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Snacks/Drinks near DC Convention Center for large group

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Meeting up with some friends in DC this weekend for a convention, and we'd like to go out Saturday night, but people want to keep it casual (and I think we are too large and too late for a reservation anywhere). It will be about 15 people, and we are find standing in a bar area, as long as there are tables for some snacks/appetizers and drinks. Is there anything like this within walking distance of the convention center? It would be nice if the food was great, but at this point, we'd settle for OK.

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  1. Yes, PS7s all the way - close to the convention center and I prefer their bar menu to their upscale dining room menu, plus their drinks are fantastic. I find that it's easier to get space in the lounge on Saturdays than it is during the week, and they may be able to reserve a corner nook for you, so go ahead and call. And definitely get the tuna tartar sliders. The flatbreads are usually to die for, too.

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    PS7 Restaurant
    777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: katecm

      If you are going to PS7 with a group that large I would call ahead to see if they can section off part of the lounge for you. Otherwise I would go really early since it can get crowded on a Saturday night. That said...the food is great.

      Another option would be Ping Pong Dim Sum. Again, call to see if they can section off a few tables for you in the bar section.

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      PS7 Restaurant
      777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Ping Pong Dim Sum
      900 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

      1. re: katecm

        I second the tuna sliders at PS7; they are delicious!

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        PS7 Restaurant
        777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

      2. If you're really looking to keep it casual, how about The Passenger? Craft cocktails and a light menu with snacks. Definitely a place to go out to on a Saturday night - it's definitely a bar, not a restaurant. Good scene, IMHO, if a little bit hipster. And it's right across the street from the convention center - I don't think you could find anywhere closer.

        If everyone's going to be in business casual, though, go with PS7.

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        1. re: Raids

          I love The Passenger but in this instance I think it's a bad idea. There is no place for a group that large, it's loud enough that have conversations can be hard and the food menu is limited. When I have gone with more than 3-4 people I have found it hard to take advantage of Tom and the other mixologists' expertise.

          1. re: pineapple sage

            No? I've grabbed those tables along the left wall when I've been with a large group before, although I'd get there before 8pm to do that. But again, if the OP is really looking to chat with people from the convention more than you're looking to go out and have a night on the town or something like that, I'd go with one of the other options. But my husband has large conventions with the people in his profession once a year, and when they want to go out together on a Saturday night, they're looking for something more like the Passenger - not a club, but lively.