Cocktail Party Planning Rockford IL

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Rockford. 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.

Shooter's Bar & Grill
(815) 399-0683
4007 E State St
Rockford, IL
Description
Shooter's Bar & Grill - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Shooter's Bar & Grill will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Cub's Tap
(815) 968-4870
1103 Broadway
Rockford, IL
Description
Cub's Tap, 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 Cub's Tap

Brickhouse Lounge
(815) 968-6180
517 15th Ave
Rockford, IL
Description
Brickhouse Lounge - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Brickhouse Lounge offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.

Stadium Lounge
(815) 962-7354
160 15th Ave
Rockford, IL
Description
Stadium Lounge - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Stadium Lounge, located at [Address], might just do the trick. Pretty barebones and without fanfare, but the prices are reasonable and there's no hassle at the door.

Der Rathskeller
(815) 963-2922
1132 Auburn St
Rockford, IL
Description
Der Rathskeller - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Der Rathskeller will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Lamont's Restaurant & Lounge
(815) 961-9771
403 15th Ave
Rockford, IL
Description
Lamont's Restaurant & Lounge - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Lamont's Restaurant & Lounge 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.

Office
(815) 965-0344
513 E State St
Rockford, IL
Description
Office - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Office? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Stoops
(815) 965-2685
1312 7th
Rockford, IL
Description
Stoops - If you're trying to impress your date, Stoops is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials Stoops offers.

Mary's Place
(815) 962-7944
602 N Madison St
Rockford, IL
Description
Mary's Place - Happy hour never looked so good. Mary's Place, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Hard Hat Grill & Pub
(815) 654-9100
5825 E Riverside Blvd
Rockford, IL
Description
Hard Hat Grill & Pub - If you're trying to impress your date, Hard Hat Grill & Pub is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials Hard Hat Grill & Pub offers.

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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