Cocktail Party Planning Winona MN

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Winona. 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.

Handy Corner
(507) 454-6561
700 E 5th St
Winona, MN
Handy Corner - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Handy Corner will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Gabby's Bar & Lounge
(507) 452-9236
179 E 3rd St
Winona, MN
Gabby's Bar & Lounge - Happy hour never looked so good. Gabby's Bar & Lounge, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

(507) 452-7673
129 W 3rd St
Winona, MN
Brothers - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Brothers 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.

Poots Tavern
(507) 452-9952
579 E Wabasha St
Winona, MN
Poots 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.

C G's Sports Lounge
(507) 454-4390
956 Mankato Ave
Winona, MN
C G's Sports Lounge - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? C G's Sports Lounge is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, C G's Sports Lounge is more than able to oblige.

(507) 454-0128
4054 W 6th St
Winona, MN
Bar - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Bar 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.

Steve's Bar
(507) 454-4380
501 W 4th St
Winona, MN
Steve's Bar - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Steve's Bar, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Swede's Bar
(507) 474-0600
252 E 3rd St
Winona, MN
Swede's Bar - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Swede's Bar 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.)

Bergie's Bar & Grill Inc
(507) 452-5949
RR 1 Box 113
Winona, MN
Bergie's Bar & Grill Inc 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 Bergie's Bar & Grill Inc

Hei-N-Low Bar
(507) 452-0502
529 E Wabasha St
Winona, MN
Hei-N-Low Bar - If you're looking to kick back, Hei-N-Low Bar, 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.

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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