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Jul 15, 2011 02:59 PM

Suggestions for DTLA spot for small private party drinks and appetizers?

Looking for a place within easy walking distance of LA Athletic Club. Need to host a small casual cocktail party for a couple of hours. 20-30 people. A selection of finger foods. A budget of $1-1.5K. From 6-8 p.m. on a weekday. Not looking for anything extravagant, most people will be having just a couple of beers or a glass of wine. Just looking to add a social component for some conference attendees.

Is this realistic? Food quality is important but not top of the list. Not a lot of houndly types in the group. Thanks!

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  1. Hey Jase, two Saturdays ago, a good friend from Hawai'i hosted a reunion dinner for 20 of her best LA pals at Mas Malo on 7th btwn. Grand and Olive. Ours -- and other similar larger parties -- were seated on the second floor and we had a blast. Blast being the operative word, that second floor's spatial acoustics gradually made for a fairly noisy evening as the restaurant filled and the chatter carried upward. Outside of that, the food, drinks and company were great as was the attentive service.

    If the cacophony gets to be a bit much, a quieter, plushier and less casual option lies just upstairs in the same building. 7 Grand shares a common main doorway with Mas Malo but, has a separate, bouncer-staffed entry to the immediate right which leads up to two, plaid-carpeted flights of stairs and into the cozy, club-like whiskey bar. You won't find food here but, you can certainly have a conversation and perhaps a game of pool over an impressive selection of fine -- and pricey -- whiskeys and cocktails for grown-ups.

    Mas Malo
    515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

    1. Drago Centro has a private room (outfitted with wired and videoed kitchen).

      I've attended an event fitting your needs to a T at that space -- beers, wine, finger foods.

      Drago Centro
      525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      1. How about the Standard Hotel either on the patio downstairs or better yet on the roof pool bar.

        Standard Hotel
        550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        1. Thanks guys! I'll make some phone calls to see what works. I'll report back when the event happens. Appreciate the help and suggestions.

          1. Riviera would be great too. Near Staples. Great bar and small plates of creative Mexican.