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
 
Underground
(207) 773-3315
3 Spring St
Portland, ME
Description
Underground - Think of Underground 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.

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.

Iguana Lounge
(207) 871-5886
52 Wharf St
Portland, ME
Description
Iguana Lounge - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

Pavilion
(207) 773-6422
188 Middle St
Portland, ME
Description
Pavilion - So you want to get a table? Be prepared to shell out some cash. Pavilion caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you're ready to roll.

Ruski's Tavern
(207) 774-7604
212 Danforth St
Portland, ME
Description
Ruski's Tavern - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Ruski's Tavern 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.)

Paul & Val's Firehouse Tavern
(207) 772-0124
929 Congress St
Portland, ME
Description
Paul & Val's Firehouse Tavern - If you're looking to kick back, Paul & Val's Firehouse Tavern, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

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.

Silver House Tavern
(207) 772-9885
340 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Silver House Tavern - 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.

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.

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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