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About Red Key Tavern

What? What do you mean you’ve never walked under that neon sign whose musical notes carry the tune to “How Dry I Am?” What do you mean you’ve never imbibed beneath those model aircraft suspended from the ceiling? Studied the jukebox? Traded stories about how you got yelled at by Russ Settle for hanging your coat on your stool and not the rack? Even though Russ has passed, his spirit — and his infamous list of rules — lives on in this throwback to a time when every American neighborhood seemed to have a corner bar that served beer, burgers and the occasional shot of bourbon. Settle’s joint, in addition to honoring Russ’s time as a WW II flier, also served as backdrop for Dan Wakefield’s novel Going All the Way. Don’t curse, don’t argue with the barkeep, just take off your hat, order a cold beer and a hamburger or a tenderloin. You won’t be disappointed.

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Indianapolis is still a city known for our sports, but our food and drink scenes have rapidly grown and made names for themselves. So, if you're in town for the race, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least check out some the best cuisine Indy has to offer.

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New eateries and bars are popping up monthly, which is exciting, but we can't forget to continually support the places that have been with us for decades and are still going strong. This is a guide to Indy's restaurants that have stood the test of time.

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The Red Key Tavern is celebrating 65 years under the Settle family. Take a nostalgic look through the years of this historic Indy watering hole.