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
 
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.

Sips
(515) 292-6887
124 Welch Ave
Ames, IA
Description
Sips - Here's the problem with most bars: the vibe sometimes dies around 1am. Luckily for you, when most bars are sweeping up the floors and closing shop, Sips kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

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.

E J's Legacy
(515) 233-9429
111 5th St
Ames, IA
Description
E J's Legacy - Now you have your cake and eat it too. E J's Legacy, 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.

Boheme Bistro
(515) 296-4674
2900 West St
Ames, IA
Description
Boheme Bistro - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Boheme Bistro, 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.

Tip Top Lounge
(515) 232-9822
201 E Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Description
Tip Top Lounge - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

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.

Lumpy's
(515) 292-4501
2428 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Description
Lumpy's - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Lumpy's, at [Address], is open all night. So the odds of you getting a good night sleep are closed to zilch - we predict you stumbling home around 8am and flopping into bed, forgetting to brush your teeth. And nothing wrong with that.

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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