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FishFood Jul 15, 2010 11:21 AM

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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    woofer Jul 16, 2010 06:23 PM

    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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      FishFood Jul 16, 2010 06:39 PM

      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.

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      altstarr Jul 16, 2010 02:21 PM

      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

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        Jwsel Jul 16, 2010 07:45 AM

        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. hrhboo Jul 15, 2010 08:35 PM

          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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            Emme Jul 15, 2010 09:21 PM

            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
              mollyomormon Jul 15, 2010 10:05 PM

              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

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              FishFood Jul 16, 2010 07:49 AM

              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

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              yogachik Jul 15, 2010 02:30 PM

              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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                Phurstluv Jul 15, 2010 04:48 PM

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

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                  yogachik Jul 16, 2010 01:18 PM

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

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                  Beechwood Restaurant
                  822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

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                    Phurstluv Jul 16, 2010 01:54 PM

                    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
                      hrhboo Jul 16, 2010 06:41 PM

                      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...

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