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Need suggestions for 24th birthday spot--ambiance is key!

amyksays Jan 12, 2010 08:42 PM


My 24th birthday is coming up at the end of the month, and I'm trying to find a really fun, cozy, cool-looking spot to celebrate at. Good food is important, but honestly, I really want a great ambiance. Last year, I had my birthday at Cliff's Edge, which was great. I also love Pace, if that gives you a sense of my taste (comfy pillows, interesting lighting, etc). I'd love something with a view (like Yamashiro). I was thinking about Cecconi's, but it seems a little bit sterile.

There will be about 15 people, likely with a $50 per person maximum. I'm not ruling out places with music or dancers or other funky things.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!


Cliff's Edge
3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

1999 North Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068

8764 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069

  1. orythedog Jan 20, 2010 11:41 AM

    Barbrix in Silverlake

    1. wutzizname Jan 15, 2010 07:32 AM

      My vote would be Bar Marmont. No view of course, but otherwise it's a great mix of atmosphere, decent food, great drinks and varied crowd. The menu has plenty of small plates to share, which helps keep the per person price down. And there are a bunch of different little spaces in addition to the main dining room and bar, including the front and back patio, and the little cushion room behind a curtain next to the main bar. With a group of 15 you can probably reserve that whole space for the evening, or the back patio bar. The place is all about ambiance.

      Bar Marmont
      8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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        archer Jan 14, 2010 01:18 PM

        Some thoughts which should fit in budget:
        Little Dom's in Los Feliz (lively, warm, cozy)
        Hungry Cat (lively, great seafood, need to watch cocktail consumption to stay w/ in budget)
        Foundry on Melrose (a little $$, but have Sun. dinner special if that works for you)
        Allston Yacht Club in Silverlake (unfortunately has been sparsely populated when I've been there, but your group would make it lively. Fun ambiance, great cocktails, good small plates to share--very reasonable)

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          schrutefarms Jan 14, 2010 12:32 PM

          You could try the Foundation Room at the top of the House of Blues. Yes, it's a members club, but sometimes they make allowances. Also, they just changed their menu to include more family-style tapas, so if you stuck to a bunch of those and everybody shared, you might be able to keep it to $50. Beautiful room, amazing view, very dark, comfy, a little spooky sort of Goth-Morrocan vibe.

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          1. re: schrutefarms
            amyksays Jan 14, 2010 11:00 PM

            Wow...this looks amazing and perfect. How can I get them to make an allowance?!?

            1. re: amyksays
              schrutefarms Jan 15, 2010 12:23 AM

              Call up- and say you are thinking about a membership.

          2. rednyellow Jan 14, 2010 09:37 AM

            La Boheme on Santa Monica blvd at Orlando has a fab interior and good food.

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            1. re: rednyellow
              amyksays Jan 14, 2010 11:02 PM

              Also totally up my alley...thanks!

            2. Servorg Jan 14, 2010 04:41 AM

              Maybe someplace like Dar Maghreb? http://www.darmaghrebrestaurant.com/c... - the price point is going to be close, but it might be doable. How about someplace like Micelis? They have singing waiters and waitresses and the price should be in line with your stated budget. There is one in Hollywood and one across the street from Universal City Walk.

              Dar Maghreb
              7651 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              Miceli Restaurant Hollywood
              1646 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Miceli's Italian Restaurant
              3655 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068

              1. J.L. Jan 14, 2010 12:36 AM

                Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood is nice, but a tad above your budget.


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                  TailbackU Jan 13, 2010 11:17 PM

                  Hi Amy,

                  You can try O-Bar in West Hollywood. They have these great big round booths that can accommodate quite a bit of people and looks really cool. Service is really great too. and if you dont' mind a gay friendly crowd, it can be a fun spot too.

                  If you liked Cliff's Edge, you might also like The Little Door. They have a great secluded outdoor patio like Cliff'd Edge.

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                  1. re: TailbackU
                    amyksays Jan 14, 2010 11:06 PM

                    Good thought...and the Blue Room at The Little Door looks cool.

                    1. re: amyksays
                      JBC Jan 15, 2010 05:39 AM

                      I hate to be the Grinch who stole Christmas but, using the regular menu, The Little Door would break the bank at ..."$50 per person maximum"...

                      Cheapest Meat or Fish entree is Chicken at $38 and cheapest salad (3 options) is $15.

                      Cost 38 + 15 + Tax & Tip = $68.95 - which is without any Adult beverages, or liquid refreshments, of any kind. But wait, this is a birthday celebration, is anyone going to order any dessert like, for i.e., Cake ?


                      In comparison, the minimum at La Boheme would be $24 + $7 + Tax & Tip = $40.33. That might leave room for an $8 dessert, but want ANYTHING other than tap water, and your over the MAXIMUM.


                      If your "serious" about staying under $50 p/p total out the door, than I suggest trying some place where the food bill (Starter & Entree {or a bunch of Apps}) totals $25 (or less), add Tax & Tip on that = $32.50 leaving $17.50 for adult beverages, dessert, and/or group shared starters which might, if it's a real celebration, not be enough.

                      1. re: JBC
                        amyksays Jan 15, 2010 08:09 AM

                        Thanks for the calculations, but I'm not being that stringent about the $50 max. If it's a couple dollars over, we'll be fine. Though you're right, The Little Door is probably too pricey.

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                    amyksays Jan 13, 2010 10:32 PM

                    ...Anyone?? Help please?! :)

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