I'm throwing a birthday party and wanted to get some bar/restaurant suggestions from the hounds. There will be about 20 people (25-30 year olds). I'd like the venue to be somewhere between Santa Monica and Downtown, as far south as Culver City, as far north as where the 405 meets the 101.
As far as venue type, either bar or restaurant works. I was thinking of just meeting for drinks, but if the board has some fun dinner suggestions for a large group, that works too. I'd like to avoid hot-spots that will be jam-packed on a Saturday night, and I'd like drink prices stay within the $7-10 range. A separate room or nook to hang out in would be ideal, but not a necessity.