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Ideas for celebration dinner in Baltimore?

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I am defending my dissertation in early December (wahoo!) and am looking for a place to celebrate that night (a Tuesday). There will be about 20-30 people and I am looking for a place that won't break the bank as the majority of people attending will be grad students. I want it to have a fun, casual atmosphere and good drinks. My only ideas at this point are something like Red Star (http://www.redstarrestaurant.net/) or maybe Duclaw (http://www.duclaw.com/). Do you have any ideas for a casual fun place that can hold that many people (without making the grad students take out any more student loans!). It would be great if it within walking distance of a bar to finish out the night as well!

Thanks!

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  1. If your group is up for something ethnic, you can't go wrong with Ikaros on Eastern Avenue. The food is incredible (and they do have some yummy non-Greek items, like steak and crabcakes) and reasonably priced, and the owners are lovely to deal with. I went to a dinner there recently-- about 30 people. Fabulous!

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    1. re: turboterp

      The food at Ikaros is OK (tho not best in Greektown), but I would never call it festive.

    2. Owl Bar - then you could go to Brewer's Art or tons of other places in the area for drinks

      Yellow Dog - the upstairs area is perfect for your party and then hit all the Canton bars

      Junior's Wine Bar - Federal Hill bar hopping afterwards

      1. Red Maple has Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays.

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        1. re: jes

          If your interested in fell's point try Alexander's Tavern. $2 Bud and Bud Lights $3 Tuaca shots on Tuesdays. Great Beer Selection. Upstairs bar has darts, shuffleboard, foosball, and Nintendo Wii with various games (yes, guitar hero) hooked up to the flat screen.

        2. Thanks for all the suggestions! I just wanted to let you know we ended up going to Max's on Broadway and it was GREAT! They worked with me on fitting the menu within our budget and we had the entire upstairs for our party. It was perfect for the 25 or so people, they had a bartender for us, and it was the perfect celebratory atmosphere. We had food off of their menu on a buffet, cash bar, and the food was tasty. If anyone is looking for a fun birthday place or celebratory place to go in Baltimore that is casual - I would definitely recommend it!

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          1. re: jennzisme

            Thanks so much for reporting back!!

            Sounds like all went very well