Indianapolis Bars and Clubs

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501 Eagle

501 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.632.2100
Gay Bar: Known as Indianapolis' leather, Levi, bear and cruise bar, 501 Eagle is one of the oldest gay and lesbian bars in the city. Darts, pool tables and mega touch machines are available for entertainment or to break the ice, but the notoriously strong cocktails from 501 Eagle usually do the trick. The main floor is open seven days a week, and the upstairs bar is open on Fridays and Saturdays. This Indy gay bar hosts some awesome parties and events, with a cover of just $3.

Alibi's Bar & Grill

7381 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.841.7427
Sports Bar: Although throngs of Indiana and Perdue fans flock to Alibi's Bar & Grill when the rival basketball teams play, the crowd is usually an eclectic mix of various age groups. When college basketball isn't on, a random assortment of other sporting events are played, including baseball, NBA, NASCAR, Formula 1 and football. Alibi's is famous for its juicy burgers, so if you come hungry be sure to try one out.

Average Joe's Sports Pub

814 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.253.5844
Sports Bar: Average Joe's Sports Pub, a laid-back sports bar in Indianapolis, strives to make everyone feel like a regular. Dedicated to the average Joes of the world, this Indy sports bar features fried pub grub, tasty beer and plenty of TVs to watch the Pacers, Colts or any of the big auto races. The wings, with about 13 different sauces available, are famous in the Indianapolis area, but pizza, sandwiches, salads and various starters are also delicious.


2131 E. 71st St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.254.8971
Live Music Club: Birdy’s, a live music club located in Indianapolis, features much more than rockin’ live music. A full menu, darts, billiards, video games and an outdoor beer garden make this a great Indy bar even when there are no tunes playing. Birdy's is a two-level club with a second-floor outdoor deck, perfect for relaxing with drinks during the warm summer months. Locals also come to Birdy's to sing karaoke on featured nights.

Blu Martini

4705 E. 96th St., Ste. 47-49, Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.566.8650
Local Bar: Blu Martini, located in the heart of Indianapolis, isn't cheap, but it is one of the classiest places to have dinner and a drink in Indiana. The menu has Japanese roots and includes pan roasted Chilean sea bass, rack of New Zealand lamb and grilled ahi tuna steak. Blu Martini also has an extensive sushi menu featuring fresh sashimi and delicious rolls. The drinks are pricy but expertly mixed and most use premium spirits. To save some cash check out Blu Martini's happy hour, which is from 5pm-7pm nightly. For a classier club experience than those found in downtown Indy, head over to Blu Martini.

Bourbon Street Distillery

361 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.636.3316
Local Bar: The Bourbon Street Distillery has a distinctive New Orleans vibe and features delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine. This Indy restaurant and bar is perfect for watching the Pacers or NASCAR while munching on a pulled pork sandwich. Other favorites include Cajun crawfish, Diablo Creole shrimp and marinated Bourbon Street steak. The modestly priced cuisine is complimented by the large wine, beer and cocktail selection. Daily drink specials, like Monday's $1 16-ounce Bud Light drafts and $3 Stoli vodka drinks help keep money in your pocket. There's nowhere better than Bourbon Street Distillery for a taste of New Orleans while in Indy.

Broad Ripple Tavern

745 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.257.6030
Local Bar: Complete with a full menu, billiards, two bars and plenty of TVs, Indy's Broad Ripple Tavern has it all. The back room, with its own bar, can be reserved for private events. The menu includes a large selection of starters, salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and paninis. This Indiana favorite sees a healthy after-work crowd during the week, and on the weekend the Broad Ripple Tavern fills up with an exciting mix of patrons young and old. The neighborhood feel of this Indy bar has kept it one of the most popular in the Broad Ripple area.

Brugge Brasserie

1011a E. Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.255.0978
Local Bar: You have to respect a pub that brews its own beer and Brugge Brasserie not only does this very well, but this Indy favorite also serves some of the best food in the Broad Ripple area. Since Brugge Brasserie is a gastropub, patrons can expect high-quality pub grub in an upscale environment. The home-brewed Belgian beer is offered in five varieties: white, black, sacre fleur saison, dubbel and tripel de ripple. The mussels, "moules" here, are a crowd favorite and come in seven different flavors. The pomme frites, or fries as we Americans know them by, are served with eleven gourmet sauces. Excellent food and beer in an unbeatable location—what more can you ask for?


