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Event orchestration | 23 May 2019

25 San Antonio Event Venues That Your Attendees Will Love

Jacob Thomas

San Antonio is a great city with a lot of quality event venues. Here are the 25 best locations for your next business or personal meetup.

The city of San Antonio is a vibrant Southwestern community with more than 1.5 million residents, which makes it the seventh most populous city in the United States. Originally founded in 1718 as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost, the city has grown well beyond its humble beginnings and is now a cultural hotspot.

Folks come from all over the globe to experience San Antonio’s rich history, great Tex-Mex food, thriving music scene, and the world-famous Riverwalk. All of these things make San Antonio a fantastic city to host an event in as well. Whether you’re planning a corporate function, an important fundraiser, or a personal get-together with family and friends, San Antonio has a venue that will fit your occasion perfectly.

Keep reading to discover the top 25 event venues in San Antonio. We’ve worked hard to compile a well-rounded list that includes museums, theme parks, restaurants, bars, and more. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and take a look!

25 San Antonio Event Venues

1. The Alamo

The Alamo - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: The Alamo

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 200

The story of the Alamo is known all over the world. But the structure where the infamous battle took place was actually built roughly 130 years earlier as the Mission of San Francisco de Solano. Today, the building still stands as a museum and shrine to the amazing men who gave their lives back in 1836. It also can be rented as an events venue for dinner receptions, business meetings, or personal soirees. The grounds and facilities are beautiful and well maintained and event planners can talk event strategy with an on-site events coordinator. If you’re looking for a location that really taps into the essence of the city, the Alamo just might be your best bet.

2. The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Majestic Theatre

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 2,264

The Majestic Theatre was brought to life in 1929 by the famed architect, John Eberson. Designed in the Spanish Mediterranean style, the theatre has stood the test of time and still hosts world-class entertainment to this day (such as the Broadway in San Antonio series and many other performances). It can also be rented by businesses or individuals for corporate dinners, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other private functions. If you’re interested in unique San Antonio event spaces, take a good, hard look at this national historic landmark. Your guests will appreciate the atmosphere and the theatre’s staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

3. Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe

Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Jack Guenther Pavilion

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 500

The Jack Guenther Pavilion at Briscoe is one of the premier event venues in Texas. Equally suitable to weddings, corporate gatherings, and personal parties, this space is conveniently situated in downtown San Antonio and offers picturesque views of the famous Riverwalk. Event planners have access to three floors of customizable space, a dance floor, built-in screens and projectors, and WiFi. Wow your guests with this location’s exquisite architecture and treat them to a night they won’t soon forget at the Jack Guenther Pavilion at Briscoe.

4. SeaWorld

SeaWorld - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: SeaWorld

Location: Far West Side

Capacity: 10,000

When you think of the perfect event venue, do you think of the words “fun,” “thrilling,” and “unique”? Then SeaWorld San Antonio may be the ideal location for your next business meeting or private cocktail party. This space really is one of a kind. You’ll have access to chef-prepared catering menus, incredible entertainment options like live animal shows and rollercoasters, and more. SeaWorld also hosts team building programs so if that’s on your radar, definitely consider the Whale Done program or book a guided park tour. Whatever your event needs and desires, SeaWorld San Antonio is ready and willing to accommodate.

5. The DoSeum

The DoSeum - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Rivard Report

Location: North San Antonio

Capacity: 1,000

The DoSeum (rhymes with museum) is a San Antonio museum built specifically for children. Its mission is to “power up kids’ minds and support the important work of schools and community organizations.” And they do an excellent job! But just because the space was originally created to teach and entertain kids, doesn’t mean it’s still not a great location for adult functions too. Your next business or personal get-together will feel right at home at the DoSeum. You’ll have access to 104,000 square feet of space, ample free parking, AV equipment, complimentary tables and chairs, and prefered catering options.

6. Zocca

Zocca - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Flickr

Location: Riverwalk

Capacity: 250

Zocca is authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. The restaurant is situated right on the Riverwalk and features a relaxing riverside patio with views of the passing ferries and San Antonio nightlife. Event planners also have access to A/V equipment, valet parking, and WiFi. Whether you plan to host a family reunion, birthday party, or business lunch, Zocca has the room, the amenities, and the staff to make it a night you and your guests will always remember.

7. Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: TripAdvisor

Location: Riverwalk

Capacity: 475

Choosing the right event venue is never easy. When in doubt, go for a highly entertaining option that will keep your guests engaged and laughing all night long. That’s exactly the kind of experience they’ll have if you book Howl at the Moon for your next corporate or personal meetup. These guys know how to party and pump up the energy for events both big and small. The house musicians perform top hits from the ’80s and ’90s, A/V equipment and WiFi are included, and food and drink packages can be reserved. From fundraisers to bachelor parties, book Howl at the Moon and ensure yourself a highly entertaining event.

