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

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.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
(504) 523-0066
941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - This former real-life blacksmith shop (and said slave-trading house) is now the supreme place to wind down an exuberant night of New Orleans bar hopping. Come here for the rich history, cozy atmosphere and last-chance to find a "friend" for the evening.

Seventh Circle
(504) 523-6588
820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA
Seventh Circle - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Seventh Circle, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

(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.

Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA
Bertha's Place
(504) 593-9777
1507 Basin St
New Orleans, LA
Bertha's Place - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Bertha's Place, 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.

(504) 561-8340
819 Saint Louis St
New Orleans, LA
Roundup - Let's call it what it is. Roundup, 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 Roundup you should have plenty of options.

Molly's at the Market
(504) 525-5169
1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA
Molly's at the Market - Molly's is one place that has managed to take Bennigan's-style pack rat decor and turn it into something memorable. Amidst walls covered with license plates, street signs, flags, trophies and tiki dolls, patrons can grab a table in the patio space to talk and drink the day and night away. Tourists come here during the day, and at night, local media types and New Orleans hipsters begin to filter in.

Preservation Hall Night
(504) 522-2841
726 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall Night - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Preservation Hall Night, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

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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