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.

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.

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.

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.

Smokin Joes
(605) 394-7716
4302 S Highway 79
Rapid City, SD
Description
Smokin Joes - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Smokin Joes fits right in the middle of the bell curve - a place to hit with your buddies on the way to your ultimate destination. Not the ideal spot for fabulous, drunken debauchery, but it's a good as place as any to pre-drink.

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.

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.)

St Joe Pub
(605) 716-7225
710 Saint Joseph St
Rapid City, SD
Description
St Joe Pub - Happy hour never looked so good. St Joe Pub, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Wharehouse Sports Bar & Casino
(605) 348-5770
200 E Main St
Rapid City, SD
Description
Wharehouse Sports Bar & Casino, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Wharehouse Sports Bar & Casino

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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