Cocktail Party Planning Bloomington IL

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to liquor stores, wine and spirits, party planners and caterers, as well as advice on home bar wines, beers and mixed drinks with rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fat Jack's
(309) 821-9222
511 N Main St
Bloomington, IL
Description
Fat Jack's - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Fat Jack's, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

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.

Windjammer Lounge
(309) 663-2233
2303 Stern Dr
Bloomington, IL
Description
Windjammer Lounge - Known for its simple décor and good drinks, Windjammer Lounge is located at [Address]. Just make sure you dress up a little, as it's not quite the frat bar you're used to from college.

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

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.

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

Stocking up your home bar

By Russ Cobbe

Last week we discussed what bartending equipment you should have in your home bar. This week we will cover the ingredients you need to complete the setup of your home bar.

Your main selection of alcohol should include 750ml bottles of the following: Gin, Vodka, Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, Vermouth, Red and White Wine, Brandy, Port & Sherry plus whatever liqueurs are most palatable to you and your friends. The most popular liqueurs to have would be coffee, orange, irish cr�me and cr�me de cassis.

Next up would be bitters. Bitters are made from a variety of roots, barks, berries and herbs. They generally add a bit of zing to your drinks. You should have Angostura, Peychaud's, Orange and Abbotts Aged bitters.

For mixing you'll need a good variety to make a lot of different recipes. The standards include multiple bottles of Mineral water, cola, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, lemon/lime sodas and fresh juices (orange, pineapple, lemon, lime and tomato). Don't forget to have lots of ice on hand. If you make your own ice use bottled water so you don't get a chlorine flavour to your drinks. Ice should go in the glass first to avoid splashing and to cool the ingredients as they get added.

Finally you will need some things to garnish the drinks to add that special touch. The essentials include cocktail onions, stuffed olives, lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, celery stalks, Tabasco sauce, maraschino cherries, pineapple...

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