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Top bar recommendations from locals

Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“This is a Bloomington favorite with a varied menu with a Cajun flare. They serve a fantastic brunch on weekends that a lot of our guests love! Pls check their website for details and times. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Brewery
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“great bar food, outdoor patio, and delicious nachos (among other tasty food options). if you drink beer, try a sour”
  • 35 locals recommend
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“Cardinal is a local distillery, so it's a fun place to go for interesting drinks. They have a kitchen and outdoor seating, as well as a good spot on the B-Line for people watching.”
  • 25 locals recommend
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“Nick’s is an IU tradition. We love the supreme pizza. It’s a great place to watch a game and play sink the biz!”
  • 27 locals recommend
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“One of the most famous pizza joints in Bloomington. Known for their deep dish pies and graffiti!”
  • 20 locals recommend
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“This happening bar is right on the square in Bloomington and has hundreds of beer options! Usually has live music!”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Farm to table and very organic! Lots of unique food options. Right off of Bloomington’s square.”
  • 15 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Malibu grill is a little more upscale with a quaint piano bar. It’s right on the square in downtown Bloomington. Be sure to walk around the square for many other food offerings ”
  • 15 locals recommend
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“Great food, great beer, great atmosphere altho expensive whiskey with two fingers both being pinkies, small outdoor terrace. Everyone loves this place.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“This is an iconic Bloomington bar that is favorite of IU students & alumni!”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Over 30 years Lennie's has been one of our favorites. Good food and great beer, what else could a person want!”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Even if my brother didn't own the Atlas Ballroom I would recommended it because it's fun in there. They have a jukebox, photo booth, and fun games like skeeball and tabletop shuffleboard. Atlas is Bloomington's only bar without televisions.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Great friendly "gay" bar with very friendly folks, good drinks, and regular drag shows.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“From great food to craft drinks, this is the #1 spot to stop if you're looking to get the local-life experience. We highly recommend their pizzas, it's a go-to must! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“I might be biased since I worked here for many years while going to school but it is still a favorite restaurant. New owners but still great food and great service. Busy on football weekends but a good place to go for a drink upstairs in the bar. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
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“great music on a regular basis and nice staff. great beer choice and cocktails”
  • 7 locals recommend