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Drinks before dinner at Buddakan

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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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  1. 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

    1. 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. 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. 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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          1. re: Chinon00

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

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

            1. Amada and Haru are both upscale. So is Continental.

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