All about membership

The Berkeley City Club is more than a event venue, historic hotel and fine dining restaurant.

We are proud to be a private social club – inspiring friendships, memories and fun – since our inception in 1930.

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Women enjoying the Loggia before windows & a door were added to adjoin it to the East Courtyard.

We started as a private women’s club, with the building entirely funded by Berkeley women.

In 1962, the charter was updated from Berkeley Women’s City Club to Berkeley City Club and men were welcome to join in membership.

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Women and men dressed for fun. Circa 1960’s

In the great years of our history, events, meetings and parties have been held, food and drink shared, laps swum and much more.

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Men and women at an event in the Ballroom. Circa 1970’s

We invite you to consider a membership with us.  Peruse pricing, benefits and more here.

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A member event in present day. Image by Team Member, Sarah Williams

If you have any questions, reach out to us at 510.280.1541 or email us at membership@berkeleycityclub.com.

Decades of memories

With a building almost 85 years in existence, a lot of history has been made.

The building itself is an architectural masterpiece constructed in just 11 months.

Side exterior of BCC - Neat, old pictureThe West Courtyard then and now.  The stunning flagstone has remained a constant in our landscaping repertoire.  It is certainly a favorite of many.

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The pool has always been a favorite spot for visitors to the building.  When it was dedicated in 1930, hundreds of Berkeley women attended.

Today, only Club members and hotel guests may swim in its waters.  It is a sought-after indoor pool of many due to its beauty and historic nature.

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Our beautiful lobby and staircase to the Second Floor.  A handrail was added to assist in climbing the stairs with ease.

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Did you know that our current fine dining restaurant, Julia’s, used to be a private dining room exclusively for Club Members?

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At one time in our history, the beautiful floors were covered in carpet.  Before our 2012 unveiling as Julia’s restaurant, we pulled up the carpet to reveal the (stunning) original floors.  Beautifully preserved, they stand out in all of their glory and are enjoyed by all.

If you want to see and learn more about our beautiful building, join us this Sunday (and most 4th Sundays of each month) with a complimentary docent tour.

Tours run from 1pm – 3:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

If you have questions about the tours, contact the Berkeley City Club Conservancy.

bccconservancy@att.net or via phone at 510.883.9710.

The beauty of Spring

This time of year is so beautiful.

Flowers blooming, trees showing off their finery with pops of color and the sunlight cascading in to accompany the longer days upon us.

Today, we celebrate Spring by sharing some of our favorite floral images with you!

This is definitely a favorite image around the Berkeley City Club.  Not only is the yellow stunning, but it is an unexpected pop of color, amidst the quiet elegance of the Ballroom walls.

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Image by Anna Wu

Imagine looking through the window and seeing this beauty.  Stunning.

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Image by Team Member, Darnell Stewart

Or, imagine sitting right here for Dinner and seeing the stunning beauty in all of these flowers?

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Image by Danny Dong

Something so lovely about this arrangement is that not only can you cherish those beautiful pink roses, but if you look into the mirror, you can savor the beauty of the space around you even more in the arches and columns.

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Image by Team Member, Trevor Johnson

We hope you enjoyed these beautiful flowers and we wish you a happy Spring!

Love in the details

Some of the special things that take a wedding up a notch are in the details.

We love unique things that make a statement while still carrying on a timeless, elegant feel.

We invite you to draw inspiration and ideas from these images or to just enjoy the eye candy!

Little lovebirds and flowers.  Symbols of their love…

Your guests mouths begin to water before even entering the Ballroom as they smell the amazing food from the Kitchen nearby.

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There is something about this display of macaroons that just draws you to them.

Perhaps the beautiful pastel colors or having a sneaking suspicion they will be “melt in your mouth” good.  Either way, I am going to savor one.  Only one.

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I just love knowing the story behind their choice for macaroons – and even explained eloquently for all of their guests.

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A “Wedding Wish Vase” – such a lovely idea.

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A bit about lovebirds.  We wish this couple a lifetime of happiness and a lovebird sighting!

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Cheers!

If we can assist in you with your big day or a special meeting or event, reach out to our team at events@berkeleycityclub.com or 510.280.1532.

Photography by Anna Wu

A Day in the Life

The fast-paced days (and sometimes nights) of a Sales & Events Manager are many parts exciting, with (a plethora) of details and a lot of hard work.

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Step into a typical Thursday with Team Member, Sarah Williams, who got her start in the industry by volunteering her time and energy (free of charge) to learn the ropes, because sometimes the very best experience comes in just putting yourself out there!

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A bright and early start.  Arrive to an inbox of emails (usually 15-20) and phone messages.

Most of the morning is spent responding to emails and phone calls, creating contracts and inputting information to BEO’s, (a Banquet Event Order is a document that outlines the details of your event).

It is also time to create requested floor plans or gather information to send back to the client.

11am

Site tour.  We do all sorts of events – parties, weddings, memorials (and more!)

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Image by Anna Wu

12pm

Lunch.  A great time to recharge.  The Kitchen prepares your choice of a hot (or cold) meal.

1pm

Meeting with the Banquets Manager and Banquet Captain to go over upcoming events

2pm

Managers Meeting.  An hour of connecting with other departments and how we all come together as a whole.  Fast paced and informative!

3pm

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(Another) Site tour, because, well, the venue is beautiful and lots of prospective clients are excited to see it.

4pm

Respond to missed messages and new emails

4:30pm

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Executive Chef Alaun Grimaud

Check on set-up for the evenings events.  It could be anything from a Member Mixer to a celebratory dinner or wine reception.

