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.

Mother Bear's
(812) 332-4495
1428 E 3rd St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Mother Bear's - Features excellent pizza, but also has lasagna, salad, and sandwiches-along with some alcohol. Draws big student crowds, and is a perennial favorite.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Uptown Cafe, The
(812) 339-0900
102 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Uptown Cafe, The - Upscale, high-toned restaurant catering to IU faculty and local businessmen. An inventive menu focuses on Cajun specialties. Peer at the art on the walls while enjoying an excellent breakfast

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.)

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.

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.

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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