Cocktail Party Planning Essex Junction VT

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Essex Junction. 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.

Park Place Tavern Inc
(802) 878-3015
38 Park St
Essex Junction, VT
Description
Park Place Tavern Inc 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 Park Place Tavern Inc

Monkey Bar
(802) 655-4563
30 Main St
Winooski, VT
Description
Monkey Bar - Dress up. Monkey Bar isn't necessarily "formal," per se, but it's sexy and sleek; this is the kind of place where if you're dressed like a tool, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. (Probably more than a sore thumb, actually-those don't really stand out when you think about it). The point is: it's a solid place. Bring your A-game.

Track Side Tavern
(802) 655-9542
18 Malletts Bay Ave
Winooski, VT
Description
Track Side Tavern - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Track Side Tavern will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Magic Hat Brewing Co
(802) 658-2739
5 Bartlett Bay Rd
South Burlington, VT
Description
Magic Hat Brewing Co, 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 Magic Hat Brewing Co.

Sh-Na-Na's
(802) 865-2596
101 Main St
Burlington, VT
Description
Sh-Na-Na's - So you want to get a table? Be prepared to shell out some cash. Sh-Na-Na's caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you're ready to roll.

Murray's Tavern
(802) 878-4901
4 Lincoln Pl
Essex Junction, VT
Description
Murray's Tavern - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Murray's Tavern 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.

Higher Ground
(802) 654-8888
1 Main St
Winooski, VT
Description
Higher Ground - 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, Higher Ground kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Green Man Tavern
(802) 655-9729
36 Main St
Winooski, VT
Description
Green Man Tavern - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Green Man Tavern is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Waiting Room
(802) 862-3455
156 Saint Paul St
Burlington, VT
Description
Waiting Room - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Waiting Room, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

Akes' Place
(802) 864-8111
134 Church St
Burlington, VT
Description
Akes' Place - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Akes' Place, 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.

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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