NOTE: I respond to inquires usually immediately during the day, certainly within the hour.
3,200 sq ft space perfect for Pop-Up dinners, mild events, budget weddings (we love those) or large groups of travelers. We can accommodate travelers for sleeping in the mezzanine upstairs, events downstairs and we have a full commercial kitchen. The space can really host most anything. We can seat 60 people for dinner and have all the tables, chairs and stuff you need. Gentle events (no dj parties with booze and no art, no frat parties, sorry guys) like art receptions or gallery things or comedy shows. The place is great for large groups traveling that want to save money by making their own food. Bands, DJ's, drinking contests and other alcohol based things are not really our speed, but we are not Puritans either. This is NOT a party space. Events that we are interested in have a connection to the arts.
I offer the space for between $500 to $900 depending on what the event is and the impact the event has on the space. You are welcome to ask for a discount if you are a charitable organization or if your event is a benefit for a charitable cause.
The sleeping accommodations are reasonable but the building is 100 years old and a little funky. I have a stack of futons that are good for backpackers or a huge group of travelers trying to save money. The space is funky and weird, but clean and well managed.
The space is (email hidden) system, microphones and all the things a club has. But it is NOT a place for loud music dance party spring break Woo Woo and ect...
We have hosted upwards of 20 people for sleeping. There are a few bedrooms, a small teardrop trailer that hangs from the ceiling, a bunch of air mattress', some futons and other sleeping pads and tons of blankets and sheets and stuff.
Who we are looking to facilitate:
a budget wedding (all combination of genders!)
an art group in town for a gathering
a traveling theatre troupe
a young amateur sports team
a pop-up restaurant
a variety show
a puppet show
flamenco dance/music recital
reluctantly, we will allow production companies to film in our space but we charge more for it
Things that we are not interested in:
Weddings with Bridezilla
DJ's from Los Angeles
people from the suburbs goodbye party for their friend with kegs
after parties of other events that don't allow alcohol
There are 2 bathrooms, 1 giant shower, wifi, plates, cups, bowls, flatware, pots, pans, stage lights, curtains, flats, 15 six and eight foot tables, 75 chairs, fully array of kitchen stuff, 2 Wolf ranges, commercial reach-in fridge, 8x16 stage, full LED lights and control board, lots of pipe and drape and tons and tons of space!
Please contact us with your ideas.
Note: we also offer a completely separate apartment that is part of the building, but has a separate entrance. You could rent the two properties in tandem, if you wish. You can find the little apartment listing by clicking on John's profile and on the left there will be other listings.
John was a fantastic and helpful host.
Had a great time in this very unique space at an event we hosted there for a few days for work.
John was a great host. He was very friendly, accommodating and totally helped us get acquainted with the space. Our room was clean and quirky in a great SF kinda way! Location is great as well with easy access to the mission and close to the 101/280 interchange so you can hop on the freeway if you really need to log some miles.
I look forward to visiting again! JB
Great host and awesome space! My boyfriend and I were really glad we rented this space for our daughters first birthday and baptism party. We had about 40-50 guests come and fit comfortably. John also allowed us to check in early to set up for the party. He set up tables, chairs, and table cloths the day before to make sure all our needs were met! He also stopped by to show us where everything is located, how to work the sound system, lights, etc. I loved everything about big space 4 travelers and would recommend it to family or friends.
This space was perfect for our event. Guests enjoyed the hip and unusual surroundings and it was fully equipped with lights, sound system, decor, to create the right mood. John was a great host - helped us find everything we needed.
this space cannot be beat! see my review on the loft john also offers, I accidentally reviewed chez poulet there!
anyway....I'm in love with this space and its creativity.
Finding an event space in San Francisco is a challenge. One you can afford. One where you can bring in your own booze, set up your own space, and even cook in a professional kitchen. (But beware, there is other chefs who rent time in the kitchen, so you will have company before 6pm, we had 4 chefs, luckily we did not have much prep to do.)
We had a post wedding party for 20, and it was fabulous. Hook up your own ipod, set up your own tables with swaggar, candles, etc.
BE AWARE you must rent the apartment up stairs if you want to stay past 10pm, or you much quiet down, and if you are smart you will rent the apartment in tandem with the event space so you can party the night away with your friends.
We had a blast.
Be aware that the space is a bit on the funky/raw side, and needs to be "prettied" up by your helpers, we spent 3 hours on our set up. Depends on how creative you want to get.
Hire a waiter/clean up person, you have to leave the space clean, we came back in the morning and did the clean up.
It is a KILLER space and we had a total blast, a very memorable night for our group.
Thanks Chicken John !
Chickenjohn was a great host! Quick to reply to inquiries, very accommodating and prompt. He let us check out the space in advance to make sure it fit our needs (we were hosting a design research workshop), and was there the day of to make sure we had everything set up the way we needed.
I'll definitely rent from him again the next time I need a venue like his, and I highly recommend this venue to you as well.
This space is awesome and John is a perfect host! I would definitely recommend the space and even rent it again! If you are looking for a fun, quirky event space, this is it.
There's a great seating/entrance area in the front, a large open space in the middle--perfect for performances or a large dinner, and full kitchen in the back. The top floor has its own seating area, two bedrooms and a really cool trailer that's set up with a bed.
We rented out the space for a bridal shower/bachelorette party, and it could not have been more perfect! We hosted a dinner for 18 women, and it was so nice not having to bring in our own dishes, cups, silverware and tablecloths. There's also a projector screen which was ideal as we had a video we played for the bride-to-be.
That night we had 5 guests comfortably stay over (it could have easily slept even more) and everyone slept really well on the beds.
Thank you again, John, for helping us put on a great event!
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