Bar or restaurant near Dupont Circle for birthday drinks/apps/dinner
January 18, 2013 9:00 AM Subscribe
My birthday's coming up, and I'm looking for a place near Dupont Circle (DC) to get together with friends and co-workers after work on a Friday where many of us can have dinner, but which will also smoothly accomodate some people coming in and out for drinks only (and people ordering their apps and/or entrees at different times.) Basically I'd like to be there for at least 2 to 3 hours but for it to be no problem for some people to come late or leave early, and for people to feel equally welcome either to stop by for a few drinks or to arrive at any point, have dinner and stick around to possibly continue elsewhere afterwards.
posted by EmilyClimbs to food & drink (9 answers total)
-- Room for 10-15 to sit with minimal wait upon arrival around 5:30, either walk-in or if they'll hold tables. (Actually, probably it'll be more like 5-10 at the very beginning, so they'd need to either be willing to give us extra space we're not using yet, or be able to accomodate new arrivals fairly easily-- it's okay if some people have to stand for a few minutes but I don't want new arrivals to have to stand until someone else decides to leave.)
-- Not so loud we can't talk (or at least won't get too loud until a couple hours in.)
-- Great food is a bonus, but really I only care that it's at least decent (and has at least a couple vegetarian options for apps and entrees.)
-- Doesn't have to be cheap, but would be nice if it's not super-expensive (or if it's really pricey, at least have some decent happy hour specials that are available on a Friday.)
-- Willing to go a little ways from Dupont Circle for a place that's really great, but the further away it is, the better it has to be.
-- Bonus for the birthday girl but not nearly as important as the above (I can treat myself another time!): awesome sweet and/or rum-based cocktails, and tasty desserts.
Most of the above is somewhat flexible, so feel free to say "this meets most of your criteria but it might be too expensive for you/too far from Dupont Circle/too noisy/etc."
(Also, I totally love the idea of Board Room but it's a bummer that there's no food there... has anyone ordered food for delivery there, and does that work pretty smoothly? Or maybe I should just try to talk folks into going after we finish up at whereever we go first.)