I'm looking for a fun place to celebrate my birthday on Saturday night! Ideally, I want to stay in the Santa Monica/Venice/Culver city area and we will be a group of about ten people. Many of my friends are on a budget and can't spend a lot of money. I wanted to go to Rustic Canyon but it's too expensive for some of the guests and I'm afraid it will be too noisy. I also love the outdoor bar and patio and Wilshire, but again, I think it will be too expensive and fancy. I also don't want to go to a dive bar (did that last year) but am not looking for anything fancy. Library Ale House came to mind, but I go there all the time and I'm afraid it will be too crowded on a Saturday night. I would love a place like Cafe Boogaloo, but it's too far away for some of my friends to get to. Just looking for a good place to sit and drink (and maybe eat) for a long time where we can actually hear each other talk! Thanks so much for your suggestions!