49 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.951.0033
Sports Bar: Located just steps from the Circle Centre mall, Champps is a local favorite for watching Colts games and enjoying a drink with friends. The open kitchen at Champps provides excellent views of the burgers, pastas sandwiches and specialties being prepared fresh when patrons aren't enthralled with the game. Specials are featured almost every day, especially during Sunday and Monday football games. For a great time surrounded by fellow fans, Champps in downtown Indy is among the best.

Chatterbox Jazz Club

49 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.951.0033
Live Music Club: The Chatterbox Jazz Club is one of Indianapolis' oldest and most respected live jazz venues. This club and restaurant has room for dining inside, with a few tables outside when the weather allows. Some of the world's best jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, have played at The Chatterbox Jazz Club. A large selection of beer, wine and spirits is also available with tasting events on Wednesday nights.

Chumley's Beer House

838 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.466.1555
Local Bar: Chumley's Beer House is a classic sports bar in Indianapolis with plenty of TVs to watch NASCAR, the Pacers and the Colts during away events or when cheap beer and eats is more appealing than stadium pricing. Pool tables and a jukebox provide entertainment when nothing's on TV, along with a huge selection of liquor and beer. Chumley’s Beer House is a great place to meet up with friends after work or for the big game.

Claddagh Irish Pub

234 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.822.6274
Local Bar: Authentically Irish, the Claddagah on Meridian has plenty of Guinness, whiskey and traditional cuisine to keep any Irish-at-heart Indy locals satisfied. The extensive menu has American bar favorites and a huge selection of Irish specialties like the homemade Shepherd's Pie, Guinness beef stew and corned beef and cabbage. "Pub time" specials are featured every day, and include various drink and food discounts. It's hard to get an authentic "across the pond" feeling while in the Midwest, but stepping inside Claddagah Irish Pub is just like being in Ireland.

Coaches Tavern

28 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.917.1191
Sports Bar: Coaches Tavern in Indianapolis is situated in the best place a sports bar can possibly be, just a few steps from Conseco Fieldhouse and the RCA Dome. Due to its convenient location, Coaches Tavern is a popular place for Indy locals to stop before and after games for delicious burgers, sandwiches, and nachos alongside a wide variety of domestics, imports and cocktails. Coaches Tavern also sees a lively crowd during away games with an awesome atmosphere perfect for cheering on the Colts, Pacers or whatever teams happen to be on one of the many TVs surrounding the bar.

Corner Wine Bar

6331 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.255.5159
Local Bar: It's immediately evident upon entering the Corner Wine Bar that this Broad Ripple favorite is dedicated to the sophisticated drinker. The huge selection of wine, beer and spirits may be daunting, but the Corner Wine Bar has an expert staff that is happy to narrow down the 150 wines and champagnes based on individual taste. Beer lovers aren’t left out either—nearly eight pages of domestics, imports and microbrews are available. The interior feels like a cozy European pub, with dark wood walls and red accenting. A full menu of appetizers, entrees and sandwiches compliments the huge drink selection.

Front Page Tavern

310 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.631.6682
Local Bar: Indy's Front Page Tavern may look like a dive from the outside, but this sports bar has a large selection of delicious and slightly upscale pub grub to go along with the many drink options. Everything is made to order using fresh ingredients, so the service can sometimes be a little slow. But slower service always beats microwaved food. The Front Page Tavern is truly a neighborhood bar, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to watch the game. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is excellent for watching the locals stroll by.

Greg's Indianapolis

231 E. 16th St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.638.8138
Gay Bar: Greg's Indianapolis is a gay bar with plenty of personality. The dance floor is always packed, especially during the first and second Sunday of the month, when free country dance lessons are offered. Other notable events include martini madness Mondays, dart and billiards tournaments and video mix Wednesdays. This laid-back Indy gay bar is an awesome place to dance, cruise and make new friends.

Ike & Jonesy's

17 Jackson Pl., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.632.4553
Local Bar: Ike & Jonesy's combines the best elements of college dive bar with fine dining establishment. This Indianapolis bar may have a 25-cent draft beer special on Tuesday nights, but the full menu features juicy steaks, delicious burgers and even fresh seafood. The original Ike and Jonesy, college sweethearts from DePaw University, still own this pub and are dedicated to always keeping the good times rolling.

Indie Lounge at Keystone Art Cinema

8702 Keystone Crossing, Ste. 201A, Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.579.3009
Local Bar: It's a shame that more movie theater concession stands don’t take after the Indie Lounge at Keystone Art Cinema. Beer, wine and cocktails are available before the movie, and may be taken into the theater. Bottles of wine and buckets of beer may also be purchased for the movie, for those who want to avoid missing a scene for refills. This unique theater, complete with seven screens, is definitely the best place in Indy to catch the latest indie films.

