The Jazz Cooker restaurant which opened in 1986, housed a ‘blue room’ at that time, tucked away in the back. It has since then turned into Indy‘s Monkey’s Tale Bar, a New Orleans-style Indianapolis music venue, bar, and restaurant.
The Monkey’s Tale Bar poses many of the same kitsch nuisances of the original Jazz Cooker, such as the ‘specials of the day’ still being displayed on a chalkboard easel. Come in early to mingle and stay for the rockin’ live Indianapolis music of local performers, some of whom are at the Monkey’s microphone on a weekly basis. There is an elevated stage to easily view the bands while sipping a cocktail or gulping a cold beer.
Some great Indianapolis bands regularly take the stage at Monkey’s Tale. Local favorite, the Park Avenue Band, is an example. The nine-piece group provides music for some of the best dancing in Indianapolis, comprised of a flavorful fusion of jazz, rock, R&B, Latin, disco and pop.
The Monkey’s Tale is located in popular Broad Ripple Village, an Indianapolis cultural district in the north-central section of the circle city. There’s always something going on at the Monkey’s Tale Bar. The Spring and Summer months are outstanding at this venue, which boasts some of the best outdoors seating under the stars in Broad Ripple.
Opened over a generation ago, the Monkey’s Tale is now an established landmark in Indianapolis North. A consistent showcase for local music talent, it’s a great place to hang out, and one of the favorites among the many excellent Indianapolis bars.
A unique offering at the Monkey’s Tale is the ability to rent the facility during non-business hours. The staff will take care of your guests’ drinks, and you can bring your own food and entertainment. There are many venues in various cities in Indiana that allow you to rent their facilities, but very few are as open-minded as the Monkey’s Tale, which evidently has yet to abandon its casual New Orleans roots.
Hours of Operation
(Some seasonal hours of operation, so changes may be made)
Monday – Thursday, 9 pm – 3 am
Friday and Saturday, 7 pm – 3 am
Sunday, 8 pm – 12 am
Monkey’s Tale Bar
925 E Westfield Bl
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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