Surprisingly, pizza and beer isn’t that simple. You have many questions, and you need answers. Only some of them are our favorite questions, though.
And many more! Use the tabs (or drop down menu) to find answers to all life’s most pressing questions.
What time do you close? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
We’re a multi-faceted operation. Some parts stay open after other parts have closed. And especially in 2020-21, what’s open and when and for how long is anyone’s guess. It’s tough to keep it all straight. Here’s what you need to know:
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This is the Hours tab, so these are just the hours. For more about our bar, restaurant, and overall pizza pub experience, see the Dine-In tab.
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If you’re ordering late, please get your order in about 15 minutes before the listed closing time.
This is the Hours tab, so these are just the hours. For more about what we deliver (and don’t), our delivery process, fees, and coverage map, see the Delivery tab.
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Same as the delivery hours. And again, if you’re ordering late, please get your order in about 15 minutes before the listed closing time.
This is the Hours tab, so these are just the hours. For more about exactly how our pickup window works, see the Pickup Window tab.
Since we offer online ordering for pickup and delivery, our online ordering hours are the same as our pickup and delivery hours above. However, on busy nights, we occasionally receive a heavy volume of orders that fill-up our ovens and force us to manually turn-off the online ordering system after a certain point. So if you’re inside the online ordering system at 7:30pm on a Friday night, but the system says “closed” when you know we’re open, it could be that we’ve turned it off on purpose to spare you from having an unacceptable wait time. See more in the Online Ordering tab.
Winter is coming. The Beer Garden is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring.
Again, this is the Hours tab, so these are just the hours. For more about seating in our outdoor Beer Garden, see the Dine-In tab.
How do we get from where we are, to where you are? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
TL;DR: if you’re just using your GPS and for some reason our name won’t come up, our address is 1503 E. Vernon Ave, Bloomington IL. After that, you know how to use your map app. And this is the building you’re looking for:
But for the long version…. as Bloomington-Normal locals, we know two things: 1) this town loves its restaurants, and 2) this town will not tolerate inconvenient locations from its restaurants…. especially locations that require you to use service roads. Ohh man this town has a lot of service roads along Veterans Parkway, and ohh man this town despises them. Sooo many chains come to town year after year, lured by the “exposure and visibility” of being on Veterans Parkway, only to find themselves struggling 2 years later because they downplayed Rule #1 of the Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene: if your restaurant is perceived as hard-to-get-to, or hard to get in-and-out of, locals will not consistently come, even if they can see you clearly, and even if you’re good. In Bloomington-Normal, location trumps all.
Fortunately, we know this (because we’re local). So when we moved Flingers out of Downtown Bloomington back in 2015, we avoided anything that required service road access and instead found a fantastic spot just off Veterans Parkway, on Vernon Ave. It’s super easy to get here, from any direction. And at night, look for the bright blue and yellow “Big Cheese Pizza Man” Flingers Logo sign, and you’ll be able to see us clearly.
Take Business 55 South (known locally as Veterans Parkway) and turn right on Vernon Ave. (There’s a Steak ’n Shake on the corner. If you pass Bob Evans, you’ve gone too far.) Once on Vernon, go straight through the first stoplight, then turn left into the Flingers parking lot. (The entrance lane is just west of the building, so use the one that says ENTER. Don’t try to come in through the out lane.)
Take Business 55 North (known locally as Veterans Parkway) and turn left on Vernon Ave. (There’s a Bob Evans near the corner. If you pass the Steak ‘n Shake, you’ve gone too far.) Once on Vernon, go straight through the first stoplight, then turn left into the Flingers parking lot. (The entrance lane is just west of the building, so use the one that says ENTER. Don’t try to come in through the out lane.)
We’re just a short drive from ISU (it’s not walkable, sorry). There are lots of ways to get from ISU to Flingers, but from wherever you start, we recommend getting on Linden St. and taking it to Vernon, then heading East on Vernon. Follow the curves and Flingers will eventually be on your right after you go straight through the stoplight at Towanda Ave. From this direction, the entrance lane is before the building, so use the one that says ENTER. Don’t pass the building and try to come in through the out lane.)
We’re just a short drive from IWU (it’s not walkable, sorry). There are lots of ways to get from IWU to Flingers, but from wherever you start, we recommend getting on Linden St. and taking it to Jersey Ave. (Mostly because Jersey is a wide, residential artery without any stop signs or stoplights…and it’s kinda scenic too). At the end of Jersey, turn left at the Towanda Ave. stoplight, then turn right at the Vernon Ave. stoplight, and Flingers will be quickly on your right. (From this direction, the entrance lane is before the building, so use the one that says ENTER. Don’t pass the building and try to come in through the out lane.)
For years, locals have tried to cut through our parking lot as a shortcut to avoid the stoplight at the Towanda/Vernon intersection. And some customers even still try to sneak into the parking lot that way from Kurt Drive. Please don’t. First, it’s a narrow alley full of potholes. And secondly, our delivery team often uses it to make speedy exits, and we don’t want a head-on pizza collision. Please just use the roads. That’s what they’re for.
This is the Directions tab, so these are just the directions. For more about where to park (and not park) once you get here, see the Parking tab.
Where should we park? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
We have a modest parking lot, and there are also spots reserved out front for those with disabilities. Our indoor seating capacity is larger than our parking lot, so even if the lot is full, there’s a good chance we still have a few available tables or seats at the bar. Meaning, if you make your first pass through the lot and there’s nowhere to park, don’t assume there’s no room inside and give up on us. Here’s what you need to know:
Remember, all traffic should enter from the Vernon Ave. entrance on the north side of the building. From there, it’s a one-way loop around the parking lot, as shown below.
If there’s a space in the lot, obviously park in the lot (unless there’s a NO PARKING sign there, as noted in the map below for Drive-Thru Waiting). The lot isn’t huge, so if you’re coming with a group, we’d ask you to please carpool if you CAN. But if the lot is full, here are your backup plans… and the areas to avoid. The likelihood that you’ll actually get ticketed or towed is fairly low, but still… we’d rather be good neighbors and not have to apologize to nearby businesses on your behalf. Please observe these guidelines:
We know you know how parking works, lol. But if you’re visiting from out-of-town (we welcome a lot of those guests who may be passing through and found us on Google, Yelp, or Trip Advisor!), here are some things we locals take for granted that you may find helpful:
We know parking can be a pain when it’s busy and no spots seem open. But we hope you’ll take advantage of the other green options above, because there’s probably still room inside, even if the lot is full!
Does Flingers take reservations? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
Those are Bloomington-Normal’s favorite pizza nights, so we tend to find ourselves pretty packed inside. As part of our mission to serve all well, we always try to prioritize the people standing right in front of us, and it’s not a great customer experience to walk-in on a busy night, see a bunch of empty tables, and be told you can’t have them because someone else reserved them. So on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s first-come, first-served so everyone feels like they get a fair shake.
Yes! Advance reservations are accepted anytime other than Friday and Saturday nights between 5pm – 9pm. And especially if you’re bringing a large party (more than 8), we highly encourage reserving space in advance so we can push some tables together in preparation.
If you're looking to make a reservation within the next 48 hours, please call 820-8838 and speak to us over the phone. If you're looking to make a reservation further out into the future, you can still call us....but you can also use our Reservation Request Form below, and a staff member will get back to you. Again, though, we do not accept advance reservations on Friday and Saturday nights between 5pm - 9pm.
Ehhhhh….no. Sorry. We’re exploring whether online reservations are right for Flingers, but as of right now, you’ve still got to actually give us a call. Like, with the phone. Just call 820-8838 any time after 11am. Or, if you absolutely do not want to talk on the phone, you can fill out the form below, submit your reservation request, and a Flingers team member will get back with you as soon as possible. If you want a reservation for today, please call! If it's not for a few days, weeks, months... then our nifty form is a good option.
Please do not attempt to make reservation requests via text, nor through our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), nor through any other 3rd party platform (such as Yelp or Open Table). Flingers does not currently accept reservations through those platforms.
Sure, as long as the Beer Garden is open, and as long as it’s not a Friday or Saturday night between 5pm – 9pm, we’re happy to set you up. Just ask when you call. You can also indicate that preference in the form below.
Fill out the form below to make a reservation…as long as it’s not Friday and Saturday between 5pm – 9pm. And give us a day or so to respond (this is kind of a new thing for us so we appreciate your patience). Call if time is of the essence!
I’ve never been there before and I’d like to know what to expect. What’s it like inside? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
In 2020, in addition to winning Best Pizza and Best Bar, locals also voted us –for the first time ever- the Best Overall Restaurant in all of Bloomington-Normal. With so many other great local restaurants in town (like Fort Jesse Café, Biaggi’s, Destihl, and Epiphany Farms, just to name a few), it’s quite an honor to take our turn in the top spot! We hope you’ll love our pizza no matter where you’re eating it, but we’ve worked hard to make our dine-in environment one-of-a-kind, and part of the reason we might be worthy of a “Best Overall Restaurant” title. Because an award like that is about more than just the food. It’s about the brand, the service, and the whole experience. So welcome to our pizza pub. Let us show you around.
