Bartending Equipment Bloomington IL

Local resource for bartenders in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to bars, lounges, dance clubs and bartenders, as well as advice on where to find the best rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila, wine, beers, mixers, cocktails, martinis, shots and drink recipes.

Treehouse Lounge
(309) 662-5231
2060 Ireland Grove Rd
Bloomington, IL
Description
Treehouse Lounge - Plush seating and good music gives Treehouse Lounge a good name. The place usually gets filled up by midnight so come early if you want to designate an area for you and your friends.

Mulligans
(309) 827-7796
531 N Main St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Mulligans, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Mulligans

Lunker's
(309) 451-3474
104 S Linden St
Normal, IL
Description
Lunker's - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Lunker's 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.

Ju Ju's Sports Bar & Restaurnt
(309) 827-4178
525 N Center St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Ju Ju's Sports Bar & Restaurnt - If you're looking to kick back, Ju Ju's Sports Bar & Restaurnt, 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.

Elroy's
(309) 828-0142
102 W Washington St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Elroy's - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Elroy's is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Elroy's is more than able to oblige.

Cheeks Bar & Grill
(309) 829-3655
1206 N Towanda Ave # 6
Bloomington, IL
Description
Cheeks Bar & Grill, 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 Cheeks Bar & Grill

Gill St Sports Bar & Rstrnt
(309) 661-6387
3002 Gill St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Gill St Sports Bar & Rstrnt - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Gill St Sports Bar & Rstrnt 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.

Bob's
(309) 662-3231
2303 E Washington St # 8
Bloomington, IL
Description
Bob's - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Bob's 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.)

Diggers
(309) 829-3757
230 E Front St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Diggers - 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.

Lizards Lounge
(309) 827-9580
612 N Main St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Lizards Lounge - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Lizards Lounge 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.

Essential Bartending Equipment

By Russ Cobbe

Setting up your own home bar can be great fun when you have people over. It isn't overly expensive to get all the essentials. So what are the tools of the trade you'll need to show off to your guests?

Blender - If you don't already have one, get a good one that has good speed and power. Nothing is more annoying than waiting 5 minutes to crush up some ice or blend a drink.

Ice Bucket and Tongs - This is mainly used for easy access, don't get one too big that all the ice melts before you use it but don't get something so small that you have to keep refilling it either.

Combo Corkscrew/Bottle Opener - Obviously needed to open that fine wine or bottles of beer that don't have twist tops.

Paring Knife/Cutting Board - Used to cut up lemons and limes for garnishing along with other fruits in certain drinks.

Shaker - Used for mixing various drinks.

Measure - There is a special device that looks like two triangles on top of each other at the apexes but a lot of people use a shot glass these days.

Bar Strainer - Used in a lot of cocktail recipes to stain out ice that might have been used to cool ingredients in a recipe. It looks like a little paddle with lots of round rings on the end.

Lemon/Lime Squeezer - This has a flat collector base with a raised pointed section in the middle with ridges. Its used to squeeze out fresh lemon or lime juice.

There are over 20 different styles of glasses from brandy to wine. Did y...

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