Where to celebrate a dear, eclectic friend's 40th birthday?
I'm assembling a group of 15 or so lasses for a fun-loving and vivacious friend's milestone birthday. She loves to dine out, drink craft cocktails, and she will eat almost anything. Very quirky taste and adventurous. I am looking for: A place to grab drinks beforehand, and a great dining experience within walking distance of said bar.
1. I do not want anything stuffy, fussy, or snotty. We want quality and will pay for it -- but don't want anything pointlessly $$$$.
2. I also do not want anything too noisy -- we'd like to be able to get a large table and hear one another talk. A private room is also an option.
3. Something with a good energy and vibe. We want it to feel celebratory!!
Any type of cuisine is fine, though with 15 people, there should be a wide ranging menu that could please various types.
I believe there is a back room at Cork so you can try to book that as a private room and then get drinks before hand on 14th Street---lots of options but I like Pearl Dive, Birch and Barley (also an excellent option for dinner but not sure if they can handle a party of your size---call to find out), or Estadio.
Another option would be Hank's Oyster Bar. They have a private room in the new add on of the Dupont Circle location. Really great seafood in a good, laid back environment. Grab a drink beforehand in Dupont Circle at Cafe Dupont.