8. Aldaco’s

Aldaco's - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: The Curtis Team

Location: Stone Oak

Capacity: 100

In 1989, Blanco Aldaco opened her first restaurant. It quickly became a local favorite and now the talented chef operates two different locations in the San Antonio area serving traditional, cantina style dishes. Her food is so good that it has been featured on The Food Network, Good Morning America, and the New York Times! Beyond just great dining, an event at Aldaco’s also includes both indoor and outdoor spaces, a media room, and highly trained staff members.

9. Spanish Governor’s Palace

Spanish Governor's Palace - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Spanish Governor’s Palace

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 125

In the early 18th century, Spain and France quarreled over a territory that is now part of the Southwestern United States. To help protect the land they claimed as their own, the Spanish King, Philip V, ordered a presidio to be built. Over the next 200 or so years, the building served many purposes but eventually fell into disarray. The property was eventually purchased by the city of San Antonio, restored, and named the Spanish Governor’s Palace. Today, it serves as a museum and an event venue. If you host your next get-together at this location, you’ll be able to work with a facility coordinator and your guests will enjoy beautiful grounds and convenient parking.

10. Rustic Oak Gardens

Rustic Oak Gardens - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Wedding.com

Location: Rio Medina

Capacity: 700

Rustic Oak Gardens, formerly known as Brady’s Bloomin’ Barn, is a picturesque property situated just west of San Antonio in Rio Medina. The venue includes multiple spaces for rent including the “Red Room,” “Rustic Barn,” and “Majestic Courtyard” and is perfect for weddings, corporate functions, or private parties. Whether you want to craft an indoor or outdoor event experience for your guests, Rustic Oak Gardens can accommodate.

11. Smoke Venue + Catering

Smoke Venue + Catering - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Smoke Venue + Catering

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 340

Smoke Venue + Catering is really 10 venues in one, which means they have plenty of options and space for whatever kind of event you have in mind. Company holiday party? The Palace Floor will do the trick. Intimate wedding? Take a look at the St. Paul Square Courtyard. Whichever space you choose, you’ll have the option of premier catering to feed your hungry guests with mouth-watering barbeque. Host your next event at the same venue used by Toyota, the NCAA, and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

12. The Republic Golf Club

Source: YouTube

Location: Woodbridge of Monte Viejo

Capacity: 200

The Republic Golf Club is the number one public course in San Antonio, in large part because of beautifully manicured grounds, well-appointed facilities, and friendly staff. It’s also located in a convenient location being only 10 minutes from the Riverwalk and 8 minutes from Mission San Jose. But these perks are just the tip of the iceberg. Every rental includes tables and chairs, A/V equipment, a bartender, and a security guard. Catering options are also available. From company retreats to wedding ceremonies, The Republic Golf Club is ready to make your next event a smashing success.

13. The San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: San Antonio Things to Do

Location: North San Antonio

Capacity: 300

The San Antonio Zoo welcomes more than 1,000,000 visitors on an annual basis and has been in operation for nearly 100 years. It’s home to over 750 different species of animals and encompasses 56 acres of property. If those stats get you excited, perhaps you should consider hosting your next business picnic or birthday party at one of the zoo’s event venues. Locations include the Beastro Restaurant, a hippo viewing cave, and the Savannah Deck which will give your guests amazing views of giraffe exhibit. The San Antonio Zoo also accommodates team building events and can help organize a fun scavenger hunt or exclusive behind the scenes encounters.

14. Alamo Stadium

Alamo Stadium - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: SAISD

Location: North San Antonio

Capacity: 23,000

Need a bit more space? Alamo Stadium on the North side of the city is a great spot for outdoor events. Originally constructed in 1940, the complex is known as “The Rock Pile” because it’s largely constructed of limestone. These days, it’s usually used for high school football and soccer games. In fact, it’s the third largest high school stadium in the state of Texas. Whether you’re planning a sports tournament, music festival, or something else, Alamo Stadium may be the perfect spot.

15. Merkaba

Merkaba - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Merkaba

Location: Riverwalk

Capacity: 200

Merkaba is one of the more unique San Antonio event spaces on this list. It’s situated right on the Riverwalk and has quality A/V equipment as well as WiFi. But what really sets this venue apart is the drinks and entertainment selections. The club serves artisan cocktails and books the city’s best DJ’s and bands to keep your guests entertained. Birthday parties to business meetings, choose Merkaba and enjoy an entertaining night with your guests.

16. GO RIO River Cruise

GO RIO River Cruise - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: GO RIO

Location: Riverwalk

Capacity: 40

San Antonio is famous for its fantastic Riverwalk. So why not take complete advantage and host your next event on the river? With GO RIO, you can! GO RIO offers a variety of different cruises including private charters for up to 40 people and dinner cruises for 20 or fewer passengers. The dinner cruise, in particular, is intriguing as you can choose to have your meals catered by an assortment of well-loved restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe, Joe’s Crab Shack, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and the Rainforest Cafe. For an unforgettable evening, contact GO RIO and book your next corporate or private event.

17. The Guenther House

The Guenther House - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: The Guenther House

Location: Arsenal

Capacity: 250

The Guenther House offers a tranquil setting, expert staff, and delicious food for a variety of different events. Baby showers, birthday parties, business meetings, and weddings will all feel at home inside this venue. With multiple indoor and outdoor spaces available, Guenther House is well-equipped to help you host the event of your dreams.

