Hill Country’s wide-open layout and cafeteria-style service make it a popular destination for groups of all sizes. (Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

Today is our editor’s birthday, and that has everyone in the office feeling extra festive. (That it’s also Friday can’t hurt.) We started talking about where we’d take a big group to celebrate special events, whether that’s a birthday, a promotion or family coming to visit. No matter the occasion, we think our list of the best restaurants and bars for groups will have something that appeals to everyone on your guest list. (Happy birthday, Deb!)