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

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.

Sunset Tavern
(812) 332-7702
400 W 11th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Sunset Tavern - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Sunset Tavern 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.)

Bullwinkle's
(812) 334-3232
201 S College St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Bullwinkle's - The liveliest gay club in town, and probably the best scene, gay or straight, in town. Drag shows on Monday and Wednesday, a laser-filled dance floor, and cheap shots.The music is techno, '70s pop-disco, and a little house.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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