Club o’ the week Hideaway on Hillside 6160 Hillside Ave. 317-202-6087 Hideaway on Hillside is a bit hidden, tucked away on an unassuming street just west of Glendale Mall. Inside, you’ll find a warm, friendly crowd under the glow of pink and orange Christmas lights. Artwork covers the walls and a Rat Pack poster took a back seat to the awesome live band.
Run by the devoted shoestring staff of Dave and Michelle, the Hideaway is a haven for artists, musicians and friendly old regulars. “I don’t dress up. I come as I am,” remarked Al, a Hideaway stalwart. Dave cut half the lights to show me the psychedelic splatter-paint panels he created. Local artists’ pictures and artwork are also up, and all for sale. They rotate a different artist each month.
The Hideaway’s homemade pizzas go above and beyond the bar-food standard. The tomato and spinach pizza features a lasagna-like layer of spinach dip that has the creamy consistency of ricotta filling beneath the cheese. And yes, they even have a garden burger.
Their rotating brew lineup defies standard expectations with a wide range of obscure microbrews, four local Barley Island varieties and imported Czech beer. Dave mixes cranberry and raspberry Cider-Jacks for $3.50.
But the Hideaway’s growing attraction is its seven nights of music. Many Casbah battlers hone their skills at the Hideaway’s Sunday night Open Hip-Hop Mic. The Hideaway also hosts “Karenoke,” one of NUVO’s “Best Of” picks for karaoke. Mondays and Thursdays feature open mics with live shows Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Each night features a different style — from hip-hop, bluegrass, blues to rock, the Hideaway hosts it all.
Sunday: Hip-Hop Cinema and Verbal Flow with DJ P Haze and Sarabellum, 8-12
Monday: Acoustic Open Mic, hosted by Mark “The Arrogant Bastard,” 9-1
Tuesday: Karenoke, 10-1
Wednesday: Live shows
Thursday: Open stage
Friday: Live shows
Saturday: Live shows