Not everyone has the funds to book a private room at their favorite bar, so when it’s time to gather up your whole crew, you’ll need a place with free-flowing booze, plenty of elbow room, and a welcoming vibe. That place is the James Ballentine VFW in Uptown. A recent remodel quadrupled this beloved institution’s party space, while keeping the classic back bar intact. If your friends are the karaoke kind, the original VFW bar has large curved booths to pack in your whole singing troupe. If your group is gathering to cheer on (or yell at) the Vikings, the new street-facing bar is ringed with big-screen TVs. If they want to dance to live music or play darts or shoot some Big Buck Hunter, the Uptown VFW has that too, in the capacious banquet room. And with the Uptown VFW’s new full kitchen, the party doesn’t have to stop when the stomachs start rumbling.