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Where to celebrate a dear, eclectic friend's 40th birthday?

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Swankalicious Mar 25, 2013 06:46 PM

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.

THANK YOU!!!

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    BaltEater Mar 29, 2013 09:59 AM

    it might not fit all your criteria, but Mr. Rain's Fun House is a great place for ecletic, good food and drinks...
    http://www.mrrainsfunhouse.com/

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      Elyssa Mar 27, 2013 02:58 PM

      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.

      1. Kris in Beijing Mar 26, 2013 04:24 PM

        Rent a park, tables, and chairs and a tent. Use outdoor Chinese lanterns.
        Contract with 5+ food trucks. Give everyone in your party vouchers for food. Set it up so the FT can have other customers but keep them out of your terrain.

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          Elyssa Mar 27, 2013 02:59 PM

          For something like that I bet you would need a permit.

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            Kris in Beijing Mar 27, 2013 06:42 PM

            I was hoping the "rent a park" part would cover that...?

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              Elyssa Mar 28, 2013 12:15 PM

              Oh sorry I missed the "rent" part.

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                Kris in Beijing Mar 28, 2013 07:12 PM

                OH, no, your point is invaluable-- thinking about permits is something so many people forget about!
                Especially for photography and food... and "large" gatherings.

        2. ipsedixit Mar 26, 2013 08:02 AM

          Zatinya?

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            Just Visiting Mar 26, 2013 06:11 PM

            Way too noisy to talk.

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              ipsedixit Mar 26, 2013 09:22 PM

              With a party of 15 I'd imagine they can get either a private room or the terrace.

          2. Terrie H. Mar 26, 2013 04:25 AM

            Is this in DC or Baltimore?

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              Swankalicious Mar 26, 2013 06:47 AM

              DC

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                MjDematteis Mar 26, 2013 09:16 PM

                There's a great place in Falls Church, Peking Duck, with a private screened off room with huge round table & rotating lazy susan. Favorite of many celebs. They'll even sing Happy Birthday in Chinese. Fantastic duck & more, great fancy & reg cocktails.

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                  flavrmeistr Mar 27, 2013 06:04 PM

                  Peking Gourmet?

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