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The Event Planner's Guide to Los Angeles Venues

Amanda Pinzon |

Los Angeles, California skyline buildingsWhether it’s the film or event industry, it’s all about location, location, location. Thankfully, Los Angeles is full of incredible event spaces that reflect the city’s many characters. You’ll find venues full of modern elegance, Old Hollywood glamour and blockbuster spectacle right in the heart of the city. As the city of show business, it should be no surprise that Los Angeles is an excellent place to put on any kind of production. In a city as big as Los Angeles, no matter where you go, you’re sure to find great dining and entertainment opportunities. The city’s comprehensive metro rail and bus system also makes it possible to explore some of greater LA’s top destinations while avoiding the notorious traffic. Thanks to its sunny skies and exciting energy, tourists and businesses alike can’t get enough of this West Coast superstar. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in La-La Land.


The Top 10 Los Angeles Venues Planners Should Consider

1. Los Angeles Convention Center

Centrally located near major highways and metro stations, this city landmark is the definition of convenience. This massive facility features five exhibit halls, 64 meeting rooms and also provides support services including food, beverage, and lighting and sound systems. With many hotels and restaurants within walking distance, any event here is sure to get rave reviews.

Los Angeles Convention Center Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Los Angeles Convention Center

2. Convene @ South Figueroa Street

The smaller of the two Convene locations, South Figueroa is perfect for low-key meetings. Here you’ll find six comfortable meeting rooms, with the largest capable of seating 145 guests. This downtown space offers great views alongside all the support Convene is known for, as well as special rates at nearby partner hotels.

Convene @ South Figueroa Street Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Convene

3. Convene @ South Grand Avenue

Located in the Wells Fargo Center, this luxurious venue features two floors of meeting and work spaces. The Forum space alone can seat 250 guests, making South Grand a great place for larger groups to take advantage of all that Convene has to offer. Thanks to convenient hotel, dining and entertainment options, guests can move easily from work to play.

Convene @ South Grand Avenue Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Convene

4. The Westin Bonaventure

This sleek downtown hotel boasts the largest ballroom in Los Angeles as one of its 35 event rooms. With 1,300+ rooms, a six-story shopping and dining atrium and a sky-high revolving cocktail lounge, guests don’t even have to leave the hotel to have a fabulous time. Throw in onsite event, catering and AV services, and you’ve got the complete package.

The Westin Bonaventure Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Marriott International, Inc.

5. OUE Skyspace LA

Looking to wow your guests? The 360° views from the outdoor terraces of Skyspace LA are sure to do the trick. This stylish venue has great amenities including in-house catering services and top of the line technology. Guests looking for even more thrills may even consider taking a ride on the heart-stopping Skyslide!

OUE Skyspace LA Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: OUE Skyspace Los Angeles

6. Hudson Loft

Some events require a blank canvas in order to fully realize a planner’s vision. This airy, well-lit building features a multitude of open loft spaces across several floors. Planners will have no trouble incorporating the great weather thanks to Hudson Loft’s 14,000 sq. ft. open rooftop.

Hudson Loft 4th Floor Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Hudson Loft

7. The Unique Space

This Arts District building brings together the best of historic LA charm and modern amenities. Here, it’s all about flexibility, which is why there are no required vendors. Whether its indoor or out, planners and guests alike will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of the Unique Space.

The Unique Space Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Unique, Inc.

8. Loews Hollywood Hotel

This fabulous venue has 76,000 sq. ft. of function space, including a ballroom capable of seating 2,000. Guests are sure to feel like A-listers whether they’re relaxing in one the 600+ plush rooms or basking in the rooftop pool. Located just a block from Hollywood Boulevard, this hotel is close to some of the best dining and entertainment options LA has to offer.

Loews Hollywood Hotel Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Loews Hotel & Co.

9. Casa Vertigo

This landmark building offers a variety of great event spaces throughout its three floors, including two ballrooms. The 13,000 sq. ft rooftop features spectacular views, a secret penthouse and even has available billboard space! No matter the event, this versatile location is full of options to make your event one of a kind.

Casa Vertigo Rooftop Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Casa Vertigo

10. Ebell LA

Built in 1927, this venue is the perfect place to experience Old Hollywood glamour. Whether you hold your event in one of the ballrooms, the art salon or the courtyard garden, it’s sure to be an elegant affair. Thanks to a dedicated events team and gourmet catering services, planners can be sure their event is in good hands.

 

Ebell Venue - Los Angeles, California Photo credit: The Ebell of Los Angeles

 

Top Things to Do in L-LA Land

Lights, Camera, Action!

For many people, LA is all about the rich and famous. Take a tour around Beverly Hills to see the homes of your favorite stars or head to the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the chance to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrities. Head to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for a more low-key encounter with the stars and to check out iconic locations like the Chinese Theater. 

Hollywood Walk of FamePhoto credit: Hollywood Walk of Fame

See the Sights

Some of the best views in LA require some distance, but the experience is well worth it. Located on the shores of the Pacific, 15 miles from downtown, the Santa Monica Pier offers breathtaking views courtesy of its 90 ft tall Ferris wheel. For those who prefer to stay on the ground, there’s Griffith Observatory on Mt. Hollywood. Here visitors can enjoy unparalleled views of the skyline and even take a peek at real stars thanks to an enormous telescope. In the hills of Bel-Air, the Getty Center offers views of both natural and man-made wonders. At this architectural marvel, visitors will find a magnificent art collection, beautiful gardens and of course, great views of the city.

Santa Monica PierPhoto credit: Santa Monica Pier

Crowd Pleasers 

There’s something for everyone in LA, you just need the right tickets. Sports fans can catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium or a college football game at the Rose Bowl. Movie aficionados are sure to enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of studios like Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers and Disney. Don’t forget to check out the calendars of the Staples Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall for exciting concerts and shows!

Staples CenterPhoto credit: Staples Center

Have you hosted an event in one of these Los Angeles venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside or outside Los Angeles? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Amanda Pinzon

Amanda is a Aventri summer intern.

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