Effective 6/11/21, Flingers is OPEN for inside dining in compliance with the fully-reopened, Phase 5 guidelines released by the State of Illinois on 6/11/21. (Hooray!) Additionally, as a result of the CDC guidance on 5/13/21, masks are no longer required nor expected during your dining experience at Flingers if you have been vaccinated. Further, mask-wearing is optional for our employees. More details can be found on our page.
Okay…back to your regularly scheduled website content.
Who loves floor plans? Do YOU love floor plans? Then you’re in the right spot. Check this out!
Above is the first floor plan the architects drafted for us when we moved to our current location on E. Vernon Ave in 2015. It’s not entirely accurate all these years later (for instance, there are no booths in the Bar Side, only high-top tables), but it still gives you a good, quick, representation of the general layout. When you walk in the Main Entrance, the restaurant is on your left, the bar is on your right, and the host stand is right in front of you.
The Beer Garden is closed for the winter season, we'll see you in the spring!
In June 2018, we opened our outdoor Beer Garden! It features a handful of picnic tables and a couple of 4-top tables, and since it faces West, it’s a perfect place to have a beer and a cheesebomb during sunset golden hour.
If we see a blank wall, it’s hard for us to resist drawing all over it, so we commissioned a local artist (Karl at Mad Bean Painting & Design) to paint the logos of some of our favorite area breweries all over the brick. You’ll feel like you’re in a space designed for craft beer drinking…because you are!
I like staying in my car. Do you have a drive-thru window? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
Yes, we have a drive-thru window for pickup. Some call it pickup, some call it take-out, others call it carry-out. 2020 introduced us to the term curbside pickup. (And fun fact: overseas they call it take away.) But yes, we have a pick-up window…which means in the middle of the harsh central Illinois winters, you don’t have to get out of your car, and our crew doesn’t have to leave our heated building.
Here’s a handy bullet point list for using the drive-thru pickup window:
As mentioned above, there are exceptions to the “don’t order AT the window” rule. Two exceptions, in fact.
The Lightning Lunch is our speedy lunch program that offers pizza by-the-slice, side salads, and combo deals every weekday from 11am – 1pm. Since the point is that it’s fresh & ready when you get here, ordering at the window is the fastest option possible! During the 11am – 1pm time frame, we’ll have the combo menu available at the window, so just pull up, ring the bell, place your order at the window, and we’ll get your slices and salads in a lightning flash.
In common craft beer jargon, a “growler” is a 64oz container (usually a glass jug with a lid) filled with beer. A “howler” is a smaller, 32oz version of the glass jug. And a “crowler” is an oversized, 32oz aluminum can. Here at Flingers, we do growlers and howlers, but not crowlers. There are two ways to get a growler or howler.
Either way, you can order at the pickup window. If you’re buying one of our jugs, just pull up to the window, ring the bell, and say you “want to buy a Flingers growler jug and fill it with (insert beer here).” That process takes about 5 minutes, so we’ll likely ask you to pull up to the Flamingo and wait (or over into one of the reserved spots).
If bringing your own growler for a re-fill, the same process applies. Pull up to the window, ring the bell, and tell us you “want to re-fill this growler (hand us your jug) with (insert beer here).” Just make sure it’s a proper growler. Random containers will not be filled.
And if you happen to be getting a growler Tuesday thru Thursday, you’ll get a free Tiny Bomb with it. See details on the Daily Specials page.
More details about growlers, including pricing, selection, and best practices are on the Craft Beer tab within our Menu.
Do you deliver? And how far do you go, because I live on the edge of town? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question. The first answer is yes, Flingers delivers.
At Flingers, pizza delivery is one of our core services, so we don’t outsource it. No need to dash doors or eat uber-awkwardly. We have our own Flingers delivery drivers, they know all the best routes through Bloomington-Normal, and they’ll arrive at your house or apartment with a pizza in their hand and a smile on their face. You’ll know it’s us by our unmistakable blue and yellow car toppers.
Additionally, effective 6/11/21, mask-wearing is optional for our employees, including delivery drivers. If you would still prefer a contactless delivery, please let us know when you place your order.
In addition to our 4 consecutive victories for Best Pizza and Best Bar in the annual Readers’ Choice voting, Flingers also won the Best Delivery award until the Pantagraph stopped including it as a category a few years ago (for some reason). So we may still be reigning champs in that, who knows… Point being, we may not have the largest pizza delivery fleet in town, but we believe we have the best. And this award is at least one piece of evidence backing up that claim.
