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dosage54 Jul 25, 2013 09:21 AM

I am seeking to hold a cocktail reception for clients when in D.C. for a conference at the Renaissance. Great food and drink is a must---I expect about 40 to attend. Any suggestions for someplace upscale and will get attention?

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    dosage54 Aug 12, 2013 10:10 AM

    I've checked into all of these. They look great. Next question: maybe someplace a bit more casual, and fun? Still want to be close to the Renaissance Downtown.

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      Elyssa Jul 26, 2013 08:17 AM

      Are you looking for a private room? To rent out a bar?

      You can see if the Source has space. Another option is Poste (especially if you can hold it in the outdoor courtyard---it's really lovely).

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        dosage54 Aug 13, 2013 09:48 AM

        Actually looking for a fun place with great cocktails and fun food---not maybe as stuffy as those suggested. I've looked into Marvin and El Centro---they look awesome but may be a bit far. Also Brasserie Beck seems close and may fit the bill. Thoughts?

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          Elyssa Aug 14, 2013 06:49 AM

          I'm not a huge fan of El Centro except for drinks (the food is only so-so) and Marvin would likely be too far. Brasserie Beck could work if you are expecting people to take cabs etc.

          You should see if Jaleo could accommodate you. With the redesign it is certainly a fun environment. You might also like Sei....not sure if that is too high end for you. Real casual would be Hill Country BBQ if you want more of a beer and bbq themed get together.

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            dosage54 Aug 14, 2013 07:56 AM

            Good info. Thanks. What is your take on Graffiato?

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              Elyssa Aug 14, 2013 11:20 AM

              I love Graffiato. It's one of my favorite restaurants. That said, I'm not exactly sure where they would have space for 40 people unless you were willing to rent out the entire upstairs area or bar area.

      2. ktmoomau Jul 25, 2013 12:39 PM

        Fiola, especially if you could use the rooftop would be a great place and would get lots of attention.

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