Cocktail Party Planning Cedar Rapids IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Cedar Rapids. 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.

O'Maggie's Pub
(319) 366-7259
416 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
O'maggie's Pub, 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 O'maggie's Pub.

3rd Street Live
(319) 365-6141
1204 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
3Rd Street Live - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because 3Rd Street Live, 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.

Left Bank
(319) 363-5338
1200 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Left Bank - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Left Bank is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Tycoon
(319) 362-8789
427 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Tycoon - 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, Tycoon kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

South Side Tavern
(319) 364-9302
1326 2nd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
South Side Tavern - If you're looking to kick back, South Side Tavern, 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.

Chrome Horse Slophouse & Sln
(319) 365-1234
1202 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Chrome Horse Slophouse & Sln - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Chrome Horse Slophouse & Sln, 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.

Keg
(319) 364-9341
719 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Keg - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Keg? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Stop Off
(319) 364-9421
420 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Stop Off - Let's call it what it is. Stop Off, at [Address], is a good place to pull. The crowd is good looking and the ambiance is sexy, so if you can't meet someone here, well, keep drinking and try again. Liquid courage always helps. Look, we're not guaranteeing anything, but at Stop Off you should have plenty of options.

Dragon Nightclub Inc
(319) 286-9284
329 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Dragon Nightclub Inc - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Dragon Nightclub Inc, 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.

Billy Magoos
(319) 365-1591
715 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Description
Billy Magoos - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Billy Magoos, 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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