Rated the best new brewery in Indiana in 2013, this young brewery is making a name for itself in no time at all. Located in Hammond, it's a bit of a hike, but it is well worth it to stop in for a beer or two in their unassuming tap room. it's a good thing gas prices are down, you'll be driving back time and again.
St. Elmo’s bar upstairs features the signature "Elmo Cola":
"Mix a glass-bottled coke or Diet coke with our exclusive “Infusion” made with Maker’s Mark® premium Kentucky Bourbon, imported Italian Luxardo Maraschino cherries and Madagascar Vanilla Beans." Well, OK. Oh, and if you’re trying to torch all the hair out of your nasal cavities, order up a shrimp cocktail. It’s painfully delicious.
A low-key leather and levi watering hole popular with the local bears and just plain locals, the 501 is a great place to play pool, shoot darts and spark up a conversation with someone new or simply hang with friends. Nightly drink specials, free pool on Wednesday, and the always-risky "Topless Tuesdays" only add to the inevitable good time. Bartenders are genuinely friendly and the music is typically bumping. And just so you know, they describe Friday nights as "A little darker, a little more cruisy,."
Would a Fifth Quarter Lounge by any other name rock as hard? This isn’t really a thought experiment so much as a question we can easily answer, as the 5QL has had many names over the years (Indy’s Jukebox most recently), and they’re back to help keep our hard rock and metal scene alive. Most shows are on the weekends, and the ticketing situation varies from show to show — some are ticketed online and others are just cash-at-the-door. As with most of the smaller venues in town, the best way to keep updated on their calendar is through social media.
The cavernous 8 Seconds transports urban cowboys right back to the Wild West with storefronts and shoeshine shops lining the walls and an enormous mural that must be seen to be believed. Line dancing is a staple, as is a hell of a good time. Bring your friends and your boots. Live music includes national acts like Gretchen Wilson and Chris Young.
They've got 50 varieties of cans and bottle, six craft beer lines and one nitro craft beer line. Northwest-side locals swear by the place — it's got a great "neighborhood-bar" type vibe.
Ah, our beloved Alley Cat. What can we say about an establishment that won the "Best Dive Bar" award from NUVO readers so many years in a row, we've nearly retired the jersey. A hole-in-the-wall to beat all hole-in-the-walls, you can't even get here without threading through Broad Ripple's back alleys. Cheap drinks, good music and lots of pool playing, the Cat is the best place in the city to be at last call for a variety of reasons-not the least of which is you usually don't have to go home alone.
Alley’s Alehouse is a premiere dining venue inside of Pinheads Entertainment Center.
Part of the "fill-in-the-blank Jacks" family, Apres Jacks is where a more mature, vacation home-owning crowd comes to enjoy a cognac, martini and upscale bar food, usually with musical accompaniment by solid cover acts.
The Aristocrat — long a neighborhood favorite for its Irish music by Hogeye Navvy on Saturday nights — temporarily closed in August 2011 after an office fire compromised much of the restaurant's interior (not to mention the apartments directly above). But renovations began only a few weeks later, and the restaurant opened in late summer 2012 with a brand spanking new stage and bar. They have 60 — 60! — rotating beers on tap.
Ash & Elm Cider Company is located on the near-eastside of Indianapolis, at 2104 E. Washington Street. Our goal is to bring craft hard cider to bars and restaurants in central Indiana and offer a rotating selection of our seasonal ciders in our tasting room.
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