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The Tap

101 N. College Ave.
Bloomington  Indiana  47404
United States
(812) 287-8579
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Midwest Living Review

Amy Lynch
Bloomington’s newest craft beer bar is a great place to tip back a pint or two.

Open as of November 2012, the Tap commands a prime location on the southwest corner of Bloomington’s town square close to other local favorite watering holes like the Crazy Horse and the Irish Lion. There are a few outdoor tables, though customers might have to make their way past the buskers and food trucks that are often stationed at the entrance.

It's basically one big open room with brick walls, wood floors, high tables with barstools and seating at the bar. Televisions mounted around the perimeter broadcast a nonstop variety of sporting events. In addition to the 50 or so gleaming taps spouting a rotating lineup of draft beer selections, two huge fridges are filled with beers organized by region and country (a dizzying 400 or so varieties, hailing from as close as down the street to as far away as across the ocean). If you can’t find a beer you like here, there’s just no hope. On the weekends, the Tap hosts live music from a loftlike space in the corner above the bar.

Although young, the staff seems to know its stuff and is quick with samples and suggestions. Pints are reasonably priced at $5 and up. Patrons should be aware that this is first and foremost a drinking establishment. Though the Tap carries a few bagel sandwiches and bialys, there’s not any food service to speak of. However, patrons are welcome to order in from several restaurant partners who are willing to deliver food right to your table, mostly typical bar fare like pizza, tacos, wings, burgers and fries. All in all, the Tap is a great place to kick back with friends for a pre- or post-dinner pint.

Visited: 
June 7, 2013

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