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.

Studio 32
(515) 573-7428
710 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Studio 32 - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Studio 32 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.

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.

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.)

Community Tavern
(515) 955-3132
2026 5th Ave S
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Community Tavern - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Community Tavern is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

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.

Bill's Fireside Lounge
(515) 573-5501
16 N 11th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Bill's Fireside Lounge - Let's call it what it is. Bill's Fireside 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's Fireside Lounge you should have plenty of options.

Brass Monkey Lounge
(515) 573-8771
15 N 10th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
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.

Roman Inn
(515) 576-2811
723 S 31st St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Roman Inn - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Roman Inn offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.

Cricket's
(515) 576-4692
509 1st Ave N
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
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.

Ridgewood Lanes
(515) 576-7214
326 S 25th St
Fort Dodge, IA
Description
Ridgewood Lanes - Plush seating and good music gives Ridgewood Lanes 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.

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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