What to Look for in a Private Event Venue

Event Planning & Madam Bonnie’s

Welcome to our guide on selecting the perfect private event venue! While we’ll be providing you with valuable event planning ideas, we’d also like to introduce you to Madam Bonnie’s – a venue that ticks all the boxes when it comes to hosting a memorable private event.

From location and ambiance to food and beverages, our guide will cover everything you need to know in order to choose the right venue. And, we’ll show you why Madam Bonnie’s stands out as the perfect spot to host your next event. So, let’s dive in and get started!

Things That Will Help You Plan a Perfect Private Event 

Here are some key factors to consider when planning the perfect private event:

Location of the event 

Does the location match the event’s theme? Is it simple to locate? The location of your event is one of the essential considerations. You should find a location that is conveniently accessible and gives adequate parking for your visitors. 

If you’re looking for a great location, check out Madam Bonnie’s in Gaslamp! We are located in the heart of downtown San Diego, making it easily accessible to guests from all parts of the city. It is also close to major hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues, making it convenient for out-of-town guests.

Ambiance and mood

Your event’s environment and tone can make or break the entire experience for your visitors. Consider the venue’s design, lighting, and general ambiance while selecting a location. Is it welcoming and cozy? If you’re looking for a speakeasy vibe, our Gatsby era design restaurant, adorned with velvet booths and swinging crystal chandeliers, is a great option.


Food and beverages

Food and drink are essential components of every gathering. When picking a place for a private event, consider if the venue provides food or whether you must supply your own. Check the restaurant’s menu offerings to see if they can accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences. If you’re unsure, our professional bar team can curate and design specialty cocktails just for you – our top chef can work within our current menu or help realize your version for cuisine

Services and facilities 

When picking a location for a private event, evaluating the services and amenities is important. Do they have a system for music and speeches? Are there any AV specifications for presentations and slideshows? Are tables, chairs, linens, and other adornment items provided? Ensure you know the ins and outs of all these. 

Live music is always a hit and, here at Madam Bonnie’s, live music and other special requests are always welcome.

jazz microphone

Guest Count

The number of people you want to invite will significantly impact the size of your chosen location. Ensure that the venue you pick can easily handle your guest numbers. 

At Madam Bonnie’s, we can either do a partial buyout for 25 – 35 guests and 50 standing for cocktail mixers, or a full buyout to fit 50 guests and or 75 standing for cocktail mixers.


Ensure adequate parking for your guests when selecting a private event location. If the location does not provide parking, investigate adjacent parking choices and their accessibility.


If you have out-of-town visitors, you should evaluate if the venue has lodgings or whether adjacent motels can accommodate them. This is crucial for multi-day events such as weddings and business retreats.

Plan your event at Madam Bonnie’s!

Looking for the perfect location to host your next private event? Look no further than Madam Bonnie’s! The tastefully appointed bar and lounge is the largest continuous bar in Gaslamp, and your guests will have plenty of space to enjoy our inspired cocktails that pay homage to tradition while boosting new ideas. 

The copper finishes, velvet booths and period lighting at Madam Bonnie’s help usher guests into another place and time, creating the perfect ambiance for any private event, whether it’s a birthday celebration, or corporate event. So why wait? Let Madam Bonnie’s set the tone for your next unforgettable private event. Call us at (619) 310-5436​ or check out our private events page here!