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You want to meet a group of eight to ten people for drinks. Somewhere fun but not a sports bar or frat house.

Some need cocktails. Others will only drink wine. A few just want some beers. And you don't want a long wait.

Where do you go that's low key and civilized? To be perfectly honest, we don't always have an answer.

If you're going the reservations route, Raines Law Room a little off Union Square, is a favorite cocktail spot with nooks for groups (and come warmer weather, a great patio). Soho's Pegu Club also carries beer and wine along with its cocktail list, and on off nights those large banquettes are sometimes up for grabs (they take reservations, too).

That's just two thoughts, and both cocktail-focused. So tell us, what are your go-to drinks spots for groups?

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