I'm trying to help generate some ideas for a venue for a small office Christmas party (estimated ~35 people) on a Friday evening. Budget is limited, so restaurant buy-outs are a no-go. Minimum spends are also probably too much for the budget given the number of people expected, which makes it difficult since we're hoping to book on a Friday. Sounds like people prefer a venue where people can mingle and move around, hence the preference for a cocktails/appies format.
I've combed other threads (including GE's recent similar question) and am stuck on ideas now...
Places we've tried but have fallen through either because of cost or because they're already booked or because they won't do group bookings:
Places that still need to be looked into: