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Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Attractions

Posted in: Outdoors Comments

Russell dog outside 4th street The first thing I learned about Bloomington is that you must have a dog to live here. Then I learned that was an exaggeration, but still, basically everyone has a dog. So there are lots of dog-friendly joints around town, and when a Facebook fan recently asked for some suggestions, it got me asking my friends and colleagues about their favorite places to take a dog in Bloomington. So here you go -- and please add suggestions in the comments! Restaurants Upland Tasting Room on the West side U …

Everything you wanted to know about Cardinal Spirits

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Cardinal Spirits Adam Quirk In anticipation of Cardinal Spirits' official Deck Grand Opening Party this Saturday May 16 from noon until midnight, I met with co-owner Adam Quirk to ask him a few questions about why Bloomington's first and only distillery is so great. Also, I'll take any excuse to visit Cardinal Spirits. We sat on the ginormous new porch under a blue sky. I can't complain. Anyway, here's what Adam had to say (and this photo of Adam cutting vanilla beans is from their Instagram @cardinalspirits...some of m …

Where the locals go for outdoor dining and drinking

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Upland Patio Season Porch Beer I've said it before and I'll say it again: Patio Season should be a city-wide holiday here in Bloomington. On a sunny, overcast, or even mildly sprinkly day, you can't walk a few steps downtown without seeing people out on restaurant patios. I can't even count how many times I've heard my friends say the phrase "porch beers" since the snow melted. So here are some of my favorite downtown-area restaurants with great patios for outdoor drinking and dining. Share your other favorites i …

Erin Foley is hilarious

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby at the Comedy Attic Hey Bloomington and friends, you only have two more days to see the uproarious comic Erin Foley at the Comedy Attic. If you don't know whether it's worth the $12 ticket, give me 5 minutes of your time and you'll see why my face still hurts from laughing last night. The Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls trying to behave First of all, the Comedy Attic is a great venue for comedy (one of the top ten in the country, ahem). Seating on three sides of the stage means there isn't a bad seat in the …

10 Sure Bets in B-town for May, 2015

Posted in: Live Music Comments

First Friday To some of us, the most exciting thing happening in May in Bloomington is the fabulous weather. It's a great time to go boating, fishing, running, hiking, and patio sitting. In case you ever get tired of simply soaking up the sunshine, here are 10 events that you'll probably want to add to your calendar right away. First Friday - May 1 This monthly event is getting a facelift starting in May. See downtown Bloomington transformed into a jumping party with food, music, entertainment and  …

How to celebrate and/or survive Little 500

Posted in: Indiana University Comments

Little 500 What comes to mind when you hear "world's greatest college weekend"? Parties, cycling, concerts, or all of the above? Or maybe you prefer to avoid all three at all costs. Whatever your preference, here are our ideas to help you get through Little 500 weekend like a champ. Definitions Little 5: Short for Little 500, the two-day bicycle race where IU student teams (and one community team -- see Breaking Away) race around a cinder track and thousands of fans cheer them on. The men race 200 l …

Bloomington from a high schooler's perspective

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Megan's Blog Post - Hartzell's This blog post comes from Megan, our high school marketing intern. Whether it's a sunny outing with the family during the summer time or escaping the classroom to celebrate the first snow day of the year with friends, I can always find something fun to do in Bloomington. Growing up, my family never attended or participated in common "Hoosier" activities like tailgates, sporting events, or visiting the shops and tasty restaurants of downtown Bloomington. After finally getting my driver's li …

Staff Picks - Best Local Beer, Wine & Spirits

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Beer toast Bloomington is a food focused town, with over 100 independent restaurants in the area covering cuisine types from international to down-home cooking to gourmet. But it's also a great place to drink too! After all, this is a college town, so there are plenty of local establishments that serve up adult beverages long into the night. But Bloomington is also a town focused on authentic artisan experiences too, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for craft beer, wine and spirit makers. This …

How to celebrate Craft Beer Week

Posted in: Festivals Comments

Bloomington Ale Trail It's Craft Beer Week in Bloomington, which might sound unnecessary since you can get amazing craft beer here year round. But this week is special. All week, you can hit up local breweries along the Bloomington Ale Trail to try their special new brews and get your passport stamped to win a prize! But the best part is probably Saturday, April 11, when 2,000 people descend on the old Woolery Mill on Tapp Road for the 5th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. Try beers from 54 Indiana brewerie …

Orson Welles Centennial Celebration & Symposium

Posted in: Indiana University Comments

Orson Welles May 6, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor, writer, producer and director Orson Welles, and IU is hosting a five-day celebration and symposium with movies, academic sessions, an exhibit, discussions, tours and social events. Visit Bloomington is proud to support this event presented by The Media School at Indiana University, IU Libraries and Indiana University Cinema. Details April 29 through May 3, 2015 Schedule Registration Highlights If you don't have time to re …

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