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Where to Go for 19th Birthday?

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smilegonewild Jan 2, 2009 09:41 AM

I'm turning 19 and would like to go to a bar with good live music and a young crowd for my special day. It would also be nice if the menu featured some tasty (and preferably inexpensive) dishes. I'll be going out with around 15-20 people so space could also be a factor. I've been thinking Sneaky Dee's, Graffitis, Velvet Underground, Sound Acadamy, or Underground Garage Urban Saloon. But have never eaten at any of these places. Any suggestions, recommendations or thoughts on the bars I've been looking at would be more than welcome.

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    Sarah Cat RE: smilegonewild Jan 2, 2009 01:29 PM

    I love the Velvet Underground, but I'm not sure about food, there. I also love the Sound Academy, but never eaten there, either. There's Supermarket in Kensington, on Augusta — the food is wonderful, reasonably priced, and it turns into an (unpretentious) club at night.

    1. JamieK RE: smilegonewild Jan 2, 2009 01:34 PM

      I'm in the wrong age category to help you much but I'm going to throw out Insomnia because it was suggested before on the board for a 19th birthday party and, as I recall, it went well. I believe there's a sort of private area with sofas, etc.
      http://insomniacafe.com/

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        LemonLauren RE: JamieK Jan 2, 2009 03:42 PM

        mmm yeah definitely some of the best food i've had in a young, affordable, drinking environment, but it's small-ish, so call ahead. it's not bar food though, and the is more ambiant and techo-ish than say Sneaky's. If you want a Broken Social soundtrack, Nirvana, RedRoom or Green Room might be better.

      2. robgm RE: smilegonewild Jan 3, 2009 12:57 AM

        Mitzi's Sister on Queen West has great food and great bands...

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          adale RE: robgm Jan 12, 2009 02:48 PM

          Never been to Mitzi's Sister but Mitzi's (the related restaurant) has amazing breakfast so I'm sure you can't go wrong with the food.

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            Sarah Cat RE: adale Jan 13, 2009 01:02 PM

            The food is good at Mitzi's Sister. I love the nachos! The crowd is not really that young, though.

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              robgm RE: Sarah Cat Jan 14, 2009 09:20 PM

              it can be, depending on the time and the band and the day of the week...but the vibe is young, hipster, urban,

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          aneal77 RE: smilegonewild Jan 12, 2009 02:49 PM

          yeah try supermarket on augusta!

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            sam_1 RE: smilegonewild Jan 13, 2009 06:09 AM

            If you are going out on a Friday/Saturday, Sneaky Dee's might not be your best bet due to space. It would be hard to seat that many people together, and there isn't alot of space for standing around. Better for drinks with a smaller group. I agree with the supermarket recommendation...

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              Ron M RE: smilegonewild Jan 13, 2009 11:18 AM

              Why not have dinner at one spot and party at another?

              I'm sure there's some fun spots to eat at, then afterward go to a good bar / whatever.

              Why not AYCE sushi? Fun, filling, and not expensive.

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                abailey77 RE: Ron M Jan 14, 2009 11:36 PM

                I'm going to agree with JamieK on Insomnia. Really nice space and good food. If you're doing Friday or Saturday you may have a harder time getting space for 20 unless you're willing to show up a bit early. Everybody wants the couches, especially in the winter! The couches are the furthest from the door.

                Another spot may be Li'ly on College, they open up their basement for a dance space after the super hour and the reviews I've heard have the food having been good (but the food reviews are old). I do have a friend who did her birthday there this summer and I showed up for dancing which was good. Supermarket is very similar in that you can do dinner and then it turns into dancing and the food at Supermarket is fair and affordable.

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