I know there are lots of posts asking about birthday dinner/party recs, but I guess everyone's looking for something specific and for me that specific something has been elusive...I am hoping the Chowhound gods can help!
I'm looking for a place to have dinner and drinks with friends for my birthday next saturday. Emphasis on the drinks, as some people will just come for that, whereas a few of us will come earlier for dinner too (so preferably a place that does both well). There'll be about 10 of us. We all live in Cambridge, so I want to go some over the river and new, and somewhere I can make a reservation because I hate the stress of waiting around hoping that your friends won't get pissed off you invited them to celebrate your birthday by standing in a line for an hour and a half...
More specifically I am looking for somewhere fun, interesting and most important not corporate seeming! We will be a motley crowd - some of whom only feel comfortable in dive bars, others of whom only feel comfortable in swanky cocktail lounges. As it's my birthday I am putting my tastes first (!) but what I like is, I fear, difficult to find - I like dive-y places that actually serve great drinks, somewhere hip but not what I consider boring hip (ie I do not want to be anywhere one could fit in in a suit...) and somewhere with good food. I know, hard! If anyone has any ideas that would be great. We are willing to go anywhere downtown, South End, North End, even Brookline and Allston. The only place I have regularly been outside Cambridge is Drink, which I like but want something new for my bday.
Oh, and if my above description will really only work for a place in Cambridge (I was thinking Green Street for example) let me know, I can abandon myself to hopefull Cambridge-centricity if absolutely necessary.
Thanks for any tips!