Cocktail Party Planning Kirkland WA
4209 University Way NE
Zaina Food Drinks Friends
108 Cherry St.
Smokie Jo's Tavern
106 Kirkland Ave
Smokie Jo's Tavern - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Smokie Jo's Tavern is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Smokie Jo's Tavern is more than able to oblige.
52 Lake Shore Plaza
Shark Club - The Shark serves a variety of middle of the road foods (pizzas, burgers and sandwiches) to a crowd of mostly middle of the road beer buddies. Not the most adventurous venue, although they are trying to book better live musical acts.
Kirkland Roaster & Alehouse
1111 Central Way
Kirkland Roaster & Alehouse - One of the first brew pubs on the Eastside, the Kirkland Roaster and Alehouse is all about the micro brews. With 20 available, this ale house tends to attract an older crowd and can be very busy when the weather is good. The "roaster" is a spit on which the various meats that make up most of the menu are roasted.
1122 E Madison
113 Blanchard Street
Time Out Sports Bar
218 Central Way
Time Out Sports Bar - 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.
12859 NE 85th St
Pub 85 - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Pub 85, 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, Pub 85 will do the trick.
124 Kirkland Ave
Central Tavern - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Central Tavern 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.
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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