Cocktail Party Planning Waterloo IA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Waterloo. 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.

Jim's Place
(319) 232-3044
1408 Commercial St
Waterloo, IA
Description
Jim's Place - Happy hour never looked so good. Jim's Place, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Legends Sports Bar & Grill
(319) 235-0616
2122 Kimball Ave
Waterloo, IA
Description
Legends Sports Bar & Grill, 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 Legends Sports Bar & Grill.

Buzz's Bar
(319) 234-9100
1340 Hammond Ave
Waterloo, IA
Description
Buzz's Bar - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

Mustang Bar
(319) 234-4180
1927 Jefferson St
Waterloo, IA
Description
Mustang Bar - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Mustang Bar, 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, Mustang Bar will do the trick.

Randy 's Tap
(319) 232-0305
307 W 4th St
Waterloo, IA
Description
Randy 'S Tap - If you're looking to kick back, Randy 'S Tap, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

Joan's 9er
(319) 234-9169
929 W 5th St
Waterloo, IA
Description
Joan's 9Er 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 Joan's 9Er

Paulies Place
(319) 236-6135
814 Laporte Rd
Waterloo, IA
Description
Paulies Place - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Paulies Place is the place you'd likely go to to watch that big game but you'll probably have so much fun, you'll stick around longer.

Locker Room Lounge
(319) 234-9270
1918 Hawthorne Ave
Waterloo, IA
Description
Locker Room Lounge - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Locker Room Lounge is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Babe's Tavern
(319) 234-9159
210 Division St
Waterloo, IA
Description
Babe's Tavern - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Babe's Tavern, 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.

Chasers Pub
(319) 236-7770
3005 University Ave
Waterloo, IA
Description
Chasers Pub 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 Chasers Pub

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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