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Indianapolis Downtown Bars

NOTE: These pages were created in 1998 and updated somewhat until 2006.
Some of these bars are gone or are renamed.
I'm leaving this page here for historical reference.

You can find my up-to-date bar listing GO HERE



There is a nice mall in the middle of downtown called the Circle Centre Mall. Here is a picture of one of the entrances:

Star Photo by Robert Scheer

These four popular bars are all on the top floor of this mall:

World Mardi Gras - 488-ROCK - Music hall featuring a New Orleans street theme.
Gator's - a high-energy dance club based on a beach theme, featuring state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting.
Flashbaxx A dance club done up in 1970s-style decor that features '70s and '80s music, DJ.
Brewski's - 488-ROCK - Sports bar
These 4 clubs combine for almost 50,000 square feet. When there is a cover charge (usually $5), it will get you into all 4 clubs.
There is also a virtual arcade up on the 4th floor as well.


Alphabetical Listing:

AJ's Lounge - 551 N Senate Ave - 632-9858


Alcatraz Brewing Co - 49 W. Maryland St - 488-1230
A San Francisco Eatery who brew their own beer.


Amato's Pub - 2536 S Meridian St - 784-0784


Anchor Inn - 1616 N Arlington Ave - 359-9296


Arnold's Tavern - 3018 E 10th St - 636-7556


BW-3 Grill & Pub - 15 E. Maryland - 916-9464
Specializes in Buffalo Wings.


Bar 52 - 3806 English Ave - 359-5200


Barringer's Tavern - 2535 S Meridian St - 783-3663


Basey's Roadhog Saloon - 419 S. West St. - 637-4514
Ride your bike.


BB Little Thuderbird - 2749 S Brill St - 787-4125


Benders Restaurant & Bar - 4507 S Harding St - 781-1729


Benny Jack's Pub & Eatery - 1032 S East St - 637-4397


Betty Boops Lounge - 637 Massachusetts Ave - 637-2310


Bill Spears Tavern - 435 Kentucky Ave - 637-2033


Birdie's Place - 1271 S East St - 226-9084


Black Orchid Lounge - 2275 N Illinois St - 923-0311


Blue Bird Lounge - 3806 E 30th St - 545-0245


Bob's Bar - 5464 Massachusetts Ave - 546-1425


Bonfire West - 1541 W Michigan St - 631-8559


Bug Dog Saloon Sports Bar & Grill - 2929 Kentucky Ave - 244-1223


Canvas Lounge - 952 N West - 635-2901


Casino Lounge - 1711 E Minnesota St - 787-8719


Cat Ballou's - 1236 Oliver Ave - 267-9283


Catalina Bar - 3032 E Washington St - 631-6310


Champions Sports Bar - 350 W. Maryland - below the Marriott Hotel


The Chatterbox Tavern - 435 Massachusetts Ave - 636-0584
Tiny little place with live jazz nightly and they may charge you a cover.


Choo Choo Inn - 748 S Emerson Ave - 353-1796


Claddagh Irish Pub - 234 S. Meridian St - 822-6274


Classic's Bar & Grill - Irvington Plaza - 353-1070


Club Lasalle - 3219 E Michigan St - 632-6011


Club Mecca - 2802 Merchants Drive - 920-5915
On 02/09/04 some 20 y/o women got in a fight and two ended up shot.
On 04/04/04 two 22 y/o guys leaving the bar were shot and one died. Police have repeatedly responded to reports of trouble at this nightclub since January 2001.


Club Ten Tavern - 2127 E 10th St - 636-3168?

This neighborhood bar is in a neighborhood you might want to stay out of if your squeamish. I attended in order to check out my friend's band. It was an entertaining evening, what with the people strung out on crack walking in and the people there were super friendly. I was worried about my car getting broken into though.


