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alevin Dec 29, 2009 06:52 AM

I'm having my birthday dinner with a few friends in the West Village and am looking for a bar to go afterwards. There will be a big group of people meeting us (around 20-30) so I'm really looking for a place that doesn't get too crowded. Good music would also be a great plus.

Any recommendations would be very helpful!


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    nyu_uws RE: alevin Dec 29, 2009 07:37 AM

    I really enjoy Blind Tiger in the West Village, but it might not be great for crowds because it is fairly small. However, they do have a great selection of beers (both on tap and bottled). Fiddlesticks can be fun too, but the crowd tends to be full of younger NYU students if that matters to you. It's much larger than Blind Tiger.

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    1. re: nyu_uws
      Sugar RE: nyu_uws Dec 29, 2009 01:21 PM

      Blind Tiger, while a great bar, is woefully small for a group this size.

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      chowbie RE: alevin Dec 29, 2009 07:37 AM

      It's not a raucous spot, but the Turks and Frogs wine bar on w. 11th has a cozy back room you can reserve (I think you have to pay but not much).

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        foodie4life RE: chowbie Dec 29, 2009 09:08 AM

        Blind Tiger is a great idea. IMHO while I enjoy Turks and Frogs, it's too small and intimate for such a large group. A few other ideas, all are large:

        Dublin (you can rent the back room for free but it's large enough regardless. great beer selection plus wine and cocktails + music)
        Vol de Nuit (Belgian beer bar with a few different floors and sections, crowd can be kind of iffy though)
        675 Bar (huge upscale basement sportsbar with pacman, foos ball, etc. need to show up early though or there will be a very long wait)
        White Horse Tavern (great pub, lots of space, bar food, 25+ so a more mature crowd)

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          foodie4life RE: foodie4life Dec 29, 2009 09:10 AM

          BTW, where are you going for dinner?


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            egit RE: foodie4life Dec 29, 2009 12:22 PM

            Hey, I really love Blind Tiger, but the OP specifically said the requirement was for a bar that doesn't get too crowded. Blind Tiger is ALWAYS crowded in the evenings, and a group of 20-30 simply wouldn't work.

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              alevin RE: egit Dec 31, 2009 06:40 AM

              Thanks for these suggestions! I orginally wanted to go to 675 but we won't be getting out of dinner until around 11. Do you think the line will be too long then?

              Dinner is with a large group at Tortilla Flats.

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                sam1 RE: alevin Dec 31, 2009 04:20 PM

                while i dont entirely understand a meal at tortilla flats, next door is entwine...pretty good bar...could be empty or at least big enough that you can take the place over.

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                  foodie4life RE: alevin Jan 4, 2010 02:55 PM

                  Hi, I'm not sure if I'm too late but there will definitely be a line at 675 Bar at 11PM. It all depends how patient you are! When we arrived at 10:30 we waited over an hour and didn't get in until we returned at 2AM.

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