This is an interesting request I pose. We have a dear friend living in Brooklyn, NY, and graduating from culinary school in November. A significant amount of his friends live in the Midwest so he thought he'd bring the party to Minneapolis and celebrate his graduation here!
Now for the question - where to host the party? Here are his parameters:
1) $1,000 budget (to include reserving a restaurant/pub space, some appetizers and some beer/wine. He doesn't plan on providing food/drink for everyone all night. Probably just a few hours, depending on what we find).
2) Ample space for 40-50-ish people ("ample" meaning we won't all necessarily be sitting and eating. More like up and about mingling and socializing).
3) No chains, preferably something with a bit of local flare.
4) Alcohol. Food, yes, but especially alcohol. We're drinkers. I shan't be bashful about this requirement.
Ideas I have so far:
Stella's Seafood Cafe
Town Hall Brewery
Quite a wide variety of ideas, I know, but I'm keeping all my options open!
Recommend away, Chowhounders!