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A day-by-day guide to drink deals at Bloomington bars


A sign sits outside Feb. 25 at Brothers Bar and Grill. Brothers, among other bars, has daily deals and specials people can take advantage of.  Claire Livingston

Most people have a favorite bar in Bloomington based on either the experience the bar provides or what will save the most money — sometimes both. Here are some of Bloomington bars' daily deals.


Sunday is commonly spent recovering from the night before. But some IU students and Bloomington residents choose to return to the bars for brunch items.

Kilroy’s on Kirkwood, also known as KOK, offers a brunch menu from noon until 3 p.m. Sundays, including $20 100-ounce mimosa towers.

Brothers Bar and Grill also sells mimosas for $1 each or a 48-ounce pitcher for $10. Bear’s Place and Alley Bar offer $5 Bloody Marys.

KOK and The Upstairs Pub also offer $1 “double ups” on Sundays, which means you pay full price for the drink but only an additional dollar to add a second shot.


KOK and Brother’s Bar and Grill sell $1 wells on Mondays. A “well” is a cocktail with a general brand of liquor the bartender has on hand, compared to a “call” or a “premium,” drinks made when you order a specific liquor brand.

KOK also offers $1 shooters, $1 sliders and 50-cent wings in addition to its regular Monday menu.

IU senior Ashley Wilkeson said Monday night is her favorite night to go to KOK because of the low prices. Her personal record for sliders, she said, is eight in one sitting.

If you’re looking for a Long Island, a mixed drink typically made with several types of liquor, Brothers sells them for $3 on Mondays. And if you want beer, Alley Bar sells Budweiser and Bud Light pints for $2.


Tuesday, also known to Bloomington bar-goers as $2 Tuesday, serves as a mid-week study break for many IU students. Most drinks at KOK, Brothers and The Upstairs Pub are $2.

“I love going to Upstairs pretty much just any time I have time to drink,” IU senior Jason Filer said. “I like the AMFs and the free popcorn that comes with it. I just go to town on those.

Brothers and KOK also offer select $2 food options.

Even Hopscotch Coffee joins in on $2 Tuesdays by selling $2 bottles and cans of beer in its cafe.


Bluebird Nightclub sells 16-ounce Bud Light for 25 cents each on Wednesdays. IU senior David Schell said the deal makes Wednesday his favorite night to go out.

Kilroy’s Sports Bar’s Wednesday drink specials include $2 Budweiser and Bud Light, $2 Vegas Bombs, $4 double well drinks and $12 fishbowls. They also sell $1 tacos.


IU senior Megan Barenie said she goes to Brothers every Thursday she can. She can usually be seeing ordering a Vegas bomb, which is a mixed shot of liquor and Red Bull, or a double vodka water with lime.

“They’ve got great specials,” she said. “And it’s kind of celebrating the week being over and the weekend starting.”

Both KOK and Brothers are famous for the Thursday T-shirts they provide free with the price of cover.

Brothers sells well drinks and domestic beers for $1, call drinks for $2, other draft beers and Long Islands for $3, and Vegas bombs for $4.

Most drinks at KOK, Sports and Upstairs are $3 on Thursdays.


Many IU students celebrate “FAC,” or “Friday After Class,” by spending the afternoon and early evening at the bars before going out that night.

KOK sells $2 pints of beer all day. Brothers sells $2 wells and domestic beers and $3 Vegas bombs. Sports sells Budweiser, Bud Light and specialty shooters for $2.


KOK sells triple-shot well drinks, Long Islands and 22-ounce draft beers for $5 each on Saturdays. Bear’s Place has a $5 Moscow Mule special, and Upstairs, Alley Bar and Nick’s English Hut serve specialty shots for $3.

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