Where to Throw a Party

An unforgettable birthday party, bridal shower, anniversary gala, engagement bash or office party starts with finding the best party spot or private room in the East Bay.

Updated: October 22, 2004

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Dona Tomas

5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Pasta Pelican Restaurant

2455 Mariner Square Dr, Alameda, CA 94501

10 or Less


1501 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Potent margaritas and easy-to-share tapas plates make this a great place for intimate gatherings.

Albatross Pub

1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Berkeley's oldest pub is a fine location for small groups to spend an evening enjoying Irish coffee by the fireplace.

A Cote

5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Small groups will enjoy the French and Italian small plates and extensive wine list at this trendy restaurant.

10 to 25

Pacific Coast Brewing Co.

906 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

The heated beer garden keeps groups of 20 warm while sampling award-winning house brews.

Blakes On Telegraph

2367 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Dance to live music and enjoy a lengthy drink menu in the downstairs area that is suitable for medium-sized gatherings.

Becketts Of Berkeley

2271 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Reserve the Oscar Wilde room for an evening of semi-private dining with 25 friends at this landmark bar.

25 to 50

Caffe Verbena

1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

This homey restaurant can host up to 40 friends on its attractive outdoor patio that overlooks downtown Oakland.

Yoshi's Oakland

510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA 94607

Share some sushi rolls and sake with up to 50 friends in a private room at this legendary jazz club.

Conga Lounge

5422 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

This tropical-themed bar is available for large private parties without a room fee Sundays through Wednesdays.

50 or More

Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705

This posh, hilltop hotel can accommodate large groups with its 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse

901 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Microbrewery hosts groups of up to 200 in its private rooms for sit-down dinners or just appetizers.