Cocktail Party Planning Bloomington IN

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.

Scholar's Inn
(812) 323-1531
717 N College Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Scholar's Inn - Bed and breakfast doubling as a restaurant/wine bar, in a Victorian building. Lots of room in the upstairs dining area, and a good range of items to choose from. And, the service is very good.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

BW-3
(812) 332-9464
430 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
BW-3 - The BW presumably stands for buffalo wings, because that's about all you'll find here, besides some sandwiches. The place doesn't have much charm, and the wings are uniformly flavored

Bobby's Pub
(812) 330-0955
100 Fountain Sq # 2
Bloomington, IN
Description
Bobby's Pub - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Bobby's Pub, located at [Address], might just do the trick. Pretty barebones and without fanfare, but the prices are reasonable and there's no hassle at the door.

Snow Lion
(812) 334-7046
113 S Grant Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Snow Lion - Tibetan food in the middle of Indiana (the snow lion is Tibet's national symbol.There's also some Chinese menu items. Prices are pretty low, and the place is run by the Dalai Lama's nephew, so expect friendly service.

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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