Cocktail Party Planning Hastings NE

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Hastings. 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.

Second Street Slammer
(402) 463-9220
2315 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
Description
Second Street Slammer - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Second Street Slammer is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

Little Jake's Dancin' Country
(402) 463-9004
1104 W J St
Hastings, NE
Description
Little Jake's Dancin' Country, 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 Little Jake's Dancin' Country

Pit Stop
(402) 463-9028
623 W 1st St
Hastings, NE
Description
Pit Stop - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Pit Stop? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

P J's
(402) 463-9066
117 N Lincoln Ave
Hastings, NE
Description
P J's - Here's the problem with most bars: the vibe sometimes dies around 1am. Luckily for you, when most bars are sweeping up the floors and closing shop, P J's kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Blue Hill Tavern
(402) 756-2600
521 W Gage St
Blue Hill, NE
Description
Blue Hill Tavern - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

Olive Saloon
(402) 463-9181
423 W 3rd St
Hastings, NE
Description
Olive Saloon - Happy hour never looked so good. Olive Saloon, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Brass Ring
(402) 463-8388
2205 Osborne Dr E
Hastings, NE
Description
Brass Ring - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Brass Ring 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.)

Illusions
(402) 462-2695
1400 W 18th St
Hastings, NE
Description
Illusions, 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 Illusions

Reno Bar
(402) 463-9133
414 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
Description
Reno Bar - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Reno Bar 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.

Fuzzy's Place
(402) 762-3100
105 N Alexander Ave
Clay Center, NE
Description
Fuzzy's Place - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Fuzzy's Place 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.

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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