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Birthday location (bar/lounge) suggestions for my wife (and new mom)...?

PrimerZ Dec 5, 2013 11:16 AM

Hey all-

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction. My wife and I have a ten-month old baby and are thrilled to be parents, but I'd like to treat my wife to a grown-up night out with some friends. I know only a year out of the bar scene should make it easy for me to pick a place, but I'm a dive bar kind of guy and would like to make this a more special event location.

Thinking about 12 people, quality cocktails, and not too loud. (Yes, I realize that made me seem like an old dad, but we'd really like to catch up with old friends we haven't seen in awhile.)

Midtown or below is also great. Thanks so much and I feel less overwhelmed just by asking for advice!

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  1. Motosport RE: PrimerZ Dec 5, 2013 12:10 PM

    If you just want a bar and no food try Middle Branch.

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      downtownchica RE: Motosport Dec 5, 2013 12:32 PM

      I was also going to suggest Middle Branch because they've told me they take reservations for big parties for the top room, though it seemed like their policy varies by day.

      Pegu Club is another one that takes reservations.

      If you're planning to go this month, I'd start calling people asap, as I'm sure places will be booked with holiday parties.

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        Ttrockwood RE: downtownchica Dec 5, 2013 03:21 PM

        +1 for both of these

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          kathryn RE: downtownchica Dec 5, 2013 03:26 PM

          Good choices. But yes, for weekend nights, it's much harder to find a cocktail lounge that will take a reservation.

          Note that Pegu takes reservations only early in the evening 5-6:30pm or so.

          See also if Dead Rabbit (in their private room?), Lantern's Keep, or Experimental Cocktail Club might take your group.

          Pegu, Dead Rabbit, Lantern's all have food. ECC does not.

      2. jrvedivici RE: PrimerZ Dec 5, 2013 12:22 PM

        My favorite bar/lounge is 230th 5th Ave. (name and address) It's a roof top bar/lounge (there is an inside as well) which is open year round. On cold/chilly nights they offer you large plush robes to wear above your clothing and have many out door heaters to keep things warm.

        It is only a few blocks from the Empire State Building which creates a truly memorable back drop while you are enjoying your cocktails. They pipe in music but it's not over bearing so chatting shouldn't be a problem.

        Should make for a very memorable night!

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          kathryn RE: jrvedivici Dec 5, 2013 03:25 PM

          I've found the cocktails there to be terrible.

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            jrvedivici RE: kathryn Dec 6, 2013 06:01 AM

            Hmmmmmm........I just drink straight vodka so it's hard to screw that up, sorry to hear that. I still love the location and overall ambiance of the place, even this time of year.

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              downtownchica RE: kathryn Dec 6, 2013 09:18 AM

              That's cause they are terrible.

              I also don't know if I'd want to be outside this time of year despite the heat lamps (which you usually need to get bottle service to be near) and the used snuggies they give you.

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              princeofpork3 RE: jrvedivici Dec 6, 2013 11:56 AM

              I woul dhave to disagree with 230 5th. Over priced drinks, gross re-used robes, total frat house scene on Thursday nights. Say away, there are much better roof top option in the city.

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                jrvedivici RE: princeofpork3 Dec 6, 2013 12:29 PM

                Well why don't you share some of them..........lol

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                  loratliff RE: jrvedivici Dec 6, 2013 12:48 PM

                  The rooftop at the Pod Hotel (served by Salvation Taco) immediately comes to mind.

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                    princeofpork3 RE: jrvedivici Dec 7, 2013 01:15 PM

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                arepo RE: PrimerZ Dec 6, 2013 06:55 AM

                Blue Fin in Times Square also has small bites and a people-watching scene to boot.

                1. Spiritchaser RE: PrimerZ Dec 6, 2013 07:13 AM

                  I could be completely wrong about this (because they may not be able to support your size party) but check into The Flatiron Room, I have seen groups of 6/8 there and I think it could maybe work for you.

                  1. loratliff RE: PrimerZ Dec 6, 2013 07:36 AM

                    I'd also looking into Pouring Ribbons. I know they're trying to branch out into hosting larger parties in the front of their room (there's a divider). Nicest bartenders and servers, and obviously wonderful drinks.

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                      Ttrockwood RE: loratliff Dec 6, 2013 03:40 PM

                      I had called pouring ribbons about a group and they don't do any reservations, they just said to come earlier in the evening....

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                        loratliff RE: Ttrockwood Dec 6, 2013 09:30 PM

                        Yes, that's true, but a group of 12 would likely be considered more along the lines of a private party, and I do know for a fact that they are trying to use the front area of the space for things like that that.

                        (I went with a group of six around 8 p.m. a few Fridays ago and we had no problems getting seated, FWIW.)

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                      downtownchica RE: PrimerZ Dec 6, 2013 09:20 AM

                      One other idea might be the Lounge at Atera.

                      Recently went through the process of making reservations, and we were literally the only people. Cocktails were top quality and were reduced to $13, which struck us a great deal, we basically had two bartenders waiting on us, and the snacks are cool and interesting.

                      12 people would fill the room, but it's worth emailing, given that they seem to need business.

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                        PrimerZ RE: PrimerZ Dec 6, 2013 11:41 AM

                        I just wanted to say thanks to everyone of their suggestions. In addition to picking a great place (Middle Branch) I have had my eyes opened to a few more places that I can't wait to try.

                        I'm new to the community here and couldn't be more pleased with my first experience. Thanks again!

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