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Help! Party for 50 in Harvard Square

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. 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

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

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

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

        maybe upstairs at tommy doyle's?

        1. 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. 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

              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.

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

              1. 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

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

                  Z Square isn't a bad idea.

                2. 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

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