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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Encore Cafe
(812) 333-7312
316 W 6th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Encore Cafe - Artsy, New Age-style cafe in an impressive downtown setting. Soup, sandwiches and salads, along with an eclectic mix of entrees. There's a coffee bar, beer and wine are available, and a jazz band plays on Sunday evenings.

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.

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

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.

Bootleggers
(812) 332-9453
2601 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Bootleggers - Jazz and blues groups play here regularly, at this Ramada Inn bar. Probably not worth a special trip, but if you happen to be staying there, it's certainly an easy entertainment option.

Axis
(812) 332-0402
419 N Walnut Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Axis - Mid-sized rock club supplying a lot of drinks to the crowd. The sounds are a mix of '80s rock and more contemporary styles, and the acoustics are good.

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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