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reception venue for 300

biffchan Sep 24, 2008 02:39 PM

I represent a group of Brits who are looking to hold a reception in LA next June during a conference at the downtown convention centre.
We are looking at about 300 guests and probably around $60 a head. What we'd really like is great location, open bar (hey, we're British) and a small amount of good quality canap├ęs. If there was some kind of Brit-link for the location even better but we would want to avoid British-pub type venues. Anyway, that's not essential.
Someone suggested the casa del mar in Santa Monica and they can do something in our price range but I don't know whether asking people to travel out that way from the downtown area is realistic with the traffic/ distance. It would be around 9-11pm mid-week.
Can any locals help with any suggestions for good places. It's hard trying to plan this without being able to check places out for ourselves

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  1. westsidegal RE: biffchan Sep 24, 2008 03:15 PM

    the drinks at casa del mar won't be cheap. . .

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      LesThePress RE: westsidegal Sep 24, 2008 03:36 PM

      It's a long drive from downtown to Santa Monica, especially for that many people.

      Call Cicada (617 S. Olive St., (213) 655-5559). They have a separate roof top area that can accomdate that many people. As far as canapes, you'll have to ask them.

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      yogachik RE: biffchan Sep 24, 2008 03:40 PM

      Casa del Mar won't be $60/head with an open bar, more like $200/head.

      Look into the Figueroa Hotel poolside. It should be in your budget. Another idea is Elevate, which has a spectacular view, but the $60/head will probably only accomodate the food, not the drinks.

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        coco puff RE: biffchan Sep 24, 2008 03:43 PM

        Try the Olympic Collection. its in West LA just off the 405 and 10 on Olympic Blvd.
        they can totally accommodate you.


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