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silvana Dec 14, 2006 11:53 PM

Next Friday my friends and I are going to Old Town to have a get together. Are ages range from 21 to 31, and we have both sexes going. We need a nice place to eat but also hang out afterwards. Any suggestions? Anything but Sushi, please.

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    oro3030 RE: silvana Dec 14, 2006 11:57 PM

    I don't know your price range but Vertical Wine Bistro which just opened has gotten rave reviews by both LAT and Jonathan Gold. Tapas style small plates and lots of wines.

    1. ipsedixit RE: silvana Dec 14, 2006 11:59 PM

      How about La Maschera Ristorante, you can hang out in the lounge afterwards.

      http://www.lamascheraristorante.com/

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        amandine RE: ipsedixit Dec 15, 2006 03:42 AM

        I second that. Celebrated my 23rd B-day there and will most certainly return.

        Pluses: food was very good-- esp. crispy mini pizzas, lamb sliders; gorgeous, classy decor with moroccan light fixtures and fresh flowers; seating is conducive to chatting and lounging; service is prompt and polite

        Minuses: our waiter was not very knowledgeable about the wine; it was very quiet the night we were there (Tuesday) but I've heard Fridays are bustling, possibly live music too?

      2. chica RE: silvana Dec 15, 2006 12:26 AM

        Your party could go for lots of meat at Brazilian BBQ, or Yardhouse for a more sporty/beer ambience - at Paseo Colorado. You could probably stay awhile at Yardhouse if you reserve the patio. Or, walk around the shops to hang out afterwards.

        1. Reeter1 RE: silvana Dec 15, 2006 03:37 AM

          Crepevine is lovely and informal. The bar at MiPiace is nice too and you can get Happy Hour specials until 7 p.m. (I think).

          The bar at DeLacey's has a decent Happy Hour too and you can get the ONLY real Caesar salade left on this side of town. They make it at your table if you eat in the dining room, but will just bring it to you at the bar.

          Yardhouse does have the best beer selection in town, but it's HUGE and noisy. It's quieter if you sit outside. This will be a good option if you have beer aficionados in your group. The selection is quite entertaining!

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            amandine RE: Reeter1 Dec 15, 2006 03:44 AM

            Mi Piace is an especially nice stop for dessert and coffee.

            And I'd suggest Lucky Baldwin's on Fair Oaks for the beer aficionados, particularly if they love Belgians like I do! Kind of dive-ish but lots of fun if your crowd is on the laid-back side of things.

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              Reeter1 RE: amandine Dec 15, 2006 07:25 AM

              FYI, Lucky Baldwin's is on Raymond Ave, just south of Colorado.

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            WHills RE: silvana Dec 15, 2006 03:43 AM

            La Luna Negra is pretty nice, Spanish tapas and great sangria!

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              silvana RE: silvana Dec 15, 2006 03:20 PM

              I went to the Luna Negra a few months ago. I liked it a lot but for our large group it’s a little to small for my taste. I went into the web for La Maschera and I liked what I saw, its looks like a nice place to eat and lounge afterwards. Thank you all who replied

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