ComedySportz Arena - 3121 W. 30th St - 926-3368


The Coyote Den - 2705 W Washington St - 636-9177


The Cozy - 20 N Penn. - 638-2100
The Cozy features 12,000 square feet of something for everyone. We have casual and fine dining at great prices, as well as full banquet facilities for receptions, etc.The Cozy offers various forms of entertainment from pool and darts to live music.


DJ's Lounge - 1707 Prospect St - 634-0762


D&M Tavern - 2137 S Meridian St - 784-4893


Doug & Tina's Lounge - 1640 S Meridian St - 636-4243


The Dugout Tavern - 621 Virginia Ave - 639-1133


Faces Night Club - 2145 N Talbot - 923-9886


The Factory Tavern - 1627 Howard St - 687-8077


Fat Cat Bar - 3744 Lafayette Rd - 291-9706


Fonza's Pub - 3652 S Meridian St - 780-9348


Fountain Room - 1101 Virginia Ave - 686-6019
Room next to historic Fountain Square goes back in time about four decades to transform into sock-hopped diner from yesteryear. Live music.


Fountain Tavern - 1245 Shelby St - 632-9476


4 The Good Times - 2009 E Minnesota St - 784-3279


Frank & Bobbi's Bar & Grill - 243 N State Ave - 266-0775


Frank & Bobbi's Bar - 3302 E 10th St - 231-1967


Friday's - 501 W Washington - 685-8443


Front Page Tavern - 310 Massachusetts Ave - 631-6682


Garfield Tavern - 2627 Shelby St - 786-5486
The Garf is a friendly neighborhood tavern that decorates with animal trophies. Free Wings and Pig Fries on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Pool table and pinball machine. $


Gaslight Inn - 2280 S Meridian St - 784-8257


Golden Ace Inn - 2533 E Washington St - 632-0696


Great Divide - 743 E New York St - 637-2192
Friendly little neighborhood bar. They will rent you the place for partys and cater it.


Hard Rock Cafe - 47 S Meridian St - 317-636-2550

Hard Rock


Have A Nice Day Cafe - 225 S. Meridian St - 635-8824

70's theme dance club south of the circle on Meridian Street. They play lots of disco.


Harold's Ox-ten Tavern - 2827 E 10th St - 635-3897


The Hideway Lounge - 2990 N Arlington Ave - 546-1058


Hoosier Pub - 1120 S Meridian St - 262-1021


The Hop - 2014 N Shadeland Ave - 356-5700


Hotelsmen Club - 561 W 26th St - 926-0400


Hots - 255 W Morris St - 637-6252


Ike & Jonesy's - 17 Jackson Place (by Union Station) - 632-4553

50's bar with dance floor. Can get really crowded late at night with people packed in and dancing. Lots of fun. Note, they may lay off the 50's-60's music and play typical dance music as the night progresses.


Indy Top 40 - 2018 W Morris St - 2370060


Indianapolis Comedy Connection - 247 S. Meridian St - 631-3536


Ironworkers Corner Bar - 1101 English Ave - 261-1218


J Clyde - 1008 N Bosart Ave - 351-8860


Jane's Double Overtime Tavern - 917-1191 - 28 S. Pennsylvania St.
This place just opened at the beginning of 1998. Good food - all-American sandwiches with an Italian flair.


Jillian's - 141 S. Meridian St - 822-9300

Watch TV on bottom floor in bar, A lot of games to play on other floors - even bowling! also has a dance floor!


Johnny's Park Inn - 2531 Shelby St - 784-0952


Just Us - 1625 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St - 924-1119


Kameleon - 120 E. Market St - 964-0400
Dance floor - girly contests


Kilimanjaro Reggae Night Club - 235 S Meridian St - 756-9606


Kitley Inn - 825 S Kitley Ave - 357-3160


Lakeview Supper Club - 2805 Kentucky Ave - 248-9667


Legal Beagle - 20 N. Delaware St - 266-0088
Lawyer pub.
Feb 12, 1999 - According to paper, owner drank too much, then grabbed a female patron while she was talking to Larry Bird, and threw her from his pub . Owner gets charged with battery.

