I'm tasked with setting up our department holiday party at the last minute, and I'm looking for a space that will fit 20 or so people for a pretty casual after work (4-6ish) dinner and drinks event. Would prefer not to have to rent the room, but I understand that's probably inevitable this time of year. We'd all order meals/appetizers and I can guarantee the bar would be busy.
Any suggestions for places with a private/semi-private area, good food, and maybe some drink specials? Location doesn't really matter- I've checked out most of the downtown options and we're willing to travel a bit.