Cocktail Party Planning Meridian MS

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Meridian. 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.

Pops Bar & Grill
(601) 681-6817
Highway 39
Meridian, MS
Pops Bar & Grill - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Pops Bar & Grill? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Holliday's Place
(601) 482-0071
1819 9th Ave
Meridian, MS
Holliday's Place - 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, Holliday's Place kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

F & J Sports Bar & Billiards
(601) 485-8000
2404 5th St
Meridian, MS
F & J Sports Bar & Billiards - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to F & J Sports Bar & Billiards, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Ducks Hide Away Lounge
(601) 644-9784
5161 Shiloh Vimville Rd
Meridian, MS
Ducks Hide Away Lounge - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Ducks Hide Away Lounge, 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.

Howard Johnson
(601) 483-8281
110 Highway 11 And 80
Meridian, MS
Howard Johnson - Dress up. Howard Johnson isn't necessarily "formal," per se, but it's sexy and sleek; this is the kind of place where if you're dressed like a tool, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. (Probably more than a sore thumb, actually-those don't really stand out when you think about it). The point is: it's a solid place. Bring your A-game.

Dollar Bill's
(601) 693-5300
103 20th Ave S
Meridian, MS
Dollar Bill's - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Dollar Bill's, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

Gossett Chic's
(601) 693-2442
2306 4th St
Meridian, MS
Gossett Chic's - Let's call it what it is. Gossett Chic'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 Gossett Chic's you should have plenty of options.

Friendly Tavern
(601) 482-8517
252 23rd St
Meridian, MS
Friendly Tavern - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Friendly Tavern is the place you'd likely go to to watch that big game but you'll probably have so much fun, you'll stick around longer.

Edna's Lounge
(601) 485-6505
2311 10th Ave
Meridian, MS
Edna's Lounge - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Edna's Lounge, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

Q C Disco
(601) 484-4111
125 Russell Dr
Meridian, MS
Q C Disco - Think of Q C Disco as a guaranteed hangover. And we mean that in the best possible way. Located at [Address], it's open all night, so it's a pretty good bet that you're going to be feeling it the next morning. Enjoy the late-night debauchery, but drink lots of water and pop some Advil.

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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