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Food, drink, events, and attractions in Bloomington, IN

Where can I grab a cup of coffee, or a quick snack?

On Campus:

Starbucks in the Indiana Memorial Union

Eskenazi Art Museum Café


Off Campus:

Starbucks, 110 S. Indiana Avenue

The Inkwell, 105 N. College Avenue

The Inkwell, 401 S Woodlawn Ave

Soma, 1400 E. Third Street

Soma, 322 E. Kirkwood

Restaurants less than 1 mile from the IMU (walking distance)

Anyetsang's Little Tibet Restaurant

Tibetan, Thai, and Indian food

Best Taste

Chinese food

Big Woods


Da Vinci

Wood-fire pizza and pasta

Do Restaurant

Asian fusion cuisine


Modern American cuisine; brunch on weekends

La Una Cantina

Modern Mexican cuisine



Le Petit Café

French food; has very limited hours


Chinese food

Majé Sushi

Japanese food

My Thai Downtown 

Thai food

Osteria Rago 

Italian food, house-made pasta

Restaurant Ami

Japanese and Korean food

Runcible Spoon

All-day homestyle food, house-roasted coffee


Afghan food, lunch buffet on Thursdays and Fridays

Siam House 

Thai food

Small Favors

Wine-based cocktail bar and restaurant

Social Cantina

Street-fare style Mexican food

Taste of India 

Indian food, daily lunch buffet

The Elm

Modern American cuisine

The Irish Lion

Traditional Irish spirits and fare

The Owlery

Full vegetarian and vegan restaurant

Turkuaz Cafe

Turkish food

Uptown Cafe  

Cajun food; brunch on weekends

More than 1 mile from the IMU (car ride recommended)

Cocktail bar and restaurant

Cardinal Spirits
Craft distillery and restaurant

Feast Market & Cellar

All-day café

Bowls, burgers, and sandwiches

Brewery and restaurant

Coffee Shops and Bars

All listed locations are within walking distance of the IMU, unless specified

Brilliant Coffee Company

Coffee and house-made gelato

Crumble Coffee and Bakery

3 locations: College Avenue

                    Swain Avenue

                    Renwick Village Center (>1 mile away)

Cups and Kettle

Tea shop

Hopscotch Coffee

2 locations: Madison Street (to-go only)

                    W. Dodds Street (>1 mile away)

Rainbow Bakery

Coffee and vegan baked goods

Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar

3 locations: Kirkwood


                    Hillside (>1 mile away)

The Inkwell Bakery and Cafe

2 locations: Downtown



Cocktail bar; >1 mile away

Cardinal Spirits

Craft distillery; >1 mile away

Root Cellar

Bar located underneath the restaurant FARM

Small Favors

Wine-based cocktails

The Atlas Ballroom

Beer and cocktails

The Tap

Craft beer bar

The Upstairs Pub

Close to Sample Gate


Food & Drink


Attractions and Events

IU campus, Downtown Bloomington

Eskenazi Museum of Art

Wide-ranging collection housed in I. M. Pei-designed building

Free admission

Lilly Library

Permanent and special exhibitions in Main Gallery

Free admission; guided tours on Fridays

IU Opera and Ballet

Performances by the Jacobs School of Music

See website for current season

IU Theater

Performances by IU's Department of Theater, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

See website for current season

IU Cinema

See website for upcoming screenings

IU Auditorium

See website for upcoming events


Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Historic venue downtown for a variety of shows

See website for upcoming events

Constellation Stage

Plays and film screenings

See website for current season

The Comedy Attic

Named a Top 10 Comedy Club in America by USA Today

See website for upcoming shows

The Bluebird Nightclub

Bar and music venue

See website for upcoming concerts

Greater Bloomington and Beyond

Griffy Lake

Over 10 miles of hiking trails around the lake

Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

Free admission; guided tours on weekends

Oliver Winery

Reservations required for wine tastings

Butler Winery

Walk-in wine tastings; vineyards open for visit

Lake Monroe

Hiking trails varying in difficulty

Brown County State Park

$7 entrance fee per car; the place to see fall foliage in Indiana

Nashville, IN

Quaint town with antique shops and craft studios

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