I hope this question hasn't been adressed before, but feel free to point me in the right direction if it has. I'm looking for a space to do a kind of drop-in alumnae happy hour, probably no more than 10-20 people at a time, somewhere in Philly. What I'd like is somewhere big enough that we won't get in the way (a constant problem in narrow bars in D.C.), cool enough that people show, and fun enough that it's not just bitter graduates tossing back wine spritzers. Preferably, the drinks/cocktails would be relatively cheap, but good. This would be in January, so nothing reliant on an outdoor space.
In all honesty, I'm a little stumped-- there's a part of me that would love Tria, but they're way too small. I suppose a Tria/Biba might work if it were totally empty, but I suspect that's never true. I would love Capogiro (January be damned!) but I wasn't sure if the one in University City would work, size/not annoying other people-wise. Other thoughts (huge wide range, as I've never tried to plan anything like this before!)
Good Dog Bar (too loud?)
Marathon Grill (generic, probably not a bad thing)
Caribou Cafe (went here for dinner, loved it; couldn't remember if the downstairs space was flexible enough for groups)
Triumph Brewing (decent sandwiches, big)
World Cafe Live (have no idea how busy this gets for happy hours)
If anyone has any thoughts, please let me know, especially if you've been to a similar event anywhere in Philly and loved or hated it....Thank you!