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Hi folks,

I am looking to host a private cocktail+hors d'oeuvres party for around 40 people and am looking for suggestions. The emphasis is going to be on the cocktails and if possible I'd really like to get a place with amazing drinks -- think Drink, Green Street, Eastern Standard -- but am not sure if any of these places can host an event like this. Before I start calling around I wondered if anyone had suggestions or could share their experiences.

If it's not possible (or way too expensive) to host at a restaurant, I wonder about having the party at my house, hiring a bartender from one of those places for the evening, and having the food catered. Any suggestions on that approach? I assume bartenders wouldn't mind doing a bit of moonlighting but not sure how to best approach it.

Thanks for any suggestions...

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. Mistral has a beautiful private room, great passed hors d'oeuvres and good bartending. At a price, of course.

    1. For a focus on cocktails, I'd also think about having a private party at Silvertone's in the back room/bar.

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      Silvertone
      69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

      1. You might want to vet the bartender, but Marliave can handle this type of thing.

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        Marliave
        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        1. I threw a party for about the same size about six months ago at The Enormous Room that was quite successful. It's run by Central Kitchen so I had some confidence in the quality, and it met my expectations. The room is quite charming when it's not Saturday night jammed, and is particularly well suited to encourage mingling amongst a small group.

          My other choice was going to be Green Street. I should note that my decisions were somewhat geographically driven, but I think both places are well-suited to throw a good party for you regardless of your geographical preference.

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          Central Kitchen
          567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Enormous Room
          569 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. If you go the catered food way, I recommend this company:

            http://www.forkliftcatering.com/
            617 838 3234
            info@forkliftcatering.com

            Office – Mailing Address
            Forklift Catering
            83 Ivy St. #21
            Brookline, MA 02446
            Phone: 617 838 3234

            Kitchen
            Forklift Catering
            31 Germania St.
            Bldg I/J
            Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

            Joanne

            1. West Side Lounge has done private parties before like this. We enquired once about a party there and/or borrowing one of their bartenders (Bennie, IIRC) and they were amenable, had a pricing structure, etc. The better value was, however, in doing it at home. Most places, I imagine, want to match their typical public take for the night

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              West Side Lounge
              1680 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138