Bartending Equipment Fort Dodge IA

Local resource for bartenders in Fort Dodge. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to bars, lounges, dance clubs and bartenders, as well as advice on where to find the best rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila, wine, beers, mixers, cocktails, martinis, shots and drink recipes.

Community Tavern
(515) 955-3132
2026 5th Ave S
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Community Tavern - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Community Tavern is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

West Side Tavern
(515) 955-8556
202 G St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
West Side Tavern - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into West Side Tavern, looking nice will help. The crowd is attractive and the bartenders even more so. If you're looking for a nice spot to hang with friends and meet new (attractive) people, West Side Tavern will do the trick.

After Dark
(515) 573-3313
509 1st Ave S
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
After Dark - If you're trying to impress your date, After Dark is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials After Dark offers.

Top Hat Lounge
(515) 955-1910
15 S 8th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Top Hat Lounge - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Top Hat Lounge, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

Captain Hooks
(515) 576-7711
7 S 11th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Captain Hooks - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Captain Hooks? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Cricket's
(515) 576-4692
509 1st Ave N
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Cricket's - They could have easily filmed a scene from "Sex in the City" here. With its posh décor and sexy, dimly-lit interior, Cricket's makes for a killer date spot. Located at [Address], it's a little classier than the pub down the corner.

Lomita's Night Club
(515) 955-2108
1104 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Lomita's Night Club - Dress up. Lomita's Night Club isn't necessarily "formal," per se, but it's sexy and sleek; this is the kind of place where if you're dressed like a tool, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. (Probably more than a sore thumb, actually-those don't really stand out when you think about it). The point is: it's a solid place. Bring your A-game.

Big Red's
(515) 955-3979
25 S 9th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Big Red's - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Big Red's is nowhere near the pages of Us Weekly or TMZ, but hey, beer is beer, whiskey is whiskey. A friendly neighborhood bar where you can pretty much wear whatever the hell you want. (But leave the cargo-shorts at home.)

Ridgewood Lanes
(515) 576-7214
326 S 25th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Ridgewood Lanes - Plush seating and good music gives Ridgewood Lanes a good name. The place usually gets filled up by midnight so come early if you want to designate an area for you and your friends.

Chesterfield Tavern
(515) 576-3062
1241 S 22nd St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Chesterfield Tavern - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Chesterfield Tavern, located at [Address], has a good crowd of regulars and a decent-looking clientele. As an added bonus, there's no cover, so this is a good place to hit without blowing your budget.

Essential Bartending Equipment

By Russ Cobbe

Setting up your own home bar can be great fun when you have people over. It isn't overly expensive to get all the essentials. So what are the tools of the trade you'll need to show off to your guests?

Blender - If you don't already have one, get a good one that has good speed and power. Nothing is more annoying than waiting 5 minutes to crush up some ice or blend a drink.

Ice Bucket and Tongs - This is mainly used for easy access, don't get one too big that all the ice melts before you use it but don't get something so small that you have to keep refilling it either.

Combo Corkscrew/Bottle Opener - Obviously needed to open that fine wine or bottles of beer that don't have twist tops.

Paring Knife/Cutting Board - Used to cut up lemons and limes for garnishing along with other fruits in certain drinks.

Shaker - Used for mixing various drinks.

Measure - There is a special device that looks like two triangles on top of each other at the apexes but a lot of people use a shot glass these days.

Bar Strainer - Used in a lot of cocktail recipes to stain out ice that might have been used to cool ingredients in a recipe. It looks like a little paddle with lots of round rings on the end.

Lemon/Lime Squeezer - This has a flat collector base with a raised pointed section in the middle with ridges. Its used to squeeze out fresh lemon or lime juice.

There are over 20 different styles of glasses from brandy to wine. Did y...

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