Okay, let’s get to it. You want to know whether we deliver to your area. We probably do. We’ll go pretty much anywhere in the area (even outside of Bloomington-Normal proper) as long as you reach certain minimum order thresholds. And as is standard throughout the industry, the same small $3 delivery fee is attached to every delivery, regardless of the area. But check out the map below to see how much pizza you need to order if you want a Flingers car to show up in your driveway. Here’s where Flingers delivers:
More specifically, here are the delivery areas and minimum order thresholds:
This might sound like a strange question, because you’d assume the answer is pizza. And that’s true. But we have a vast menu of other things, and some of it we deliver…but some of it we don’t. Here’s the rundown.
Go online and place your Flingers pizza delivery order today (and maybe add a growler or a can of beer to it!) Our team will get it to you as hot and fast as possible.
Also, please note that for their protection, our delivery drivers do not accept cash payments. (Cash tips are okay.)
Dude, it’s Friday at 7pm, why does your online ordering system say you’re closed? Can you guys get it together, jeez… This is a good question. It’s our favorite question. And we assure you we have it together.
But first, let’s not overlook the good news: we DO have online ordering. Yes, we know it’s commonplace these days, but we’re just a humble, one-location, local pizza pub, and not every restaurant has online ordering yet. We do. So yes, you can get pizza without having to talk to an actual human person on the phone! Yay technology!
Flingers partners with our friends at HungerRush to offer you an easy, fast, stylish, “Flingers-looking” online ordering platform. Online ordering has become a huge part of the Flingers operation, so there are buttons literally everywhere on this site for you to hop right in and start crafting an order. (Like up at the top, where it says ORDER). And also this button right here:Order Now!
For the most part, it’s pretty self-explanatory. If you’re a returning customer, LOGIN. If you’re a new customer who wants to become a returning customer (this is our favorite type of customer), REGISTER. Or if you’re from out-of-town and/or still paranoid about entering information on the Internet and you want to quietly acquire pizza in the tradition of a stealth ninja, go for GUEST ORDER.
Then select whether you’re ordering for Delivery or whether you’ll be coming to get it in-person at our Drive-Thru Pickup Window. After that, bounce through the tabs and order something great. The system does NOT save your credit card information (even if you Register), so each time you come back, you’ll have to re-enter your payment info. Pain in the butt, yes. But it’s probably for everyone’s protection.
Only a couple things. Namely, those paper freebie certificates, empty growlers, empty howlers and other merch.
If you won or received any freebie certificate (such as Free Pizza Friday or a Keg Blow card), those are also not able to be used via online ordering. We don’t have a way to apply them. Sorry. You can still certainly use them for delivery or pickup, but you’ll have to place your order via a scary, awkward phone call with a human person instead of using the online ordering system.
If you order anything on draft through the online ordering system it will come in a nifty Flingers branded Growler or Howler (depending on what you choose), but we don't have them empty for sale just yet.
And other merch. Because we don't have it yet...
... yet (yes good things are coming in 2021).
If we had a dollar for every time someone asked us this, we’d have $1,334. Here’s the deal. We occasionally experience an inordinately heavy volume of pickup and delivery orders on Friday and Saturday nights. We are VERY grateful for this. You people are incredible, and we appreciate your support! But…we also only have so much space in the oven. And once orders come rolling in back-to-back-to-back, it can get a little…backed up. So if you were to place a new order after a certain point, your wait time would be unacceptable. Since we don’t want to deliver a poor customer experience, we may proactively, manually, switch-off the online ordering system on-purpose because we’ve already accepted enough orders to keep our ovens at capacity for several hours. So if you’re inside our online ordering system any night and it says ‘Store Closed’ when we should be open, it does NOT mean we are “closed overall.” Please call us instead (820-8838) and our staff can fill you in on the wait situation. Thank you!
I forgot it’s my brother’s/co-worker’s/accountant’s anniversary/birthday/quinceañera and I need to give them something good on short notice. Do you have gift cards? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
Yes, we have gift cards. You can get them in any amount, they’re reloadable, and they look all cool and Flingersy.
Seriously? This is not a good question. This is not our favorite question. Because you should know that everyone benefits from a Flingers gift card, especially us. Because we get your money now for something you’ll lose and forget abou—er, uh, I mean… Scratch that. Gift cards are a great idea for:
Yes! You can add gift cards to your order for either delivery or pickup! Just select Gift Cards from the online ordering menu, pick the amount you want, and checkout! And of course you can order them over the phone, too.
Yes! If you were lucky enough to receive a Flingers Pizza Pub gift card, you can use it to pay for your online order! This only applies to the little plastic cards that look like credit cards. Sorry, but the paper certificates you might have received from blowing a keg, Free Pizza Friday or as a result of a donation can't be used online. When we move those to fully digital we'll let you know.
