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mcanino Jan 29, 2007 02:22 PM

Perhaps I'm attempting to do the impossible. I'm searching for a bar/restaurant in Baltimore that
a) is casual,
b)won't be super crowded on a Friday night,
b) can handle a group of 15-20, and
c) won't care if some people just come for drinks and not food.

Its for a surprise birthday get-together which I can't host a home because we're rehabbing the house. Thanks for your help!

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    venera Jan 30, 2007 08:49 AM

    OK, Gardel's isn't very casual but it's HUGE and you can all sit at the bar or take some tables in the bar area and just drink. I've seen people in jeans there, even though it's got that fancy feel.

    For a small, intimate vibe head to Dionysus. You can comandeer the basement left-hand corner with the chairs and couches and have your mini-party there. I know you said you weren't necessarily going to eat, but order their white pizza (ricotta, artichoke, prosciutto, and italian dressing) for a delicious treat.

    After work when he head for drinks we've been able to accomodate 10-15 people at the following Inner Harbor venues without advance reservations: Babalu, Mex, McCormick and Shmick's. M&S has amazing HH specials on nibbles, but is usually packed to the gills and loud. The other places are empty to dead until about 6:30 or so, and then start getting more and more full as the evening wears on. Not terribly Chow-ish, however.

    Midtown Yacht Club is always a comfortable option. You can pull some tables together and viola. They used to have Thursday night kareoke which is a trip.

    Club Charles is always a favorite. And you can go to Zodiac for great eats if anyone gets hungry.

    My experience is if you get to any bar early enough to comandeer the space you need for your group, you're in good shape. You don't necessarily need reservations.

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    1. re: venera
      MegMD Jan 30, 2007 10:53 AM

      Birches all the way

    2. BmoreHound Jan 30, 2007 08:26 AM

      Off the top of my head, places with private rooms include Birches, Copra, and Bartenders; don't know what their reservation policies are.

      Huckas is huge. Food can be decent.

      For a more restaurant-feel, I'd call True (Admiral Fell Inn) too.

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        Hue Jan 30, 2007 04:00 AM

        Hull Street Blues in South B'more off Fort Ave, might fit your needs.
        Also give Vinnie's on Holabird Ave near Dundalk som e consideration.

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          jes Jan 29, 2007 06:26 PM

          I went to a similar size party on a Saturday night at Red Star in Fells Point. They were very accomodating and we had a great time.

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            mcanino Jan 30, 2007 08:01 AM

            About Red Star - I inquired yesterday and they said that they didn't do large groups like that anymore. Was your party downstairs in the main restaurant, or upstairs in the private room?

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              jes Jan 30, 2007 02:20 PM

              upstairs

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            LGood Jan 29, 2007 05:08 PM

            Does it have to be in Baltimore City? You might have better luck in the surrounding counties - or book a few weeks in advance.

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              pleiades Jan 29, 2007 04:31 PM

              hmmmm...maybe Bartenders? or Mick O'Shea's. Both have separate areas you can reserve I think.

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                frites Jan 31, 2007 04:41 AM

                Where is Bartenders and whats it like?

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