any back-of-house areas labeled "staff only" or "employees only". Q: Can we have our guests pay for their own drinks? A: For larger private events of more than 10 people, we are not able to allow individual drink tabs or orders. This is to ensure smooth service and a successful event for both our staff, you, and your guests. We are happy to work with you on a beverage package that suits your needs and your budget. Q: How about food? Do you have preferred catering vendors that you work with? A: We have preferred vendors who can give you a separate quote and take care of all food-related needs. Please click here to see our preferred vendors list. We do not handle food in-house, and we do not have a full kitchen on-site. If you work with an outside caterer not on our preferred vendors list, we charge a $250 fee. This covers time and expenses required for a new vendor, such as permit and insurance verification / paperwork, added email communication, required venue walk through, etc. If you do not hire professional catering but decide to bring in food or have it delivered, we charge a $100 fee to cover added staff clean-up time and waste disposal. Q: What about security or door staff? Do we need to provide this? A: We provide all necessary venue staff, including a front receptionist who will greet your guests, verify their name on the guest list, check their coat or bag (complimentary), and direct them to the space where your event is being held. If you feel for any reason that your event requires additional professional security, please let us know and we can refer you to an appropriate contractor. Q: Is there parking included, or a garage nearby? A: There are no included parking spots with the venue, and unfortunately, The Castro does not have a parking garage. We are located right on Market Street, and there is generally street parking available within 1-2 block radius. Of course, for any guests who will be consuming alcoholic beverages, we strongly advise taking a car service or public transportation, which is readily available outside our venue. Q: How do vendors or personnel load-in to the venue? Is there a loading dock or designated area? A: There is no loading dock or designated loading zone, however, we do have a side gate on Market Street that goes to the lower level (Speakeasy or Outdoor Terrace). This can often be the easiest way to load in, depending on which space you have reserved. Street parking is available or you may temporarily double park on Market Street for quick drop-offs. Please coordinate specific arrival times with venue management, and be advised that all set-up time must be part of the hourly rentals. Your event contact can go over these requirements to ensure a smooth experience. Q: Can we have a DJ? A: It depends on which space you are renting, and which other events are happening at the venue. We have an old building where sound can bleed through to each floor. Also, outdoor amplified music is not allowed. Please ask your host for details on what is possible for your event. Q: What about supplying our own music / playlist? A: We have a Sonos system that covers the whole venue. If you have a Spotify playlist you can email to us as a link, that is ideal. Please make sure it is set to public, and send to the host. Then we can load it into our system and have it ready for when you arrive. Please be aware that you will not be able to "control" the music during the event. You may work with the event manager to set an appropriate volume, shuffle or other settings, prior to the start of the event. Q: Do you allow dancing? A: Only in certain areas of the venue, including the outdoor terrace (keep in mind music and volume constraints), and the Speakeasy. Generally, we are more of a cocktail lounge space, not a dance club, so please consider this when planning your event. If we are not the most suitable venue, we can definitely recommend great alternatives. Q: Do you allow guests under the age of 21? A: Our licensing does permit guests under age 21, however, they will not be served alcoholic beverages per state law. Any minors (guests under age 18) must be supervised by a parent or adult guardian at all times. Our venue is not suitable for young children, and we strongly recommend childcare services in lieu of bringing kids to the venue.
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Guests may cancel their Booking until 30 days before the event start time and will receive a full refund (including all Fees) of their Booking Price. Guests may cancel their Booking between 30 days and 7 days before the event start time and receive a 50% refund (excluding Fees) of their Booking Price. Cancellations submitted less than 7 days before the Event start time are not refundable. Learn more
Sasha T. booked a holiday party for 50 people
The Academy was the perfect place for our company holiday event! The staff and venue both exceeded my expectations. We had catering, open bar and a card dealer. Cozy, trendy space. Would recommend this venue to anyone!
Sid G. booked an event for 50 people
Everything was perfect, Nate was responsive and thought of everything, the venue is even better than it looks in pictures, bartenders, caterer recommendations were all amazing. Got rave reviews from all the guests and everyone had a blast.
Anastasia L. booked an event for 55 people
AMAZING! We had such a great time at The Academy! The staff was incredibly professional and fun! The overall process of planning the event was pleasant, Nate was able to help with all needs! I would recommend this place for the events for 50-100people.
Gustaf A. booked an event for 90 people
Second time booking this space and we couldn't be happier. Its beautiful, central and much bigger than you think. We were 100 people and could easily fit just downstairs in in the backyard. We will absolutely come again!
Geno E. booked a company holiday party for 80 people
This space is awesome. Feels like you are having a party at someone's amazing home. The staff was helpful and efficient. We had 65 people, and the space was great for that size but could have also been a party for 125 and still fit nicely. I will keep this on my list of must book places for company events.
Shinae L. booked an office holiday party for 80 people
The Academy was the perfect venue for our company holiday party of 50! The decor and service was amazing. We were completely taken care of with a full staff! I was skeptical at first because the price came to much higher than the Peerspace quote, but it was way worth it to spend more and have everything taken care of by their lovely staff. :) Everyone had a great time and loved the venue!
Jake E. booked an event for 120 people
I’m reluctant to leave a review because I don’t want the secret to get out about this place... I threw a NYE party here and the venue was perfect for me and 100 guests. The space required practically no decoration and had nearly everything we needed! Nate and his team were wonderful, attentive, responsive and communicative throughout the booking and event. The only downside I can think of is that there are only two restrooms so there might be a little wait at times. The speakeasy is awesome and definitely an exciting element for guests, the card table was a great activity and the outside area was spacious and warm for nearly all our guests. We’ll be back!