Jazz Kitchen

5377 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.253.4900
Live Music Club: It's pretty easy to guess what goes on at the jazz kitchen—awesome live jazz and delicious dining. The Jazz Kitchen hosts some of the best local, regional and national jazz artists of any live music venue in Indy, and the kitchen features a diverse selection of excellent cuisine. Crab cakes, salads, steaks, burgers and gourmet pizzas are just a few of the selections on the menu. Come ready to dance, eat and drink—the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis has it all.

Kona Jack's Fish Market & Sushi Bar

9419 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.843.1609
Local Bar: Known for its Hawaiian hospitality, Kona Jack's Fish Market and Sushi Bar features the largest selection of shellfish, fresh and salt-water fish and sushi in the Midwest. This restaurant has several different areas, depending on the patron's taste. Apres Jack's is the martini and cognac bar of the Daddy Jack's restaurant. Daddy Jack's serves delicious appetizers, pasta, salads, chicken and steak. Kona Jack's, Daddy Jack's and Apres Jack's are all located in the same building at the intersection of 96th and Meridian, giving patrons several options in one convenient location.


810 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.254.8157
Local Bar: Located in the heart of the Broad Ripple night scene, Landsharks is an awesome place to get drinks and dance all night long. To help break the ice, Landsharks features awesome drink specials every night except Sunday. Some specials are 99-cent Miller Lites on Monday, $2 Long Islands on Wednesday and $2 Coors Lights on Thursday. There have even been some celebrity sightings at Landsharks—former Pacer Ron Artest, recording artist Howie Day and Aries Spears from MAD TV have all partied at this vibrant Indy nightclub.

MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar

339 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.632.7268
Local Bar: MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar is a popular Scottish pub in the heart of the Massachusetts Avenue arts district. This Indy bar has a large menu featuring Scottish favorites and an even larger drink menu. Over 100 types of beer are offered, including many directly from Scotland that can't be found anywhere else. Authentic haggis, Shepard's pie and battered fish and chips are favorites at MacNiven's. After delicious Scottish dinners, patrons can sip on a fine Scotch while relaxing in this cozy Indy pub.

Melody Inn

3826 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.923.4707
Live Music Clubs: The Melody Inn is a historic bar in the Butler-Tarkingston neighborhood of Indianapolis that features excellent live music nearly every night of the week. Local and regional acts frequent the stage, playing to a sophisticated 21+ crowd. Expert bartenders keep the crowds feeling good while listening to the jukebox or live set, playing pool or relaxing in a plush booth. Music featured at The Melody Inn includes punk, acid jazz, techno, rock-a-billy, alternative, acoustic rock and open mic nights. And for the classic arcade game junkies, The Melody Inn has a Ms. PacMan machine.


707 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.639.6022
Gay Bar: The Metro, located in Indianapolis on Massachusetts Avenue, is a gay nightclub and restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly patrons. Drink specials are offered every day, helping to loosen up the crowd and refresh the thirsty. The Metro menu has everything from appetizers to burgers to vegetarian selections and much more. Live entertainment is featured, including piano night on Mondays and karaoke night on Tuesdays.

Midtown Grill

815 E. Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.253.7884
Local Bar: Midtown Grill is an upscale restaurant and bar in Broad Ripple, complete with its own parking lot. The parking lot might not sound like an important feature, but Broad Ripple is known for having a terrible parking situation. The menu features an impressive selection of seafood, steaks, pasta and salads alongside an extensive wine list. The roasted Moroccan rack of lamb is a Midtown Grill favorite among adult patrons, but the kids are never left out here. Chefs are happy to make specials for younger guests, like plain pasta with marinara sauce. Pianist Dave Helper provides entertainment and adds to the classy feel of Broad Ripple's Midtown Grill.

The Music Mill

3720 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.841.4930
Live Music Club: Indianapolis' Music Mill is a large complex housing a 750-seat concert hall on one side and a restaurant with full bar on the other. Large nationally touring acts frequent this Indy music venue, but the bar and restaurant are open even when no music is playing. Past performers have included Blues Traveler, Stephen Lynch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and comedian Zach Galifianakis.

