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Where to have low-cost holiday party in downtown Seattle?

caraely Oct 28, 2009 10:31 AM

My company has tightened the belt. They are still willing to let us have a holiday party, but our budget is $50 per person. That's without significant others, but we feel like part of the fun of our once-a-year event is to bring our SOs and let everyone meet and socialize. That means we'd be cut to $25 per person. We have some slush fund money we can throw into the pot, so let's call it $30 per person.

I'm looking for places in downtown Seattle that would fit the bill. The party would need to be in the evening (5pm to 8pm would work, it doesn't have to go late) and fit our budget. I'm not expecting dinner for this price, just appetizers and drinks. The total number of people would be about 20.

So far I'm thinking Via Tribunali, if their private room is big enough. Any other ideas? I want to keep it as classy as possible (as much as I love Shorty's, PBR and hot dogs just doesn't feel right for this event).

Thanks!

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    seattleviking Oct 29, 2009 06:06 PM

    Pasta Freska could probably help you out. Mike the owner is willing to work with your budget. He has catered a few events at our office and people enjoyed the food. It's over on Westlake though so not rigth downtown.

    Steelhead Diner would probably be able to do something nice in that budget range.

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    Steelhead Diner
    95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

    Pasta Freska
    1515 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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      hc_ Oct 28, 2009 01:14 PM

      Okay, let's break this down further. Assuming your $600 budget needs to include gratuity means that you've got $500 to work with for apps/drinks. First off, go for a weekday night rather than the weekend, and with a group that size, I'd recommend a place with a private/semi-private area that doesn't require a booking/room fee. Black Bottle (www.blackbottleseattle.com) comes to mind as a viable option. The upstairs loft at Tavolata (http://www.tavolata.com) is another option. The upstairs at Purple Wine Bar (http://www.thepurplecafe.com/) could also work. Crow (http://www.eatatcrow.com/) in lower QA has a semi-private area that would be a great option too. Regardless of where you end up, get it booked as soon as possible, and let them know ahead of time your budget and figure out your specific food/bev options based on that. Order big platters of shared apps, and perhaps you choose several bottles of wine to share rather than letting everyone order individual cocktails/glasses of wine themselves to keep the cost down. Or you could also make it known in your invite that the first two drinks are covered, but with the current economy, you're on your own and it's a no-host bar after that. Best of luck!

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      Black Bottle
      2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

      Tavolata
      2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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      1. re: hc_
        caraely Oct 28, 2009 07:40 PM

        Ooo, Black Bottle is a good one. I think their minimum is $500. I also thought of Via Tribunali in Belltown; they have a private room and the pizzas are "upscale" enough to suit a party. These are great ideas! We're definitely planning on a weeknight party.

        If there are any other ideas, keep 'em coming...thanks!

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        Via Tribunali
        913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

        Black Bottle
        2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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          Lauren Nov 2, 2009 02:25 PM

          The upstairs area at Tavolata is a great recommendation. I went to a party there this summer and it was fabulous.

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          Tavolata
          2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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