Drinks in Reston Town Center
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!).
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.