Cocktail Party Planning State College PA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in State College. 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.

Autoport, The
(814) 238-2333
1405 S Atherton St
State College, PA
Autoport, The, 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 Autoport, The

Hi-Way Pizza North
(814) 237-0375
1688 N Atherton St
State College, PA
Hi-Way Pizza North - Sitting at [Address], Hi-Way Pizza North is fine eatery for the price. Small, with excellent service, equally excellent food, and a great atmosphere, there's an attractive crowd and just the right vibe. Call ahead to see if you need to make reservations.

(814) 231-8550
1215 N Atherton St
State College, PA
Chi-Chi's - Mexican restaurant with well-known margaritas.

Player's Night Club
(814) 234-1031
112 W College Ave
State College, PA
Player's Night Club, located at [Address], is your garden variety pub. It's not going to win any raves of "Hottest. Bar. Ever.," but it's a serviceable place to relax and unwind. Just keep your expectations grounded. And there's something to be said for beers that cost less than $14 bucks. Review of Player's Night Club.

Damon's Sports Bar
(814) 237-6300
1031 E College Ave
State College, PA
Damon's Sports Bar - Local branch of a chain of sports bars. Damon's has a mix of games, TVs to watch the sports events, and a menu with typical sports bar fare.

Ziggy's Lounge
(814) 231-4590
129 S Pugh St
State College, PA
Ziggy's Lounge - Open just Friday and Saturday, and offers DJ's until 2 a.m.

Faccia Luna
(814) 234-9000
1229 S Atherton St
State College, PA
Faccia Luna - Very good and pretty authentic Italian pizzas with interesting toppings. They also provide a long list of microbrews, wines and imported beers. Faccia Luna is starting to expand out towards the D.C. area, so you can stop by down there as well.

(814) 237-0426
240 E College Ave
State College, PA
Crowbar - This venue hosts all the big acts that come to State College, as well as regional and local groups. It has four different levels, closes only on Sunday, and serves some nice drinks too.

Thirsty's Bottle Shop
444 E College Ave
State College, PA
Thirsty's Bottle Shop - Only three beers, but they're extremely cheap: from a buck to 50 cents. There's not much space because this is primarily a shop, not a bar, but there are some games, popcorn, and a nice scene. The drawback to the price is the heavy crowds, especially frat boys, who clamor for the cheap beer.

Shandygaff Saloon
(814) 237-9973
212 E College Ave
State College, PA
Shandygaff Saloon - Club with a pretty simple mix of beers and food, although it does have some original drinks and live music on weekends.

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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