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Best Bars in Indianapolis

Welcome to Indianapolis, live it up! From trendy lounges to a sing-along piano bar, Downtown Indianapolis provides multiple opportunities for a night time fun out on the town. Nightlife in Indianapolis is primarily focused downtown and also in Broad Ripple Village, an artsy collection of bistros, boutiques and bungalows that are just north 15 minutes of downtown.

J Clydes

1008 N Bosart Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46201
(317) 351-8860

J Clydes is a great tiny neighborhood bar with no frills. It’s known as an excellent dive bar, with a nice small atmosphere. Smoking is allowed. J Clydes has excellent jukebox selections and the bartenders are friendly and welcoming.

Alley Cat Lounge

6267 Carrollton Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 257-4036
The Alley Cat Lounge continues to be one of Indianapolis’s legendary joints in downtown. This dive bar is deemed one of the city’s best bars by Maxim magazine. Generous pours on the drinks are your friend here. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. If you’re in Indianapolis, you have to check out this bar!

The Ball & Biscuit

331 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 636-0539

The Ball & Biscuit is known to have one of the greatest atmospheres in Indy. The lighting is cool and the cocktails are outstanding, especially the Sazerac. The bartenders are friendly and professional and are cocktail masters. In short, The Ball and Biscuit has a fantastic staff, perfect cocktails, delicious food and comfortable ambience.

Red Key Tavern

5170 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 283-4601

The Red Key Tavern is a fun neighborhood bar with a welcoming atmosphere, friendly service and a truly mixed crowd. They have a dramatic aviation theme. The food is good with one of the best burgers, coney-island dogs or tenderloins in Indy.

Melody Inn

3826 N Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 923-4707

The Melody is just what is sounds like…a very musical place! Every Saturday night Punk Rock fills this place and it rocks! They have a variety of original live music. The drinks are stiff and strong and they have wonderful staff and patrons which make for a fun night out. Each evening they have a variety of music genre. Tuesdays they have DJ’s, Wednesday and Thursday and Friday nights are Rock and Roll nights. On Friday there is a Hillbilly Happy Hour. They have a comedy show once per month on Mondays. This is a welcoming atmosphere and an eclectic collection of patrons.




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