Located in the heart of the Indianapolis cultural district, Mass Ave, MacNiven’s is Indianapolis premiere Scottish dining and drinking experience. This cozy wee pub offers Scottish cuisine and American fare in a relaxed setting. In addition to a delicious menu, MacNiven’s boasts an impressive craft beer selection, a full bar and a nicely priced single malt scotch menu. MacNiven’s home is in one of Indianapolis historic buildings, which is over 100 years old. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and garage door style windows that open onto the bustling Mass Ave (when weather allows, of course) creates an welcoming atmosphere for diners of all shapes and sizes.
Cozy up to the bar or settle into the front windows to enjoy some of MacNiven’s signature menu items. Scottish fare is the order of the day with menu items like Scotch Eggs, Belhaven Beer Battered Shrimp, Scotch Onion Soup, Fish and Chips, Haggis Neeps and Tatties, Beans and Toast, Mince ‘N’ Tatties and Bread Pudding. For more selective (or delicate) taste buds, sample tradition American bar food like burgers, sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Even their grilled cheese sandwich, complete with tomatoes, onions and roasted red pepper aioli, is a divine treat. Finish your dining experience with a sweet treat including caramel apple pie, chocolate confusion, three layer carrot cake or ice cream.
Of course, you cannot visit MacNiven’s Scottish Pub without a dram of something to warm you. MacNiven’s regularly features creations from local breweries including Flat 12, Sun King, Fountain Square Brewery and Three Floyds Brewery. For those searching for a honest Scotch experience, take a taste of British brews including Belhaven Brewery selections and Guinness. But the crowning jewel of this Indianapolis bar is their amazing single malt scotch menu. Choose from Lowland Malts, Highland Malts, Speyside Malts, Islay Malts or blends and malt scotchs. With all these choices, it will take a number of visits to vet out their extensive single malt scotch menu.
Open daily of lunch, dinner and nightlife experiences, this 21 and up establishment recently went “non-smoking.” With prime Indianapolis real estate on the west end of Mass Ave, MacNivens is a five minute walk from the heart of the Circle City: Monument Circle and the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.
Locally owned and operated by native Scotsman turned Hoosier Stuart MacNiven Robertson, this Indianapolis bar has become a iconic throughout Indy. With 25 years in the restaurant business under his belt, Robertson spent time in Vegas, ran a Bed and Breakfast back home in Scotland and has lived in Indy since 2000. After taking a job with Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant in Indianapolis downtown, Robertson fell for Indianapolis…hard.
Now he contributes to Indianapolis culture on his own, giving fellow Indianapolis people a true Scottish experience at MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar. Check out this Indianapolis nightlife hot spot on Mass Ave and share your thoughts here.
Exterior of MacNiven’s
Enjoy a meal and a drink at MacNiven’s
MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar
339 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204