Cocktail Party Planning Bangor ME

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Bangor. 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.

Main Tavern
(207) 947-1997
152 Main St
Bangor, ME
Main Tavern - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Main Tavern 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.

Pat's Tavern Inc
(207) 947-3972
115 State St
Bangor, ME
Pat's Tavern Inc - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Pat's Tavern Inc 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.

Bounty Taverne
(207) 947-8651
500 Main St
Bangor, ME
Bounty Taverne - So you want to get a table? Be prepared to shell out some cash. Bounty Taverne caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you're ready to roll.

Cap's Tavern
(207) 989-2268
494 1/2 S Main St
Brewer, ME
Cap's Tavern - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Cap's Tavern offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.

Peaks Hill Lodge
(207) 843-7080
Peaks Hill Rd
Holden, ME
Peaks Hill Lodge - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Peaks Hill Lodge, 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.

(207) 942-3000
190 Harlow St
Bangor, ME
Spectrum - 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, Spectrum kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

RED Baron Lounge
(207) 947-4375
299 Godfrey Blvd # 2
Bangor, ME
Red Baron Lounge - Plush seating and good music gives Red Baron Lounge 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.

Brookside Grill
(207) 989-6455
554 S Main St
Brewer, ME
Brookside Grill - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Brookside Grill 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.

(207) 866-7700
103 Park St
Orono, ME
Ushuaia - Known for its simple décor and good drinks, Ushuaia is located at [Address]. Just make sure you dress up a little, as it's not quite the frat bar you're used to from college.

Number Ten Main Street
(207) 827-5781
10 Main St
Old Town, ME
Number Ten Main Street, 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 Number Ten Main Street.

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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