Note to self: "Don't invite any lawyers when I get a bar."


Leroy's - 1417 Prospect St - 630-1116


Leroy's Lounge - 1501 E 38th St - 923-2935


Lincoln Inn - 1539 S East St - 635-7494


Linebacker - 2631 W Michigan St - 634-1211


Little Spot Tavern - 3662 W Morris St - 244-0664


Lockerbie Pub - 631 E Michigan St - 631-9545
Seems to be a neighborhood bar in a historic area. I had good Buffalo Wings there while listening to recorded music that varied from old-time Jazz to Jimi Hendrix and watching the game. I hear a lot of cops hang out there. It kind of reminded me of a 50's bar for some reason.


Lotus - 235 S. Meridian St.
A dance club where you will want to dress up more than for the clubs next door.
There is a sushi bar on the ground floor. Decor is neat.
The 2nd floor has a lounge, a bar and a dancefloor with big bass.
The 3rd floor has a small liquor bar with lots of candles and some couches by the windows. There is a elevator and stairs.
[11/29/04 - 4 guys got into an argument here and were thrown out, they began arguing again in the parking lot and one ended up shot 3 times.]
Macabob Tavern - 1446 E Washington St - 266-0535


Maggie's Lounge - 453 N Rural St - 634-8290


Malibu


The Masterpiece - 3748 N Sherman Dr - 545-1301


May's Lounge - 901 Dorman St - 635-0020


McQueen's - 302 N Colorado Ave - 375-0358


McRay's Bar - 1406 S Belmont Ave - 237-9745


Melody Inn - 3826 N Illinois St - 923-4707
A neighborhood pub more likely found in the Bronx than near Butler Univ. Decorated in 1969 and not touched since. Wraparound booths and solid oak bar top make for total retro-coolness. Live Music.


Mesa Lounge - 122 W 13 - 637-0864


Mike Sergi Sports Bar - 1121 N Arlington - 352-0401


Mike's Bar - 802 S West St - 635-0921


Morelock's Bar - 1602 S East St - 687-0085


Mustang Bar & Grill - 2032 E 10th St - 630-9604


New Fountain Lounge - 816 W 30th St - 924-9878


Nicky Blaine's - 1 N Meridiant St - 638-5588

Located right at the south corner of the circle and Meridian St. Cigar Martini bar. Upscale and comfortable. Occasional Live music


Old Point Tavern - 401 Massachusetts Ave - 634-8943


Olde Barn Tavern - 525 S Harding St - 638-7138


Olive's Martini Bar - 40 W. Jackson Pl - 396-3626
Located in the Omni Severin building


151 West Club - 151 W 14th St - 767-1707


Our Place - 231 E 16th St - 638-8138


Oxford Inn - 2902 E Washington St - 635-5022


Ozzie's Bar & Grill - 603 E Market St - 631-3004


Poet's Lounge - 1151 S West - 632-9775


The Point - At intersection of Alabama and Massachusetts, just down the sidewalk from the Chatterbox tavern. There is a third road going thru this intersection which created a corner that comes to a sharp point. So they built the building that way and that is where this little bar is. Windows all around and shaped like a triangle. Seems to be a hangout for the artsy-fartsy...but this is such a neighborhood.


Prospect Tavern - 2135 Prospect St - 631-0706


Pugsley's - 2951 S Meridian St - 788-9591


Radio Radio - 1119 E. Prospect - 955-0995
Lots of live music!


Ralph's - 2712 E Washington St - 636-9236


Rascals - 210 S State Ave - 238-0720


Rathskeller Restaurant's Biergarten - 401 E. Michigan - 636-0396
On most nights, this German restaurant, located in the historic Athenaeum building across from the Murat, adds music to its menu. Whether you want rock or R&B, drop by for some schnitzel and tunes. The bands perform in the classy Kellersal Room. The history of the room makes the mood. Its a long narrow room with one aisle cutting down the center between a table on each side and it has a very high ceiling. In the warm months, drink and jam in the beirgarten (roof patio).


