Party Planning Portland ME

Local resource for party planning in Portland. 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.

The Purple Caterpillar
10 Exchange Street
Portland, ME
 
Blackstone's
(207) 775-2885
6 Pine St
Portland, ME
Description
Blackstone's - They could have easily filmed a scene from "Sex in the City" here. With its posh décor and sexy, dimly-lit interior, Blackstone's makes for a killer date spot. Located at [Address], it's a little classier than the pub down the corner.

Popeye's Ice House
(207) 772-9469
231 York St
Portland, ME
Description
Popeye's Ice House - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Popeye's Ice House 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.)

Commercial Street Pub
(207) 772-9414
129 Commercial St
Portland, ME
Description
Commercial Street Pub - Maybe you'll see Norm in the corner. Or Cliff sitting next to him. Maybe Sam behind the bar. Yep, Commercial Street Pub is that comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar - the kind where the bartender seems to know everyone who walks through the door.

Pavilion
(207) 773-6422
188 Middle St
Portland, ME
Description
Pavilion - So you want to get a table? Be prepared to shell out some cash. Pavilion caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you're ready to roll.

Industry
(207) 879-0865
50 Wharf St
Portland, ME
Description
Industry - Dress up. Industry 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.

Underground
(207) 773-3315
3 Spring St
Portland, ME
Description
Underground - Think of Underground as a guaranteed hangover. And we mean that in the best possible way. Located at [Address], it's open all night, so it's a pretty good bet that you're going to be feeling it the next morning. Enjoy the late-night debauchery, but drink lots of water and pop some Advil.

Sangillo's
(207) 879-2810
18 Hampshire St
Portland, ME
Description
Sangillo's - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Sangillo's, 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, Sangillo's will do the trick.

Paul & Val's Firehouse Tavern
(207) 772-0124
929 Congress St
Portland, ME
Description
Paul & Val's Firehouse Tavern - If you're looking to kick back, Paul & Val's Firehouse Tavern, 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.

Doug Cole
(207) 773-1570
434 Fore St
Portland, ME
Description
Doug Cole - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Doug Cole, 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, Doug Cole will do the trick.

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 www.idrink.com 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.

Celebration

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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