Cocktail Party Planning Rapid City SD

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Rapid City. 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.

Rimrock Happy Tavern
(605) 348-9733
22929 Forest Rd
Rapid City, SD
Description
Rimrock Happy 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.

Kellys Sports Lounge
(605) 348-1213
825 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD
Description
Kellys Sports Lounge - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Kellys Sports Lounge 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.)

Clock Tower Lounge
(605) 342-8876
2525 W Main St # 101
Rapid City, SD
Description
Clock Tower Lounge - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Clock Tower Lounge, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

Shep's & Deb's Casino
(605) 787-4977
7529 N Highway 79
Black Hawk, SD
Description
Shep's & Deb's Casino - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Shep's & Deb's Casino, located at [Address], has a good crowd of regulars and a decent-looking clientele. As an added bonus, there's no cover, so this is a good place to hit without blowing your budget.

Horseshoe Bar
(605) 342-5146
1407 1/2 E North St
Rapid City, SD
Description
Horseshoe Bar - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Horseshoe Bar is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Sun Inn Lounge
(605) 343-6036
725 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD
Description
Sun Inn Lounge, located at [Address], has a smooth and chill vibe. It's not the kind of place where you'll be dancing on tables, but it's no dive bar, either. A good mix of laid-back décor and casual comfort. -Review of Sun Inn Lounge

Shotgun Willies
(605) 341-7253
2808 W Main St
Rapid City, SD
Description
Shotgun Willies - So it's midnight. You're still feeling it. You're still buzzed. Why go home? You don't have to. Shotgun Willies, located at [Address], is open well after normal closing-time, so you can keep the vibe going until it's scandalously past your bedtime.

Buck N Gator
(605) 394-5583
4095 Sturgis Rd
Rapid City, SD
Description
Buck N Gator - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Buck N Gator is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

Harley's
(605) 341-1248
640 E Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD
Description
Harley's - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Harley's, located at [Address], the party marches into the late, late hours, as they have one of the best all-night parties. Of course, this could mean some serious pain the next morning (or, more likely, the next afternoon.) Don't say we didn't warn you.

Robbinsdale Lanes
(605) 342-2935
805 E Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD
Description
Robbinsdale Lanes - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Robbinsdale Lanes offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.

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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