Drink your way down Kirkwood Avenue.
Like any college town, Bloomington has no shortage of drinking establishments. A few of the best are conveniently clustered on Kirkwood Avenue, just off the square. The Irish Lion is a fantastic two-story Irish pub, with copper ceilings, a gorgeous wood bar and a collection of stained glass, taxidermy and model ships that strike just the right mood. You’ll definitely feel the need to order a Guinness here, which is understandable, but don’t miss out on their mixed drinks.
Next door you’ll find Crazy Horse, another gem of a spot with a beautiful wood bar, low lighting and friendly, funny bartenders. They’ve got a huge selection of beers on tap, plus every bourbon, whiskey and scotch you’ve ever heard of (and many you haven’t). They even have whiskey on tap!
If you love craft beer, The Tap is a must-visit. With 90 beers on tap every day and more than 400 bottled options, even beer connoisseurs who think they’ve tried everything will find something to surprise them. Be sure to sample some of the 15 specialty beers The Tap brews in Bloomington.
Once you’ve had a few drinks and are feeling lucky, go to Alley Bar, a beloved dive bar where you can roll the dice once a day for the chance to win a pot of money. Good luck.