Cocktail Party Planning Santa Fe NM

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Santa Fe. 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.

Rooney's Tavern
(505) 984-9112
402 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Rooney's Tavern - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Rooney's Tavern 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.

Swig
(505) 955-0400
135 W Palace, Level 3
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Swig - If you are from one of the coasts, or want to act like you are from one of the coasts, Swig is the best Santa Fe replication of an big city lounge. Unfortunately, that also includes coastal prices ($$$!). The current "in" place in Santa Fe featues pool tables, 4 color themed rooms, astro-turf-covered bathrooms, an Asian-themed menu, and good DJs--but, alas, no dance floor!

Garrett's Desert Inn
(505) 982-1851
311 Old Santa Fe Trl
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Garrett's Desert Inn - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Garrett's Desert Inn? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Second Chance Saloon Inc
(505) 984-0600
110 Don Gaspar Ave
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Second Chance Saloon Inc - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Second Chance Saloon Inc, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Cowgirl Hall of Fame
(505) 982-2565
319 S Guadelupe St
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Cowgirl Hall of Fame - Locals and tourists alike congregate at this cowgirl-themed watering hole for southwestern food and a variety of indoor and outdoor live music. Locals enjoy the friendly service all year round. This cozy spot keeps patrons through the winter by its barside fireplace.

Lobby Lounge
(505) 988-5531
211 Old Santa Fe Trl
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Lobby 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 Lobby Lounge

Evangelos Inc
(505) 982-9014
200 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Evangelos Inc - If you're planning on wearing sneakers, hoodies or any other casual apparel, you should probably go to another lounge. Evangelos Inc, located at [Address] prides itself on being selective at the door. So if you don't look good, you probably aren't getting in.

Paramount Night Club / Bar B
(505) 982-8999
331 Sandoval St
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Paramount Night Club / Bar B - This versatile spot is the premier dance club in Santa Fe. The club hosts themed nights and DJs. It also serves a short menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and salads which you can have delivered to your home. (Not bad for a trendy nightspot.) Adjoining is the alternative lifestyle-friendly Bar B decked out in swanky red velvet and offering some more bohemian pleasures like poetry reading and live jazz.

Dragon Room Bar
(505) 984-0691
406 Old Santa Fe Trl
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Dragon Room Bar - Adjoining the well-known Pink Adobe Restaurant, the Dragon Room also has a small menu of its own. The bar is often loud and crowded, but it is a place to "see and be seen" and some locals argue that no spot better captures the soul of Santa Fe.

Rodeo Nites
(505) 473-4138
2911 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM
Description
Rodeo Nites - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Rodeo Nites, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

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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