Cocktail Party Planning Lake Charles LA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Lake Charles. 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.

Val's
(337) 562-9731
3008 Kirkman St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Val's - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Val's, 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.

Y2k's Lounge
(337) 436-5200
2212 Broad St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Y2k's Lounge - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Y2k's Lounge offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.

Martinis
(337) 494-1454
2116 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Martinis - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Martinis, 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.

Club What's Next
(337) 436-6001
2504 Mill St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Club What's Next - 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, Club What's Next kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Rikenjaks Brewing Co
(337) 433-1514
333 Broad St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Rikenjaks Brewing Co - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Rikenjaks Brewing Co? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Crystal's
(337) 433-5457
112 W Broad St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Crystal's - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Crystal's, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

Bottle Shop
(337) 479-2349
1028 E Prien Lake Rd
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Bottle Shop - Let's call it what it is. Bottle Shop, 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 Bottle Shop you should have plenty of options.

Lamplighter Lounge
(337) 436-8987
1906 N Martin Luther King Hwy
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Lamplighter Lounge, 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 Lamplighter Lounge

Mansion
(337) 433-8661
2336 Broad St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Mansion - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Mansion, 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.

Guys & Dolls
(337) 433-1586
2609 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA
Description
Guys & Dolls - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Guys & Dolls, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

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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