Cocktail Party Planning Derry NH

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Derry. 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.

Auburn Pitts
(603) 622-6564
167 Rockingham Rd
Auburn, NH
Auburn Pitts - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Auburn Pitts is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Flo's Bar Inc
(603) 625-5830
194 Lake Ave
Manchester, NH
Flo's Bar Inc - Plush seating and good music gives Flo's Bar Inc 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.

Hogs Trough Saloon
(603) 627-1341
342 Lincoln St
Manchester, NH
Hogs Trough Saloon - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Hogs Trough Saloon, 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, Hogs Trough Saloon will do the trick.

Chit Chat Lounge
(978) 374-9710
103 Washington St
Haverhill, MA
Chit Chat Lounge - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Chit Chat Lounge is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

O'k Parker's
(603) 645-1106
89 Hanover St
Manchester, NH
O'k Parker's - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, O'k Parker's 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.

Tudor Of Manchester
(603) 626-4900
361 Pine St
Manchester, NH
Tudor Of Manchester - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Tudor Of Manchester is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

USA Club 313
(603) 628-6813
313 Lincoln St # B
Manchester, NH
Usa Club 313 - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Usa Club 313, 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.

Mark's Showplace
(603) 668-7444
390 S River Rd
Bedford, NH
Mark's Showplace - 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, Mark's Showplace kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Brewer's Market
(978) 372-6987
651 Broadway
Haverhill, MA
Brewer's Market, 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 Brewer's Market

Teddy's Lounge
(603) 895-3141
70 Main St
Raymond, NH
Teddy's Lounge - Let's call it what it is. Teddy's 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 Teddy's Lounge you should have plenty of options.

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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