Here's a few thoughts:
Diamonds is most
cool, but it doesn't serve liquor. And I do like a little tipple now and again. And again and again.
Grumpy's downtown has a good back room that leads into a patio - nice this time of year. They have tasty bar food in huge portions and an art gallery in the parking lot. It's swank.
There's Psycho Susie's on NE Marshall which is a tiki bar. It's way cool and kitschy, but also smoky. I did not have a tiki drink when I was there, but I enjoyed some marvy deep-fried hot dogs (scads better than they sound).
I also love the Acadia on Franklin and Nicollet, which is a smoke-free coffeehouse with good beer. They have a homey, living room style front room, and a theatre side room. They reconfigured the theatre room so that all the tables are on the same level now, and it possibly could serve as a private room if they don't have any music or plays booked.
I've heard wonderful things about Chiang Mai Thai, and that back room sounds like a winner.
Let me know what you decide, and if you need anything! I can help set up, etc. Like erzulie
, I'm over nordeast too, but have easy access to everything...now that the buses are back.ETA: I can't do Kieran's May 1st, if you're counting heads.
Edited by suctionprints, Apr 22, 2004 @ 3:57 PM.