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Category - Wine & Culinary

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Square is the heart of downtown Bloomington, lined with over 30 locally-owned businesses including shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. There's so much to do directly on The Square, but there are even more incredible businesses and attractions surrounding it. Venture off the beaten-path... Read More

Monday, June 6, 2022

If you like to frequent dive bars while you travel, Bloomington has several to offer you. From the no fuss, no muss ambiance to your favorite drinks at a lower price point, B-Town's best dive bars will win you over as soon as you walk through the door. Kick back and enjoy a cold beer or stiff drink... Read More

Monday, June 6, 2022

After a fun night of responsible drinking, you're pretty likely to crave a late-night snack come 1:00 am. Lucky for you, Bloomington has nearly 30 restaurants and food trucks that serve delicious food into the wee hours of the morning*. Wrap up your night on the town and satisfy your drunchies at... Read More

Monday, June 6, 2022

Downtown's beloved 4 th Street is home to a variety of international restaurants that serve incredible authentic fare that's isn't found too often in the Midwest. The street, known as "International Row," is well-loved by students, locals, and visitors — there's something for everyone to enjoy, and... Read More

Friday, June 3, 2022

If you're a new student, or you're family of a new student, you're likely not quite familiarized with Bloomington yet. Finding a good spot to eat near campus can seem like a daunting task, which is why we've put together a comprehensive list of every restaurant within a five-minute walk of any edge... Read More

Friday, June 3, 2022

Bloomington boasts a huge variety of locally-owned restaurants, and many of them are close to the Indiana University campus, which is extremely convenient if you need to grab a bite to eat without straying far from the university. If you're looking for a quick & *cheap lunch between classes or... Read More

Monday, May 9, 2022

Every season is special in Bloomington, but summer is perhaps the most unique of them all. With the majority of the Indiana University students absent until mid-August, Bloomington becomes quieter, slower-paced, and more tranquil than it is at any other time of year. Summer in B-Town includes lake... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Whether you're planning a romantic date, exploring B-Town with your kids, or you simply want to enjoy a meal under the sun, Bloomington offers a few top-notch picnic spots. Grab some blankets, pack your basket, and head to one of these perfect locations for a 10/10 B-Town picnic experience. The... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Coffee seems to be the "mainstream" choice for a morning beverage or afternoon pick-me-up, but java just doesn't satisfy every beverage connoisseur's cravings. The non-coffee drinker is in luck in Bloomington — our town offers an abundance of delicious teahouses & juiceries to quench your thirst and... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Pork tenderloin sandwiches are considered an Indiana delicacy. It's a simple meal, but it packs a punch of flavor that Midwesterners can't get enough of. If you've never had a pork tenderloin sandwich, or if you're a tenderloin connoisseur, grab one of the following sandwiches from a B-Town... Read More