Cocktail Party Planning Alabaster AL

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Alabaster. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to liquor stores, wine and spirits, party planners and caterers, as well as advice on home bar wines, beers and mixed drinks with rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila.

Coyote Saloon
(205) 663-9874
308 Montevallo Rd
Alabaster, AL
Coyote Saloon - They could have easily filmed a scene from "Sex in the City" here. With its posh décor and sexy, dimly-lit interior, Coyote Saloon makes for a killer date spot. Located at [Address], it's a little classier than the pub down the corner.

Mug Shot Saloon
(205) 444-9179
2143 Pelham Pkwy
Pelham, AL
Mug Shot Saloon - Plush seating and good music gives Mug Shot Saloon 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.

Gabriel's Spirited Cafe
(205) 985-0983
3706 Lorna Rd
Birmingham, AL
Gabriel's Spirited Cafe - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Gabriel's Spirited Cafe is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Gabriel's Spirited Cafe is more than able to oblige.

(205) 980-1374
3612 Shandwick Pl
Birmingham, AL
Sjb Inc - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Sjb Inc, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

Smokey Joe's Cafe
(205) 978-5599
1694 Montgomery Hwy # 184
Birmingham, AL
Smokey Joe's Cafe is the type of place you start off your night. The drinks are cheap and strong but the crowd isn't the type to get the party started. Grab a quick drink here and then head out to the real party. -Review of Smokey Joe's Cafe

Backstreet Railside
(205) 664-4906
500 Keystone Ct
Pelham, AL
Backstreet Railside - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Backstreet Railside fits right in the middle of the bell curve - a place to hit with your buddies on the way to your ultimate destination. Not the ideal spot for fabulous, drunken debauchery, but it's a good as place as any to pre-drink.

Club 25
(205) 668-4783
8930 Highway 25
Calera, AL
Club 25 - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Club 25, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

Senor Frog
(205) 979-7620
3439 Lorna Ln
Birmingham, AL
Senor Frog - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Senor Frog, located at [Address], the party marches into the late, late hours, as they have one of the best all-night parties. Of course, this could mean some serious pain the next morning (or, more likely, the next afternoon.) Don't say we didn't warn you.

(205) 437-0118
5426 Highway 280 S
Birmingham, AL
Sazerac - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Sazerac, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

Barrister's Tavern
(205) 978-2168
1535 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham, AL
Barrister's Tavern - Beer, liquor and all other booze-it all ends up in the same place. If you're looking for a decent fueling station with moderate prices, [name] is right on the money.

Stocking up your home bar

By Russ Cobbe

Last week we discussed what bartending equipment you should have in your home bar. This week we will cover the ingredients you need to complete the setup of your home bar.

Your main selection of alcohol should include 750ml bottles of the following: Gin, Vodka, Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, Vermouth, Red and White Wine, Brandy, Port & Sherry plus whatever liqueurs are most palatable to you and your friends. The most popular liqueurs to have would be coffee, orange, irish cr�me and cr�me de cassis.

Next up would be bitters. Bitters are made from a variety of roots, barks, berries and herbs. They generally add a bit of zing to your drinks. You should have Angostura, Peychaud's, Orange and Abbotts Aged bitters.

For mixing you'll need a good variety to make a lot of different recipes. The standards include multiple bottles of Mineral water, cola, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, lemon/lime sodas and fresh juices (orange, pineapple, lemon, lime and tomato). Don't forget to have lots of ice on hand. If you make your own ice use bottled water so you don't get a chlorine flavour to your drinks. Ice should go in the glass first to avoid splashing and to cool the ingredients as they get added.

Finally you will need some things to garnish the drinks to add that special touch. The essentials include cocktail onions, stuffed olives, lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, celery stalks, Tabasco sauce, maraschino cherries, pineapple...

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