I am seeking a fun restaurant with a good buzzy atmosphere to celebrate a 30th birthday for about 25 people. I'm looking for somewhere that we can really make a night of - good food, good drinks, lively, trendy atmosphere where we can stay on for cocktails afterwards - so a restaurant/lounge, restaurant/bar might be what we're looking for or a restaurant that has bar that we could go to after dinner.
I love the atmosphere at Gio Rana's but would prefer somewhere a little more accessible to downtown and there are few bar options that can be reached quickly on foot in the area(given it's winter!). Recommendations very very much appreciated as I have been doing so much research but haven't quite found "it". Cost per person for a starter and main ideally $40 or less.