Indianapolis North Bars

Indianapolis North Bars offer something for all ages, but the weekend streets are flooded with young Hoosiers who hop from bar to bar. Each establishment offers something unique and different, and Indy bar flies simply can’t get enough of the hip and happening north side bar scene. If you’re looking for a night on the town, or things to do in Indianapolis, the wild nightlife at the Indianapolis bars never quits. Whether you’re looking to party all night with friends, or have a casual martini lunch, Indianapolis North Bars are some of the best in the Circle City.


For a sample of the hottest nightlife in Indianapolis, check out the list of Indianapolis North Bars below. Follow the links to see detailed articles on each of these spectacular scenes.

Indianapolis North Bars

The Alley Cat in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Alley Cat Lounge is known to locals and regulars as “The Cat.” It has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 20 Dive Bars in the country’ by Stuff magazine. So, “hole in the wall” and “dive bar” are terms of endearment to the owner.
  Après Jack’s is a music and cognac bar on the Northside of Indy.  It is attached to Kona Jack’s, and has a chilled, lounge-style setting with an immensely stocked bar and great live music.
Average Joe's in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Average Joe’s Sports Bar is the place to catch the big game. It was even named in the ‘top ten places to watch the Super Bowl’ by USA Today. Other awards include ‘#17 Sports Bar in America’ by ESPN’s Cold Pizza, and ‘Best Sports Bar’ by Indianapolis Monthly.
  Birdy’s Bar and Grill is a great Indianapolis nightclub venue just north of the vibrant Broad Ripple cultural district. Their motto is: “Rock & Roll’s Nesting Grounds.” As the slogan implies, they present regular live music on the rowdy side featuring several bands a night, making them a favorite draw for Indianapolis music.
Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Broad Ripple Brewpub is the oldest microbrewery still operating in the great state of Indiana. More importantly it is just an awesome place to go grab a locally brewed beer and hang out with a few friends.
  Broad Ripple Tavern is fast becoming the center of all the district’s action and a main event for Indianapolis nightlife. Indeed, some say that one of their favorite things to do in Indianapolis is to head out to this comfy old-time lounge and kick back away from busy downtown Indy.
Brothers in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Unlike your typical chain bar, Brother’s Bar and Grill has a very unique and inviting feel to it. With pool tables, dart boards, the latest music, good food and over 40 beers on tap, you will quickly find out why they have been in business for over 40 years.
  The Casba is a dark and smokey bar situated underneath Bleecker Street.  It is a popular late-night Broad Ripple hangout thanks to its potent house shots and room to mingle and dance.
Chumley's Grill in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Pop in to Chumleys Beer House after work or be present during the crowded weekend to partake in the bar’s many import and domestic brews. Chumley’s has 50 beers on tap and over 100 different bottled brews, a variety in inventory not many Indianapolis bars can lay claim to.
  Connor’s Pub is an Irish style pub where fashion is not the top priority. Live music on weekends and special events brings just another element of enjoyment to this neighborhood establishment.
  CT Peppers in Broad Ripple Village is a festive nightspot with live music on the weekends, and some of the cheapest pool tables in the city.
  Granite City Food and Brewery is located off of 96th street, and provides patrons with a delicious collection of specialty beers, a full bar, and excellent food.
Landsharks in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN If dancing and drinking, AND ONLY dancing and drinking is your thing, you must be at Landsharks, one of Broad Ripple’s best clubs. Do your talking on the car ride over, because this club is about enjoying the music, the drinks, and of course, people watching.
  LuLu’s Restaurant and Cocktails is a VIP style night club that offers a unique variety of live music, and a massive dance floor for you to get your groove on.
  The Melody Inn is a great place to rock out with friends. This Indianapolis Bar has become known for its live music scene, often hosting concerts for local, regional and sometimes national artists. Be sure to bring your earplugs to this Indy hot spot, because the acoustics will blow you away.
Monkey's Tale in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis,  IN Monkey’s Tale Bar is a New Orleans style music venue, bar, and restaurant. Come in to mingle and stay for the live local performers, some of which are regulars. There is an elevated stage to easily view the bands while sipping a cocktail or gulping a cold beer
  The Mousetrap has been voted the “Best Bar for Hippies” bu NUVO newspaper, and is an chilled out place to watch live jam bands perform, or hang with your pals over a relaxing brew.
  Mug Shots Cafe has been given the title of ‘Best Biker Bar in Indy’ by NUVO newspaper. This bar is decked out with cheap Christmas lights and card tables and chairs. Mug Shots has live music every Saturday and ‘Karaoke with Norm’ on Wednesdays.
Old Pro's Table in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Old Pro’s Table Bar, located right down the street from Broad Ripple Park, is the oldest of the Indianapolis bars in the Broad Ripple Village that revels in the glory of sports. Serving the community for over 18 years, the bar is a great example of Indianapolis nightlife.
Plump's Last Shot in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Plump’s Last Shot is the party place in Broad Ripple Village. It features a huge wraparound patio, super strong drinks, reasonable prices and owner, Bobby Plump. A legendary basketball hero, Plump threw the last-second “final shot” that won his small high school basketball team the Indiana State Championship back in 1954, later inspiring the Gene Hackman movie Hoosiers.
Rock Lobster in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Rock Lobster Bar is the place to be if you’re interested in Indianapolis nightlife. It is the second bar in the famous “Party Trifecta” of Indianapolis bars, which also includes The Mineshaft Saloon and Average Joe’s, and it definitely earns its title.
  Sahm’s Restaurant and Bar offers the perfect blend of friendly service, good food, and reasonable prices. Located in Fishers, just a few miles from Indianapolis, its daily menu specials and numerous original dishes have made it one of the more popular Indianapolis restaurants on the North side.
  Spin Nightclub plays host to an ecletic crowd of indie, hip hop, grunge, and punk fans. Looking to get away from pulsing techno at other Indianapolis nightlife spots? Spin is the place to go for real music.
  Talbott Street Nightclub – A hotspot in the Indy gay community, Talbott Street offers dancing, live DJ’s, and weekly drag shows.
  The Red Room Restaurant and Bar provides a perfect option for students and other Broad Ripple residents to relax, unwind, or cut loose on a Friday night after a long week. Depending on your prerogative, all of these options are viable ones when you enter The Red Room.
  The Vogue Bar and Dance Club is one of the oldest pillars of Indianapolis nightlife. Situated on College Avenue, near the Broad Ripple Village, the Vogue is the perfect spot to experience great national, regional and Indianapolis music.
  TRU Nightclub is divided into three distinct bar areas, and is an excellent place for Indy residents to experience thumping bass and a crowded dance floor.
Union Jack in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Union Jack Pub is a European style bar and eatery that serves up great food and great drinks while showing European football and rugby on some of its eleven plasma TVs.
  Upper Room Martini Bar: Follow up your dinner at the Broad Ripple Steakhouse with a trip up the stairs to the Upper Room Martini Bar, an intimate setting where all can enjoy the comforts of a good martini and great company.
  Wellington Pub is located inside the Corner Wine Bar. This is a great place to sit and relax with either a tall dark pint or tasty glass of wine.
  Wild Beaver Saloon is a place where you can throw the complimentary peanuts on the floor, listen to some good ol’ rock n roll, and have attractive women serve your drinks. Wild Beaver successfully captures all the makings of a classic rock n roll hang out with a modern crowd.

Mike Woods