Cocktail Party Planning Ames IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Ames. 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.

Chicha Shack
2418 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Break
(515) 233-4981
115 Main St
Ames, IA
Description
Break - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Break, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Big Shots Nightclub & Chasers
(515) 292-2003
2522 Chamberlain St
Ames, IA
Description
Big Shots Nightclub & Chasers - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Big Shots Nightclub & Chasers, 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.

Fox I
(515) 232-2199
111 S 5th St
Ames, IA
Description
Fox I - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Fox I, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

Maintenance Shop
(515) 294-2758
Memorial Un
Ames, IA
Description
Maintenance Shop - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Maintenance Shop, 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.

Meeting House
(515) 663-9571
823 Wheeler St
Ames, IA
Description
Meeting House - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Meeting House is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Meeting House is more than able to oblige.

Thumbs
(515) 268-1556
2816 West St
Ames, IA
Description
Thumbs - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Thumbs, located at [Address], might just do the trick. Pretty barebones and without fanfare, but the prices are reasonable and there's no hassle at the door.

Welch Ave Station
(515) 292-2334
207 Welch Ave
Ames, IA
Description
Welch Ave Station - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Welch Ave Station? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Brewer's
(515) 292-0033
2704 Stange Rd
Ames, IA
Description
Brewer's - If you're trying to impress your date, Brewer's 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 Brewer's offers.

Sportsman Lounge
(515) 233-6320
123 Main St
Ames, IA
Description
Sportsman Lounge - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Sportsman Lounge is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Sportsman Lounge is more than able to oblige.

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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