Cocktail Party Planning Carmel IN
6265 Carrollton Ave.
Madison Oyster Bar
129 N Main St
South Bend, IN
Old Town Tavern
29 W Main St
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.
T Ball Buckets
9454 Haver Way
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.
Free Spirit Lounge
8110 N Shadeland Ave
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
1850 E. Broadripple Ave.
10598 N College Ave # 400
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.
17902 Us 31 N
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.
5252 82nd St
Vapour Lounge - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Vapour Lounge offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.
Alvin's Bar & Grill
7417 N Shadeland Ave
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.
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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