Cocktail Party Planning Clayton NC
319 Fayettville St., Suite 105
2500 Hillsborough St.
Half-Time Sports Bar
3503 E Garner Rd
Half-Time Sports Bar, 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 Half-Time Sports Bar.
106 Bratton Dr
Shooters Billiards - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Shooters Billiards, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.
Curt & Frank's
526 S Brightleaf Blvd
Curt & Frank's - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Curt & Frank's 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.
2526 Hillsborough Street
408 E 2nd St
Flip Side - If you're trying to impress your date, Flip Side is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials Flip Side offers.
Loop Road Tavern
1437 Mechanical Blvd
Loop Road Tavern - Beer, liquor and all other booze-it all ends up in the same place. If you're looking for a decent fueling station with moderate prices, [name] is right on the money.
Sam's Tavern In The Groove
25 Old Drug Store Rd
Sam's Tavern In The Groove - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Sam's Tavern In The Groove, looking nice will help. The crowd is attractive and the bartenders even more so. If you're looking for a nice spot to hang with friends and meet new (attractive) people, Sam's Tavern In The Groove will do the trick.
2301 S Brightleaf Blvd
Cactus Lounge - If you're looking to kick back, Cactus Lounge, 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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