A Bloomington Landmark Since 1976

The Uptown mission is simple: We seek to nourish the body, mind, and soul of all our guests. We have been a Bloomington landmark since 1976, and hope to represent the great people of our town, providing a comfortable gathering place for all.

We look forward to serving you!


Michael Cassady

Chef / Proprietor

 In 1976 at the age of 26, I opened a 30-seat café on North Walnut Street in Bloomington, Indiana. It was dineresque, known for its hearty breakfasts featuring the ever-popular Michael’s Homefries.


The Bar is an offering to the creative spirit of the Bloomington community, meant to invigorate and inspire the collective soul of the restaurant – from the food and atmosphere, to the chefs, owner and patrons. Come experience our world class selection of wine, beer, spirits, and hand-crafted cocktails. It has been a long time coming and is a gift of much joy.

This motley crew is an amalgam of some really incredible talent – we bring many points of view to the art of mixology.

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    A former star on the beauty pageant circuit (“Hard work, but the lifetime supply of wetnaps made it all worth it!”), David now spends his free time memorizing the names of lotto winners and eating tacos.

    Favorite Drink:

    Irish Whisky and a good lager.


    Powers and a Bell’s Lager, BUT if I’ve had a lucky scratch-off, make it Red Breast 12!

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    Broadway veteran turned marketing maven, Karyn likes flavors to be clean and bright, just like her smile.

    Favorite Drink

    Sidecar: “What’s not to love?  Equally at home in any season, this classic of classics unites the dark smoothness of Cognac with a hint of floral orange liqueur, and the mouth-puckering, bright & sunny tartness of citrus.  It warms me from the toes up!”


    Cognac, Cointreau, Lemon Juice, Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a half-sugared rim. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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    An obsessive historian and scholar of mixology, Mickey hones his talent by creating classic and experimental spirit infusions, syrups and shrubs.

    Favorite Drink:

    Negroni: “I love bitter flavors, and the Negroni’s trademark bitterness is built on the back of Campari, one of my favorite liqueurs.”


    Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth

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    With wit as dry as a top-shelf martini, Max’s flair for flavor will dazzle and delight.

    Favorite Drink:

    Yum Yum Happy Delight


    Bubble gum vodka, grape Fanta, muddled sour gummy worms, flamed absinthe rinse

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    EMT turned English PhD student, Sarah is now in charge of our craft beer program.

    Favorite Drink:

    Last Word: “Bright and citrusy – perfect for someone who loves not only the history and strength of a classic but also the beautiful lightness of being.”


    Gin,Green Chartreuse,Luxardo Maraschino,Lime Juice

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    Charming and disarming, Therese is quick with a joke, or to light up your smoke.

    Favorite Drink:

    Mint Julep – sweet and strong, just like her!


    Whiskey, mint and sugar.  (Floppy hat optional!)

Private Dining

The Back Room is a private dining area that can seat up to 50 guests. This intimate setting is perfect for special events like rehearsal dinners, business meetings, birthday celebrations and holiday parties.



All requests for graduation reservations are handled via email:


Dining Room

Please call the main phone:


102 E. Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47408

Graduation: graduation@the-uptown.com

Private Dining: backroom@the-uptown.com

For reservations:


Mon-Weds: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Thurs: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fri: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Sat: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Sun: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Back Room Reservation

*The back room books up very quickly. Please submit your request and we will reply within 48 hours to discuss your special event and confirm availability.
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