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Help! Party for 50 in Harvard Square

sailormouth May 11, 2007 07:33 AM

Hey Kids,

I need to throw a party on 5/17 in Harvard Square for fifty. I immediately went to Daedalus, but they were already booked. Anyone have any ideas? I'm looking for beer, cheap wine and some pizza like snacks and a place where people can come and go relatively easily.


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  1. DavisSquare RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 07:58 AM

    John Harvard's? The food is eh, the beer is pretty good, and it otherwise fits your criteria. They have a little private room which would be good for 50 standing up, especially if not all 50 will be there at once. Graduation season is tough, though, as everyone wants a party...

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    1. re: DavisSquare
      Joanie RE: DavisSquare May 11, 2007 08:00 AM

      Upstairs at Charlie's? Grafton St. or Redline.

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      wontonton RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 08:41 AM

      Grendels? Again, food is not super, but they could probably do servicable snacks.

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        cambridgeMike RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 08:44 AM

        redline has a space in the back that would be perfect.

        maybe upstairs at tommy doyle's?

        1. kittychow RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 09:27 AM

          This might be really tough as most Harvard reunions are that week.

          I'd look a teeny bit out of Harvard Square. Maybe the Temple Bar or Christopher's, downstairs are Redbones. Food wouldn't be the highlight at any of these places but people could certainly mingle.

          1. hiddenboston RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 09:54 AM

            Maybe check Cambridge Common or (as kittychow mentioned) Temple Bar? Both are just up the road from Harvard and parking would be easier for those coming by car.

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            1. re: hiddenboston
              cambridgeMike RE: hiddenboston May 11, 2007 10:03 AM

              cambridge common and temple bare are good places but neither of them have a private room for a party of 50. if you really want to be in harvard square and don't want to go to one of the charles hotel places or if OM isn't in your budget i'd really reccomend red line or tommy doyle's.

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              michela RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 10:53 AM

              right outside the square:
              Sidney's Grille
              The MIT Museum has rental space & you can bring in a caterer

              1. LauraBear RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 11:06 AM

                Harvard reunions aren't until June so don't be deterred by that. The bigger problem is that it's hard to be both cheap and good in Harvard Sq, particularly if you're only eating "snacks." That's why all the ideas up Mass Ave are good. Uno's has a basement that they might rent on a weeknight. Ditto Z Square's lower level.

                Sidney's is just outside Central, not Harvard Sq. If you're willing to go to Central Sq there are alot more options. Ditto Inman Sq.

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                1. re: LauraBear
                  kittychow RE: LauraBear May 11, 2007 11:42 AM

                  Harvard College reunions aren't until June but some Harvard grad schools have reunions next week.

                  Z Square isn't a bad idea.

                2. sailormouth RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 01:54 PM

                  Ay yie yie! An events coordinator position is not in my future.

                  I booked a terrace and am having it catered. Thanks for your help, this will be a great list for the future when I have a little more breathing space to plan!

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                  1. re: sailormouth
                    kittychow RE: sailormouth May 11, 2007 02:41 PM

                    where did you find a terrace in Harvard Square? Perhaps you do have an events coordinator position in your future. : )

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