Cocktail Party Planning Ankeny IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Ankeny. 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.

Croz Nest
(515) 963-8338
2139 S Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA
Description
Croz Nest - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Croz Nest 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.)

Jakes
(515) 965-9513
132 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny, IA
Description
Jakes - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Jakes is the place you'd likely go to to watch that big game but you'll probably have so much fun, you'll stick around longer.

Andy's Bar & Grill
(515) 965-3446
1912 SW 3rd St
Ankeny, IA
Description
Andy's Bar & Grill - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Andy's Bar & Grill will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Elbow Room Saloon
(515) 963-9414
1165 1/2 SW Ordnance Rd
Ankeny, IA
Description
Elbow Room Saloon - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Elbow Room Saloon, 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, Elbow Room Saloon will do the trick.

AMF Bowling Ctr
(515) 265-0315
3839 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA
Description
Amf Bowling Ctr, located at [Address], has a smooth and chill vibe. It's not the kind of place where you'll be dancing on tables, but it's no dive bar, either. A good mix of laid-back décor and casual comfort. -Review of Amf Bowling Ctr

Roadhouse 69
(515) 963-9669
110 N Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA
Description
Roadhouse 69 - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Roadhouse 69, 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.

O'Malley's Pub
(515) 964-9620
7012 NE 14th St
Ankeny, IA
Description
O'malley's Pub - If you're looking to kick back, O'malley's Pub, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

Yankee Clipper
(515) 964-9484
312 SW Maple St
Ankeny, IA
Description
Yankee Clipper - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Yankee Clipper will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Highland Park Country Club
(515) 245-9229
518 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA
Description
Highland Park Country Club, located at [Address], is your garden variety pub. It's not going to win any raves of "Hottest. Bar. Ever.," but it's a serviceable place to relax and unwind. Just keep your expectations grounded. And there's something to be said for beers that cost less than $14 bucks. Review of Highland Park Country Club.

Big Earl's Goldmine
(515) 237-9902
4745 NW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA
Description
Big Earl's Goldmine - 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.

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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