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.

Captain Hooks
(515) 576-7711
7 S 11th St
Fort Dodge, IA
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.

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

Dusty's Corral
(515) 576-3035
7 S 11th St # 4
Fort Dodge, IA
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

Top Hat Lounge
(515) 955-1910
15 S 8th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Top Hat Lounge - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Top Hat Lounge, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

Dodger Tap
(515) 955-8281
22 N 12th St
Fort Dodge, IA
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.)

My Place
(515) 573-4648
1105 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
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.

Lazy Ike's Lounge
(515) 955-1791
300 S 4th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Lazy Ike's Lounge - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Lazy Ike's 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.

(515) 576-4692
509 1st Ave N
Fort Dodge, IA
Cricket's - They could have easily filmed a scene from "Sex in the City" here. With its posh décor and sexy, dimly-lit interior, Cricket's makes for a killer date spot. Located at [Address], it's a little classier than the pub down the corner.

After Dark
(515) 573-3313
509 1st Ave S
Fort Dodge, IA
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.

Brass Monkey Lounge
(515) 573-8771
15 N 10th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Brass Monkey Lounge - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Brass Monkey Lounge 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.

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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