Cocktail Party Planning Lincoln NE

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Lincoln. 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.

Rumrunners
(402) 474-5148
2323 T St # 24
Lincoln, NE
Description
Rumrunners - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Rumrunners, 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, Rumrunners will do the trick.

Night Before
(402) 475-4107
1035 M St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Night Before - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Night Before is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

Knickerbockers Bar & Grill
(402) 476-6865
901 O St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Knickerbockers Bar & Grill - If you're trying to impress your date, Knickerbockers Bar & Grill is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials Knickerbockers Bar & Grill offers.

Lodge Tavern
(402) 435-9127
2135 O St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Lodge 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.

Jack's Bar & Grill
(402) 438-6288
100 N 8th St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Jack's Bar & Grill - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Jack's Bar & Grill 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.

Poor Mac's
(402) 474-9395
104 N 20th St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Poor Mac's - Known for its simple décor and good drinks, Poor Mac's is located at [Address]. Just make sure you dress up a little, as it's not quite the frat bar you're used to from college.

Neighbors Lounge
(402) 489-9060
7010 O St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Neighbors Lounge - They could have easily filmed a scene from "Sex in the City" here. With its posh décor and sexy, dimly-lit interior, Neighbors Lounge makes for a killer date spot. Located at [Address], it's a little classier than the pub down the corner.

Harry's Wonder Bar
(402) 474-7309
1621 O St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Harry's Wonder Bar - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Harry's Wonder Bar is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Bodega's Alley
(402) 477-9550
1418 O St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Bodega's Alley - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Bodega's Alley is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

Barrymore's
(402) 476-6494
134 N 13th St
Lincoln, NE
Description
Barrymore's - Let's call it what it is. Barrymore's, 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 Barrymore's you should have plenty of options.

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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