Informal Rehearsal Dinner Venue for 30 - 40
hi all. i am looking for a venue to host my son's upcoming (Oct 2012) wedding rehearsal dinner. i am planning this from Texas, so i need some help. plus, my son is no longer in Boston, but in the DC area. we will be staying in the brookline area, so that area would be great, but actually as long as it is accessible by the T, anywhere would be okay. there will be 30 - 40 people (he can't give me a firm number yet). the kids would like something somewhat informal, and i would like something not too pricey. any ideas for something unusual would be good too. someone in a thread for a larger party had suggested the Museum of Natural Science - that would be great, but, quite frankly, probably out of my budget. any suggestions would be appreciated.
That's a pretty tough order - and Brookline proper tends not to have any 30-40 person venues.
And not to complicate matters further for you, but are the Red Sox in town that weekend? If so, going to be in serious trouble.
However, if the Sox are on the road, I would consider looking at one of the places in and around Fenway - the Boston Brewing Co. has a ton of space, for example, ok food, focus on the beer - Game On! also is a fun venue, I think has private rooms and decent food. See also, Jerry Remy's. There is also a BBQ place that just opened in the Fenway - Sweet Cheeks - helmed by former Top Chef contestant Tiffani Faison, which may be a great place, given that you as father of the groom have rehearsal dinner hosting duties.
re: Bob Dobalina
well, it looks like the last REGULAR SEASON game is october 3. of course, the sox WILL make the playoffs (go red sox!), so no telling who will be where on that date. nothing like muddying the picture. i will check out these ideas and run them by the son. he did live in boston for almost 5 years, so he is at least familiar with neighborhoods. thanks for the suggestions...and other confusing details. :-)
My first thought when it comes to a budget friendly venue of this size is Cambridge Brewing Company. They do private events all the time, and they're super easy to work with. They're also right near a T stop, and there is convenient parking in garages over there for those with cars.
doc, does this have to be a certain day of the week? could it be a monday? i ask because many restnts that are normally closed- will take a private event on a Monday. I think if it were for a wkend, a small restnt might close to the public if an event guaranteed them enough income.
Otherwise, you might be looking for a large place w/ a separate area/room for your party.
Is ethnic cuisine a welcome option? Asian? Middle Eastern?BBQ? That is one way to keep down costs. Eventually, you'll also want to know the wedding menu so you don't offer the same entrees at the rehearsal dinner. Where is the wedding reception happening - hotel , church hall or rental facility(catered)?
'Not too pricey' can mean any number of things, and you'll prob end up with costs higher than you first targeted- once you take into consideration food, drinks, service, gratuity,tax.
unfortunately, since the wedding is on a sturday, and EVERYONE (well, there are some friends who live in boston), inculding bride and groom, are coming into boston from out of town/state, we are pretty much locked in for Friday night. to make things worse, the kids found out that "parents weekend" at all the area colleges and universities is the weekend of the wedding. ugh! i think the wedding is in waltham, but the kids would prefer the rehearsal dinner to be in the city.