Cocktail Party Planning Portland ME

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Portland. 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 Purple Caterpillar
10 Exchange Street
Portland, ME
 
Popeye's Ice House
(207) 772-9469
231 York St
Portland, ME
Description
Popeye's Ice House - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Popeye's Ice House 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.)

Oasis
(207) 756-8787
42 Wharf St
Portland, ME
Description
Oasis - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Oasis, 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.

Somewhere
(207) 871-9169
117 Spring St
Portland, ME
Description
Somewhere - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Somewhere, 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.

Commercial Street Pub
(207) 772-9414
129 Commercial St
Portland, ME
Description
Commercial Street Pub - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Commercial Street Pub is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Sangillo's
(207) 879-2810
18 Hampshire St
Portland, ME
Description
Sangillo's - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Sangillo's, 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, Sangillo's will do the trick.

Shipyard Brewery
(207) 761-0807
75 Newbury St
Portland, ME
Description
Shipyard Brewery - Beer, liquor and all other booze-it all ends up in the same place. If you're looking for a decent fueling station with moderate prices, [name] is right on the money.

Players
(207) 773-3366
383 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Players - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Players, 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, Players will do the trick.

Matthew's
(207) 253-1812
133 Free St
Portland, ME
Description
Matthew's - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Matthew's, 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.

Rosie's
(207) 772-5656
330 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Rosie's, 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 Rosie's.

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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