Your humble blogger has bought tickets to go to Milwaukee for a May 1 meetup and to Minneapolis for May 2. Katy is working on a venue for Minneapolis (and I could use a hotel suggestion when that is sorted) and I could use a venue and hotel pick for Milwaukee.
I floated the idea of a Washington DC meetup for what would have been last night and didn’t get many takers or a convergence on a venue. The most successful spot in DC had been a JW Marriott at 1331 Pennsylvania, NW. It had a very large bar area in the basement, with lots of alcove-y near rooms. Someone got there early and commandeered a section, and that worked very well for our group of ~25. But that was years ago, and that Marriott may have reconfigured that area. Does anyone know that hotel and can advise as to what the setup is now?
In Boston, last time we used 49 Social, at 49 Temple Place, near the Red, Green, and Orange lines. The advantage is that we can reserve the entire upstairs, which was more than large enough for our group (25-30). We could go there again unless readers have another suggestion. Can anyone tell us how this Marriott is set up now? And if this doesn’t seem like a good idea, what alternatives do you suggest? Please see the list of criteria below.
Regarding options for Milwaukee and Washington, and possible alternatives for Boston, the criteria are:
Reasonably accessible transportation-wise
Ability to reserve or commandeer a section of the venue that can accommodate 20-30 people (in Milwaukee, I’d assume smaller, more like 15-25). We usually start at the geriatric hour of 5:00 PM, and most bar/restaurants like a group that starts early. Having enough room to mingle helps (as in restaurant-style seating makes that harder, but we have worked around th\
Decent noise level
Not twee (as in beer/wine/drinks prices should be reasonable for that city)
Food is nice but not required
Irish pubs often work well.
Possible DC meetup dates:
Thursday April 11 or Friday April 12
Possible Boston meetup date:
Wed April 24 or Thurs April 25.
Let me know! Thanks!