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Fun, classy but not too pricey eats for a Bachelorette party in DuPont/Logan Circle?

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Hi DC Hounders,
I'm in charge of securing a restaurant for a bachelorette party in the DuPont/Logan circle area. I've never personally travelled here so I am lost about the options!
Ideally we'd like a place that will accommodate 12 festive young ladies (we should not be festooned in anything tastelessly phallic though) for dinner and drinks. I think a modern type place offering small plates (like modern Japanese) would be great- the kind of situation where the $-conscious attendee can get away with finding a few bites for under $20 but where it's also possible to get a full dinner if you want. I'm nervous about the large group dynamic- some people "already ate" and just want a cocktail, others are starving and looking to fill up. Is there a casual, fun, slightly classy place where a gaggle of girls dressed up for a night out could reliably get drinks and eats before hitting the nightlife?
Thank you for any and all input!
Ashley

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  1. I think your best bet in the Logan Circle area is Masa 14. They have fun latin/Asian fusion small plates and really delicious cocktails. It's sort of the perfect place for a bachelorette party and they are use to accommodating large groups.

    Definitely make a reservation far in advance though since it can book up.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      That sounds really great- thanks for the suggestion!

      1. re: Elyssa

        Sadly at Masa 14 Th-Sun at peak hours they enforce an $800 food/bev minimum for small groups with an additional 22% service. That might be easily attainable for some crowds but not ideal for us, we had to cancel the rez. We are trying Tabaq Bistro- reviews seem pretty mixed but group dining is usually kinda a crapshoot anyways right? Hopefully the rooftop dining makes up for any flaws in service.

      2. I would consider Matchbox. Aside from the entree, the pizzas and apps are great for sharing and the 2nd floor room would fit your criteria quite nicely.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I'll check it out- thanks for the suggestion!

          1. re: ipsedixit

            We tried to get in at Matchbox and they took my info and said they would call back with details. 1 week later I hadn't heard anything so I followed up and they told me there's no space.... gggrrrrrrr. We're trying Tabaq Bistro- I'm relying on the ambience to carry the party as it's got pretty mixed reviews but group dining narrows ones options quite a bit!

            1. re: ajaw

              I wouldn't lose too much sleep over Matchbox. It's crowded and overrated. And not in the DuPont/Logan Circle area.

              1. re: nedh

                There is a Matchbox located in Logan Circle now on 14th Street.

          2. The rooftop bar at Lauriol Plaza. What the hell, eh?

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              1. re: ajaw

                The roof top is good for the weather and the drinks but the food there is only eh. If you don't care about the food, go to Lauriol. If it's good food you are looking for, for Mexican I like Casa Oaxaca. Still a fun (and super affordable place) but not the same vibe as Lauriol.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  If you're going to eat at Lauriol, the Cuban dishes are the way to go. The Mex, not so much.

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    Take Flavr - advice there is nothing wrong with Lauriol Plaza I have always enjoy the Cuban dishes and frozen margaritas