A group of my coworkers and I are going out for drinks after work tomorrow night, and I'm desperately looking for a new place to steer us to so that we don't end up in the Irish bar down the block where these things usually end up purely by default. We're at Broadway/52, and most of the places I know are pretty far away from here - probably the closest would be the Campbell Apartment, which at Grand Central is too far for a large group to walk to. I'm looking for a place in walking distance where a group of eight could meet for drinks at around 7ish and not have to fight through an after work finance-y crowd or yell to be heard. A cocktail list (or at least a bartender who knows what he's doing) would be a plus, but low-key and comfortable is probably more important.
I realize the irony of asking for a bar without an after-work scene so that I can steer my after-work group there, but I promise, this is only one time, and we won't ruin your favorite bar! Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions.