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Finally turning 21! Cute, unique, but most importantly a CHEAP place for food and cocktails??

Here are the conditions:

1. I'm turning 21, so a place with yummy cocktails!
2. There will be about 10 of us
3. This group of 10 people are POOR college students ($20 and under per person for food AND cocktails)
4. I'm a girl and its my birthday, so I want it to be nice and on the cute side
5. Perferably somewhere that has a unique touch, and not just your average restaurant
6. Location: West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Wilshire, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, San Pedro. OR Orange County- Huntington Beach, Newport, Costa Mesa, Irvine

Is this even possible?? Thank you so much!! I appreciate all your suggestions!

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  1. any particular neighborhood? you won't want to be driving after boatloads of cocktails.

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    1. re: bodie

      I don't think a boatload of cocktails will be an issue with the price point of food AND drink for $20 pp.

      1. re: tony michaels

        It is going to necessitate a happy hour with two-for-one or other generous drink specials.

      2. re: bodie

        Ok, I just added some perferred locations

      3. You could do happy hour at World Cafe in SM, cheap cocktails and you get a free personal sized pizza with each drink ordered. $20 should get you at least 3 cocktails each with a ton of pizza.

        You might also consider BYOB at a fun cheap ethnic place - Thai Town springs to mind.

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        1. re: hrhboo

          oh World Cafe sounds good! right around what I'm looking for...

          1. re: shelovestoeat

            Here's the website

            http://www.worldcafela.com/

            I believe Happy Hour lasts from 4.30 - 7pm on weekdays (incl Fridays)

          2. re: hrhboo

            How's the quality of the cocktails? For me, I don't mind if happy hour cocktails are light on the alcohol (esp if I can get three for $20) but I hate when they use artificial mixers or way too much sugar. If I can get a properly made cocktail that just happens to not be heavy on alcohol, I'd be much happier than a strongly mixed drink that tastes like cough syrup.

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            1. Cheap and cocktails deosn't work.

              If you can stretcha little farther, cash wise, get your pals to get together and reserve a chunk at one of the seatings at North Hollywood's Tokyo Delves. Sushi, Sake bombs, colorful cocktails, games and dancing on stools to cheesy 80's music. it's a blast for big groups of funsters.

              http://www.delve-sushibar.com

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              1. re: Diana

                Tokyo Delve's only works if you dig sushi, and it's anything but cheap. Cocktails more than double the cost of the meal. Fun for 20 somethings though.

                You can always go see Thai Elvis at Palms Thai. Entrees average $6-9 and the drinks are pretty cheap. And the entertainment is truly unusual: http://www.palmsthai.com

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