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jennifer42 Nov 12, 2010 08:00 AM

Not necessarily a restaurant, but need a great venue near (within a 10 minute walk or streetcar ride) the Convention Center for a cocktail party for 100 guests. Hoping someone local can help out with suggestions, since I'm having a hard time figuring out what's going to work using google alone. I plan to have a band, cocktails (of course), and hors d'oeuvres, so venue has to accomodate a band + 100 people.

Thanks for any suggestions!

  1. uptownlibrarian Nov 12, 2010 08:08 AM

    Maybe Ernst Café? I've never been to a party there, but it's two blocks from the Convention Center and they have a party room.


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      CharlieH Nov 12, 2010 08:41 AM

      Calcasieu above Cochon is quite close. 7 on Fulton is even closer. The old Board of Trade is a nice space. There are a zillion possibilities, time of day, amount you plan on spending, occasion dress code, would all be helpful. Ernst cafe is also a great idea as mentioned.

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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        jennifer42 Nov 12, 2010 08:52 AM

        Evening, business casual (we're there for a convention), budget is around $10K for the event. (But that includes entertainment, not just F&B)

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          jennifer42 Nov 12, 2010 09:23 AM

          I may have to murder you for posting the link to Calcasieu before I've had lunch. I want all of that, please, delivered to Phoenix immediately. :)

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          aljoschex Nov 12, 2010 09:47 AM

          Check out Mulate's private room. We hosted a dinner party for 100 and everyone loved the venue and the food. We hired the band "localopttion2" and they were phenomenal! The selections we made were absolutely the best. Would do it all over again. It is right across from the convention center. Most of our people were staying in the Quarter and they took the Riverfront Streetcar to get there. They thought that was an added "tourist" feature.

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            CharlieH Nov 12, 2010 10:47 AM

            Wow, with that budget you could set up shop almost anywhere. For old world charm check out LaTrobe's, or maybe the the Maison Dupuy Hotel. The Monteleoen probably has a nice space available, or the St. Louis Hotel, which has a nice courtyard. All those are in the quarter though. Mulate's isn't a bad idea, if you are looking to ad some Cajun charm. Sounds like fun.

            1. N.O.Food Nov 14, 2010 04:28 PM

              Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar has a cool upstairs room. Give em a call.

              Also, I second Calcasieu.

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                jennifer42 Jan 3, 2012 01:04 PM

                I thought I'd follow up post-events and let you all know what we chose and how fantastic both venues were.

                We did Calcasieu (above Cochon) for dinner. AMAZING. Not a speck of food returned to the kitchen on those plates, I swear I even caught guests licking theirs before sending them back.

                Then we went to WINO a couple of days later for our cocktail party. This is the one that I keep hearing about from our guests. The staff was fantastic and the wines were amazing. Everyone had a great time.

                Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, they helped a lot!

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                  nolawinelover Jan 5, 2012 08:20 AM

                  Muriel's in Jackson Square has several spaces that can be combined into one...

                  Also the Metropolitan is club just across the street...

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