Cocktail Party Planning Carmel IN

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Carmel. 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.

The Egyptian
(317) 255-4400
6265 Carrollton Ave.
Indianapolis, IN
 
Madison Oyster Bar
(574) 288-3776
129 N Main St
South Bend, IN
 
Jimmy B
(317) 848-7364
10598 N College Ave # 400
Indianapolis, IN
Description
Jimmy B - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Jimmy B is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Jimmy B is more than able to oblige.

Alvin's Bar & Grill
(317) 598-9374
7417 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Description
Alvin's Bar & Grill - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Alvin's Bar & Grill, 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.

Free Spirit Lounge
(317) 842-0200
8110 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Description
Free Spirit Lounge - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Free Spirit Lounge 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.)

Khourys Mediterranean Island
(317) 251-8610
1850 E. Broadripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN
 
Old Town Tavern
(317) 846-5545
29 W Main St
Carmel, IN
Description
Old Town Tavern - Happy hour never looked so good. Old Town Tavern, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Rock Tonic
(317) 896-2711
17902 Us 31 N
Westfield, IN
Description
Rock Tonic - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Rock Tonic 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.

Anheuser-Busch Inc
(317) 596-1460
8047 Heyward Dr
Indianapolis, IN
Description
Anheuser-Busch Inc - If you're looking to kick back, Anheuser-Busch Inc, 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.

T Ball Buckets
(317) 575-8522
9454 Haver Way
Indianapolis, IN
Description
T Ball Buckets - If you're looking to kick back, T Ball Buckets, 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.

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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