This is as close as you're going to come in Indianapolis to pretending you're in Paris. And believe us, we should know. Thankfully, the imaginary journey is made easier with this Broad Ripple establishment. From the sidewalk seating to the extensive and excellent selection of wines, Corner Wine Bar is tres magnifique. Some of the wines can be pricey, even by the glass. Luckily the house selections are both affordable and usually delicious. Small, but delicious and imaginative, food menu. Perfect for an outdoor summer evening, or a cozy winter one indoors.
This 2,200-seat hall opened in 1963 to national architectural news coverage. Unique interior elements include no interrupting aisles for center seats, a close proximity to the stage and a special acoustic design for symphonies. Butler Ballet, Butler Symphony and other music groups perform regularly at Clowes, but the concert hall hosts such diverse attractions as Broadway Across America, John Mellencamp and Street Drum Core.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is considered the largest children's museum in the world and is home to a number of innovative permanent exhibitions including “The Power of One” showing how one child can make a significant difference for the good of the larger community and the newly installed “National Geographic Treasures of the Earth” involving visitors in scientific sleuthing to bring “lost” objects to light. Rotating exhibits provide something fresh and new for all ages. Other claims to fame are the Chihully glass installation and Dinosphere featuring life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, petrified dinosaur eggs and interactive stations where kids and grown-ups can learn about dinosaur habitats and lifestyles. As you drive by the museum, it looks like there are real dinosaurs busting through the exterior of the structure! The Lilly Theatre also offers live entertainment for children, featuring some of Indy’s most talented theater artists.
If there is one crime in this world you simply cannot get away with, it’s sneaking Boogie Burger garlic fries into an office building without being noticed. It’s also dangerous because those garlic fries, famously piled with little bits of that fresh minced goodness, are one of the most delicious iterations of fried potato this fine city has to offer. But let’s get real: it’s all about those thick, juicy patties of meat—with onion rings! with fried eggs! with all the toppings!
Formed in 2004, Big Car is a collective of more than 30 visual artists, writers, musicians and thinkers, all of whom team up with community groups and cultural organizations to provide kids and adults with access to art. This year, Big Car achieved a massive coup by opening a new space — a former tire service center — in a parking lot adjacent to Lafayette Square Mall. With Service Center, Big Car makes manifest its mission to take art directly to people, in this case people in what has to be the most diverse area of Indianapolis.
Big Car: Bringing art to people and people to art. from Big Car on Vimeo.
The new space on offer from the MOKB/DO317 team occupies the former IndySwank space. The space is 21+ and currently serves beer and wine, but is in pursuit of a liquor license that will allow hard liquor to be served.
One of Indy’s most revered architectural wonders and cultural destinations, The Athenaeum is home to a number of performance and exhibition spaces, from the Biergarten outside to various niches and stages inside. The premier space, however, where American Cabaret Theatre held fort for many years, is a vast and impressive auditorium, somehow both grand and intimate at the same time. It is now a host to various theater performances, along with musical acts and other festivities.
This not-for-profit art organization takes a multi-faceted approach to making Indy an engaging cultural and arts destination. This involves advocacy, monetary support and partnering with like-minded organizations. The ACI not only provides grants to individual artists—such as the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship—and to arts organizations, but it provides gallery venues for locally based artists in the form of the Artsgarden and Gallery 924. The ACI also finds creative ways to involve local artists in the beautification of the city. One of its most recent ventures in this regard is the “46 for XLVI” citywide murals program, in which it partnered with the city of Indianapolis.
There are any number of reasons to love this Broad Ripple staple. The location is great, the staff is friendly and the food is always good. In particular, vegetarians and vegans will find plenty to eat at this charming and affordable Victorian home converted into a restaurant. The only thing that's changed in the past few decades? The address.