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r
repartee Oct 2, 2010 06:22 PM

My book club is looking for a venue. Food not so important as a place to be able to hear each other.

I'm thinking around West side/downtown, but Main probably okay. It'd be on a weekday.

  1. t
    twinkienic Oct 4, 2010 12:01 AM

    2 years ago I was searching for something similar (quiet space for 15-20ppl to discuss, moderately priced, private room preferable) in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/535389

    Places that worked well include:
    Afghan Horseman
    Kirin
    Hamilton Street Grill
    Cobre

    Additional ideas:
    - Campagnolo is supposed to have a private upstairs room by now
    - Dan (in Kitsilano) has a small semi-private seating area upstairs for a small group (no more than 8) but the whole restaurant is pretty quiet so you'd probably be ok in the main dining area with a larger group too.

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    Cobre Restaurants
    52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA

    Hamilton Street Grill
    1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9, CA

    Campagnolo
    1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

    6 Replies
    1. re: twinkienic
      t
      twinkienic Oct 4, 2010 12:04 AM

      Trying to get some other links to stick...

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      Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
      1833 Anderson St, Vancouver, BC V6H4E5, CA

      Dan Japanese Restaurant
      2511 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K, CA

      Kirin Seafood Restaurant
      555 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z3X7, CA

      1. re: twinkienic
        LotusRapper Oct 4, 2010 11:14 AM

        It'd be tough (for me) to think about books at Afghan Horsemen with the belly dancer slithering about ..... ;-)

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        Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
        1833 Anderson St, Vancouver, BC V6H4E5, CA

        1. re: LotusRapper
          t
          twinkienic Oct 4, 2010 05:28 PM

          Are there belly dancers every night? The two times I've been, I've been in private or semi-private rooms and didn't notice any.

          Perhaps I should go back on a belly-dancing night :)

          1. re: twinkienic
            LotusRapper Oct 4, 2010 07:36 PM

            Dunno, you could call, 'tho

            There was one the night I was there, hehe:

            http://chowtimes.com/2009/06/21/chowt...

            1. re: LotusRapper
              t
              twinkienic Oct 5, 2010 05:14 PM

              hah! I see from the pictures how it would be super hard to concentrate on a book discussion.

              1. re: twinkienic
                r
                repartee Oct 7, 2010 08:57 PM

                Thanks.

                I'll check out some of these suggestions on the weekend.

    2. k
      kinnickinnik Oct 3, 2010 12:18 PM

      If you fancy a pint while discussing your book, how about the Alibi Room?

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      Alibi Room
      157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A1B8, CA

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      1. re: kinnickinnik
        grayelf Oct 3, 2010 02:18 PM

        Alibi Room is blisteringly loud when it is more than 1/3 full. Love your handle, btw :-)

        1. re: grayelf
          k
          kinnickinnik Oct 3, 2010 09:48 PM

          It's generally not too bad on a weeknight. Downstairs is much quieter. I'm assuming that a book club wouldn't meet on Fri/Sat nights when it does get pretty loud and very full.

          (Thanks, I used run2eat on eG but not doing much running these days so needed a change :-) )

        2. re: kinnickinnik
          LotusRapper Oct 3, 2010 09:58 PM

          I thought of them too. Been awhile since we hung out there. Are the movie scripts still stacked in the corner shelves ?

          How big is your book club, Repartee ?

          The Clubhouse on W.2nd has a private "par-tay" room, upstairs in the back, that can seat a good 15 or even 20. Good okonomiyaki too.

          1. re: LotusRapper
            r
            repartee Oct 4, 2010 04:01 PM

            Hi LR,

            There are 9 of us. Love the sound of The Clubhouse but can't do stairs.

            1. re: repartee
              LotusRapper Oct 4, 2010 05:06 PM

              Very short flight of stairs. It's not so much 2nd floor as a loft sort of. I believe they now have a large-screen LCD TV on one wall too. The arrangement is good because there's a humongous table in the middle with bench seating around it, would be good to spread all them books out.

              Go check it out and you'll know what I mean.

        3. fmed Oct 2, 2010 09:31 PM

          How about Raw Canvas (Yaletown)? http://www.raw-canvas.com/ The food is supplied by Nuba.

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          1. re: fmed
            grayelf Oct 3, 2010 10:47 PM

            This place was featured in a film I saw tonight called The Neighbour. It looks like it might work but there seems to be a fair likelihood of somebody crooning or playing guitar...

            1. re: fmed
              r
              repartee Oct 12, 2010 09:10 PM

              Well, fmed, i went there today. Looked good. Looked reeeeeeeaaaaal good.

              Requisite refrectory (try saying that six times) table and everything.

              Food no longer from Nuba but they do charcuterie from Oyama and cheese from Benton Brothers at 15 per plate of 3 each and that is it.

              Some Yelpers have complained of size but we shall see.

              I've put it out to the women but if they don't bite and choose some crappy chain, be it on their heads.

              Anyway, thanks. It seems spot on!

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              Nuba Cafe
              322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA

              1. re: repartee
                fmed Oct 12, 2010 10:04 PM

                I hope it works out for you then!

                There are crappy chains right in the 'hood there. The Keg, Milestones, Earls, Cactus Club all represent.

            2. v
              vandan Oct 2, 2010 08:55 PM

              how about Calhouns

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