Cocktail Party Planning Iowa City IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Iowa City. 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.

Red Poppy
(319) 351-9145
341 E. College St.
Iowa City, IA
 
Q Bar
(319) 337-9107
211 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA
Description
Q Bar - Happy hour never looked so good. Q Bar, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Mike's Tap
(319) 351-9416
122 Wright St
Iowa City, IA
Description
Mike's Tap - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Mike's Tap? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

R T Grunts
(319) 356-6918
826 S Clinton St
Iowa City, IA
Description
R T Grunts - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. R T Grunts 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.)

Joe's Place
(319) 338-6717
115 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA
Description
Joe's Place 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 Joe's Place

Kitty Hawk
(319) 351-9819
1012 Gilbert Ct
Iowa City, IA
Description
Kitty Hawk 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 Kitty Hawk

Green Room
(319) 354-4350
509 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA
Description
Green Room - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Green Room, located at [Address], the party marches into the late, late hours, as they have one of the best all-night parties. Of course, this could mean some serious pain the next morning (or, more likely, the next afternoon.) Don't say we didn't warn you.

Sports Column
(319) 356-6902
12 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA
Description
Sports Column - If you're looking to kick back, Sports Column, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

Grizzly's South Side
(319) 337-7536
1210 Highland Ct
Iowa City, IA
Description
Grizzly's South Side - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Grizzly's South Side 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.

Deadwood
(319) 351-9417
6 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA
Description
Deadwood - If you're looking to kick back, Deadwood, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

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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