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Fun lively BYO that can accomodate a private party

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My husband's 40th birthday is coming up and I'd like to have a party for around 40 people. Something laid back, fun, and casual. Cost is definitely a consideration, and we are a group of big drinkers, so I am thinking BYO is the way to go. Any suggestions for a fun lively spot with a private room or area that could accomodate around 40 people on a Saturday night? We live in Montco, but our friends are scattered, so it can be anywhere in Philly or the burbs.

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  1. As you know, most byos are small/intimate so to have a party of 40 will be pretty tough to accommodate for most spots. Some places I would check out are Aqua (big room upstairs) and Mojecte Mixto (pretty big place, can probably hold 60-70 people, no private room). La Locanda in Old City has had parties for about 25 which can be a fun spot if you want to drink and interact with the staff . You may be able to reserve the restaurant for a later seating (9pm) if you call a week or two early. The restuarant can probably do about 35-40 if you don't close the door. I have also noticed that some byo's are starting to charge a fee for larger groups that bring in a few bottles/6-packs.

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    1. re: juice

      fyi, Molcajete Mixto is now Paxia.

    2. Apamate would be great fun. You would have the whole restaurant

      1. My friends have had fun events at Mustard Greens (2nd between South & Bainbridge). Typical Chinese food, but the quality is great with fresh ingredients. They have a large upstairs which they will reserve for parties.

        1. How about LaCava in Ambler? I'm sure you could take over the whole place for one night. http://lacavarestaurantpa.com/