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Rehearsal Dinner IN District

october2007 Jan 9, 2007 11:12 PM

I'm trying very hard to find a venue for a rehearsal dinner for around 65 people IN the district. Would like to be close to downtown. We've checked with OEG and Chef Geoff's Downtown - they don't have a space the right size with a private room, which is what we want. Also looked into Clyde's and SeaCatch - both get pretty pricy for that many people. Looked into M&S, but my fiance is not crazy about that idea. We are going with an Irish theme, so we are trying to avoid ethnic foods - indian, mediterranean, mexican, italian. Would LOVE some suggestions!

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    MrsWheatie Jan 11, 2007 07:26 PM

    When planning our wedding I found that the DC area board on "The Knot" website was very helpful. You should try posting there, the posters are very helpful.


    We had our RD at Austin Grill in Bethesda.

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      unicorn633 Jan 11, 2007 05:39 PM

      Why not try a hall with a private caterer. Something like the Reagan Building or DAR(Daughters of the American Revolution). An art Museum like the Phillips Collection might also do something.

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        chiefwino Jan 11, 2007 04:52 AM

        Yikes! I agree that this might be tough to find a private space big enough for your needs....most private rooms these days in newer spots seem to hold max 30-40 people and prix fixe menus generally start at least $50 for just the food.

        check out this website, it might help you find a space big enough at least


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          GregJ Jan 10, 2007 02:56 PM

          How about the Irish pub-type place on 7th Street just north of Chinatown?

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            jpschust Jan 11, 2007 01:38 PM

            You're thinking of Fado

          2. jpschust Jan 10, 2007 01:11 PM

            I'd contact Dean at Dino to see if they could do something for you for the evening. I know they've done things like that before.

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              october2007 Jan 10, 2007 01:09 PM

              Clydes is going to add up to around $8,000 for 65 people...I think we could do better than that!

              1. DanielK Jan 10, 2007 12:30 AM

                If Clyde's is too pricy, I don't think you're going to find what you're looking for. That's about the LEAST expensive restaurant in the downtown area that's big enough for your needs.

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