Bear’s Place

American, Pub Food

1316 E. 3rd St.
812-339-3460

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A Bloomington institution just off the south side of campus, Bear’s Place is famous for its Big Bear Burger, breaded tenderloin, and the Hairy Bear (six shots of liquor mixed with fruit juice in a 32 oz. glass). Other classics include the BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Spinach Melt. Lunch specials served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment includes Open Mic Comedy every Monday at 8 p.m., and karaoke every Thursday at 9 p.m. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Sun. noon-midnight; Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-midnight; Th.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Big Woods Bloomington

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches

116 N. Grant St.
812-335-1821

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Located in a charming house near the corner of North Grant and East 6th streets that used to house Café Django, Big Woods Bloomington is a homey pub where 24 beers flow on tap. Offerings include appetizers to share, gourmet sandwiches, the signature JB burger, and a complete dinner menu. The outdoor beer garden has its own menu and serves only Quaff On! brewery beers. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; All ages until 9 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks

214 W. Kirkwood
812-336-8877

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Crazy Horse

Just west of the downtown square, Crazy Horse is one of Bloomington's oldest eateries. The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Each day of the week offers several drink specials, including half-priced wine bottles on Wednesday and Sunday. Live bands play Sundays from 8–10 p.m. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Function Brewing

Pub Food, Sandwiches

108 E. 6th St.
812-676-1000

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Function Brewing focuses on creating small batches of craft beer. There is a selection of 12 made-in-house beers that rotate on and off the menu. Sampler trays are available if you can’t pick just one. The kitchen makes everything by hand for their creative hot and cold sandwiches. They also offer cheeses and charcuterie. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Wed.–Fri. 3–11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.–Tu. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Irish Lion, The

Brunch, European, Irish, Pub Food

212 W. Kirkwood
812-336-9076

irishlion.com

Step into Ireland when you enter this pub with its gorgeous 1860s bar, located just west of the downtown Square. Start your meal off with an order of escargot, baked potato skins, or Leprechaun Wings. For dinner, try the Chicken Cordon Bleu, Leg O' Lamb, or indulge in a Filet Mignon. Specialties include oysters, lamb, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stews. After dinner, enjoy a slice of Irish Apple Walnut Cake or Whiskey Pie. Nightly specials. Full array of Irish and European imported beers; 57 single-malt scotches. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sunday. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of The Irish Lion here!

Kilroy’s Bar & Grill

American, Pizza, Pub Food

502 E. Kirkwood
812-339-3006
Kilroy's Sports Bar
319 N. Walnut
812-333-6006

kilroys-bloomington.com

Popular with IU students, both Kilroy’s venues serve sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers such as stuffed breadsticks and nachos. More than 40 flavored Long Island iced teas are available, and drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Nick’s English Hut

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

423 E. Kirkwood
812-332-4040

nicksenglishhut.com

A Bloomington institution for more than 80 years, Nick’s is the place to go for Gregg “Rags” Rago’s famous Nick’s burgers, strombolis, pizza, soups, salads, and sandwiches prepared with locally produced meats and produce. Sandwiches include Italian Beef, Breaded Pork Tenderloin, Fresh Grilled Salmon, and the Black Bean Burger. For dessert, indulge in the cheesecake. Or, if you're looking for a fun night out, play Sink the Biz with friends while watching your favorite sports on the many high-definition TVs. A museum of IU memorabilia is displayed on the walls. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight.; Reservations are recommended for large parties. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Cash preferred, but Visa, MC, and Disc. are accepted. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Nick’s English Hut here!

Office Lounge, The

American, Pub Food

3900 E. 3rd St.
812-332-0911

Head east on 3rd Street to find an alternative to the downtown bar scene. Affordable and filling daily specials like classic breaded tenderloin sandwiches and juicy ribeye steaks draw regulars for lunch and dinner. Hot wings are a good bet, extra crispy and drenched in vinegary, lip-numbing buffalo sauce. At night, pull tabs, pool tables, and plenty of sports-tuned flat-screens keep crowds entertained. Carryout beer and liquor is also available. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. noon–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Opie Taylor’s

American, Pub Food

110 N. Walnut
812-333-7287

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Located on the east side of the downtown Square, Opie Taylor’s has a menu complete with 20 different burger options. Among the choices is the Cyndiana, topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce, and avocado. Other items include Breaded Zucchini and Opie's Quesadillas as starters, sandwiches if you're not in the mood for a burger, and a dessert menu featuring Deep-Fried Waffle Sticks. The shrimp-and-corn bisque is fab. Big domestic mugs (34 oz.) are a special on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The sports-themed restaurant claims to have the biggest projection-TV screen in Bloomington. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches

61 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN
812-778-9730

Located in and named for an old tavern, this family-owned restaurant specializes in hearty fare that includes barbecued ribs, wild game, pheasant, turkey, smoked pork chops, and pot roast. There are lunch specials, and a piano player performs from 6–8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Players Pub, The

American, Pub Food

424 S. Walnut
812-334-2080

theplayerspub.com

The Players Pub provides Bloomingtonians with a haven for good music and food. Specials include the Grilled Salmon, Bayou Bowl, and a variety of soups. Try one of their many Po Boy options, including shrimp, catfish, andouille, three-cheese, and chicken. For dessert, order the Sweet Potato Pie or the Harvest Ring Cake–carrot cake with chocolate chips, walnuts, caramel, and cream cheese icing. Nightly entertainment includes jazz, blues, swing, and country music. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 4 p.m.–2 a.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–3 a.m.; Reservations recommended for major entertainers. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Scotty’s Brewhouse

American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Pub Food

302 N. Walnut
812-333-5151

scottysbrewhouse.com

All ages are welcome at this relaxed sports bar, with its extensive menu featuring creative salads, sandwiches, burgers, and huge desserts. Dill chips made from fried pickles, Buffalo-Breaded Chicken, and Scotty’s German Chocolate Cake are specialties. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; No reservations. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Scotty's Brewhouse here!

Serendipity Martini Bar and Restaurant

American, Pub Food, Small Plates

201 S. College
812-330-6688

serendipitymartini.com

This sleek lounge offers more than 20 martinis, an extensive wine list, and a variety of savory tapas and entrées. Don’t miss the Petite Fleur, an herbal gin cocktail. Tapas, or small plates meant for sharing, round out the menu. Snag one of the few couches to take in the free live music on weekends. Half-priced martinis on Mondays. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 p.m.–midnight; Fri. 6 p.m.–1 a.m.; Sat. 6 p.m.–2:30 a.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Upland’s Bloomington Brewpub

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

350 W. 11th St.
812-336-2337

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The menu changes seasonally but always includes pub favorites such as Fish and Chips, as well as many dishes that include Upland’s craft-brewed beers as ingredients. The menu runs from sandwiches (try the buffalo burgers) to entrées, and many vegetarian/vegan specials are also offered. Live entertainment. Beers regularly on tap include wheat, weizen, pale, IPA, porter, and amber. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun. noon–midnight • Bar: Beer, including carryout, and wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Upland's Bloomington Brew Pub here!

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