Evening Party w/Speaker for 150 in/near Downtown DC
I'm involved with a non-profit organization that would like to have a reception w/speaker for about 150 people on a Monday evening in October. Looking for a nice venue, vegetarian food display (not a full dinner, just apps), beer/ wine for around 30-45 per person. Must be in or near downtown- Penn Quarter, Downtown, Dupont, Conn/Mass Ave etc.
Does anyone have any suggestions of a cool/interesting restaurant that has a space that has a space that could be partitioned off for a group that size that would make the space available on a Monday for that price, all inclusive? I just can't think of a partitioned space that size or a restaurant willing to block off four hours on a Monday and I thought some chowhounders might have some ideas.
Does it have to be really nice? When Town Tavern in Adams Morgan was Nolan's, it had a very nice upstairs reception room. I'm sure they still do rentals, I just haven't been to it since it became Town. On a monday night you won't have to deal with the typical AdMo crowd and parking wouldn't be a problem.
Otherwise- look at Tabard Inn, Hook in Geogetown, and Clyde's in Gallery Place.