Dinner/Drinks with the girls from the office
We are having a good-bye dinner/drinks for one of our co-workers in a few weeks. Any suggestions for a good place in Santa Monica or, preferably, Beverly Hills where a group of 5 or 6 girls can have some food and a few cocktails on a Thursday night? We're thinking mid-price range, good atmosphere and not too crazy on a Thursday. Any ideas?
I've been to the happy hour at Nick's Martini Bar several times and it was enjoyable. It's on Canon. Also, I've never been to the Chaya happy hour (Chaya Brasserie in BH and Chaya Venice on Main in Santa Monica) but I hear the happy hour at both of those locations are great.
I was going to reccomend Nic's as well.
There's also Avalon at Canon/Olympic that has some good drinks/food.
If you like wine, you might consider Il Pastaio.
If you wanted to stay in Santa Monica, you could do Catch. Down there, there's also Whist at the Viceroy. Farther west, there's Wilshire, which may be more than you want to spend.
If wines and small plates are of interest, try Upstairs2, kind of a compromise between SM and BH.