The Slippery Noodle Inn: jazz, blues, live from the noodle!!!
The Slippery Noodle Inn is Indianapolis' oldest bar!!! There is live music almost every night...if you like blues,jazz, this is a must see place to check out!!! as a plus, they have great nachos and just about everything else you wish to eat. fair prices. ect......
Dress Code: not a problem,there is a come as you are attitude here!
Radio Radio: Hip Naptown Spot
I absolutely loved this place, so if you go don't lame it up. Small time touring bands and a few "on the cusp of fame" come through here. "Mod nights" are a blast, the guy who runs the place is from Manchester (the English one) and has great taste in tunes. Fantastic Planet (the anti-Yellow Submarine don't watch it if you're on something) was on the TV, the music had beat and the beer selection was great.
Dress Code: Whatever, there was a nice, mixed crowd here.
The Wellington: The Wellington
This is one of those bars that hasn't changed much over the years, with one very large and disappointing fact. They no longer serve the Broadripple Brewpub's beers (the two establishments were somehow at one time, probably through ownership). One of my biggest reasons for going to the Welly was the Broadripple Brewpub beers...I loved the Wheat beer, the ESB; and, in the winter, the porter was an excellent choice.
The look, feel, beer, darts and size of a small English pub. I simply feel in love with this place the first time I went there (illegally) with my brother. I have many great times at the Welly and even a few bad ones, but that's life a bar like the Welly is there during the good times and the bad! It's like your kitchen table at home, only much cooler and there are other people there besides your family.
The Old Point Tavern: The Old Point Tavern
Has the bar you were in just had last call and then aburptly kicked you out? Not ready to go home? Then head over to the Old Point Tavern, they always seem to be open (until 3am on Friday & Saturday) later than everyone else.
This is where I typically end up at the end of a long night of drinking in Indianapolis. My friends and I used to start out at the Kellerbar in the Rathskeller, then move to the Chatterbox and finish things off at the Old Point, all of which are basically on the same block...too convenient. Add in the fact that we all lived downtown, so, cab rides were cheap and stumbling home always an option.
Anyway, the Old Point Tavern is an Indianapolis landmark. Situated in an old triangular shaped downtown store front, the Old Point has a great selection of pub grub and an even better selection of beers and booze.
In the winter, the glow of red neon lights in the window give the place an all inviting warm feeling. In the summer, the same red is there, but the patio tables and awnings are the attraction to seating outside watching passersby and the sun set over the Delware and Pennsylvania Streets while sipping your favorite brew. So, whatever the season, definitely make a stop at the Old Point
The Chatterbox: Live Jazz every night of the week...
I first went to the Chatterbox about ten years ago (1992). The Chatterbox is great little place that you can count on for not changing much at all over time...in fact, Dave, the guy who owns it doesn't seem to change much at all either. I swear that guy doesn't age.
Anyway, back to the bar, the Chatterbox offers live jazz six days a week...come to think of it, the musicians haven't changed much either over the years.
Anyway, again, back to the bar, live jazz six nights a week that doesn't change, great atmosphere that doesn't change, a great bartenders that don't change (except the that one dude is a dork) and interesting people with good conversations to be had by all. It's definitely a bar where you can't just have one...
Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for my liver, I no longer live in downtown Indianapolis (or Indiana for that matter) so I can't hang at the Chatterbox as much as would like to...but its a definite stop for me when I am in town.
I was back in late summer 2002 and spent a lot of time there drinking Gin-n-Tonics...ummmm! My buddy AJ (who lives in Indy) and I determined the Chatterbox makes the best Beafeater-n-Tonic in the city; moreover, Christine, one of the bartenders makes the best Beafeater-n-Tonic. They're so well made, we nicknamed her the Gin Reaper...what a sweetheart! It's no wonder I have spent three of my last ten New Year's Eves celebrating at the Chatterbox.
Dress Code: You will see people dressed in everything from jeans and T-shirts to tuxedos and cocktail dresses...Dave doesn't care what you wear as long as you bring $4 cover charge for the door on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Average Joe's Sports Pub: Average Joe's Sports Pub
This place is not incredibly crowded on a Friday night... I was able to move around and actually find a table! I am not used to this, so this was a good thing! :) Anyway, this is definitely a sports bar with TV's placed strategically throughout the place. There's a bar in front, and in the ajoining room there are a couple tables and a few pool tables (which we somehow got ahold of both!). Anyway, they also serve up some food here, which was decent (they have 2 for 1 deals on fridays).
