The Ugly Monkey: Party Central in Downtown Indianapolis

The Ugly Monkey in Indianapolis proves that you don’t have to be a beautiful primate to have a good time. One of the top Indianapolis bars, the Ugly Monkey has three different areas to relax, have fun, and party with your friends in addition to a great food menu and lots of live music and events.

If you’re thirsty after the excitement and tension of a close-call Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers or Indiana Fever victory, the Ugly Monkey is a great place to stop by for a drink or two. It is only two blocks away from Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse. It’s also a great place to relax after a day of heavy shopping at the Circle Center Mall, as it’s just down the street.

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The Ugly Monkey is one of the staples of Indianapolis nightlife; you should go there whenever you’re looking to party the night away. The bar has won numerous awards from NUVO Newsweekly, including Best Bar for Singles, Best Karaoke Bar, and Best Drink Specials. It was also voted Third Best Rock Bar and Third Best Place to See Local Acts, making it not only a hotspot of downtown Indianapolis, but also one of the primary movers and shakers in the Indianapolis music scene. This Indianapolis music venue knows how to have a good time.

The Ugly Monkey bar offers three large areas in which to party. The Back Room Dance Floor features Top 40 music and, as you can imagine, a lot of dancing. You’re welcome to dance the night away, at least until the bar closes. This is also where live Indianapolis bands come to rock out at the Ugly Monkey, and the bar features professional sound and acoustics, making all local bands seem larger than life. The Back Room Dance Floor has welcomed a variety of Indianapolis bands, including Rusty Redenbacher of the Mudkids, Rhino Bucket, Veins of Jenna, and Noah East.

Video of Gonja and Swerve performing at The Ugly Monkey, a bar in downtown Indianapolis


The Retro Lounge offers a more relaxed atmosphere than the high-powered Back Room Dance Floor. Sit back with a drink or two while the hits of the 70’s and 80’s pour through the speaker system. This a great place to enjoy good conversation, good food, and maybe even watch a great Indianapolis sports game if the fervor of the stadium isn’t for you.

The Retro Lounge is also the site of karaoke night on Thursdays. The Ugly Monkey has been voted one of the top karaoke bars in Indianapolis for the last several years, and it deserves it. Thursday Karaoke Night is free and features beer for only 25 cents!

Promotional video for The Ugly Monkey, a bar in downtown Indianapolis


If it’s summertime and you don’t feel like being cooped up indoors with hundreds of hot and sweaty dancers, move on out to the Outdoors Party Deck! The Party Deck can hold more than 80 Indianapolis revelers and features porch swings and a classic Indiana past time, Cornhole.

This bar is also a fantastic place to watch sports events of all kind, featuring six 42″ plasma televisions, an absolutely enormous 120″ high def TV, and a raucous crowd of Indianapolis sports fans. You’ll almost feel like you’re right down the street at Lucas Oil Stadium! The Ugly Monkey also offers a full menu of greasy goodness on game days, including Philly cheese steak, breaded tenderloin, a BBQ bacon cheeseburger, and tons of appetizers like the Breaded Mushroom Basket. The best part is that none of this filling fare is over $7.

Video of enthusiastic Colts fans pre-gaming at The Ugly Monkey, a bar in downtown Indianapolis


So if you really want to experience one of the best Indianapolis nightclubs, the Ugly Monkey should be one of your top choices. With a great sports environment, tons of dancing, and three full service bars, the Ugly Monkey will be thumping for many nights to come!

For more information on the Ugly Monkey, including food specials and events, visit the Ugly Monkey homepage.

The Ugly Monkey
373 S Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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