I need some suggestions for places in Venice, Marina Del Rey, or Santa Monica that can accommodate a large group (approx 50) on a Saturday night. Because it'll be a casual event with no particular host, (a "Hey, let's meet for a drink!" kind of thing, open to a very large group), we don't want to pay to reserve a banquet room anywhere. We realize that trendy places will most likely be too filled on a Saturday night to be practical as our venue. Do you have any suggestions for decent restaurants or bars that would welcome a boost to their Saturday night business and would have an area that could accommodate a group that size? We expect some people will filter in and out, but overall we're looking for the group to hang out from about 7 pm until about 2 am (or the close of the place).
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!