Here are tips to make paying with a gift card an easy experience the first time and every time.
Do you do catering? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question.
Whenever you have your next large event it will need a strong pizza presence. After all this time, you can’t do sandwiches. You just can’t. You need a gigantic spread of pizza and cheesebombs. We’ve got you covered. Please fill out the form below or give us a call!
We’re having a fundraiser, will you donate something? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question. (This one actually is one of our favorite questions.)
Flingers exists to serve all well, from our customers to our employees to our vendors, and yes, especially to our community. We want to help out with pizza as often as possible. We do get a lot of requests, though, so here’s how we handle it.
Due to the volume of requests we receive, combined with our desire to help everyone, here’s the system we’ve developed: we try to say yes to almost everything, but everyone gets the same thing, which is a certificate (or two, or three) for a free medium pizza.
So for example…
Bottom line, we want to help! We want to contribute. But given the volume of requests, we have to humbly, politely insist that it be on our terms, which is that we offer you some certificates for free pizza which you can distribute as you see fit. Thank you for understanding!
Here’s what people are saying about Flingers in public:
Most local businesses around town do a good job. That’s why they’re still in business. Which means their customers are likely having good experiences. But not everyone leaves reviews. It’s usually only the 1-star folks who leave a review. Enough of them and it can paint an unrealistic portrait.
We don’t want you to fake anything. But if you had a good experience, please leave us a good review on one of the platforms above. You know how algorithms and search functions work these days: every good review helps us get more exposure. And if we’ve earned it, we hope you’ll provide it. Choose the site you prefer most: Google, Yelp or Facebook.
On the flipside, we’re not perfect. We know we’ll fail from time to time. Maybe we were having an off-night, or a glitchy website (sorry!). Maybe we were short staffed, or out of your favorite ingredient. Point being, we’re a one-location, local restaurant whose mission is to serve all well. So if there was a failure on our part, we take it personally and we’re profoundly sorry. Please reach out privately, give us a chance to explain, and let us make things right before publicly posting a negative review. If we ignore your request or fail to make amends, then feel free to 1-star us into oblivion. But we’re confident that won’t happen.
We’re nothing without you, so we’ll aim to identify what happened and make it right.
I just want to talk to someone personally. Is that okay? This is a good question. It’s our favorite question. We have humans standing-by, ready to engage.
So if you didn’t find what you were looking for in one of the other tabs, here’s the catch-all Flingers contact info covering every possible reason you could ever want to talk with us.
Here’s the main phone number. When in doubt, use it for anything and everything.
Here are the two people who can answer any question you have:
If there was a failure on our part, we take it personally and we’re profoundly sorry. We're a single-location, locally-owned restaurant trying to emerge from a pandemic, so we promise we didn't let you down on purpose. Please reach out privately, work with us to figure out what happened, and let us make things right.
However, please do not use our social media channels for customer service conversations. We're certainly active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but our leadership team doesn't check DMs and Messenger as often as they check email. Please either call the store and ask for a service manager, or contact Tim or Kelsey at their emails above and they'll address it quickly.
Are you a new brewery? A new distributor? Want to have your brew on-tap at the Best Bar in BloNo? Or maybe you work with a winery or a distillery. We have wine and liquor too. So for all beverage-related questions, contact Kelsey at her email above.
Are you a food vendor or distributor and think we should try your new salad mix? Have new ovens, plates, or equipment to sell us? Want to upgrade our Internet? Question about an invoice or payment? Want to re-pave our parking lot or bid for the landscaping contract? For any food, product, utilities, billing, hardware, or building & grounds questions, contact Tim at his email above.
Do you work for a local media company and want Flingers to advertise with you? Are you creating a sign and need a hi-res version of the Flingers logo? Do you want to know why in the world we don't have a full line of merch in an online Shopify store yet? (Settle down, it's coming.) Actually...do you sell promo products or t-shirts and want to bid on the Flingers merch contract?Are you from a newsroom and looking for a comment or statement? Want to interview Tim about something? Contact JoshuaOneNine, the Flingers agency. They write the beer cards. They come up with Free Pizza Friday every week. They do the Monthly Fling. They take the food photos. They write the captions. They do the graphics. They do the SEO. They run the Facebook and Instagram. They write the job postings. They do Project Pie. They built this website. They're writing this paragraph right now. If it's anywhere near the ballpark of advertising, marketing, public relations, websites, or anything digital, contact them (us). In one form or another, they've (we've) been with Flingers from the beginning downtown (2003!), and are officially the longest-tenured members of the Flingers universe.