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Hello Chowhound!

I'm throwing a birthday party and wanted to get some bar/restaurant suggestions from the hounds. There will be about 20 people (25-30 year olds). I'd like the venue to be somewhere between Santa Monica and Downtown, as far south as Culver City, as far north as where the 405 meets the 101.

As far as venue type, either bar or restaurant works. I was thinking of just meeting for drinks, but if the board has some fun dinner suggestions for a large group, that works too. I'd like to avoid hot-spots that will be jam-packed on a Saturday night, and I'd like drink prices stay within the $7-10 range. A separate room or nook to hang out in would be ideal, but not a necessity.

Suggestions?

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  1. Lots of ideas:
    Arsenal
    Beachwood
    ShangriLa rooftop
    James Beach
    Angel's Supper Club

    All of the above have a separate area for your party, and drinks in that budget (especially if it's anywhere near happy hour)

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    James Beach
    60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

    Beechwood Restaurant
    822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: yogachik

      Hey Yogachik, do you mean Beechwood, at the end of Abbot Kinney?

      1. re: Phurstluv

        Yes, and it's spelled as Beachwood, now.

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        Beechwood Restaurant
        822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

        1. re: yogachik

          Really? Did they change the name? Last I looked the sign read Beechwood. Also Eater LA has it spelled that way. Who knew?

          http://la.eater.com/archives/2010/07/...

          1. re: Phurstluv

            The website is spelled Beechwood. I haven't been there in a while so the spelling may have been changed.

            http://www.beechwoodrestaurant.com/ho...

    2. For a group that size, the patio at Warszawa is fun and inexpensive.

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      Warszawa Restaurant
      1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      1. re: hrhboo

        Warszawa is a nice space and great suggestion.

        if you did food, what's the budget? something like Dar Maghreb or Moun-of-Tunis is fun for the belly dancing and eating with hands.

        there's also Kiss lounge at Beso.

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        Warszawa Restaurant
        1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

        Beso Restaurant
        6350 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        1. re: Emme

          Third on Warszawa. Totally one of my favorite places to throw or attend a party.

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          Warszawa Restaurant
          1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        2. re: hrhboo

          Never been to Warszawa... I'll check out the patio this weekend!

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          Warszawa Restaurant
          1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        3. Guelaguetza is a fun place for drinks and relatively inexpensive, but good quality food. At the Olympic location on Saturday night, they usually have a marimba band. I believe that location has a "nook" area for parties.

          1. Wokcano Santa Monica has a great Patio for the summer with http://www.chow.com/images/button-pos... playing. Happy hour Prices 4 to 7:30 pm. I've hosted many parties there for 10 to 150 people.

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            Wokcano Santa Monica
            1413 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            1. my husband threw me a party at fu's palace on pico. great food, full bar and a lovely private patio. it's kitchsy and totally fun.

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              1. re: woofer

                I'll have to check that out as well! Kitchsy, lovely Chinese restaurant patio bar sounds like a ridiculous, fun venue. Fu's is also really central.