I usually meet with a group of fellow poets every week or two to workshop some poetry as well as socialize and schmooze. For a long time our criteria was someplace with a comfy feel, maybe couches, and cocktails.. if food too all the better...
We had a bit of a hiatus and are about to start up again, and im looking for new places to go... we have done every sort of place from DTUT and tea houses, to full on bars, to mexican restaurants, and everything in between
So, what would be ideal is a bar/lounge with a small food menu, very comfortable seating, as i say couches/comfy chairs around a table, as opposed to seats in a restaurant/bar, and a low noise level. Enough light to read, without being too brightly would be nice too.