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Good spot for birthday cocktails/light fare

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This is a tall order:
--great atmosphere (think The Gibson or Marvin, without wait/crowds)
--can accommodate 10-15 people for drinks and light fare on a Saturday night
--in NW DC
--good for 30& newly 40-something :)

Ideas?

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  1. How about the lounge at PS7? Call them ahead of time and see if you can reserve a portion of the lounge area (I've seen them do this before).

    1. What about perhaps Bardeo? That is in NW. Or perhaps St. Ex?

      PS7 would be a good spot, but I don't really think of it as NW although technically it is.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        St Ex is crazy busy. I've gone in a party of 2 and been crushed, so 10-15 might have trouble.

        1. re: Jeserf

          Well I wouldn't go anywhere without trying to call and reserve space, not on a Saturday night in DC, but I thought I had seen them reserve space before for groups.

          I know for sure that PS7 and Poste will do that.

      2. Don't do Marvin, my friend had her party here and it was terrible. Rude staff, weak drinks. Terrible night.

        1. When you say light, do you mean healthy? small plates? appetizers/bar food but main focus is drinks?

          1. Zengo has a large communal table upstairs. You can order small plates and tasty cocktails there.

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            1. re: KWynn

              Good suggestion or you might want to check out Bodego, Perry's or the new restaurant Cava.

              1. re: Jacey

                Like Zengo, love Cava (in Rockville, anyway- haven't been to the DC one.)