Cocktail Party Planning Minneapolis MN

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Minneapolis. 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.

Gluek's Restaurant & Bar
16 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Pyramid Cafe
(763) 574-9999
4921 Centra Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Big Marina Grill Deli (El Bustan)
(763) 571-7807
4755 Central Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN
Barney's Underground
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Barney's Underground - Far below the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Barney's Underground caters to mellow clientele who are more than happy to sit and listen to recorded progressive rock, eat, drink and sometimes dance. Go here if you're an arts-minded 20 or 30-something.

Skyway Lounge
(612) 333-2323
725 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Skyway Lounge - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Skyway Lounge, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

(612) 377-3345
2414 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Yafa Grill Hookah Club
(763) 789-9232
4110 Centra Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 333-8820
14 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN
Graffiti's - Underage dance club, open Thursday through Sunday, for those 16 and up.

Woman's Club of Minneapolis
(612) 870-0001
410 Oak Grove St
Minneapolis, MN
Woman's Club of Minneapolis - If you're looking for an old-fashioned and proper environment to enjoy some live jazz music, the Woman's Club of Minneapolis may be the place for you. Its non-traditional patrons enjoy a comfy, smoke-free environment, accented by lots of "womanly" pink.

Coffee Gallery
(612) 870-9508
2002 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Coffee Gallery - Coffee Gallery follows the hipster coffeehouse guidelines to a 'T.' Inside look for coffee (duh!), snacks, locally created art and the occasional live music act or poetry reading.

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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