Cocktail Party Planning South Portland ME

Local resource for cocktail party planning in South Portland. 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.

The Purple Caterpillar
10 Exchange Street
Portland, ME
 
Asylum
(207) 772-8274
121 Center St
Portland, ME
Description
Asylum - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Asylum, 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.

Clyde's Pub
(207) 799-4135
173 Ocean St
South Portland, ME
Description
Clyde's Pub - If you're trying to impress your date, Clyde's 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 Clyde's Pub offers.

Silver House Tavern
(207) 772-9885
340 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Silver House 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.

Ruski's Tavern
(207) 774-7604
212 Danforth St
Portland, ME
Description
Ruski's Tavern - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Ruski's Tavern 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.)

Players
(207) 773-3366
383 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Players - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Players, looking nice will help. The crowd is attractive and the bartenders even more so. If you're looking for a nice spot to hang with friends and meet new (attractive) people, Players will do the trick.

Doug Cole
(207) 773-1570
434 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Doug Cole - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Doug Cole, looking nice will help. The crowd is attractive and the bartenders even more so. If you're looking for a nice spot to hang with friends and meet new (attractive) people, Doug Cole will do the trick.

Blackstone's
(207) 775-2885
6 Pine St
Portland, ME
Description
Blackstone's - They could have easily filmed a scene from "Sex in the City" here. With its posh décor and sexy, dimly-lit interior, Blackstone's makes for a killer date spot. Located at [Address], it's a little classier than the pub down the corner.

Mercury Bar
(207) 879-4007
416 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Mercury Bar - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Mercury Bar, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Industry
(207) 879-0865
50 Wharf St
Portland, ME
Description
Industry - Dress up. Industry isn't necessarily "formal," per se, but it's sexy and sleek; this is the kind of place where if you're dressed like a tool, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. (Probably more than a sore thumb, actually-those don't really stand out when you think about it). The point is: it's a solid place. Bring your A-game.

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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