Cocktail Party Planning Charleston WV

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Charleston. 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.

Broadway
(304) 343-2162
210 Leon Sullivan Way
Charleston, WV
Description
Broadway, 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 Broadway.

Sound Factory
(304) 342-8001
812 Kanawha Blvd E # E
Charleston, WV
Description
Sound Factory - Think of Sound Factory as a guaranteed hangover. And we mean that in the best possible way. Located at [Address], it's open all night, so it's a pretty good bet that you're going to be feeling it the next morning. Enjoy the late-night debauchery, but drink lots of water and pop some Advil.

Eddie G's Sports Bar & Grill
(304) 744-3226
318 7th Ave SW
Charleston, WV
Description
Eddie G's Sports Bar & Grill - Think of Eddie G's Sports Bar & Grill as a guaranteed hangover. And we mean that in the best possible way. Located at [Address], it's open all night, so it's a pretty good bet that you're going to be feeling it the next morning. Enjoy the late-night debauchery, but drink lots of water and pop some Advil.

Boots & Scoots
(304) 344-3755
4404 Sissonville Dr
Charleston, WV
Description
Boots & Scoots - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Boots & Scoots? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Center Bar & Grill
(304) 343-3445
1942 Sissonville Dr
Charleston, WV
Description
Center Bar & Grill - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Center Bar & Grill, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Silver Lady Tavern
(304) 342-9498
1222 Washington St E
Charleston, WV
Description
Silver Lady Tavern is the type of place you start off your night. The drinks are cheap and strong but the crowd isn't the type to get the party started. Grab a quick drink here and then head out to the real party. -Review of Silver Lady Tavern

Pam's Nifty Fifties
(304) 744-5791
216 7th Ave SW
Charleston, WV
Description
Pam's Nifty Fifties - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Pam's Nifty Fifties is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Doug's Topside Tavern
(304) 744-5510
600 1/2 Short St
Charleston, WV
Description
Doug's Topside Tavern - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Doug's Topside Tavern? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Corner Pub
(304) 442-4700
50 Michigan Ave
Charleston, WV
Description
Corner Pub - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Corner Pub, 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.

Bailey's Ii
(304) 744-8607
3321 Washington St W
Charleston, WV
Description
Bailey's Ii is the type of place you start off your night. The drinks are cheap and strong but the crowd isn't the type to get the party started. Grab a quick drink here and then head out to the real party. -Review of Bailey's Ii

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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