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Dec 5, 2013 11:16 AM

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

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

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    1. re: Motosport

      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.

        1. re: downtownchica

          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.

      1. 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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        1. re: jrvedivici

          I've found the cocktails there to be terrible.

          1. re: kathryn

            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.

            1. re: kathryn

              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.

            2. re: jrvedivici

              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.

              1. re: princeofpork3

                Well why don't you share some of

                1. re: jrvedivici

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

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

                1. 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. 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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                    1. re: loratliff

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

                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                        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.)