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Apr 6, 2013 04:58 AM

Drinks and snacks near the convention center in DC

Hi I will be at a convention the end of the month and I wanted to organize a little outing for the group of colleagues that I will be attending with. I am looking for a location not too far (or a metro ride away) that can do family style appetizers and cash bar for 10. The catch is a modest price tag as I will be paying for it myself. Thanks Adi

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  1. family-style appetizers? is that a buffet, or servers passing trays?

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    1. re: hill food

      Hi I guess I just wanted a table/booth/area big enough where we could just order a bunch of appetizers to share.

    2. In walking distance I'd look at A&D or the bar at Brasserie Beck (get there early).

      1. Are you looking for your own bar or to maybe just have people pay as they go? Because I think it would be difficult to get your own bar for only 10 people.

        That said there are a couple of different options near the Convention Center. Kushi is nearby. Also you are walking distance to Gallery Place/Chinatown with tons of options. Depending on price and what you are looking for you can try Poste, Vapiano, Oya, and Clyde's.

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Poste does have a very nice patio in the courtyard right off the bar for nice weather, and inside there's a big round table in a side room.

        2. What does "family style" mean exactly? My first thought is Old Dominion (they have standard pub fair and sushi on demand and enough room to have a separate section for a crowd of people) but everything suggested on this page so far FAR outclasses it so maybe its not what you are looking for.

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          1. re: Insidious Rex

            I second Rex's option sounds like the best fit

          2. If you don't mind a lot of noise, I'd go with Zatinya or Graffiato. If you actually want to have a conversation, Acadiana for higher end creole cuisine. Nice selection of apps. There's also Carmine's for the middle brow Italian.