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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.)

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.

Refuge Inn
(812) 336-4394
1614 W 3rd St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Refuge Inn - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Refuge Inn, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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