Illinois State students recognized Chasers as the best Bloomington bar for the second straight year.
Ron Nurceski, owner of Chasers, partially attributes the success of his bar to the knowledgable staff, drink specials, top of the line music, large dance floor, and being the only bar in central Illinois with a live video DJ.
Chasers tries to bring in DJs from popular stations in the Chicago area since a lot of customers are students from Chicago, Nurceski said.
“We’re just a fun place to be,” he added.
Also among the best Bloomington bars were Six Strings, which placed second in the survey, and Mulligans, which placed third. Both of these bars failed to make the top three in last year’s vote.
Taylor Lawless, manger of Mulligans, says the tradition of their long islands plays a role in the bar’s success.
“Customers will come in who haven’t been here in over 10 years because they remember our long islands as well as the atmosphere of Mulligans,” Lawless said. “We have a loyal customer base and it’s nice to see familiar faces,” she added.
Mulligans has also tried to be active in the community by giving donations and also by being affiliated with fraternities and sororities.
Six Strings and Mulligans beat out Daddios and Fat Jack’s for the second and third place positions this year.
Chasers asks for no cover charge for ISU students before midnight and has many drink specials, including $3 top shelf drinks on Saturdays.