It's that time of year again-families are coming to town, companies are hosting holiday parties, friends are getting together. You know who's on the guest list, now you just need the place to meet. We've rounded up a few great spots for an intimate gathering to a small party.
It's that time of year again-families are coming to town, companies are hosting holiday parties, friends are getting together. You know who's on the guest list, now you just need the place to meet. We've rounded up a few great spots for an intimate gathering to a small party.Happy hour with coworkers
Around 6: Pull up some stools at the Seventh Son Brewing Co. bar or snag a table on Thursday or Friday at this auto-garage-turned-brewery. The beer alone is worth the trip, and the nightly food truck is a delicious bonus.
Roughly 12: Hubbard Grille's happy hour specials are a steal-half off select small plates, beer and cocktails. Hang out at the bar or head upstairs to the private room for a quieter setting.
About 20: The Vintage Room at Third & Hollywood seats up to 40 people, includes a wine cellar and a bakery and even has its own bar so your group can keep the cocktails flowing.
More Than 50: Barley's Brewing Co.'s underground room (located beneath the ale house) boasts seating for up to 60. The craft brews are the draw, but you can make a night of it with a buffet or carving station.Family celebration
Around 6: With several area locations, the casual Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern offers items even the pickiest of your munchkins will enjoy, like chicken fingers and mac 'n' cheese.
Roughly 12: Both the Dublin and Grandview locations of Matt the Miller's Tavern offer private dining in a pub setting, plus a full bar. An American menu and plenty of kids' options mean everyone can eat happy.
About 20: Barcelona's semi-private space (they curtain off the back of the dining room) offers family-style dining, including the popular tapas bar-think fried calamari and stuffed dates.
More Than 50: Dublin Italian restaurant La Scala offers six modern rooms and can accommodate up to 400 people. Paired with entrees, buffet and family-style plates, this spot is a no-fuss place for large groups.Dinner and drinks with friends
Around 6: Sidebar 122's extensive drink menu offers Champagne, reserve wines, complex cocktails and a few beers, and their seafood, tapas and pizza ensure you won't have to drink on an empty stomach.
Roughly 12: Each Wine Bistro location houses an intimate private tasting room that seats up to 12. Along with a menu stocked with soups, salads, flatbreads and paninis, there's no corkage fee on Mondays and Tuesdays.
About 20: You don't have to split up your group at this bistro-The Refectory offers one big rectangular table in a private room that seats up to 22 people, complete with a rustic wine-cellar look.
More Than 50: DeepWood's gallery-turned-private dining space, the Oak Room, accommodates up to 60 people and offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and farm-to-plate options.Business lunch
Around 6: The quaint Black Creek Bistro is close to all the action Downtown, and the seasonally changing menu gives guests a taste of local fare.
Roughly 12: Nearly two-century-old Worthington Inn features five plush private dining spaces for groups of 10 to 100 and a private luncheon menu with salads, seafood, entrees and a buffet.
About 20: For lunch in a contemporary, industrial space, try art gallery Ray's Living Room, which offers catering by Rigsby's Kitchen and Tasi Cafe. The seasonal, handmade food shines against the backdrop of local art.
More Than 50: The Mohawk room at Lindey's seats up to 60 people and features a 100-inch screen and projector perfect for presentations. Throw in the three-course private event menus, and we're sold.Club or organization meeting
Around 6: Who wants to take care of business on an empty stomach? With sharable small plates and a happy hour menu at T. Murray's Bar and Kitchen, this cozy Brewery District restaurant with upscale pub grub will make your meeting.
Roughly 12: The AV-friendly private room at South Beach-style M seats up to 14 and even has a sliding glass door and curtains for extra privacy. M offers plenty of seafood-Chilean sea bass, ahi tuna, king crab, scallops-plus seasonal cocktails.
About 20: The dark-wooded wine rooms at the Downtown and Polaris Mitchell's Steakhouse locations both have a projector, so you can get to work in a private space with beef and seafood entrees.
More Than 50: The upstairs private room at Martini can accommodate up to 70 and offers the same elegant atmosphere and modern Italian plates as downstairs.