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help! LA convention center - drinks, small food for 25-30

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hi guys -

im helping to organize a get-together for a group of 25-30 around the LA convention center in february. i need a place that will allow for some "roped off" area or at least some tables we can stand around. the event will last maybe 2 hours at most - and it will be mostly drinks, with small food items (but not expected to be a substantial meal).

this is for an alumni event centered around a conference. the money is limited... but i know nothing about the downtown area and could really use some help picking a place.

the vibe can be casual, or a little more upscale - more important is that its not too noisy, and that it's within budget. my estimation is that i have maybe 250$ to buy some small food. my boss is under the notion that i could also throw in open bar there. i disagree, but maybe a drink per person - maybe i could make a deal with one of the restaurants?

anyone have any ideas? thanks so much!!

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  1. Hotel Figueroa has an awesome area downstairs, and you can get middle eastern/morroccan food.

    1. Zucca is doing a less expensive version of their menu on the patio and they also have a happy hour - pizzas etc. 8th and Fig. I'm also a fan of the Hotel Figueroa - the owners are extremely nice and accomodating.

      1. I'd check out Corkbar in the vicinity. It's a pretty small place, but I've been to an event there where they sectioned off an area. Reasonably priced as well. Maybe look into BottleRock too, while you're at it.

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        1. Corkbar seems like the perfect place for what you're looking for. Great wines by the glass and above average food.

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          1. re: TailbackU

            thanks so much!! ive put in calls to corkbar, bottle rock, yard house, bar&kitchen in o hotel, and glance wine bar at the ritz-carlton. ive tried calling figueroa hotel 3 times and have left 2 messages - no one has gotten back to me, so we will see!

            our budget is maybe 350-400... a little more. anyway, appreciate the responses.