My 28th birthday is this Friday and I am planning to get a group of 10-15 friends together for drinks somewhere in city (below midtown preferably). I don't want to go to a small/cramped dive bar, but at the same time I would rather avoid a shi-shi place where drinks will be $15/piece. I'd love it if there was some dancing, but I just want everyone to be comfortable and not impose expensive drinks on the crowd. Most of my friends are working professionals, but I do have a bunch of friends who are full-time students in grad school, so I'd like to be sensitive to everyone's budget.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice place where nice people to get together and have a nice time?