Cocktail Party Planning West Springfield MA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in West Springfield. 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.

Breaker's Billiards & Brews
(413) 736-6834
1270 Memorial Ave
West Springfield, MA
Description
Breaker's Billiards & Brews - Here's the problem with most bars: the vibe sometimes dies around 1am. Luckily for you, when most bars are sweeping up the floors and closing shop, Breaker's Billiards & Brews kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Geraldine's Lounge
(413) 736-3786
1519 Elm St
West Springfield, MA
Description
Geraldine's Lounge - If rockin out is your thing and you don't much care for tap beer, then Geraldine's is your place. They feature cover bands all weekend, with metal on Sunday, Rock on Saturday, Latin music on Friday and hip hop on Thursday. So bring an few bucks for beers and boogie down.

City Line Cafe
(413) 788-4843
9 Rimmon Ave
Springfield, MA
Description
City Line Cafe - Need a place for a first date? City Line Cafe, located at [Address], might do the trick. The ambiance is comfortable and a little sexy, so you should be setting the right mood. Either way, the food ain't bad.

Scoreboard Bar & Restaurant
(413) 786-0470
15 King St
Agawam, MA
Description
Scoreboard Bar & Restaurant - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Scoreboard Bar & Restaurant 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.)

Pour House
(413) 732-7934
280 Worthington St
Springfield, MA
 
Mingle's Lounge
(413) 747-9939
1547 Riverdale St
West Springfield, MA
Description
Mingle's Lounge - George Carlin used to say that all singles bars end in "s." He didn't figure on Mingles, which is a huge karaoke bar, but intriguingly is right next to a motel. So if you do hook up, there's somewhere to go.

Hoops Sport Bar & Grille
(413) 781-8750
1080 Riverdale St
West Springfield, MA
Description
Hoops Sport Bar & Grille - It's a toss-up: hit up TGIFridays and get the same ol' safe selection, or try Hoops Sport Bar & Grille and take a chance. It's your call. Though neither party could win in a battle royale de cuisine, neither is disappointing by any margin.

Cabot Street Pub
(413) 594-8336
66 Cabot St
Chicopee, MA
Description
Cabot Street Pub - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Cabot Street Pub, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Mars Nightclub
(413) 746-8282
350 Worthington St
Springfield, MA
Description
Mars Nightclub - It has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks. Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have cheap drinks, but Mars Nightclub is still a solid lounge. Not really a dance club, per se, but perfect more a more upscale option.

Amf Airway Lanes
(413) 733-7865
1387 Liberty St
Springfield, MA
Description
Amf Airway Lanes, 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 Amf Airway Lanes

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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