Need a nice bar for 15-20 people
Husband's birthday is next week. I need a nice place that can accomodate 15-20 people
1) in Brooklyn
2) nice wine and beer selections
3) not too noisy
4) not The Gate
Is the event on a weekday or weekend? I can't think of too many quiet "nice" bars on your typical brooklyn weekend. I think Sample on Smith St. may be the closest to what you're looking for. Wine, beer, mellow, some nice snacks and usually not crowded. Also, maybe Brooklyn Social or the wine bar at Al Di La?
I second the Sample suggestion. It's not huge but with their renovation they have a nicely organized table area in the back that could just about work for 15 - 20. The owner, Maio, is a very nice woman and you might want to warn her in advance of such a big group and see what arrangements she could make.
There's also a new bar at the corner of Dean/Court, forget the name, that has a great bear selection (obscure bottled beers, etc). Not sure on their wine selection.
The place on Dean/Court (is that the old Cousins?) would not be good as it is a loud, neighborhood Sports Bar. Pub menu. Certainly large selection of beer though. Downtown Grill I think it is called.
Sample is a good idea. Maybe you could take over Mini-bar, the place across the street from Frankie's Spuntino. Oh wait, no food there. I believe you can bring in.
Union Hall on Union/5th? Long Tan has a little garden/back area that can be used for parties (have no idea what their wine list looks like).
What about Tini, the new wine bar in Red Hook? They have small plates and a number of wines by the glass. It's not big, so you would probably have to take over for your time. Here is a recent CH review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Also know that they are next door to LaNell's, which is a great liquor store with the best bourbon selection in town. Just in case some of your guests are interested.