18. The San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: San Antonio 300

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 200

The San Antonio Museum of Art houses the most complete collection of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art in the Southwestern United States. It’s also home to some of San Antonio’s best events. It’s not hard to see why. Every gathering, large or small, will benefit from the historic buildings, beautiful grounds, and convenient location. Black tie affairs, fundraising galas, and corporate meetings have all been hosted here in the past with great success.

19. Hotel Havana

Hotel Havana - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Jetsetter

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 150

Hotel Havana, established by a local grocer, first opened in 1914 with one mission: recreate the tropical paradise of its namesake. To do this, the founder planted an assortment of cypress, palm, and magnolia trees — many of which still stand today. But this venue offers much more than beautiful scenery alone. There are multiple spaces available for rent, a restaurant serving authentic Latin American food, and an award-winning bar. Any event held here — wedding, fundraiser, or business meeting — is sure to please guests.

20. Ranger Creek Brewing and Distillery

Ranger Creek Brewing and Distillery - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: San Antonio Current

Location: Sun Gate

Capacity: 250

The award-winning Ranger Creek Brewing and Distillery creates “handcrafted beer and whiskey made with lots of love, attention, and Texas attitude.” They’ve also created a pretty awesome event space too. Looking to get out of the office to do something fun with your team? The Brewstillery Tour and Tasting is an intimate, immersive experience that’s sure to please. Ready to host a more traditional event? Rent out the tasting room and entertain up to 250 guests. Quality drinks are, of course, available for any event but tasty food options can be arranged as well. In a nutshell, Ranger Creek Brewing and Distillery is a flexible venue that can host a variety of events with class.

21. Pearl

Pearl - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Do210

Location: Tobin Hill

Capacity: 500

What is Pearl? You might find yourself asking that question if you visit their website. The answer is a whole bunch of things. The space houses retail shops, dining options, a riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of the Culinary Arts of America. Yes, there’s A LOT going on at Pearl. But the venue team is more than happy to add your event to the mix. Any social, corporate, or non-profit get-together is welcome and can be held in the Pearl Stable, which housed draft horses in the 1800s but has since been renovated to accommodate business meetings, social gatherings, and weddings. Pearl also partners with top caterers in the area and can provide your event with quality food options if needed.

22. Lambermont

Lambermont - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Lambermont

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 300

Nestled in the heart of downtown San Antonio sits Lambermont, a truly “historic jewel that offers unmatched character and warmth for any special event.” If you’re looking for beautiful grounds, luxurious appointments, and historical significance, look no further. The Lambermont was built in 1894 and patterned after the European castles so beloved by the original owner. These days, it stands as one of the classiest event spaces that San Antonio has to offer. From intimate parties to grand nuptial ceremonies, book the Lambermont. You won’t regret it.

23. Paloma Blanca

Paloma Blanca - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Paloma Blanca

Location: Alamo Heights

Capacity: 150

Paloma Blanca is one of the highest rated Mexican restaurants in San Antonio and is available for both private dining and traditional events. The venue has three separate spaces: the Fountain Room which boasts a beautiful copper fountain and can accommodate up to 75 guests; the Garden Room with high ceilings and gorgeous slate walls; and the Candle Room which offers West Coast sophistication and a private patio. No matter which space you choose, your guests will be delighted by the quality food and atmosphere at Paloma Blanca.

24. The Westin Riverwalk

The Westing Riverwalk - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Kiwi Collection

Location: Riverwalk

Capacity: 784

The Westin Riverwalk is newly renovated and ready to host your business seminar, fundraising gala, family reunion, or wedding ceremony and reception. To start, the location is unbeatable. The San Antonio convention center and the airport are both close and the Riverwalk is literally in the Westin’s backyard. The hotel features 23 event spaces in total, each luxurious and well-equipped with A/V gear. Event planners also get access to a highly trained staff and a dedicated event planner to help iron out details. And for those hosting out of town guests, the Westin has hundreds of guest rooms available. What’s not to like about this venue?

25. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio Event VenuesSource: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 60,000

Finally, we have the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This venue is incredibly versatile, able to accommodate small intimate business meetings or mega expos and conferences with ease. The Center even features a 2,300 seat theatre which is ideal for drama performances, concerts, or events with intricate multimedia needs. No matter what kind of get-together you have in mind, you’ll enjoy professional technology features, catering and security options, and WiFi. But don’t just take our word for it. Look at the list of previous events held here: America’s Got Talent auditions, PAX South, and more.

Wrapping Up: The Perfect San Antonio Event Venue

There you have it, the top 25 San Antonio event venues for your next business conference, cocktail party, wedding, etc. Any of the locations above will help your next gathering shine. You just need to choose the space that best fits with your event goals. Then you can focus on all the other details that go into hosting a memorable get-together.

Speaking of memorable get-togethers, one of the best things you can do to ensure your next event goes off without a hitch is invest in event management software. From contact management to ticketing, this tool will ensure nothing falls through the cracks.

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