Nicky Blaine's

20 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.638.5588
Live Music Club: It's hard to figure out where to start with Nicky Blaine’s—everything about it is perfect. Nicky's martini menu will probably take the entire course of dinner to get through. It's probably longer than many wine lists. Speaking of things longer than most restaurants' wine lists, the cigar selection at Nicky's is also up there. The interior of this Indy lounge is beautifully appointed with a deep red bar, plush leather couches and dim accent lighting. Entering Nicky Blain's almost feels like walking backwards into the 1920s—sans prohibition of course.

Olives Martini Bar

40 Jackson Pl., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.634.6664
Local Bar: Located in the Omni Severin Hotel, Olives Martini Bar is an ideal place to get a drink before or after dinner. True to its name, Olives makes one of the best martinis in Indy, including delicious desert concoctions. This hotel bar sees a rotating cast of business and leisure travelers, making it an ideal place to hang out with an always-fresh crowd. In addition to their famous martinis, Olives features a great selection of premium cigars, cognacs and scotches, all just an elevator ride away from guests of the gorgeous Omni Severin Hotel.

The Rathskeller

401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.636.0396
Local Bar: True to its Bavarian roots, The Rathskeller has about 50 bottled beers and 12 on tap in the Keller Bar. Lively drinking music, authentic German cuisine and friendly service has made this Indianapolis bar a local favorite for years. An authentic biergarten is one of the most popular Indy drinking spots when the weather is agreeable. The menu includes German favorites such as sauerbraten, schnitzel and brat 'n kraut balls. All of these entrees go great with a huge stein of Erdinger Weissbier. For good German fun in Indiana, there’s nowhere better than The Rathskeller.

The Red Room

6335 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.257.1344
Live Music Club: Indianapolis' Red Room combines the sophistication of a live jazz club with the energy of a hip nightclub and restaurant. Come early for dinner and stay late for some of the best dancing in Indy. The delicious menu features various pitas, lasagnas, pastas, and fresh seafood entrees. Music types vary nightly, but salsa, jazz and dance club hits are the norms. The Red Room is a great place for private parties and laid-back nights with friends. Grab a perfectly mixed martini and watch the crowd, or head to the dance floor and make some new friends.


6335 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.257.1344
Local Bar: Located in the heart of Broad Ripple, Seven is one of Indy's most exclusive nightclubs. Much about this club is typical of those you find in Vegas, Los Angeles or New York: expensive drinks, club beats and beautiful people. Seven differs from most though—a cover is charged only during special events and the VIP area features huge beds with privacy screens. Cool blue lighting keeps the interior sexy along with sleek furniture and an open feel. Patrons only complain that Seven can get too crowded, but when it's packed with so many gorgeous people, who can really complain?

Slippery Noodle Inn

372 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.631.6974
Live Music Club: Indianapolis' Slippery Noodle Inn opened in 1850, making it the oldest bar the city. Nearly 100 years after its opening, the Slippery Noodle became one of Indianapolis' best venues to see live blues. Besides having excellent live music, this Indianapolis bar is also a favorite among beer lovers. The full menu compliments the wide variety of drinks, and includes subs, nachos, wings, salads and, of course, noodles. The Slippery Noodle Inn also has a game room and TVs around the bar for those who can't bear to miss the big game.

Talbott Street

2145 N. Talbott St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.931.1343
Gay Bar: Talbott Street is a three-in-one Indianapolis gay establishment featuring a dance club, cocktail lounge and live entertainment venue. The Copper Bar has a huge dance floor with a DJ spinning the latest top 40 hits. Legends features some of the best in drag show performances, and the Sky Bar provides a quieter place to sip a cocktail and mingle with other hot Indy singles.

Unicorn Club

122 W. 13th St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.262.9195
Gay Bar: The Unicorn Club is Indianapolis' only all-male review, featuring a wide variety of men—some hot, some otherwise. Though mostly men frequent the Unicorn Club, women are welcome and always seem to get a kick out of the men shaking it on stage. This Indy gay bar is definitely unique, and should be high on the list of those who want to try something different.

The Vogue

122 W. 13th St., Indianapolis, Indiana; Tel. 317.262.9195
Live Music Club: The Vogue is one of the largest and most varied nightclubs in Indiana. Part bar, part dance club and part live music venue, there really is something for everyone at Vogue. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Indy's top DJs keep the dance floor going all night long, and great drink specials always help keep the crowd loose. Johnny Cash, The White Stripes and The Dave Matthews Band have all graced the stage at this premier Indianapolis venue. Whether you like dancing the night away or seeing awesome live music, The Vogue is sure to leave you more than satisfied.

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