Cocktail Party Planning Fort Dodge IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Fort Dodge. 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.

Dusty's Corral
(515) 576-3035
7 S 11th St # 4
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Dusty's Corral, located at [Address], has a smooth and chill vibe. It's not the kind of place where you'll be dancing on tables, but it's no dive bar, either. A good mix of laid-back décor and casual comfort. -Review of Dusty's Corral

Captain Hooks
(515) 576-7711
7 S 11th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Captain Hooks - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Captain Hooks? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

After Dark
(515) 573-3313
509 1st Ave S
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
After Dark - If you're trying to impress your date, After Dark 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 After Dark offers.

Lomita's Night Club
(515) 955-2108
1104 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Lomita's Night Club - Dress up. Lomita's Night Club 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.

My Place
(515) 573-4648
1105 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
My Place - Now you have your cake and eat it too. My Place, 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.

Dodger Tap
(515) 955-8281
22 N 12th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Dodger Tap - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Dodger Tap is nowhere near the pages of Us Weekly or TMZ, but hey, beer is beer, whiskey is whiskey. A friendly neighborhood bar where you can pretty much wear whatever the hell you want. (But leave the cargo-shorts at home.)

West Side Tavern
(515) 955-8556
202 G St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
West Side Tavern - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into West Side 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, West Side Tavern will do the trick.

Big Red's
(515) 955-3979
25 S 9th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Big Red's - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Big Red's is nowhere near the pages of Us Weekly or TMZ, but hey, beer is beer, whiskey is whiskey. A friendly neighborhood bar where you can pretty much wear whatever the hell you want. (But leave the cargo-shorts at home.)

Chesterfield Tavern
(515) 576-3062
1241 S 22nd St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Chesterfield Tavern - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Chesterfield 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.

Bill & Libby's Cocktail Lounge
(515) 955-3336
14 S 11th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Bill & Libby's Cocktail Lounge - Let's call it what it is. Bill & Libby's Cocktail 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 Bill & Libby's Cocktail 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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