We've been trying to find the right venue for a gathering on Saturday night. That has proven to be a bit challenging for a variety of reasons (availability, hours, etc.). Carol, Nancy and Jason have been diligent in making calls and evaluating options -- we're getting close, but there is no settled plan as yet.
Here is my own current thinking (thanks to the analysis done by the folks above); I welcome input from any and all attendees --
Requirements and Considerations:
- the place must be casual
- must be affordable
- must serve alcohol
- must serve "easy" food
- must be nearby Mote (i.e., where most people are staying)
- overall, must be conducive to socializing
One of the considerations was bar-close time. A couple of places we looked at had bars that closed relatively early -- like 10:30pm. At Monterey, there were several folks who stayed out well past midnight.
However, Monterey was different because the format was to have the event on Saturday, then Saturday night we went out, and Sunday was the aquarium. This time, it's Saturday = aquarium / night out, and Sunday (bright and early) is the event.
So, my thinking is that we should consider gather for dinner/drinks relatively early -- say 5:30 or 6pm. And if we're having a grand-olde tyme (and why wouldn't we), we can stay right up to close of 10:30 or so. Any late-night revelers can go back to Erich's party suite for the all-night rave.
Thoughts on this? One potential venue: The Old Salty Dog (pics).
Thanks again to Carol/Nancy/Jason for all the input and guidance so far.