Venice Beach, CA Meeting Planning Overview
Venice Beach has historically been the uber-funky neighbor of Santa Monica and Marina del Rey: more of a carnival atmosphere amid henna tattoos, gift shops and the Southern California lifestyle; where dispossessed vie for space and attention with licensed booth vendors and keep-fit fanatics along the beach walkway. Even so, the area seems poised on the cusp of a renaissance, and the latest venues in Venice Beach reflect that expectation. For this reason, planners whose (small) groups long to be on the cutting edge of cool should consider this area.
There are many more hotel venues in Venice Beach than there were five years ago, and the ones that have popped up are trendy, hip and full of Southern California chic. The largest is the 119-room Hotel Erwin, a Joie de Vivre hotel that opened last year. Its High Rooftop Lounge makes for a classic event space, one of the few places to gaze down at the frenetic action on the boardwalk without being part of it; it's also the place to be for California sunsets, and the hotel's Dogtown Suite, a space-age pad with cool touches such as a huge wall clock with sneakers representing the 12 hours, can host 30 persons. Other, smaller boutique-y properties include the 27-room Venice Beach Suites & Hotel; the 47-room Cadillac, the nine-room Venice Beach House, a surprising and tranquil escape wrapped in ivy; the 12-room Su Casa Oceanfront Suites and 31-room Venice Suites (which has siblings—the 27-room Venice Breeze Suites and the smaller Venice Paloma Suites).
Event venues in Venice Beach include The Canal Club, one block from the canals and with space on its second floor for groups. The Electric Lodge, a solar-powered art gallery with performance spaces, has three areas for rental: A dance studio that can be turned into a 97-seat theater, another theater and the "Greenroom." Right on the sand is Casa Karmina, which can be rented in its entirety for events and has sleeping accommodations.
The Waterfront Cafe can cater to large groups, while Chaya, which has served up French and Japanese cuisine for two decades, accepts parties of more than 10 people in several private rooms. Hal's Bar & Grill boasts a 40-foot-long bar and Hal's Hideaway (a private dining room for 40 persons). La Cabana has been giving Venice Beach residents great Mexican food since 1963, and that is a very long time in terms of Los Angeles history; it has a large, colorful patio for groups and a menu of 18 different margaritas.
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