Party Planning Bloomington IN

Local resource for party planning in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to party planners, caterers, wine and spirits and liquor stores, as well as advice on themed parties and mixed drinks.

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

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.

Shanti
(812) 333-0303
221 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Shanti - The area's only Indian restaurant. Small, and serving competentingly prepared north Indian food. Service is a bit slow, but prices are quite fair.

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.

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.

Yogi's Bar and Grill
(812) 323-9644
519 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Yogi's Bar and Grill - Sports bar serving pork, chicken, and barbecued beef. It draws a sports crowd, especially for basketball season, though it's named after Yogi Berra. A decent line of draft beers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ideas for a New Years Party

By Russ Cobbe

If you are planning to host a New Years Eve party this year you might be looking for some help to make it extra special or at the very least more unique. A big part of most New Years Eve party's is various alcoholic drinks. Instead of just providing (or having guests bring their own) the regular beer, wine, rum, vodka and rye, why not create a theme around the drinks available.

There are various cocktails and shooters that have New Years names. A quick visit to www.idrink.com shows about 20 different recipes around the New Years Eve party. One idea is to setup a table with the various ingredients for the drinks with small recipe cards and the appropriate glasses so everyone can be their own bartender. Trying something new and breaking old habits is part of the long-standing tradition of New Years. Here is a sample of some recipes to try:

Happy New Year

0.25 oz Brandy
4.0 oz Champagne
0.75 oz Orange juice
0.75 oz Port

Shake brandy, port and orange juice well over ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a champagne flute, fill with champagne, and serve.

Celebration

1.0 oz Cognac
1.0 oz Cointreau
1.0 oz Lemon juice
1.5 oz Rum

Shake over ice and pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Steaming Hot Holiday Punch Recipe

3.0 cups Apple Juice
1.5 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
3 sticks Cinnamon
0.75 teaspoon ground Cloves
6.0 cups Cranberry juice
0.75 cup Maple syrup
0.75 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
3.0 cups Orange juice
2.0 ...

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