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Bar for a birthday get-together

I'm looking for a bar that is pretty low-key, but maybe on the new side... so a bunch of friends to meet up next friday for my birthday. I'm thinking more cocktails/lounge-ish. My boyfriend is recruiting his friends since he doesn't know my friends all that well, so I want a place where it would be easy to grab a drink and mingle if 12 or so friends show up. I'm thinking the Westside to Mid-Wilshire area to West Hollywood area so that people from all over can converge in the middle. Not crazy trendy but no dive bars either. Any suggestions? Anyone tried anywhere new they'd recommend?

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  1. I think you haven't had any responses because your net is too wide. Narrow down to one neighborhood and we can probably help. Also, lounge-ish but not trendy, that's a tough order.

    top of my head would be Montana Lounge or Beechwood, but that's nowhere near Mid-Wilshire.

    1. check out the Prince in k-town; http://www.yelp.com/biz/1tjw6RkaWmN9z...

      It's near where the ambassador used to be, and it used to be the Windsor hotel's lobby bar- really neat character and atmosphere- I went there a few years ago and keep meaning to go back- it's mid-wilshire, sorta loungy/retro/old school class/ tack ; ) hope this helps!

      1. I'll recommend 3rd Stop across from Cedar-Sinai. Great beer selection, huge space. The food is surprisingly good, with good renditions of pizzas and other comfort staples like mac and cheese and fries.

        1. check out R Bar. mid wilshire area on 8th/irolo, the northwest corner. the black building. open for about 3 months. the door's probably locked so knock.

          1. I like the Village Idiot on Melrose for drinks.