Hounds: Work-related duties will find me in Scottsdale for a meeting on my birthday in late February. Specifically, I'll be staying at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, so at least it looks like I'll get a nice hotel stay out of the deal (and yes, DH has promised to come as well). I have many friends who will be at the same meeting, and would love to celebrate with them. I was thinking of having a get-together at a local bar...perhaps sending out invitations that say something like " appetizers and the first round of drinks is on me" (my budget won't allow unlimited food and drink, and that way folks will understand that if they want to stay and drink all night with me its ok, but they'll need to ante up eventually). The number present could be anywhere from five or six to 20 or more, but the larger number is more likely. In fact, I can easily see 50 folks showing up, although the further from the Westin the smaller that number is likely to be.
So here's the challenge: Where would you go? Mexican would be my first choice, but I have no idea which part of Scottsdale the resort is in, and I know that Scottsdale is quite spread out. I would love a place where we could fit a crowd that might come and go, and with tasty apps and reasonably priced drinks. A place where those who wanted to stay for dinner (on their own dime:-) could probably be accommodated.
Any suggestions? The bar in the golf club at the resort actually didn't look too bad, and I thought the drink prices were reasonable given the venue. But are there better alternatives a short walk or cab ride away? Also, how is the patio bar at the Westin?
Oh, and being able to accommodate a crowd is a big plus. Just in case. And yes, my birthday does fall on a Saturday this year, so I don't want a place that is too crazy on Saturday nights.....
All suggestions gratefully accepted!