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Ideas for cocktail party with city or harbor views?

heidi123 Sep 6, 2008 10:09 AM

I am planning a 40th birthday cocktail party and I am looking for restaurants in Boston with great city or harbor views. Any recommendations?

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  1. LindaWhit Sep 6, 2008 11:11 AM

    Little to go on here...with no price points, food preferences, or knowledge of how many people would be attending, the first thought is the major harbor hotels - easy enough to find the Boston Harbor Hotel, which has Meritage Restaurant; and the Marriott Long Wharf, which has Oceana.

    Or go across the river to Cambridge in the Royal Sonesta's Restaurant Dante. Spectacular view of the Boston skyline.

    A quick Google will find the info you need. Or give more information and someone might better be able to help you.

    1. MC Slim JB Sep 6, 2008 11:12 AM

      Hiring a boat for a private harbor cruise is fun and not terribly expensive, and lets you choose a caterer who can really tailor the food and drinks to your tastes.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        bear Sep 6, 2008 11:21 AM

        A private harbor cruise is a great idea if it's in your budget. I've been on a couple, both with private catering with simple, decent food cooked on hibachis or prepped off-site, and a small bar. One had a harpist and the other a small band for dancing.

        You also can't go wrong at Dante. Fabulous views and overall a great time.

      2. Eatin in Woostah Sep 6, 2008 12:43 PM

        Hampshire House (Upstairs from Cheers) has lovely large windows with views of the public garden and does a very nice job with passed apps and cocktails.

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          heidi123 Sep 7, 2008 10:31 AM

          very helpful ideas! thanks so much for all insights.

          a few more details to respond to lindawhit: we at looking at approx. 40 people and as for the price point: there is some flexibility. we would like to find a fun and festive environment that's not too formal, not too casual. as for cuisine, looking for a variety of high quality, interesting passed hors douvres to accommodate some foodies, some vegetarians and someone with a gluten allergy!

          i will invesxtigate the ideas already offered and any additional ideas would be more than appreciated.

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          1. re: heidi123
            emilief Sep 7, 2008 10:34 AM

            Not sure of the price but we have attended a few cocktail parties at the Kennedy Library- a spectacular setting with great views.

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              heidi123 Sep 7, 2008 11:36 AM

              LOVED the idea of kennedy library too. i was told that as a federal building, they don't host private parties.... but they do host corporate functions, i know. thanks for the idea.

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            heidi123 Sep 7, 2008 11:37 AM

            anyone have any experience with the pavilion landing at the boston harbor hotel - the little glassed in structure by the water??

            1. Eatin in Woostah Sep 7, 2008 02:43 PM

              Another idea - I attended a cocktail party once in a room near the top of the Museum of Science. It was really lovely and unique - not sure if they still do that as it was several years ago.

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              1. re: Eatin in Woostah
                heidi123 Sep 11, 2008 02:14 PM

                interesting! i will investigate! thank you.

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                jajjguy Sep 12, 2008 09:44 AM

                Anthony's Pier 4! This is a halfway facetious suggestion, because everybody but me seems to hate this place. But I think it has its charm, and you can't beat the harbor view. Pair the party with a visit to the ICA next door.

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                1. re: jajjguy
                  MC Slim JB Sep 12, 2008 10:02 AM

                  I attended a celebratory dinner at Anthony's not too long ago, and it was.... okay. Not brilliant, not horrible, just okay. I had a decent prime rib and a lousy Caesar salad. The popovers are still nice. It seem expensive for the quality; I guess that's the waterside premium, though many seats don't have a view. The scale of it makes you feel like you're in a banquet hall. Free parking is nice, I guess.

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