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LolaB1103 Oct 14, 2013 07:57 PM

I'm trying to find a restaurant/bar-lounge (not a club) where I can host my 27th birthday party for about 40 guests. Problem is I don't want to deal with the Private-event package/prix-fix menu/minimum spending issues. I've gotten 3K minimum spending which i'm sure 40 guest can meet but I don't like restricting my guests to one set menu or price (everyone's finances are different anyways). It doesn't even need to be a private event just a place for us to eat, drink and be merry.

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    UES Mayor Oct 15, 2013 04:44 AM

    That's such a large party for most restaurants that don't have private dining spaces for groups. Either buy out the space for an evening out from smaller restaurants or reduce size dramatically. ie:-Vespa on the ues has a nice outdoor space that might work well. Besides, diners in most respectable places mat not want to feel like they are having to "put up" w your festivities while on their night out for a nice meal.

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      LolaB1103 Oct 15, 2013 07:51 PM

      Thanks, checked out Vespa and it's a little too formal. I was actually recommended to try La Nuit since it's a bar lounge, and I'll be looking into that. I'm sure on a Saturday night my festivities will fit right in.

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      Elisa515 Oct 15, 2013 08:05 PM

      How about Hill Country downstairs? It has it's own bar, lots of big long tables, and there's live music later in the evening.

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        kathryn Oct 15, 2013 08:47 PM

        It also has a prix fixe menu for large groups, which I don't think the OP wants.

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          Elisa515 Oct 15, 2013 09:37 PM

          Maybe the price point with Hill Country (certainly not $3000 for only 40, since the OP says they don't need to take over the restaurant) would make this workable.

          Seems worth finding out if 40 people would force a group into the prix fixe, also (only if Hill Country even appeals to the OP, too, of course).

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