Cocktail Party Planning Mason City IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Mason 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.

Moose Lodge Home
(641) 423-9702
22 4th St NW
Mason City, IA
Description
Moose Lodge Home - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Moose Lodge Home? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Route 65 Sports Bar
(641) 421-1756
1401 N Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Route 65 Sports Bar - Happy hour never looked so good. Route 65 Sports Bar, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Willow Run Lounge
(641) 423-9709
2821 4th St SW
Mason City, IA
Description
Willow Run Lounge - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Willow Run Lounge 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.)

Poodle
(641) 423-9299
116 N Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Poodle - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Poodle 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.)

Sallee's
(641) 424-1310
627 S Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Sallee's - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Sallee's 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.

Homer's
(641) 423-9830
1911 S Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Homer's - If you're trying to impress your date, Homer's 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 Homer's offers.

Petes Corner Tap
(641) 423-9132
631 6th St SW
Mason City, IA
Description
Petes Corner Tap, located at [Address], is your garden variety pub. It's not going to win any raves of "Hottest. Bar. Ever.," but it's a serviceable place to relax and unwind. Just keep your expectations grounded. And there's something to be said for beers that cost less than $14 bucks. Review of Petes Corner Tap.

KOZY Korner Bar
(641) 424-7905
1402 N Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Kozy Korner Bar - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Kozy Korner Bar, 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, Kozy Korner Bar will do the trick.

Saddle Co
(641) 421-1166
516 S Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Saddle Co, located at [Address], is your garden variety pub. It's not going to win any raves of "Hottest. Bar. Ever.," but it's a serviceable place to relax and unwind. Just keep your expectations grounded. And there's something to be said for beers that cost less than $14 bucks. Review of Saddle Co.

Sidewinder
(641) 424-7912
810 S Pennsylvania Ave
Mason City, IA
Description
Sidewinder, 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 Sidewinder

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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