Happy 2016!

We hope your year is off to a great start!

Today, we want to share some images that make us happy, because a dose of beautiful pictures brings joy – and who couldn’t use more of that as we move into a new year?

This is a favorite around the Club and we are sure you agree.

Hello, pop of color!

Yellow flowers in Ballroom

Image by Anna Wu Photography

Our next favorite, this stunner.

All is right in the world of love and photography.

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Image by Danny Dong Photography

And, because everyone wants to enjoy our spaces, we love this one too.

Priceless and yes, smile-inducing.

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

Do you have a favorite?  Share with us in the comments below.

We truly wish you all the best in 2016.

Oktoberfest fun

We are rounding out October with a fun event this Friday, October 30th.

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We are gearing up to serve six beers and a full menu of German favorites.

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Come and enjoy a variety of salads, a soup, main courses and dessert.

It is sure to be a great time for all who attend.

View the full menu and book your reservations on Eventbrite by 6pm tonight.

Cheers!

A nod of excellence

We are all smiles over here at the Berkeley City Club.

Our guests have given us the honor of a 2015 Certificate of Excellence with Trip Advisor!

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Thank you for sharing the love of a landmark, your kind words and thoughtful reviews.

From all of us to all of you, thank you!

A night at a museum

Beyond our beautiful exterior facade and sturdy concrete is a majestic piece of architecture standing strong for 85 years.

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Did you know that you can step into a beautiful piece of history and spend a night here?

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Yes.  Yes you can!

Floors one and two are public spaces, used primarily for events (and taking in the beauty), but floors three through six were originally residences for women of the Berkeley Women’s City Club and turned into 35 hotel rooms for you to enjoy.

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Upon a relaxing night of slumber in our cozy beds, walk down to Julia’s, for a satisfying and complimentary continental breakfast, served daily from 7am – 10am.

Rooms are available year round.

Find a room online or call our friendly Front Desk Team at 510.848.7800.

#LoveWins at The Berkeley City Club

In celebration of “our love is equal” (Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff) and the Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling last week, we have a lovely gift to share with all future couples.

We wish all couples the warmest of congratulations!

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Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast on your special day, with joy from the Team at the Berkeley City Club!

To take advantage of this special offer, contact our Events Team at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

Restrictions may apply.  New bookings only. Cheers!

A thank you to Gabriella Clavel for the beautiful images

Events in the making

A glimpse into May brings events open not only to Club members, but non-members as well.

Let’s get started with one of the most talked about ones of the month…

Mariachi Night

Oh yes!  It falls on Cinco de Mayo, so, for fun, your first drink is included in the ticket price.

We have a Mariachi band, plenty of food and raffle prizes

PS…additional drinks are only $5!

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at $20 for members and $30 for non-members

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Another tradition around the Club is our yearly Mother’s Day Brunch.  

This year it features some fantastic offerings – from a tomato bisque, to a multitude of salads, breakfast favorites and more!

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Pamper the special women in your life in the stunning Berkeley City Club setting

It will be a Mother’s Day she will treasure for many years to come.

Please secure your reservations on Eventbrite by Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

In closing, a perfectly-timed event for our glorious state of California.  

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An evening with UC Berkeley Professor David Sedlak.

It is called, The Future of Water, and many have already secured their tickets to hear about his vast knowledge on the subject.

Professor Sedlak will be speaking about how California’s cities can respond to the short term challenges of the drought and the long term challenges of our water supply in a drier future.

Sounds captivating, right?  Count me in.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

Easter fun

Spring will be in full effect this coming Sunday, April 5, 2015.

With our Annual Easter buffet, complimentary face painting and an egg hunt, there will certainly be fun for all!

Fresh flowers always make for a beautiful space.

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And, complimentary face painting by Coralline’s Playtime!  She is always a hit with children and her outfit is guaranteed to wow.

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And, of course the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.  Can you spot him here?

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Reservations are still available for this Sunday.  Book on Eventbrite by midnight tonight.

Face painting will be from 11:30am – 1pm

Egg hunt at 1:15pm

We would love to see you there!

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

Meet photographer, Danny Dong

In keeping with our wedding, image-loving & beautiful things theme (who are we kidding, we love all of these, all the time), we have some great news to share with you.

Back pedal in time with us to the Summer of 2014.  A beautiful wedding, with bride and groom, Yumi and Kevin, was taking place, and a photographer was there that day that would capture those moments for the lovely bride and groom.  Little did we know the mastery behind his images and the passion in his work.  His ability is one of true talent.

Meet, Danny Dong.

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Here in Marketing & Events, we are a (teeny bit) obsessed with his work.

It is magical.

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Does it get any more beautiful?

 This pool has been captured countless times, over our decades of existence, but this image sure is something special.

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We are in love with this one too.

The Members Lounge here with the brides dress on display.  Stunning.

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Candlelight, architecture and the look of love here?

My heart literally skipped a beat at first glance.

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Now that you have seen a few of Danny’s gems, we wanted to share how proud we are of him!

Brandsmash has given him the honor of being one of the top 100 photographers in the US.

Great job, Danny!

If you love his work as much as we do, head on over to his website or plan to see some gems of his on our website in the coming months.  We can hardly wait.

If you are searching for a venue for your very own wedding, our Team would love to assist you.

We can be reached via phone at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.