hi guys -
im helping to organize a get-together for a group of 25-30 around the LA convention center in february. i need a place that will allow for some "roped off" area or at least some tables we can stand around. the event will last maybe 2 hours at most - and it will be mostly drinks, with small food items (but not expected to be a substantial meal).
this is for an alumni event centered around a conference. the money is limited... but i know nothing about the downtown area and could really use some help picking a place.
the vibe can be casual, or a little more upscale - more important is that its not too noisy, and that it's within budget. my estimation is that i have maybe 250$ to buy some small food. my boss is under the notion that i could also throw in open bar there. i disagree, but maybe a drink per person - maybe i could make a deal with one of the restaurants?
anyone have any ideas? thanks so much!!