Cocktail Party Planning Hartford CT

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Hartford. 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.

Half Door
(860) 232-7827
270 Sisson Ave
Hartford, CT
Description
Half Door - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Half Door 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.

Club Blu
(860) 241-0332
191 Ann St
Hartford, CT
Description
Club Blu - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Club Blu, 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.

Trust Club
(860) 522-4646
115 Asylum St
Hartford, CT
Description
Trust Club - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Trust Club, at [Address], is open all night. So the odds of you getting a good night sleep are closed to zilch - we predict you stumbling home around 8am and flopping into bed, forgetting to brush your teeth. And nothing wrong with that.

Constitution Plaza Rooftop
1 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT
Description
Constitution Plaza Rooftop, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Constitution Plaza Rooftop

Room 960
(860) 522-9960
960 Main St
Hartford, CT
 
C F Club LTD
(860) 249-8287
113 Allyn St
Hartford, CT
Description
C F Club Ltd - Dress up. C F Club Ltd 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.

Spris
(860) 247-7747
10 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT
Description
Spris - The restaurant business is tough-few and far between make it. But [name] is still going strong with its generous menu and gregarious staff fueling their success.

Pigs Eye Pub
(860) 278-4747
356 Asylum St
Hartford, CT
Description
Pigs Eye Pub - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Pigs Eye Pub, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

Vado
(860) 525-7169
179 Allyn St
Hartford, CT
Description
Vado - Head to Vado for the renowned Thursday night college parties!

Los Hermanos Cafe
(860) 523-4211
1613 Park St
Hartford, CT
Description
Los Hermanos Cafe 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 Los Hermanos Cafe

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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