Liquor Store Bloomington IL

Local resource for liquor stores in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to liquor stores and wine and spirits that have a wide variety of rums, vodkas, whiskies, tequilas, wines and beers, as well as advice on mixed drinks and drink recipes.

(309) 662-3231
2303 E Washington St # 8
Bloomington, IL
Bob's - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Bob'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.)

(309) 829-3757
230 E Front St
Bloomington, IL
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.

(309) 828-0142
102 W Washington St
Bloomington, IL
Elroy's - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Elroy's is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Elroy's is more than able to oblige.

Cheeks Bar & Grill
(309) 829-3655
1206 N Towanda Ave # 6
Bloomington, IL
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

Fat Jack's
(309) 821-9222
511 N Main St
Bloomington, IL
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.

Windjammer Lounge
(309) 663-2233
2303 Stern Dr
Bloomington, IL
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.

(309) 451-3474
104 S Linden St
Normal, IL
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.

(309) 827-7796
531 N Main St
Bloomington, IL
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

Maguire's Bar & Grill
(309) 829-0002
220 N Center St
Bloomington, IL
Maguire's Bar & Grill - If you're looking to kick back, Maguire's Bar & Grill, 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.

Treehouse Lounge
(309) 662-5231
2060 Ireland Grove Rd
Bloomington, IL
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.

How do they make beer, wine and liquor?

By Russ Cobbe

It's a good question and one you rarely think about on the way to the store to pick up a bottle or two of alcohol. They all involve some sort of fermenting process, which changes sugars in the ingredients into alcohol.


The basic ingredients are malted barley, yeast, water and sometimes other grains are added. Hops for example are used to make the resulting brew have a bitter flavor. Barley grain is turned into a malt by soaking it in water and allowing the grains to start germinating. The grains are then dried in a kiln, which stops the germination and voila you have malted barley. The malt is ground up and mashed with hot water, which is then boiled, the result is called wort. Next comes the fermentation process which starts with cooling down of the wort and the adding of yeast. The yeast turns the natural sugars that exist in the grain into alcohol over a period of time. The end result of course is beer.


The most important aspect of wine making is deciding when to pick the grapes from the vine. Conditions must be just right for the variety being used and the picking must be done quickly. Stems are removed from the grapes after picking and the skins are generally left on for at least 24 hours. The grapes are pressed to extract the juice from the grape. This juice is allowed to settle to remove any bits of skin. Yeast is added which turns the sugars in the grape juice to alcohol and carbon dioxide. There are specialized yeast cultures that act differently on the grape juice to provide different characteristics. The resulting wine is left so the yeast settles and the wine is drawn off, this can happen multiple times until the wine is clear. The wine is cold stabilized which precipitate white
crystals that are using in making tarter sauce. Finally the wine is filtered and bottled.


Spirits such as Rum, Vodka, Gin and Whiskey have a much higher alcohol percentage than wine o...

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