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Asheville, NC: Place for Casual Reception/Private Party?

Spade Mar 5, 2012 07:38 AM

What places in Asheville do private receptions? Not a fancy reception-- just looking for a casual couple of hours of drinks and appetizers/snacks for about 20 people. The big restriction is that this is for a Sunday. Good beer selection is a plus. Would like to avoid just having 20 people show up somewhere, plus an advance, pre-paid budget/set-price is much preferable (instead of a tab... it's a long story as to why). Lexington Avenue Brewery is the one place I've found (I've requested some more info from them).

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    NANCY RE: Spade Mar 5, 2012 05:21 PM

    Bouchon has a private room that should work for 20.

    1. meatn3 RE: Spade Mar 5, 2012 05:59 PM

      Barley's will reserve the upstairs for private parties. Pretty casual, pool tables available, decent beer selection. No idea of their pricing, but it was inexpensive enough that the meager budget where I used to work would actually cover it for our off-season holiday party. Plus enough options to cover the vegan/vegetarians in the group.

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        danna RE: meatn3 Mar 6, 2012 08:14 AM

        that sounds like a great suggestion. pizza is just adequate at Barley's, but it sounds like this is more about the party and less about the food. Beer selection is amazing.

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          meatn3 RE: danna Mar 6, 2012 05:36 PM

          We had the holiday party at Grey Eagle for a while - food was better, but the space was really too big for our group - it just didn't work well in the "bonding" aspect.

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        caiogirl RE: Spade Mar 7, 2012 03:28 PM

        The Junction! It would be perfect :)

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          danna RE: caiogirl Mar 8, 2012 05:36 AM

          If the Junction does the private party/set menu thing, it would indeed be a HUGE improvement in food over either Barley's or LAB. Are they open on Sunday night? The owners are very engaged so I would think you would have a pleasant planning experience. PLUS...parking for a crowd would be so much either there than any downtown place.

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            Spade RE: danna Mar 8, 2012 07:10 AM

            Unfortunately the Junction is not open on Sunday nights (only open for brunch). This place was a great suggestion, though. Everyone is staying at the Doubletree near the Biltmore, so this would have been a bit more convenient too (esp with parking, as you mentioned).

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