Old Pro's Table: Old Pro's Table
Another sports bar that I enjoyed in Broad Ripple. It wasn't too crowded.. again, I was able to move about. There was a fire going in the middle, which was really unique. The bar area had wood paneling and such. The back had some video games and a few pool tables... although we watched other people play until we could wait no longer and left to find one someplace else! Anyway, this place was nice at any rate!
Average Joe's Sports Pub: Average Joe's Sports Pub
FULL, and I mean FULL of sports memorabilia. It is co-owned by the owner of Treadway Racing (an Indy racing team), so there is a bunch of that stuff (wheels, parts of cars, tons of autographed). There is also alot of NBA, NFL, Indianapolis Ice (local hockey team), and high school sports memorabilia covering the walls, ceilings, and even the surface of the bar.
It also has 6 pool tables that are free until 9pm every night, and free all night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The best day to go is Thursdays, which is also $2 import night. Nothing beats #2 Guinness draught and free pool. I recommend the nachos and the tenderloin sandwich to eat.
Dress Code: None.
Union Jack's Pub: Union Jack's Pub
Good pizza here, as well as a bar with a VERY large beer selection (although a bit pricey). It has a seperate dining area from the bar, so its' good for both sitting at a bar talkign with friends, or grabbing a bite to eat.
Dress Code: None
The Wellington: The Wellington
A VERY small bar in the Broad RIpple Village area, it's my favorite bar. I'm not much on dance clubs. This place is cozy, dark, and offers great beer. Be warned, it can get pretty packed in there, but stop onin even for one beer.
Dress Code: None that I know of.
Net Heads internet cafe: Net Heads internet cafe
The first internet cafe I ever knew of in Indy, it opened a couple years ago. It's two floors and has a BUNCH of computers set up for surfing the net and hardcore gaming. They have tournaments galore, as well as some good munchies and good coffee as well. The balcony on the second level offers a great view of Broadripple. I watched one of the Pacers' NBA Finals games last year on the balcony with the owners of the place. You could hear the roar of the town whenever the Pacers hit a big three.
Dress Code: None
Downtown - This is a great...
Downtown - This is a great place to spend a night out. With numerious places to eat, drink, and enjoy yourself, the downtown area (Circle Center) is a great place to spend an evening. Circle Center Mall stays open until around 9 or 10 depending on the day of the week, but the city does not close then. The Slippery Noodle is a great place to enjoy music and drink.
Broad Ripple - If you are looking for an under 40 party crowd, head to Broad Ripple. BR has many nightclubs, danceclubs, and bars that is centered around the 21-30 crowd. As I am only 20 years old I have no experience, but I know that many travel a couple hours just to party on these couple of streets. Broad Ripple is the place to be!!
Dress Code: Indiana is a pretty laid back state, and so is the city of Indianapolis. Dress is not as important as is having a good time. However, for your own sake, I would recommend dressing nice, if you have it. There are clubs and bars for every type of dress in this city. You will find everything from NYC fashion to bikers, it just depends on where you go.
Slippery Noodle!Easy to get...
Easy to get to, it's just south of the circle (center of downtown) off of Meridian. The Slippery Noodle is billed as Indy's oldest bar and features two blues stages. If you get bored with one, go walk to the other one (if it's not completely packed with people!). Covers vary depending on who is playing there and the quality of the bands varies. They do eventually get all the big names in the Blues genre, so keep an eye on them. All in all, I always thought it was a pretty nice place to hang out.
Two music stages... one cover charge! There is a balcony area over the back stage if I remember correctly (beer ingestion *may* have clouded my memory!).
Dress Code: Nothing special at all...
The Vogue TheaterThe Vogue is...
The Vogue Theater
The Vogue is a very popular night spot in Indy, so be prepared for a crowd. There is dancing, drinking (of course!), three bars... and they are always getting in great acts for a cozy little setting. They've had everything form Veruca Salt to Junior Brown to Reverend Horton Heat. There are also a host of other night spots right next door in Broad Ripple that you can check out if the Vogue is just too darn crowded for your taste :-) C.T. Peppers is also tremendously popular....
You can check Pollstar for the big name acts coming to The Vogue. It's easiet to look up Indianapolis first, then check out the Vogue... plus you get to see all the other acts coming to town while you're at it :-)
Dress Code: open!
Slippery Noodle: Slippery Noodle
Great Blues Bar - live blues 7 nights a week. This is the oldest bar in Indianapolis (1850) and on weekends they have two live bands - very popular place and a lot of fun! Interesting bit of history is that it was part of the Underground Railroad linking to Union Station with underground tunnels.
Dress Code: Casual
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