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sorry, i hate to add yet another birthday request, but i haven't seen any threads quite like what i'm looking for.

my 25th birthday is next week, and i want a sexy, fun place to get drinks with a decent-sized group - could be 12, could be 20 people. i'm not worried about dinner, just drinks and dancing.

i'm trying to find a place with a bit of everything - it would be so great to just pick one spot that would keep everyone happy. most people will want to dance at least some, but i don't want the bar to be so loud that people can't sit and have a conversation too, or at least to have another floor or area with nice seating. we're an energetic bunch that loves good beer and strong drinks, but i don't want a place that's so expensive that people won't come out.

i'm not too picky about where this place is - i've got people coming from all over, so the north end, downtown, fenway, southie, or cambridge is fine. i live in somerville, so that works too. we'll be going out next saturday night, so hopefully this fantasy spot won't make us wait in line for an hour!

thanks so much for any help you can give - i know this is a lot to ask.

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  1. Is JP okay? Saturday is Latin dance night at the Milky Way. Ladies get in free before 10:30. It's an easy space for people to drift from the bar/restaurant to the dance floor and back, it's cheap, there's parking, and it's on the orange line.

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    1. re: robwat36

      that actually sounds great - the only thing is that a bunch of people are coming from the north shore, and jp's a pretty long haul for them. i'll definitely put it on the list though :) thank you!

      1. re: robwat36

        Since the Milky Way closed and they relocated Bella Luna, there is no longer a Latin night. It's a sad thing. That place was always really fun.

        For the OP -- check out Middlesex in Central Square. If you get there on the early side you can have a few small bites before the (killer) DJs start spinning.

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        Bella Luna
        10 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

        1. re: yumyum

          Actually Bella Luna's Latin Night is back on again! We went recently and it was a blast.

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          Bella Luna
          10 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

          1. re: purple bot

            I forgot that we're supposed to call it Bella Luna now that it's at the brewery. Or are we? The website says Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge, but there's not the same natural line of demarcation that there was at the old place.

            1. re: robwat36

              Re: the name, yeah, they seem to be kind of interchangeable as I see it.

            2. re: purple bot

              Oh this is very exciting! Thanks for the clarification!

            3. re: yumyum

              2nd Middlesex. Enormous Room also in Central would be worth looking into as well.

              1. re: Matt H

                thanks so much for the suggestions - i'll definitely check out middlesex lounge and enormous room, although both get pretty mixed reviews online for being small.

                any other places i should look at?

                1. re: megheartsshoes

                  They are definitely both on the smaller side (Especially ER) so I would recommend arriving early for both. Another option might be Good Life Downtown. 2 Floors (one for dancing the other for sitting at the bar) and the DJ's are usually very good as well.

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                  Good Life
                  28 Kingston, Boston, MA 02111

                  1. re: Matt H

                    good life reads exactly like what i want. i'm falling into the trap of getting bogged down by too many online reviews - good life gets mixed ones and a lot of people mention rude bartenders. thoughts?