(Closed) Any recommendation for Rehearsal Dinner and After Party?

posted 9 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I would suggest Cuba Libre for the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

For that many people, you will probably have to reserve a private room.  A good alternative to that is renting out a BYOB for the evening (Philly has tons of yummy ones).  It would help if you had an idea of the type of cuisine you want, and what "affordable" means to you.

Most of my favorite places are too small, but offhand, I could suggest trying either La Viola (15th between Spruce and Locust; cash only; BYOB) or La Fontana DellaCitta (corner of 17th and Spruce; BYOB) for Italian.  Caribou Cafe serves casual French food and is pretty good, and I *think* they have space upstairs for large parties but it’s been awhile since I was there (Walnut between 11th and 12th).  Estia is a decent Greek restaurant and I’m sure it could seat 50 (Locust between Broad and 15th).  People tend to like the Stephen Starr restaurants (Jones, Continental Midtown, El Vez, Alma de Cuba, Buddakahn, Tangerine, etc.) but some are very pricey and most are too "scene-y" for me, although I do like the newest one, Parc (corner of 18th and Locust).  The Stephen Starr website does have a phone number to call for large group reservations, though, which could be helpful if you decide to go that route.  There are also a couple of chain restaurants, like Maggianos, The Melting Pot, and Buca di Beppo.

As for after-partying, I have no idea…hopefully someone who goes out more than I do will chime in!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

all the suggestions above for rehearsal dinner are great…also consider positano coast in old city

for after partying: consider the following spots — prive and red sky also in old city

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Where is your reception located? I’m trying to plan an afterparty as well, but I think I’m going to pick a place close to our Hotel blocks.  Maybe the Walnut Room or JSullivans. 

Post # 9
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Wannabee

Mamma Maria’s in South Philly.  It’s a little cozy italian place.  I think the website is mammamarias.info.

 It’s a 5 course meal w/ all the white and red wine you can drink included and cordials (best cream limoncello ever) for only $60/person. Call and ask them if they can give a discount if you bring in more than 30 people.  i did it and they gave it to me for $50!  It’s well worth it.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Also, Rum Bar on 20th and Walnut is really cool http://www.rum-bar.com/ for an after party.

I recently went there for a friend’s birthday and we had a great time.  Their drinks (especially the mojitos) are amazing!  The open bar was from 11-2am and ran about $40 per person. If you can guarantee them 50 people, they will close down to the public and exclusively host your party. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Also, Rum Bar on 20th and Walnut is really cool for an after party.

I recently went there for a friend’s birthday and we had a great time.  Their drinks (especially the mojitos) are amazing!  The open bar was from 11-2am and ran about $40 per person. If you can guarantee them 50 people, they will close down to the public and exclusively host your party. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Hmmmm….

I love Triumph in Old City for an after party.

MUST the Rehearsal Dinner be in the city?  There are SO many delicious, affordable spots in South Jersey…I was considering doing a post about them, even though we won’t be able to use any — too far from our church!

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