5pm

The busy day is about to come to a close.  Sometimes staying late is necessary to greet a client with a smile and a handshake.

Feeling the love

Any newly-engaged brides-to-be out there?

With Valentine’s Day just passing, the day of love brings happiness & excitement into the lives of many.

Today, we admire couples in love all around the beautiful Berkeley City Club.

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

The groom seems to admire his ring too!

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

And who here doesn’t love the joy and happiness of a wedding day?

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And, sharing in a moment of wedded bliss, on the Terrace

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Image by Luke Snyder

Or, with family and friends around a candlelit table.

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Image by Danny Dong

If you need assistance planning your own wedding or even have a date in mind, check out the homepage of our website for special offers on select dates this Spring & Summer.

You can reach out to us at events@berkeleycityclub.com or at 510.280.1532.

Love is in the air

With the excitement of Valentine’s Day coming, we have some stunning images to share.

One of the great things about the Berkeley City Club is that it is filled with these beautiful little alcoves to steal a kiss, an embrace or in this case, a winning image.

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We are swooning for this couple…

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Can you feel the love?  Us too…

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Sharing a beautiful moment of togetherness in the Bridal Suite…

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We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did.  Beautiful images make our day!

If we can assist you in planning your big day or you have a question about events, reach out to us at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com

Images by Gabriella Clavel Photography

Complimentary tours

For the architecture lover in many of us, we are pleased to share of the Berkeley City Club Conservancy’s lovely tours that happen every 4th Sunday (except December)

The magic begins beyond our front doors…

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And through our stunning lobby.

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Hard to beat the beauty of those arches and details…

The First and Second floors are filled with little things to learn and great tidbits of the building.

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Join us from 1pm – 3:30pm on the following Sundays throughout 2015.

 Tours last approximately 30 – 40 minutes and are taken around in small groups.

February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28

July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25 and November 22.

We invite you to experience the opportunity of learning more about our historic landmark.

For more information, contact 510.883.9710 or bccconservancy@att.net

A day in Berkeley

So you have some free time on your hands and want to explore Berkeley a bit?

A city rich in culture, history, food & the arts has plenty going on.

First up, start the day with a little caffeine and nourishment at Venus.  

This popular restaurant has a great reputation, especially when it comes to brunch. Whether you’re an protein lover or a pancakes person, Venus has you covered. There are even items on the menu for vegetarians and kids, so nobody is left out and everyone leaves satisfied.

Walk over to the Campanile on Berkeley’s campus and take in the views from the top.  

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This year, the 300 foot bell tower known as the Campanile, celebrates 100 years on campus.

Enjoy a slice of pizza at the Cheeseboard for Lunch.

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Their pizzas never have meat and are topped with organic and local ingredients when possible. Pizzas are made fresh daily and each day of the week they are open, the pizza changes.

Insider tip:  Check out their website to see a lineup for the week on what the planned pizzas are.

Feel the vibe of Berkeley and stroll up Telegraph Avenue

At the center of community life, a large section of Telegraph Avenue is home to many restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops, and street vendors galore making a living on the city sidewalks. You will see many types of people walking along – from college students to tourists, artists to business professionals and everything in between.

Indulge in spa treatments at the Claremont Hotel

Spa afternoon at a beautiful and historic hotel, club & spa.  Need we say more?

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Book it stat.

Next up?

How about seeing a play at Berkeley Playhouse (built by our famed architect, Julia Morgan) in 1908.

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Finish off the evening with dinner at Julia’s

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Our beloved gem of a restaurant, nestled on the Second Floor.

If you are staying with us at the Berkeley City Club, it will only be an elevator ride up to your room after treating yourself to food (and wine) bliss.

We hope you enjoy some (or all) of our recommendations.  Berkeley is a great little city.

Cheers to you on your next adventure!

Tips for evaluating a venue

He popped the question.  You said yes.

Now all the fun begins.  The planning, the details, the fun!

Maybe you have had a venue in mind since you were a little girl, or perhaps this wedding planning thing is not your cup of tea.

Either way, a venue is something you need to secure for your big day.  Then come contracts, deposits and sharing it all on the invitation.  Sound like a lot?  Not to fret, we are here to shed some light on the subject.

1.  Start looking early

We like to recommend at least 9-12 months before the wedding. If you’re planning a wedding during the more popular seasons (summer and fall), you may have to be more flexible about the day you get married to get the site you want.

 Sundays are great option as well if your hopeful Saturday is all booked up.

2. Schedule to see the venue in the right light

Spaces can change depending on the time of day. Make sure you schedule to see a venue around the time of day that your event will be taking place (and keep in mind daylight savings time for shorter or longer days ahead).

You may consider adding ambient lighting, which can dramatically change your event.

3. Know all of the details

Each venue has its own unique set of variables. Make sure you get all the details about each venue you look at before making your selection.

Does the venue have their own chairs and tables, or A/V system?

What are their rules on bringing in your own catering or bartender?

What time can you begin setting up, and what time do you need to be out afterwards?

Is there a charge if you stay later?

What is the cancellation policy?

If you are on a budget and your event date is flexible, you can inquire whether the venue has different pricing based on the day of the week.

4.  Speak up

When speaking with event sales reps, let them know you are evaluating a number of venues. If they ask about the offers you have received from their competitors, tell them.

Remember, we would love to have your business.  Be open with us if you have competing offers you are choosing between.

We still have limited Saturdays and Sundays left for 2015.

Contact our Events Team with questions or to book a site tour.

510.280.1532 / events@berkeleycityclub.com