Cocktail Party Planning New Orleans LA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in New Orleans. 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.

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
Gastro Pub

Orlando's Society Page
(504) 593-9941
542 N Rampart
New Orleans, LA
Orlando's Society Page - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Orlando's Society Page, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

First Stop Bar & Lounge
(504) 947-9485
1843 Pauger St
New Orleans, LA
First Stop Bar & Lounge - Let's call it what it is. First Stop Bar & Lounge, 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 First Stop Bar & Lounge you should have plenty of options.

Funky Pirate
(504) 523-1960
727 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA
Funky Pirate - 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, Funky Pirate kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Palm Court Jazz Cafe
(504) 525-0200
1204 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA
Palm Court Jazz Cafe - This jazz bar and restaurant caters to the dixieland jazz crowd. The food here is good and the prices are reasonable.

Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA
Burgundy Street Outback
(504) 525-9793
1000 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA
Burgundy Street Outback - Happy hour never looked so good. Burgundy Street Outback, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

(504) 522-9715
1201 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA
Cosimo's - Plush seating and good music gives Cosimo's a good name. The place usually gets filled up by midnight so come early if you want to designate an area for you and your friends.

Autocrat Social & Pleasure
(504) 945-9642
1725 Saint Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA
Autocrat Social & Pleasure - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Autocrat Social & Pleasure, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

Clock Bar, The
(504) 586-0800
800 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA
Clock Bar, The - The Clock Bar is located in the Chateau Sonesta Hotel. Stop by here for a relaxing atmosphere, cocktails, and sports on TV.

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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