Cocktail Party Planning Davenport IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Davenport. 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.

Gary's Cedar St Inn
(563) 322-9247
810 Cedar St
Davenport, IA
Gary's Cedar St Inn - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Gary's Cedar St Inn is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Gary's Cedar St Inn is more than able to oblige.

Oceanside Lounge
(563) 326-1372
2025 Hickory Grove Rd
Davenport, IA
Oceanside Lounge - Let's call it what it is. Oceanside Lounge, 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 Oceanside Lounge you should have plenty of options.

Sam's River City Saloon
(563) 322-9501
410 E 2nd St
Davenport, IA
Sam's River City Saloon - If you're trying to impress your date, Sam's River City Saloon 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 Sam's River City Saloon offers.

Meat Market
(563) 322-3123
1629 Washington St
Davenport, IA
Meat Market - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Meat Market, located at [Address], might just do the trick. Pretty barebones and without fanfare, but the prices are reasonable and there's no hassle at the door.

Rusty Nail
(563) 386-1900
2606 W Locust St
Davenport, IA
Rusty Nail - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Rusty Nail is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

(563) 323-1503
1301 W 13th St
Davenport, IA
Gardens - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Gardens, 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.

Southern Comfort Lounge
(563) 391-9424
20980 N Brady St
Davenport, IA
Southern Comfort Lounge, 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 Southern Comfort Lounge.

Circle Tap
(563) 322-9276
1345 W Locust St
Davenport, IA
Circle Tap - Plush seating and good music gives Circle Tap a good name. The place usually gets filled up by midnight so come early if you want to designate an area for you and your friends.

Pour House
(563) 328-2949
1502 W Locust St
Davenport, IA
Pour House - Known for its simple décor and good drinks, Pour House is located at [Address]. Just make sure you dress up a little, as it's not quite the frat bar you're used to from college.

(563) 322-9179
2735 Telegraph Rd
Davenport, IA
Carole's - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Carole's, 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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