Planning any event, regardless of the size, comes with many questions. One of the first steps to lock-in is often the venue. With that in mind, here's a smokin' roundup of fresh local wonders to explore, whatever your style. Keep these hot spots (and popular products) in mind for your next spirited celebration with the ones you love!


Bust out your Sunday best, it's time to see and be seen.

You'll discover modern romance downtown at The Penny SLO. The chic venue seamlessly mixes the industrial with the natural. Whatever your needs—wedding, reception, party, corporate event, photoshoots, production and workshops, The Penny is the “it” spot. Your Insta gallery will be influencer-ready after an event here.

If you’re looking for a seriously hip spot to sip and be seen, explore Atascadero! There’s a ton of new fun to discover in North County. Central Coast Distillery is libation nirvana. A boutique distillery, this cocktail lover's venue offers hand-crafted virtuous single batch spirits. The distillery boasts an unconventional approach to spirits: guilt-free and healthy. Sustainable practices, natural ingredients, and organic (when possible), these drinks aren’t pretentious, but they are perfect.

Don't forget to mention the occasional office party, too. Instead of the stuffy cubicle affair, host this year’s bash at the Farmhouse Corner Market in San Luis Obispo. More than just a grab-and-go store, this shop offers farm-to-table fare in one of the most drool-worthy decor. Get a selfie with your work bestie on the steps of the colorful stadium or at the candy-colored ice cream parlor. The ice cream alone, made fresh and in-house with Straus Family Creamery, is worth the trip.


Wrap up in your favorite scarf with a hot toddy (and/or a hot date).

Did someone say “hand-crafted coffee”? Quintessa Coffee Roasters produces specialty coffee blends. One-of-a-kind but unfussy, this coffee company is family-owned and comfortable. When you pop by their shop in Oceano—right off Highway One—you’ll feel like part of the family. Pull a chair up and enjoy a delicious cup of joe.

Cozy up next to a loved one and share a dessert or two from Piadina, the new restaurant in Hotel San Luis Obispo. Nothing says romance like tiramisu for two. Or stop by The Carissa for a less traditional option like the Cigar Smoke cocktail: rye, wood chip smoke, orange bitters, and a sugar cube.

Don’t let the hustle and bustle sweep you off your feet. Share laughs, snuggle, or hit the town in all its light-glittered streets and colder temps. It’s the perfect excuse to share treats in tandem (fewer calories, too) with the ones you love!


Big cheers to you and yours!