"If you're holding a piss-up, a brewery could be a good venue. A pub is probably even better."
My university reunion this weekend was unfortunately a bit of a fizzle - because the prime mover behind it made some very strange decisions on the itinerary. We were a bunch of friends who spent a lot of time back in the 1980s hanging out together in pubs. I think we'd all been looking forward to hanging out together in pubs again this weekend - at the same pubs, if any of them still exist (and haven't been spoiled by modernisation). Our 'host', alas, had seen fit to book a poncey new cocktail bar for the evening rendezvous on Friday, and a poncey overpriced restaurant for the climax of the reunion on Saturday. These venues were offputtingly expensive for the more impecunious amongst us, and not especially attractive even for the obscenely affluent.
You can't go wrong with a pub.
Next time, I think I'll have to organize this sort of thing myself.