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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Plan a Bloomington Bachelorette Party

Categories: Wine & Culinary, General, Live Music

We've planned out the perfect itinerary for you and your girls to relive your glory days and celebrate the bride-to-be at the same time. Get reacquainted with the classic spots on Kirkwood Avenue but get excited to visit some new shops, restaurants, bars, and more!

Friday

Stock Up
Your first stop upon arrival in town needs to be the flagship Big Red at 9th & College. It’s the perfect place to stock up on champagne and other fun drinks for your hotel room mini-bar. Big Red stocks local favorites like Upland Brewing Co, Bloomington Brewing Co, Oliver WineryButler Winery and Cardinal Spirits.

oliver winery

Check In
There are several hotels in town that offer spacious rooms and are within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and shops. Consider downtown hotels like the SpringHill Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place, or The Courtyard Marriott. Once you get settled in the hotel room, set up your mini-bar and pass out gifts for the bachelorette and her guests.  Every bride needs a sash and her own champagne glass to start the weekend off right!

Dinner
Choosing a group friendly restaurant is a good idea especially if you're visiting during a busy weekend. Try King Dough downtown for a casual but delicious dinner. They have long banquet style tables making it the perfect place to share their incredible wood-fired pizzas and fresh salads. King Dough has a diverse beer and wine menu and even make their own gelato with rotating flavors like Honey Ricotta and Dulce de Leche. Sushi and karaoke at Japonee is another fun option if you have a big group. They have private rooms you can reserve for some Saki Bombing fun.

king dough

After Dinner
It's time to cut loose. Nick’s English Hut and Upstairs Pub are good places to start. After a round of Sink the Biz or a round of drinks and darts, head out for some live music. The Bluebird is always a fun place to go catch a show. After The Bluebird, head to The Video Saloon, or The Atlas. Both have good music to keep the fun vibes going. If you really want to relive your glory days, head to Kilroy’s Sports Bar.

Cropped Nick's English Hut

Last Stop
The Back Door. It’s the ultimate dance party and the dance floor really starts getting crowded after 12am.

Late Night Snack
Order Pizza X and have it delivered to the room or stop by Rockits (next to The Bluebird) for a slice. The Big Cheeze food truck is usually parked on Kirkwood Avenue serving up all kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches! If all else fails, Taco Bell is open!

pizza x

Saturday

Sleep in a little bit and grab some coffee from downstairs. If your hotel serves free breakfast, be a gem and bring your girlfriends some fruit or bagels to the room.

Brunch
Head out for a boozy brunch at No Coast Reserve. They serve up all kinds of decadent creations like King Crab Eggs Benedict. Their menu is seasonal so give it a look before you make your reservation. They also have bottle service mimosas with orange and grapefruit juices. If a greasy spoon is more your style you can’t go wrong with Village Deli or Runcible Spoon.

Post Brunch
If you’re on Kirkwood Avenue for brunch, walk down to The Sample Gates after you’ve eaten for some group photos or purchase matching tee-shirts from Greetings, The IU Shop, Tracks, or Underground Printing.

Sample Gates Video Thumbnail

Afternoon Activities
Depending on your group there are several places to take your group and taste the afternoon away. There's wine tasting and snacks at Oliver Winery, sour beer at Upland’s Wood Shop, or go on a full blown spirits tasting and tour at Cardinal Spirits. Once you’ve tasted the options, pick a drink you like and cheers with your gals. 

Saturday Night
Head back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and open gifts for the bride-to-be.  Saturday nights are always fun for dressing up, so get an early reservation and enjoy dinner at one of Bloomington’s fancier restaurants: Uptown Café, FARMbloomington, No Coast Reserve, or Finch’s Brasserie

Farmbloomington

After Dinner
Plan your night around the live comedy shows at Comedy Attic at either 8:00pm or 10:30pm. After the show, go out for one last hurrah. If you're in the mood for beer, then check out The Tap on the square. They have one of the largest selections of draft craft beer and creations from their own brewery. Serendipity Martini Bar is a great spot for cocktails and dancing. The Atlas Ballroom and Video Saloon are perfect for a low key night and games like skee-ball and darts.  If you want to dance the night away then head for The Back Door again. 

Comedy Attic

Sunday

Breakfast
After you pack up to head home, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Uptown Café or FARMbloomington. Both of these restaurants serve up all of the classics like pancakes and omelettes, coffee and cocktails. If you need to head out early, grab a quick bite at the Bloomington Bagel Company for a bagel sandwich. The Hot Mess is a favorite for a slow moving Sunday. 

Bloomington Bagel Co

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

Erin White

Erin White

Erin is the Director of Leisure Marketing & Media for Visit Bloomington.

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