Cocktail Party Planning Clifton Park NY

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Clifton Park. 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.

Salty's Pub & Galley
(518) 371-1120
215 Guideboard Rd
Clifton Park, NY
Salty's Pub & Galley - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Salty's Pub & Galley, 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, Salty's Pub & Galley will do the trick.

Northern Lights
(518) 371-0012
1208 Route 146
Clifton Park, NY
Northern Lights -

Located next to a strip mall, this hard to find dance club is great for watching alternative rock bands do their thing on stage. The service is friendly and they have a variety of food to grub on if you are hungry. They also have a pool table and video games, as well as loads of beer on tap.

Ahearn's Hide Away
(518) 235-8874
26 Broad St
Waterford, NY
Ahearn's Hide Away 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 Ahearn's Hide Away

B & D Tavern
(518) 664-5181
76 William St
Mechanicville, NY
B & D Tavern - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, B & D Tavern, 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.

Carney's Bar
(518) 399-5129
17 Main St
Ballston Lake, NY
Carney's Bar - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Carney's Bar? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

(518) 371-0982
1436 Vischer Ferry Rd
Clifton Park, NY
Andrea's, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Andrea's

Klamsteam Tavern & Marina
(518) 373-9409
32 Clamsteam Rd
Clifton Park, NY
Klamsteam Tavern & Marina - If you're trying to impress your date, Klamsteam Tavern & Marina 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 Klamsteam Tavern & Marina offers.

Horses Lounge
(518) 382-0239
912 Mcclellan St
Schenectady, NY
Horses Lounge - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Horses Lounge fits right in the middle of the bell curve - a place to hit with your buddies on the way to your ultimate destination. Not the ideal spot for fabulous, drunken debauchery, but it's a good as place as any to pre-drink.

Charlton Tavern
(518) 399-9951
745 Charlton Rd
Ballston Lake, NY
Charlton Tavern, 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 Charlton Tavern.

Rupsis Tavern
(518) 372-3588
1549 Carrie St
Schenectady, NY
Rupsis Tavern - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Rupsis Tavern, 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, Rupsis Tavern will do the trick.

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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