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Party On: 15 Good Bars for Birthday Parties
So you’re one year older and one year wiser—that’s cause for celebration! Here are some of our favorite bars in Washington to celebrate birthdays. By Emily Leaman
Comments () | Published April 1, 2009

Adams Mill Bar & Grill
The best party package at this no-frills Adams Morgan bar is the $25 all-you-can-drink deal, available for up to three hours. There’s no room-rental fee, and you have your choice of three party spaces: a first-floor bar that holds 100 people, a second-floor bar that holds 60, and a third-floor bar with room for 80. If all-you-can-drink isn’t your bag, you can make arrangements for happy-hour drink prices or food platters. Call 202-332-9577 to reserve a space.

Chi Cha Lounge
There are three semiprivate party spaces at this U Street Latin lounge that can accommodate groups of 20 to 100. Event planner Jessica Gibson will work with groups to meet their party needs and can design drink and food specials on a case-by-case basis (the availability of specials depends on the date and time of the party). There’s a rental fee—dependent on party size—that’s waived if enough food and beverages are consumed to cover costs. Contact Jessica at 703-225-8823 to design a party.

Clarendon Grill
The 75-seat patio is the most popular place for parties at Clarendon Grill. The bar offers party platters—everything from pot stickers to meatballs to crabcakes—that serve groups of 15 to 50. Platters are priced from $35 to $90 each. The bar doesn’t offer drink specials for large groups, but you’re welcome to schedule your party during happy hour—weekdays from 4 to 8. Call Danny, Chris, Jeff, or Victor at 703-524-7455 to make party arrangements.

Eleventh Street Lounge
Private parties are hosted in the newly refurbished basement lounge of this Arlington restaurant and bar. It can accommodate up to 100 people. There’s no rental fee, but there’s a food-and-drink purchase minimum for using the space, which is determined by the day and time of the party. Here’s a tip: The purchase threshold is lower Sunday through Thursday nights, when the basement is normally closed. Call 703-351-1311 for more information.

Guapo’s Restaurant
There are “fiesta rooms” at the DC and Bethesda outposts of this local Mexican/Tex-Mex chain. The DC party room is suited for 50 to 150 people, while the Bethesda room holds 30 to 100. Guapo’s charges a per-person fee of $22.95 for a buffet spread of mix-and-match Mexican items (up to four), including fajitas, crispy tacos, quesadillas, plantains, salad. Drinks, coffee, and dessert are extra. For more information, call the DC restaurant at 202-686-3588 or Bethesda at 301-656-0888.

For the high-rolling birthday set, this Asian/Caribbean lounge offers VIP packages for 8, 12, and 30 people. Each comes with drink and food options, such as appetizer platters and premium bottles or a fully stocked miniature fridge, or you can customize your own menu. Packages range from $350 to $1,500 and do not include tax and gratuity. Guests must pay 50 percent of the package price in advance as a deposit. Call 202-332-2104 for more information.

Pasha Lounge
You can party Moroccan style at this Dupont Circle lounge, where Moroccan music, wine and beer, decor, and belly dancers help set the mood. The private party room can hold up to 100 people, and the place charges a fixed per-person price (usually around $30) for food; drinks aren’t included. Pasha Lounge won’t do a cake, but you’re more than welcome to bring one. To make arrangements, call 202-775-1883.

Piratz Tavern
There’s no private party room at this Silver Spring restaurant, but we couldn’t leave off a place where pirates sing a round of “Happy Birthday.” The biggest table in the place seats 14, but staff can configure the space to accommodate any size party. Along with a serenade, birthday boys and girls of all ages will get a slice of cake and a candle to blow out, but only adults will get a free shot called the Cannonball to wash it down. “We’ll tell you what’s in it after you drink it,” says the hostess. Call 301-588-9001 for reservations.


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