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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trojan Horse, The
(812) 332-1101
100 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Trojan Horse, The - The name hints at the menu: diverse sorts of Greek food for lunch and dinner. The Horse's Head tavern is upstairs, serving a good range of bottled beer, a few draft beers, and a bit of Greek wine. The atmosphere is fresh and welcoming, and the food and drink is pretty cheap. And, it's a chance to listen to some Greek music.

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.

Mike's
(812) 333-1086
219 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Mike's - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Mike's 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.)

Cafe Django
(812) 335-1297
116 N Grant Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Cafe Django - A mix of food, with an emphasis on East Asian and Middle Eastern choices.You can catch live jazz Saturday and Sunday.

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

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.

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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