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Bars and nightlife in Indianapolis

Top bars

New American Restaurant
“Named after a novel of Indianapolis’ own Kurt Vonnegut this gem features hand made care in all they do. In house made or locally sourced each appetizer or entree was thoughtful, inventive and delicious. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“BRU has delicious, fresh and savory burgers as well as tasty fries and shakes. (You can also get BRU ordered from ClusterTruck!)”
  • 54 locals recommend
Bar
“Great culinary and wine experience! Small restaurant and bar so definitely recommend a reservation! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Gastropub
“A wonderful restaurant with a great bar. Bartender Jay will make you feel at home while crafting you a delicious cocktail.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“This place hits all the right marks, from the atmosphere(totally steak, all the time!) to the decor (dark, busy, like all steakhouses should be!) to the food(perfect!). It is close to the Canterbury Hotel, another icon in downtown Indianapolis, and so is easy to find. If you are in Indianapolis I consider this a must to go restaurant--in fact on a relatively recent trip to Madrid, a restaurant claiming to be the oldest restaurant in the world had a list of the ten greatest restaurants globally, and St. Elmo's was on it. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Located in the Mass Ave district, this is a great restaurant/bar with an outdoor garden in the middle for live music. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cheery hangout with a warm vibe serving globally-influenced bar fare with craft beer & wine.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“A retro arcade bar and craft beer venue. Sip on drinks while playing classics like Asteroids, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, Paperboy and more.”
  • 38 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Steakhouse
“This place hits all the right marks, from the atmosphere(totally steak, all the time!) to the decor (dark, busy, like all steakhouses should be!) to the food(perfect!). It is close to the Canterbury Hotel, another icon in downtown Indianapolis, and so is easy to find. If you are in Indianapolis I consider this a must to go restaurant--in fact on a relatively recent trip to Madrid, a restaurant claiming to be the oldest restaurant in the world had a list of the ten greatest restaurants globally, and St. Elmo's was on it. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great spot on Mass Ave for an eclectic menu anchored by good sushi. On Sunday’s the sushi is half price.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Nightclub
“One of the BEST concert & event venues in Indianapolis & the nation! Big enough to feel comfy and get big name stars, but small enough to still feel intimate with amazing views of the show throughout the entire house. It is 21+ only, though.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“The first craft cocktail bar in the city. Amazing cocktails, service, shared plates and atmosphere. Open 4pm daily. Owned by yours truly and ran by some incredible Indy natives.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Chatterbox Jazz is my favorite local dive tavern where you can catch live music every night of the week. Sunday through Thursday music is from 8pm-11pm. Friday and Saturday music is from 10:30pm-1:30pm. Have a drink, meet a friend, and enjoy some live local jazz!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Gay Bar
“Indy's original Gay Bar, their dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights is always bumpin.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Night Club
“More than just your typical Cabaret. Comedy shows and touring bands on some nights as well.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Wildly irreverent dueling pianos rule this loud and rambunctious spot, keeping the crowd engaged all night long. Get ready for sing-a-longs, dance-offs and dirty humor.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Music venues

Basketball Stadium
“Tons of events here including the Indiana Pacers, concerts, and kids shows.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Catch a Pacers game or a Fever game! Also a lot of concerts are hosted here!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Music Venue
“National up-and-coming recording artists visit this neighborhood Live Nation venue.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Latin dance night every Thursday - longest running one in the city. Every other night they have live jazz concerts - and great food. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Nightclub
“One of the BEST concert & event venues in Indianapolis & the nation! Big enough to feel comfy and get big name stars, but small enough to still feel intimate with amazing views of the show throughout the entire house. It is 21+ only, though.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Local original and cover bands at the place that started it all in Fountain Square ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Rock Club
“The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is one of the most vibrant symphonies in the country, even rivaling The Top 5. They play concerts all year long, playing everything from baroque to opera to modern pop to even accompanying blockbuster hits like Harry Potter on the big silver screen. If you're in town over the holidays be sure to check out the ISO's annual Yuletide Celebration. Maestro Krzysztof Urbanski and the rest of the symphony will not disappoint. They will leave you with a lasting impression.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“If you're into live music checkout their schedule before you head to town. Live music 5-6 nights per week featuring some of the Nation's hottest artists!”
  • 4 locals recommend