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.

Ekimae
(812) 334-1661
825 N Walnut Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Ekimae - The area's oldest Japanese restaurant, with a comfortable, relaxed but upscale feel. A mixed menu of sushi, tempura, terayaki, and rice dishes. The room in back offers Japanese seating (that is, on the floor). The drinks are mainly wine and beer.

Opie Taylor's
(812) 333-7287
212 N Walnut Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Opie Taylor's - A burger shack with decent burgers, some big salads, strongly flavored chili, and an awfully nice veggie burger. There are some beers available as well.

Nick's English Hut
(812) 332-4040
423 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Nick's English Hut - A classic college bar. Wood dominates the interior, along with IU memoribilia. The college crowd is somewhat older. Beers are served in Ball jars, or pails if you make return visits. The food? It's decent, but nothing remarkable-standard bar fare. 30 TVs and a lot of space.

Axis
(812) 332-0402
419 N Walnut Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Axis - Mid-sized rock club supplying a lot of drinks to the crowd. The sounds are a mix of '80s rock and more contemporary styles, and the acoustics are good.

Ladyman's Cafe
(812) 336-5557
122 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Ladyman's Cafe - Despite the interesting name, there's nothing too peculiar here. Heavy Midwestern foodcooked in a traditional manner, for a traditional crowd.

John Waldren Arts Center
(812) 323-3010
122 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
Description
John Waldren Arts Center - The local arts emporium: art, sculpture, theater, literary events, swing and Latin dance nights, artsfests, ballet, classical concerts, and everything else.

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.

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.

Shanti
(812) 333-0303
221 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Shanti - The area's only Indian restaurant. Small, and serving competentingly prepared north Indian food. Service is a bit slow, but prices are quite fair.

Other Bar, The
(812) 334-3232
414 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Other Bar, The - Small gay/lesbian bar.

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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