Ram Brewery


Red Eye Cafe - in the bar district - Meridian & Jackson St

Opened in 2005 - I think they're open all night so when the bars kick you out, you can go there for food.


Rhon-D-Voo Lounge - 3404 N Illinois St - 927-9191


Rick's Cafe Americain - 39 W. Jackson Place - 634-6666
Cool architecture accents the upscale jazz artists. More restaurant than club, it does the jazz and food combination right.


Ritter Inn - 466 S Ritter Ave - 322-9095


Ritz Lounge - 2628 N Harding St - 923-4139


Roof Top - 1105 Prospect 4th floor - 686-6006
Outdoor roof top lounge on Fountain Square Theater Building.
Rosemont Tavern - 301 S Warman Ave - 632-4916


Rural Inn - 2725 E Michigan St - 631-9875


Sam's Old Number 7 Bar & Grill - 3344 N Arlington Ave - 545-2460


Sam's Saloon - 1640 Prospect St - 685-9305


Shelby Street Saloon - 2849 Shelby St - 783-3518


Shi-Kay Lounge - 1514 N Emerson Ave - 357-7622


Shodown - 2409 English Ave - 638-7733


Silver Fox - 202 S Holmes Ave - 236-8519


6 Lounge - 247 S. Meridian St - 638-6660
Food, Dancing, DJ


Slippery Noodle Inn - 372 S Meridian St - 631-6968

Indianapolis' oldest bar and best blues bar. They have two stages in two rooms, often with both getting used at the same time. They also have a game room and a second floor and a restaruant. Many of the great Chicago Blues bands play here. Expect to pay a cover charge. People of all ages attends. $$


Southtown Tavern - 1232 S Meridian St - 634-2910


Speakeasy Pub - 2002 N Arlington - 352-0631


Spur's - 2104 E Washington St - 236-0102


Stan's Inn - 2027 Prospect St - 632-1211


Starsky's Retro Dance Café - 50 West South St (behind the Slippery Noodle
Opened March 2005 - They play 70's - 80's dance hits.


Sundance Night Club - 1040 S Sherman Dr - 351-1880


The Sunshine Cafe - South Meridian across from Union Station.
Dance club.


3535 West - 3535 W 16th St - 638-1788


Tailgators - 373 S Illinois St - 756-7254
One bar in front, and a bar in back where you can listen to live music. Generally harder rock stuff.


TiKi Bob's - 231 S. Meridian St - 974-0954

Another dance club next door to 'Have a Nice Day Cafe' and 'Lotus' clubs.


Tomorrow's Near North Cafe - 2301 N. Meridian St. - 925-1710
Tomorrow's has been around for 15 years, but recently started featuring live music. It has a beautifully landscaped patio, along with a big screen TV, darts and a pool table.


2001 Bar - 2001 Shelby St - 786-0848


Twin Jay's Lounge - 1151 S West St - 637-5792


The Ugly Monkey - 302 S. Meridian St. in Union Station - 636-8459
They have an 80's bar up front, an outside deck that plays hits from all decades, and a live DJ in the back bar that plays top 40 music.


Utopia - 924 N. Pennsylvania - 638-021
Utopia features a very cozy atmosphere. We have tables up front for dining (choose your favorite from sandwich/appetizer menus) and a high-energy dance floor in back.
Van's Tavern - 2005 S Keystone Ave - 783-3476


The Vault - 120 E. Market St. - 964-0433
August 2006: Forced to cancel its Hip Hop night due to five murders and five injuries involved with people attending.


Vollrath Tavern - 118 E Palmer St - 632-5199


Whistle Stop Inn - 375 S Illinois St - 639-1605


Wilmoth Bar - 2234 Shelby St - 784-0993


The Working Man's Friend - 234 N Belmont - 636-2067


Wreck Bar - 2402 English Ave - 262-8874


Zee Zee's Lounge - 1823 N College





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