Im organizing a dinner to celebrate a friends upcoming wedding, and would like some help brainstorming ideas. We'll be a group of around 8 guys with reasonably ecclectic tastes, but id prefer to accomodate the groom-to-be's preference for something more "traditional" in the sense of midwestern meat-based fare, though we definitely would consider other, ethnic, options. Alcohol availability a big plus (probably actually essential, here, who are we kidding?) "Scene" isnt a huge dealbreaker, as we can bring our own party, but its important that we find somewhere we can be comfortable, and i wouldnt want a somewhat boisterous group of dudes to intrude on other diners' good times.
Location isnt a huge deal breaker, but transit access would be nice, probably somewhere in Mpls proper, though we could consider st paul.
Price should be reasonable - this wont be the only expense of the evening, so id like to keep the per person tab around 20/25 dollars with a drink or beer or two.
In an ideal world someone will recommend a conviniently located place with good food that takes reservations for largeish groups and is down with BYOB, but im not naive enough to think that a perfect spot like this exists.
If it is helpful, i was thinking that the craftsman would be a pretty good option given the price-point and food/bev menus.
thanks for your help