I throw a cocktail party (hors d'oeuvres and lots of drinks) at an annual conference for my company and next year's event will be at the Phoenix Convention Center. Previous years' parties have just been at the host hotel, but I went a bit overboard at our event in Savannah this year and threw the party at The Lady & Sons. The big draw for guests was celebrity chef Paula Deen, but the location and service were wonderful and the food wasn't bad either.
So now I have to match that!
Anyone have suggestions for a good cocktail party location near the convention center? My requirements:
- walk or *very* short cab ride from convention center
- lively atmosphere
- dedicated banquet area that fits at least 100
and of course:
- great food!
I'd love something unique to Phoenix. I'm open to all kinds of cuisines, as long as the atmosphere is festive and the food is good. Catered/banquet food isn't always the best representation of a restaurant, I know -- but I'd like the location we choose to have a quality menu to work from.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have!