An arts and crafts shop selling work by "local, regional and national artists," including pottery, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, glasswork, textiles, prints, cards and soap.
A combined gallery/studio showing the work of the local artists who rent space here. It’s a bit more chaotic—in a good way—than your typical gallery, with paintings hanging salon-style on every available wall space. The enthusiasm of the artists is contagious, and their “Rob the Bank” events, involving a real bank vault, are worth checking out. While the quality of work here might strike you as being a bit uneven at times, you can find some shining gems. You can also find artwork in the Art Bank that won’t push you over your credit limit.
If there is one restaurant readers of NUVO prefer above all others in Indy, it’s gotta be Yats. No doubt that’s because the iconic Joe Vuskovich and his crew love equally and want to make sure everyone gets a chance to eat some of the best creole food anywhere outside of New Orleans. Each day brings a new set of six to ten menu items, including vegetarian options, according to mood and availability. The price, however, is always cheap and the company is always exquisite.
3Mass Gallery is a space for emerging artists at southwest foot of Mass Ave.
Located in the heart of Indianapolis, the Alexander Hotel is modern, sleek and comfortable location available for hosting events and conferences.
Multi-purpose event space: "The original, stunning wood beams, exposed brick walls and hard wood floors make for a very intimate yet cosmopolitan atmosphere for any occasion."
The Ball & Biscuit’s name signifies some old time voice transmitting device; you’ll see it as that diminutive artifact that sits atop the bar, like a vintage diving helmet, with a long black tube attached. An old-fashioned backlit sign — ”on the air” — adds to the nostalgic charm. The drinks also harken to another time, in more ways than one. Hamhattan, Silver Gin Fizz, Sidecar and Aviation are all classic cocktails with small twists. But you’ve also seen them at Euphoria, the Indianapolis haunt where chef Brad Gates and mixologist Zach Wilks formerly held court. You can always count on top-shelf, small-batch alcohol at The Ball & Biscuit and a solid lineup of choice cheeses for noshing. As with any good speakeasy, there’s good contraband off the menu — if you know to ask.
NUVO readers have never selected anything other than Bazbeaux as the city’s Best Pizza. In addition to excellent locations (Mass Ave and Broad Ripple) and terrific staff, what makes Bazbeaux so enjoyable is the variety of options. Pour over a massive list of ingredients and craft your own masterpiece, or skip the work and choose one of the standard favorites like the Basilica, which drops tomato sauce for pesto, adds black olives and sun-dried tomatoes, and finishes off with feta cheese.
Where would you rather be on a balmy summer evening than sitting among your friends at a picnic table, listening to live music, drinking beer from a 24-ounce cup? The Rathskeller’s unique architecture and decor offers the authentic German beer hall experience year round, but it’s especially fun in spring and summer when you can sit outdoors in the communal environment of the Biergarten with other revelers. You'll hear it all: from polka, to folk, to rock, and even R&B as you quaff from the Rathskeller’s fine selection of draft beers and — who knows? —maybe make some new friends. Days vary. Check schedule at rathskeller.com for more details. 21+.
Making the most of locally-sourced ingredients, Black Market offers a concise and exciting menu at reasonable prices in a cool and contemporary setting. Choosing from a dozen or so dishes in all, diners can sit at one of a handful of booths, or join other gastronauts at a large communal table, bringing to mind feasting of old. The wine-and-beer list is as succinct as the menu and well chosen, with the emphasis on food-friendly wines at again very fair prices.
Excellent burgers and a first-rate beer list from the folks who brought us Mesh. Everything at Bru is prepared in-house, including the bread, ketchup and mayonnaise. The burgers are all made to order from a proprietary blend of hormone-free sirloin, chuck and brisket. The chicken is Amish-raised. Appetizers are substantial, so count on sharing. Burgers are ideally proportioned, so that every ingredient can be tasted in a single bite.
Funky-cool home furnishings, artistic home accessories and a selection
of artwork fill this Mass Avenue newcomer. It’s best to follow these guys on Facebook and/or Twitter
as business hours tend to fluctuate based on who’s running the store or trips to market. But you’ll be treated
with pictures of new merchandise and announcements of “secret” sales, so keep up. If you’re looking for lighted willow branches, heavy votive holders in jewel tones, or custom fabrics, this is the place. They also have beautiful recovered-wood items, large stained glass pieces, and art photography among their wares. Seriously chic.
A great hangout for the Downtown crowd, and an ideal spot for a beer and a snack after the theater, Chatham Tap offers great drinks and nightly specials, as well as two taps always dedicated to local brews. The menu is fantastic as well — and by that we mean the garlic cheese fries make us smile. Outdoor seating and dedicated soccer fans round out the attraction. There’s also a location on 116th Street in Fishers.
The Chatterbox, a live jazz staple for more than 25 years in the Mass Ave Cultural District, is one of the city’s smallest and hottest nightspots. You’re never going to get anything less than a great set from whomever is performing, especially if that’s Chatterbox regular Cynthia Layne, or any number of headliners who seem to wind up here after playing one of the nearby bigger venues. The Chatterbox is a rarefied breed in Indy’s nightlife scene: thoroughly sophisticated, yet entirely proletarian. Not coincidentally, it’s also a regular NUVO Best of Indy winner.
City Dogs specializes in premium, all-natural, holistic dog and cat food and also features healthy treats, a dog bakery, toys, and accessories.
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