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BYOB for 21st birthday

Hi Hounds - Hoping you all can advise me. My neice will be turning 21 in January and would like to celebrate at a center city byob with her cousins and aunts (10-15 people). We are looking for a place with a youthful vibe where we can all (ages 19-60) have fun. We are not a particularly quiet group. Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. One comment is the size of your party is going to limit the choices of restaurants that will be able to accommodate you. Anything over 10 you are probably looking at needing to arrange for private dining. Many of the BYOs are small. So definitely book early and call the restaurant directly. Do not rely upon open table.

    One place that comes to mind would be Matyson. I think it has vibe you are looking for and a very interesting menu. www.matyson.com. I am sure others will have plenty of suggestions.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      I know the size of our group will be an issue, especially for a byob. That's why I'm looking for some help :)

    2. Giorgio on Pine has big upstairs room, fun young staff and in fun neighborhood. You will be taken care of like family. Talk with Giorgio, he will help plan what you wou

      1. Oops, sorry, what you would like. Have not been there in awhile but when last there food was delicious.

        1. I've done and seen dinners this size (and loud ones) at Cochon in Queen Village -- just a couple blocks off South St. Cool vibe, great and interesting food; not necessarily "youthful," but not any less so than the other places mentioned. Bad choice for vegetarians however.

          Also right off South St is Hostaria Da Elio, food vs Giorgio's (both are Italian) is probably a tossup. I've never been upstairs at Giorgio's but compared to the downstairs, Hostaria has a slightly more casual vibe IMO and the menu is a little more casual too.

          I've also seen large groups in Kanella, great Cypriot/Greek BYOB in Center City. It's very small but they make it work and a simple vibe but cool by nature of it's location and energy.

          1. Party size might be a problem, but Peter McHenry's "Modo Mio" is a fabulous BYO.

            1. We had a group that size at Hostaria da Elio and it worked well. Food is good. Modo Mio is better but you would have to book well in advance.

              1. Thanks everyone, keep the suggestions coming :)

                1. I haven't been there for a while, but Salento can easily handle a table of 10-15.

                  1. You might try Sabrina's on Christian. They could probably give you a room. I enjoy their food and that they serve their regular breakfast items at dinner in addition to their dinner menu.