Bartending Equipment Bloomington IN

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.

Secret Sailor Books
(812) 333-0173
202 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Secret Sailor Books - Along with being the local anarchist bookshop, it hosts all sorts of music events. Most are punk/rock shows, acoustic and electric. But there are also other events, meetings, etc.

Rockit's Pizza
(812) 332-7537
222 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Rockit's Pizza - Pizza on towards the wee hours: it's good, if not overwhelming. The real draw, besides delivery to IU's dorms, is the weekly live music, Sunday evenings.

Alley
(812) 336-2216
210 W 5th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Alley - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Alley is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Alley is more than able to oblige.

Lennie's
(812) 339-2256
1795 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Lennie's - Bloomington's only brewpub, split into a restaurant and a pub. Superb food, especially pizza, and beer too. A mix of the more fashionable Bloomington set, beer lovers, and people out for dinner populates the scene, which is a bit subdued.

Crazy Horse
(812) 336-8877
214 W Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Crazy Horse - Excellent Irish pub. Its come under some criticism for its name, but offers a remarkable line of international beers from just about everywhere. Decent bar fare and a collegiate crowd.

Video Saloon
(812) 333-0064
105 W 7th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Video Saloon - A generally scraggly but well-behaved crowd of diverse locals. The cheap drinks, along with a scanty selection of mediocre bar fare, are served until late by tough waiters and waitresses. Pool and darts for those who aren't too drunk to play games.

Sunset Tavern
(812) 332-7702
400 W 11th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Sunset Tavern - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Sunset Tavern 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.)

Second Story
(812) 336-2582
201 S College Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Second Story - Like any true rock hall, the setting's sparse, dingy, and a bit ugly. But the music's very good and drinks are quite cheap. Located above Bullwinkle's.

Little Zagreb
(812) 332-0694
223 W 6th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Little Zagreb - Very casual, very impressive steakhouse. The beef is very thick and meaty. Wash it down with well-priced wine and beer. Nothing really remarkable, but the place attracts a sizable crowd for the steaks.

Yogi's Bar and Grill
(812) 323-9644
519 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Yogi's Bar and Grill - Sports bar serving pork, chicken, and barbecued beef. It draws a sports crowd, especially for basketball season, though it's named after Yogi Berra. A decent line of draft beers.

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.

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