Venue Search


Returns a list of venues near the current location, optionally matching a search term.

Note that most of the fields returned inside a venue can be optional. The user may create a venue that has no address, city, or state (the venue is created instead at the lat/long specified). Your client should handle these conditions safely. For more robust venue information (photos/tips/etc.), please see our venue details endpoint.




This endpoint supports userless or user authentication.

Supported Description
Userless required unless OAuth token is provided. A valid Client ID and Secret in the query string of each request. Eg. &client_id=XXXX&client_secret=XXXX
User required unless Client ID and Secret are provided. A valid OAuth access token in the query string of each request. Eg. &oauth_token=XXXX

For more information about these authentication methods and how to obtain an access token, see the Authentication docs.


Name Example Description
ll 40.74224,-73.99386 required unless near is provided. Latitude and longitude of the user’s location.
near Chicago, IL required unless ll is provided. A string naming a place in the world. If the near string is not geocodable, returns a failed_geocode error. Otherwise, searches within the bounds of the geocode and adds a geocode object to the response.
radius 250 Limit results to venues within this many meters of the specified location. Defaults to a city-wide area. Only valid for requests that use categoryId or query. The maximum supported radius is currently 100,000 meters.
query tacos A search term to be applied against venue names.
limit 10 Number of results to return, up to 50.
categoryId 4bf58dd8d488d11094, 4bf58dd8d1bd941735 A comma separated list of categories to limit results to. If you specify categoryId. Specifying a radius may improve results. If specifying a top-level category, all sub-categories will also match the query.
llAcc 10000.0 Accuracy of latitude and longitude, in meters.
alt 0 Altitude of the user’s location, in meters.
altAcc 10000.0 Accuracy of the user’s altitude, in meters.
url A third-party URL which we will attempt to match against our map of venues to URLs.
providerId nymag Identifier for a known third party that is part of our map of venues to URLs, used in conjunction with linkedId.
linkedId 1002207971611 Identifier used by third party specified in providerId, which we will attempt to match against our map of venues to URLs.

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Response Fields

Field Description
id A unique string identifier for this venue.
name The best known name for this venue.
location An object containing none, some, or all of address (street address), crossStreet, city, state, postalCode, country, lat, lng, and distance. All fields are strings, except for lat, lng, and distance. Distance is measured in meters. Some venues have their locations intentionally hidden for privacy reasons (such as private residences). If this is the case, the parameter isFuzzed will be set to true, and the lat/lng parameters will have reduced precision.
categories An array, possibly empty, of categories that have been applied to this venue. One of the categories will have a primary field indicating that it is the primary category for the venue. For the complete category tree, see categories.


  "meta": {
    "code": 200,
    "requestId": "5ac51d7e6a607143d811cecb"
  "response": {
    "venues": [
        "id": "5642aef9498e51025cf4a7a5",
        "name": "Mr. Purple",
        "location": {
          "address": "180 Orchard St",
          "crossStreet": "btwn Houston & Stanton St",
          "lat": 40.72173744277209,
          "lng": -73.98800687282996,
          "labeledLatLngs": [
              "label": "display",
              "lat": 40.72173744277209,
              "lng": -73.98800687282996
          "distance": 8,
          "postalCode": "10002",
          "cc": "US",
          "city": "New York",
          "state": "NY",
          "country": "United States",
          "formattedAddress": [
            "180 Orchard St (btwn Houston & Stanton St)",
            "New York, NY 10002",
            "United States"
        "categories": [
            "id": "4bf58dd8d48988d1d5941735",
            "name": "Hotel Bar",
            "pluralName": "Hotel Bars",
            "shortName": "Hotel Bar",
            "icon": {
              "prefix": "",
              "suffix": ".png"
            "primary": true
        "venuePage": {
          "id": "150747252"