Cocktail Party Planning Framingham MA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Framingham. 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.

(617) 242-6009
83 Main St.
Charlestown, MA
Stage One
(508) 872-8189
85 Hollis St
Framingham, MA
Stage One - Dress up. Stage One 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.

Corner Pub
(508) 881-8383
1 W Union St
Ashland, MA
Corner Pub - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Corner Pub? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Prospector East Saloon
(508) 485-9072
520 Lincoln St
Marlborough, MA
Prospector East Saloon - Let's call it what it is. Prospector East Saloon, 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 Prospector East Saloon you should have plenty of options.

Victory Lane
(508) 376-2595
32 Exchange St
Millis, MA
Victory Lane - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Victory Lane, 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.

Mugs-Away Pub
(508) 879-1579
666 Waverly St
Framingham, MA
Mugs-Away Pub, 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 Mugs-Away Pub.

Burnam's Supper House Lounge
(508) 881-9892
366 Pleasant St
Ashland, MA
Burnam's Supper House Lounge - Plush seating and good music gives Burnam's Supper House Lounge 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.

Non Pub Mandelbaum Jack & Brnc
(508) 875-1170
95 Pine Hill Rd
Southborough, MA
Non Pub Mandelbaum Jack & Brnc - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Non Pub Mandelbaum Jack & Brnc, 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, Non Pub Mandelbaum Jack & Brnc will do the trick.

Sherwood Forest Brewers LTD
(508) 303-0605
175 Maple St
Marlborough, MA
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd - Happy hour never looked so good. Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Sherwood Forest Brewers LTD
(508) 393-9128
3 Meadow Rd
Northborough, MA
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd, 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, Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd will do the trick.

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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