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Drinks before dinner at Buddakan

Hellolaura Jan 18, 2007 02:38 PM

Hi Everyone,

Would you be able to recommend a nice place to have drinks prior to dinner at Buddakan? Our reservations are for 7:30pm. We would like to go somewhere within walking distance.


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    Chao Jan 18, 2007 02:41 PM

    I would think there would be lots of choices in that area... if anyone in your party particularly likes beer, I would highly recommend Eulogy on the corner of 2nd and Chestnut. May not be upscale enough for you, though? www.eulogybar.com

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      Lotus7 Jan 18, 2007 02:44 PM

      I think Amada has a beautiful bar, and is within walking distance of Budakkan. Budakkan itself has a more quiet, though small bar upstairs that may be nice before your dinner. I love their drinks. Haru also has a great bar

      1. juice Jan 18, 2007 02:53 PM

        Dolce and Paradigm are next to Haru and are pretty nice although trendy. Society Hill Inn on the NW corner of 3rd and Chestnut has a more casual bar. For cheaper drinks, you can go up to National Mechanics, north of Chestnut on 3rd St about 3/4 of a block up before Market on the left. Otherwise, I agree with Lotus7, Haru (NE corner of Chestnut and 3rd) has a very cool/unique (although small) bar downstairs and a much larger one (with couches and lounge chairs) upstairs.

        1. Chinon00 Jan 18, 2007 02:55 PM

          It kinda depends on when you are going out but Eulogy is notoriously crowded and uncomfortable. On a Friday at 7PM you and your friends will most likely be reaching around and over each other for your drink orders.

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            Chao Jan 18, 2007 02:57 PM

            Yup, that's a very good point. I'm afraid I was thinking only of the beer, not the comfort factor (ooooo....beer!).

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            Hellolaura Jan 18, 2007 02:59 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking for an upscale place...something in line with Buddakan. It's for tonight!

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              Lotus7 Jan 18, 2007 07:26 PM

              Amada and Haru are both upscale. So is Continental.

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                mazza3 Jan 19, 2007 06:25 PM

                patou has a nice bar and is only a couple of blocks away. similar crowd to buddakan.

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