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...
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
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
West Side Lounge
1680 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
If you go the catered food way, I recommend this company:
617 838 3234
Office – Mailing Address
83 Ivy St. #21
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: 617 838 3234
31 Germania St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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.
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
569 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139