I'm looking for a very casual place on the north side that could host myself and about 35 friends for an early evening party on a Saturday night. Ideally it'd be a bar that served good food, but a restaurant that serves good beer would also work out. Even a bar w/o food could work. Bonus points for locations that are easy to park near. Would be willing to go into Evanston but that's about as far north as we'd be able to go. Got any suggestions?
I'm considering, since it's a pretty early party, of finding a bar that doesn't have a party room but has enough space in the main area, and just taking it over. (With the owner's permission, of course.) Options that fit this description would be welcome as well.