I cannot say enough good things about Alma, Jeff, and the whole staff over at Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center. We were pretty overwhelmed trying to plan a wedding for 200 guests on a budget of $10k for everything. By choosing Queen Bee for our reception venue, we saved a ton of money, our guests had a wonderful time, we were able to relax on our important day, and in short everyone was happy. All in all, she was honest and upfront to deal with, she was professional and made accommodations for us.
This was a really awesome place to plan a private party! I planned a Speakeasy Surprise birthday party for my super husband. I rented the back room which comes with a large outdoor patio area. It was reasonably priced and easy to decorate, as the back entrance allows you to unload your car right there. The back room looks really beautiful and has a huge mural of New York! When we decked it out, it looked simply amazing! My favorite things about Queen Bee’s are the super friendly staff and the laissez-faire attitude…not anal at all and let you throw your party the way you want it. A couple of the guys were there during the day and helped us out with the unloading and decorations, despite the fact that was not part of their job.
We just held our daughter’s 16th birthday party bash there last night. In the main room, we had a DJ, photo booth, and light show.
In the inner room, my husband’s jazz ensemble gave a live performance for the parents.
Amazingly, these two music environments stayed separate and it worked.
IT WAS AWESOME!!! Everything was awesome. The staff were incredible: on top of everything, helpful, experienced event hosts with great suggestions. Alma and Jeff suggested the DJ and the photo booth folks; we could not have been happier with both. The cake was by Harina Dulce and was gorgeous and delicious.
My daughter says it was the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
And the security guard is a well known Latin percussionist to boot! The jazz musicians went nuts when he played the congas!
We might even do it again next year!
I HIGHLY recommend this venue for anyone looking to have an event outside of their home. It’s in a great location, the venue itself is really nice inside with lots of art work on the walls and the people that run and maintain the building are very pleasant and easy to work with…and I don’t want to forget to mention that it’s affordable!
I recently threw my mom a surprise 75th birthday party and I used the main room at Queen Bee’s and invited 70 guests. It was great!!!! Queen Bee’s provided tables, chairs AND linens. Jeff, one of the managers, was extremely helpful in coordinating the event with me. He set up all the tables and chairs. For a minimal extra cost, I was able to have table cloths and runners for all the tables. I brought in a DJ and the facility has speakers and everything needed to get your music hooked up. It was fantastic. I catered the food and they even had long tables so that there was space set up just for the food.
We had such a good time and the space was great, very spacious. I would definitely recommend this place to family and friends and if I ever have another event, I would book Queen Bee’s again. Thanks Jeff and Alma for being so accommodating, we had a great time.
Alma is awesome and the studio is so cute and unique. Love this place and love working with ALMA.
Queen Bee is such a versatile venue. I have attended several dancing classes there plus special performance events, including free hair styling! Last Friday night I went to attend the Bits and Pieces show, the benefit children with disabilities. I don’t think of any other venue when you can have reunited many of the best graffiti artists of San Diego under the same roof! Very original concept of painting in canvases the full paint, and then selling those canvases in units, so each person will get a piece of the ‘wall’. The vibe you get is alternative, artistic and creative. Snobs don’t have a place at vibrant Queen Bee. Difficult to park as is many centric places of North Park.
Great small venue and the owner Alma is very, very supportive of the arts and is heavily involved in the community. We hosted an open mic here back in September and currently putting on a benefit show next Thursday to help the victims of typhoon Megi. It’s in North Park, so parking is difficult especially on the weekends. There’s a quaint cafe in the back room that has drinks and snacky type foods. The space is very versatile and has lots of potential for folks who might be interested in booking their next event here. I love how there’s so much diversity in their programming and I look forward to hosting more stuff here!