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How busy are PDT and Little Branch late Thursday's?

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Just wondering, how busy are PDT and Little Branch on a Thursday at around midnight? Which one would be more crowded (and thus should be avoided)?

Also, for PDT, is it possible to make a reservation for two at a booth / table? Or do parties of two have to sit at the bar?

Thanks!

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  1. They are both pretty busy but I have always been able to get a drink at little branch although sometimes would just stand in the tiny bar area. You can make a reservation there also.

    Not sure about reservations at PDT. Always just sat at the bar after a wait.

    1. It's pretty difficult to get a table for 2 at PDT as there are only two 2-tops in the entire bar. They are usually quite busy on Thursdays. However, the bar is first come, first served. I always call ahead to inquire how busy the bar is. Most parties of two wind up at the bar. You might want to have Death & Co. as a backup plan.

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      1. re: kathryn

        From my experience, PDT is really busy on Thursday nights. But like the previous poster said: if it's just two of you, then try winging it. You'll most likely wind up at the bar after a wait.

        1. re: LES_Crawler

          kathryn, LES Crawler, thank you for the reply. What if we really want some privacy? Is it possible to call at 3pm that day (a Thursday) to reserve one of the 2-tops at PDT for midnight?

          Thanks!

          1. re: Singar

            You can certainly try to call and you might get lucky because you want a later seating! Good luck.

            1. re: Singar

              You can certainly call PDT at 3pm and hope you get through. There are only a handful of tables in the entire place, so reserving a 2-top isn't much more difficult than reserving a table for 4.

              1. re: ESNY

                I guess it depends -- there are two (maybe 3?) booths up front that can fit a good 6-8 people. There are two tables for 2 against the wall, to the immediate right of the door, as you enter. There is also a booth in the back that can comfortably seat 4-5 people. So it's about the same chances, I suppose...I did try to get a reservation last week on a Tuesday for 2 people and the earliest they had was 12:30pm, so it might work out.

          2. re: kathryn

            I don't know about PDT but Little Branch is a tiny place and kinda cramped if comfort means anything. I would take the 5 minutes to head to Pegu Club. which makes as good drinks but feels a bit more upscale. Of course it depends on the scene you are looking for. Little Branch is surely the more "happening" place.

            1. re: kathryn

              Thanks budnball. Just wondering, how busy is Pegu Club on Thursday at midnight then?
              I'm actually looking for a more quiet, laid back atmosphere to talk.

              1. re: Singar

                Death & Co and Angel's Share will be much easier to get into, and are fairly laid back and quiet. Sake Bar Decibel is also a decent option, though there might be a slight wait for a table.

                1. re: ExFlexitarian

                  You can make reservations at Little Branch? Just to sit and have drinks?

                  We were thinking of stopping in for drinks next Friday after dinner. Probably looking at 9:30. Should I make reservations?

                  1. re: ExFlexitarian

                    OOPS! Death & Co's last call is about 11:20 or so, and they close at midnight, so if you try to go then, you will definitely strike out. Sorry! I can't believe that slipped my mind.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Kathryn,

                      Do you you think I should make reservations for 4 people on a Friday night at 9:30?

                      1. re: Kimlo

                        For which bar? Little Branch? I've never been but I hear it is a pretty small place. Better off trying to snag a reservation (assuming they take them).

                        1. re: kathryn

                          Kathryn...yes, I was referring to Little Branch. I think I'll give them a call just to be on the safe side.

                          Also, just wanted to thank you for all your help on this forum!! Really do appreciate it!