Frequently asked questions

What does your Rental Price include?

Your venue rental includes 12-hours exclusive use of The Pannikin Building venue (2 levels) to set-up your event however you like. Internet access, on-site venue manager for the entirety of your rental, our four 8-ft custom bars, furnished bridal and grooms lounges, cleaning fee and all taxes are included. We can also provide a list of our preferred vendors for additional rentals and services. Additional hours beyond our standard 12-hr rentals can be added onto your rental for an additional small hourly fee. You also receive a 1-hr complimentary time slot in the days prior to your wedding for a wedding rehearsal.

What is The Pannikin Building's max capacity?

Seated Capacity (Reception Style): 200 Standing Capacity: 250

What are the Rental Fees?

Please email us with your desired date and we will give you exact pricing. Pricing varies by time of year and peak seasons and also by the size of your event. In general, weekend days (Friday-Sundays) are $3,000-$6,000 and weekdays are $1,500-$3,500. We also offer select hourly pricing for certain weekdays.

How long is The Pannikin Building rental for?

Standard weekend (Friday-Sunday) rentals are 12 hours long with option to add additional time based on event needs. Hourly rental rates for less than 12 hours are available on weekdays (Monday-Thursday).

Are there Noise Restrictions at The Pannikin Building?

All music types are accepted including DJ, live bands, acoustic music, etc. We do not have a noise curfew.

What is the Alcohol Policy?

The Pannikin Building allows events hosted to bring their own alcohol, provided you have a licensed bartender to serve all drinks and provide liquor liability insurance.

What is the Catering Policy?

All caterers are welcome at The Pannikin Building with pre-approval by The Pannikin Building management. We also offer a Preferred List of caterers should you need recommendations. No on-site cooking is allowed at The Pannikin Building.

Is Insurance required?

The Pannikin Building holds a large insurance policy. For any outside vendors used, vendors will be required to provide proof of insurance. While we highly recommend event hosts also acquire insurance, this is optional.

Is there Guest Parking?

Guests can park at Park It on Market just 1/2 block away from The Pannikin Building. 614 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101. Parking is $1/hr (excluding special event days). Metered street parking is also available, as well as additional ACE parking garages within 1-2 blocks of the venue.

How much is the Deposit to book?

The Pannikin Building requires a 50% deposit upon signing an event venue rental agreement. We are more than happy to temporarily hold dates for you by request for up to 72 hours. If your date is requested within those 72 hours, we will contact you to acquire the deposit to continue holding the date. The final deposit is due 30 days prior to your event.

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Are Candles and Sparklers allowed?

Unfortunately, real candles pose a fire hazard at our venue and are not allowed. Sparklers are illegal in San Diego City & County. The Pannikin Building maintains a strict No Flame Policy.

How far out can you book The Pannikin Building?

The Pannikin Building is now booking events for 2021 and beyond. Whenever you're planning your event for, let's get it on the books!

Is event coordination required?

No, we do not require you hire an event coordinator, but we highly recommend it! Together For Better Events is our preferred event coordination partner, with discounts offered for their coordination services at The Pannikin Building. You are also welcome to hire any outside coordinator.

Is The Pannikin Building open to all vendors?

Yes! The beauty of our venue is that you can bring all of your own vendors, provided they are licensed and insured. We also have a great list of Preferred Vendors- these vendors are not required, just a list of our favorites. Email us for our list if you are interested!

Do you allow food trucks?

Food trucks are allowed! You have the option to park a food truck on the public street (G Street) directly in front of the venue in paid metered parking. The client or vendor will be responsible for reserving a parking spot and paying the meter ($1.25/hr) to park there. The Pannikin Building does not guarantee available parking spaces for food trucks.