If you’re searching downtown Indianapolis for a historic place to experience great fun and great food, the Rathskeller Restaurant is the perfect fit for you. This classic example of Indianapolis restaurants has been voted the best German restaurant in Indianapolis for the past several years, and with good reason.
The Rathskeller (meaning “council cellar” in German) is suitably located in the basement of the historic Athenaeum Building in downtown Indianapolis. It is the oldest running restaurant in Indianapolis. The Athenaeum Building is the former home of the American Cabaret Theatre and has been around since 1892. This beautiful landmark provides the Rathskeller with an intimate, welcoming atmosphere. The Rathskeller is on the corner of Mass Ave and just down the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, so it’s a great place to stop by for a cold beer or delicious bratwurst after a long day of sightseeing and taking in Indianapolis art.
Speaking of cold beer, the Rathskeller has plenty of options for the malt beverage connoisseur. The Rathskeller has a massive beer menu, containing many brews that you won’t be able to find at any other Indianapolis bar. The beer menu features over twenty German beers, from the sweet flavor of the Schneider Aventinus Eisbock to the hoppy, full bodied Weihenstephaner Korbinian. They also have dozens of beers from around Europe, in addition to American favorites.
The Rathskeller even offers two different places to enjoy their long list of great beers: The Kellerbar and Biergarten. The Kellerbar is a cozy indoor space with the feel of a traditional German pub. The Biergarten, on the other hand, is an outdoor venue that is famous throughout Indianapolis. Featuring a massive outdoor patio and gazebo-like stage, the Beirgarten is a great place to go to enjoy the sunshine. There’s nothing like taking in the warm weather of central Indiana with a beer in one hand and some great pub food in the other.
At the Rathskeller Restaurant, you can experience the myriad of bands that make up the Indianapolis music scene, from blues to folk. Every once in a while you’ll even be able to catch some live polka music at the Rathskeller, a true treat. Indianapolis bands play in the Kellerbar every Wednesday through Saturday and out in the Biergarten some Sundays. It’s a great Indianapolis music venue to listen to toe tapping music while enjoying the downtown Indianapolis skyline.
The Rathskeller isn’t all about classy imported beers, though. Any restaurant worth its salt features delicious food, and the Rathskeller is no exception. Showcasing favorites from all over the world, the Rathskeller’s food menu is no lightweight. There are delicious appetizers like baked brie; unique salads like the wurst salat, which is a full flavored mass of German lunch meat, hard-boiled eggs, and homemade croutons; and a full complement of German meat dishes, like sauerbraten, jaegerschnitzel, and schlacht. If German fare isn’t your stein of beer, the Rathskeller also has an extensive selection of steak, seafood, and chicken dishes.
Planning an Indianapolis event sometime in the near future? The Rathskeller can help you there, too. There are a number of different banquet rooms to accommodate any size gathering. The restaurant provides catering and will assist you in any way possible with setup. They even provide their classic food off-site. In every way, the Rathskeller can accommodate your party wishes.
So if you’re a fan of full flavored beers, well prepared German fare, live music, and a comfortable atmosphere all wrapped up in the walls of one of Indianapolis’ oldest landmarks, the Rathskeller should top your list of things to do in Indianapolis.
For more information on the Rathskeller, including event dates, dinner menu, and a full list of beers, please visit the restaurant’s homepage.
401 E Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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