Party Planning Brainerd MN

Local resource for party planning in Brainerd. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to party planners, caterers, wine and spirits and liquor stores, as well as advice on themed parties and mixed drinks.

Ironrail Saloon
(218) 829-0513
707 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN
Ironrail Saloon - 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.

Old Waterfall & Brainerd
(218) 828-4487
18512 Highway 371 N
Brainerd, MN
Old Waterfall & Brainerd - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Old Waterfall & Brainerd? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Green Lantern
(218) 764-2323
13184 County Road 8
Brainerd, MN
Green Lantern - Dress up. Green Lantern 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.

Oak Lawn Tavern
(218) 829-7656
15483 State Highway 18
Brainerd, MN
Oak Lawn Tavern - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Oak Lawn Tavern, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Bird's Nest
(320) 692-4660
16750 Highway 18
Brainerd, MN
Bird's Nest - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Bird's Nest 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.

Shep's On 6th
(218) 829-4835
315 S 6th St
Brainerd, MN
Shep's On 6Th - 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.

Pit Stop Bar
(218) 829-9922
723 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN
Pit Stop Bar - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Pit Stop Bar is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

John's Tavern
(218) 829-5249
1107 Oak St
Brainerd, MN
John's Tavern - Happy hour never looked so good. John's Tavern, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Twisted Roses
(218) 829-9867
305 S 7th St
Brainerd, MN
Twisted Roses - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Twisted Roses 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.

Blue Ox Bar
(218) 828-1862
608 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN
Blue Ox Bar - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Blue Ox 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.

Ideas for a New Years Party

By Russ Cobbe

If you are planning to host a New Years Eve party this year you might be looking for some help to make it extra special or at the very least more unique. A big part of most New Years Eve party's is various alcoholic drinks. Instead of just providing (or having guests bring their own) the regular beer, wine, rum, vodka and rye, why not create a theme around the drinks available.

There are various cocktails and shooters that have New Years names. A quick visit to shows about 20 different recipes around the New Years Eve party. One idea is to setup a table with the various ingredients for the drinks with small recipe cards and the appropriate glasses so everyone can be their own bartender. Trying something new and breaking old habits is part of the long-standing tradition of New Years. Here is a sample of some recipes to try:

Happy New Year

0.25 oz Brandy
4.0 oz Champagne
0.75 oz Orange juice
0.75 oz Port

Shake brandy, port and orange juice well over ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a champagne flute, fill with champagne, and serve.


1.0 oz Cognac
1.0 oz Cointreau
1.0 oz Lemon juice
1.5 oz Rum

Shake over ice and pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Steaming Hot Holiday Punch Recipe

3.0 cups Apple Juice
1.5 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
3 sticks Cinnamon
0.75 teaspoon ground Cloves
6.0 cups Cranberry juice
0.75 cup Maple syrup
0.75 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
3.0 cups Orange juice
2.0 ...

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