Cocktail Party Planning Saint Cloud MN

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Saint Cloud. 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.

Press Bar & Parlor
(320) 251-5911
502 W Saint Germain St
Saint Cloud, MN
Press Bar & Parlor - So you want to get a table? Be prepared to shell out some cash. Press Bar & Parlor caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you're ready to roll.

Landmark Tavern Inc
(320) 252-5115
801 W Saint Germain St
Saint Cloud, MN
Landmark Tavern Inc - 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.

Red Carpet Nightclub
(320) 251-4047
11 5th Ave S
Saint Cloud, MN
Red Carpet Nightclub - Think of Red Carpet Nightclub 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.

Upper Deck Sports
(320) 252-4366
38440 55th Ave
Sartell, MN
Upper Deck Sports, 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 Upper Deck Sports

Sugar Daddys
(320) 529-9100
500 66th St NW
Sauk Rapids, MN
Sugar Daddys - Guys, this one's for you. Sugar Daddys, located at [Address], has a steady stream of hot, Victoria's-Secret-looking dancers. Perfect for a bachelor party or a "boy's night out." Our advice? Go easy with the digital camera. After all, some of those pics are harder to explain to the bride...

Hayloft Bar & Grill
(320) 251-9641
22779 State Highway 15
Saint Cloud, MN
Hayloft Bar & Grill - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Hayloft Bar & Grill, 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.

(320) 259-6284
823 W Saint Germain St
Saint Cloud, MN
Book-Ems - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Book-Ems 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.)

Club Almar
(320) 252-3571
24617 County Road 7
Saint Cloud, MN
Club Almar - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Club Almar, 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.

Bubba's Bar & Grill
(320) 252-0451
736 S Benton Dr
Sauk Rapids, MN
Bubba's Bar & Grill is the type of place you start off your night. The drinks are cheap and strong but the crowd isn't the type to get the party started. Grab a quick drink here and then head out to the real party. -Review of Bubba's Bar & Grill

Benton Station Inc
(320) 252-2410
303 N Benton Dr
Sauk Rapids, MN
Benton Station Inc - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Benton Station Inc, 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.

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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