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Laid Back/Quiet(ish) Bar for 30th Birthday

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Hey all -- looking for recommendations on a laid back and/or quiet-ish bar where I can have a few drinks for my 30th birthday on Saturday. I've invited maybe 15-20 people (but unclear how many will actually show up) and was hoping they can just show up and grab a drink (come and go as they please type place where everyone just pays their own tab as they order).

With that in mind, I am looking for a hassle free place with a decent beer/cocktail list, nothing too fancy, or expensive. Would like to stay below midtown so that friends coming from Brooklyn and UES/UWS can meet in somewhat middle ground.

THANKS!

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  1. My friend just had a gathering for her 39 at Cibar on Irving Place and it was a good time. She said they were very pleasant to work with.

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    1. re: MRS

      Thanks for the suggestion! I'll look into it. Should have stated in the original post that I'm looking for a place where everyone just pays their own way, don't want to deal with guaranteeing people and bar tabs etc. But I'll reach out to Cibar and see what they can do!

    2. I did this 2 years ago at Anfora. Got there early (6ish) with a friend and commandeered a couch area - friends came and went and were able to order drinks and snacks. Staff was very friendly and accomodating.