Best bars for office parties



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  • Photograph: Courtesy Rattle N Hum

    Rattle N Hum

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    Casa Mezcal

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    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

Photograph: Courtesy Rattle N Hum

Rattle N Hum

Greenwich Village Country Club
If you need an activity to distract you from awkward conversations with nosy colleagues, this 16,000-square-foot leisure den offers plenty of diversions. Depending on how many people you're expecting, you can book a section, a VIP lounge or the whole 16,000-square-foot venue. Engage in some collegial shit-talking over a game of bocce, pool, air hockey or foosball while keeping your energy high with campy cocktails, cans of Porkslap and fancified comfort food. Open-bar packages are available in both the Clubhouse and the Part-ee Lounge, and all your options include one round of minigolf per person. 110 University Pl between 12th and 13th Sts (212-255-8818,

Casa Mezcal
Adorned with ceramics and folk art, the upstairs gallery of this Oaxaca-inspired spot lends itself to a suit-and-tie-friendly formal party for 40 to 50 people. Reserve the whole space or a few tables, and sip selections from the extensive mescal menu. You and your compatriots can also nibble on appetizers like the venue's queso fundido with deep-fried grasshoppers ($7). Or book the sultry basement lounge, where there's room for live music, salsa dancing and other spirited festivities. Order a mescal margarita ($11), grab a seat on one of the plush couches and watch for drunken hookups. 86 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-777-2600,

Rattle N Hum
The rotating selection of 40 drafts and 100 bottles at this craft-beer mecca ensures there's something for everyone—even that naysayer in payroll. Three tiers of party packages range from $35 per head (ten-person minimum) to $50 per head (20-person minimum) and include a varied selection of brews, plus platters of hearty grub (onion rings, sliders and the like). Whatever you do, just go easy on the 12 percent Belgian strong ale unless you're prepared to hear about your booze-fueled antics the next day. 14 E 33rd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-481-1586,

The Wooly
This semisecret private space tends to attract creative, fashionable types looking for a place to hold court. Tufted loveseats and vintage furnishings hark back to the history of the Woolworth Building, the venue's location and namesake. In-house DJs and bartenders man the decks and bar respectively, which means two fewer things you and any co-organizers have to take care of yourselves. 11 Barclay St between Broadway and Church St (678-439-6659,

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