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.
Now expanded from its old dining-car-sized location to a larger space down Westfield. Stick to the classic condiments or jazz up your burger with grilled pastrami and Swiss cheese ($6.50) or fried egg and cheddar ($5.50). Also try their grilled ahi tuna in sandwich or salad form ($6.85 or $7.25). Vegetarians have the option of soy patty ($5.25) or black bean ($5.25) substitutes. Don’t forget an order of garlic fries ($2.95) or onion rings ($2.85).
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.
Located in the Murphy Arts Center, the DO317 Lounge highlights bands and acts brought by MOKB Presents in a small, exclusive environment. Upland is on deck to serve at most shows, which are all-ages.
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 (including NUVO’s own Cultural Vision Award ceremony the past couple years), and the lobby outside the main theater has become a vibrant visual arts exhibition space as well.
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. Known for its fresh and delicious food, 3 Sisters is making a healthy mark on the Broad Ripple area; go for a walk on the canal after your meal for an added perk. 3 Sisters is a great option for breakfast and lunch, offering great vegetarian and vegan alternatives to the classics. Plan to make a day in the Broad Ripple area as meals usually go on for a few hours.