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30th Birthday Venue Ideas - help!

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I am planning a surprise birthday party for my boyfriend for his birthday in the end of March, and I am looking for a fun place in Hoboken to throw it. I'd like a more laid back place, and was even thinking maybe somewhere that had a pool table, foosball, darts, even arcade games would be a plus. I'd like somewhere where we could have a private area to ourselves because I'm estimating between 30-50 people attending. I will likely look to purchase the food and have people buy their own drinks, max spend around $500. Any ideas for me?? :) Thanks

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  1. If the attendees aren't too familiar with Hoboken, it's not the easiest place to get around and find parking. So, right off the bat I'd be looking for somewhere more convenient (i.e. towns where places have their own parking lot) considering there will be up to 50 people. Just my $.02.

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    1. re: ebchower

      We live in the area, and the majority of people are from the area or NYC so it shouldn't be an issue :) Any one from outside the area would have access to public transportation to get in.

    2. I've been to 30th birthday parties and large going away parties at 10th and Willow, Turtle Club, Carpe Diem, and Hoboken Bar and Grill. I didn't throw any of the parties so I am not sure of the exact cost, but they were all about 30-60 people, provided finger food, had us in a separate room, and either had a cash bar or $30 for 4 hour open bar. I imagine at least one of them would be in your budget based on what I heard from my friends who threw the parties. You may also want to look into the beer garden. They have at least one room that I think can be closed off for a party and an event space upstairs.

      Hope that helps!

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      1. re: jessbnjess

        Sorry, I just realized none of the places I mentioned have the darts/pool table aspect you were looking for. You may want to try Barcade in Jersey City. It's right near the Grove St PATH station