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Drinks in Reston Town Center

VaPaula Feb 22, 2012 12:59 PM

I'm meeting a friend tomorrow who's in town for business & working in that area. I've been there for lunch once or twice on the weekend, but have no idea what to expect on a Thursday evening. Ideally, I'm looking for a nice bar for drinks that won't be too packed. We need to sit, have a cocktail and do lots of catching up (so being able to hear would be nice, too!).



  1. ktmoomau Feb 22, 2012 01:28 PM

    Passionfish? They don't have a huge bar, so it could get crowded. There is one of the GARs there and they have a large bar, but it is fairly crowded normally. I think Passionfish would be nicer.

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    1. re: ktmoomau
      PollyG Feb 22, 2012 02:01 PM

      You won't be able to hear at Arties's, the GAR offering there. Passionfish is a good suggestion.

      1. re: PollyG
        Dennis S Feb 22, 2012 05:59 PM

        The GAR is actually Jackson's, an attempt to recreate pre-Artie's days (or at least an homage to them). And yes, you can't hear there very easily.

        In addition to PF, which I second, potentially Il Fornaio, potentially McSchmicks (the bar actually isn't that bad), or if the weather holds one of the places with some outdoor seating.

        However, if the weather is good, my favorite al fresco place is Cafe Montmarte at Lake Anne Plaza.

        1. re: Dennis S
          VaPaula Feb 23, 2012 05:30 AM

          Thanks, all - very helpful! I'm actually hoping that the near 70s temps gets everyone wanting to be outside, so we can duck into the bar where it's empty and quiet. ;-)

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