I am looking to host a private cocktail+hors d'oeuvres party for around 40 people and am looking for suggestions. The emphasis is going to be on the cocktails and if possible I'd really like to get a place with amazing drinks -- think Drink, Green Street, Eastern Standard -- but am not sure if any of these places can host an event like this. Before I start calling around I wondered if anyone had suggestions or could share their experiences.
If it's not possible (or way too expensive) to host at a restaurant, I wonder about having the party at my house, hiring a bartender from one of those places for the evening, and having the food catered. Any suggestions on that approach? I assume bartenders wouldn't mind doing a bit of moonlighting but not sure how to best approach it.
Thanks for any suggestions...
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