My friends and I (6-8 total) are trying to plan a Saturday out in a couple of weeks. We want drinks, maybe food, nothing super-extravagant; but we're all in a bit of a Winter Rut and are having a hard time deciding on a place.
Here's what we're looking for:
* Quality cocktails and wine; beer less important
* Good food, or proximity to good food, that isn't too expensive (mains under $20 would be ideal)
* Comfortable seating where we can settle in for a few hours and be able to converse easily; music/other noise ok as long as it's not intrusive
* Low risk of college kids and aggressive, douchey guys - we're all in our 30s-40s and lesbians; we don't need a gay bar, but we do want to feel comfortable, safe and not On Show
* Somewhere that's reliably good - this isn't the night for taking a chance on a 'when it hits, it hits'-type place
* Most of us are around Camberville, so being on that side of the river would be ideal
(Looking over that list, it occurs to me that what I want is the B-Side Lounge. I've never got over that loss.)
As a guide, here's a list of places we like. I'd really like to try something new; however if you have any useful tips about anywhere on this list (e.g., best time on a Saturday to get there, drink/food/bartender of note, etc.), please feel free to chime in.
* A&H (probably too expensive for this night)
* Druid (go there too often)
* Tupelo (too restaurant-y for this night)
* The Hawthorne
* Precinct (but really just the outdoor part, which won't suit a March evening)
I'm especially curious about Cafe ArtScience (but I can't work out if it's got a bar-only section) and Kenmore Square options, which I haven't explored much. Catalyst seems like it would fit the bill, but I've had very inconsistent experiences there.