The Historic Vollrath Tavern, Making Waves Since 1926

This bar gives whole new meaning to the phrase, “This ain’t your grandfather’s bar,” because this may have been your grandfather’s bar. This bar may be old, but they’ve still got it. For nearly 85 years the Vollrath Tavern has been making Indianapolis history. Still in its original location, just south of downtown Indianapolis, the Vollrath Tavern opened doors in 1926. Regulars and Hoosiers near and far know this Indianapolis south bar as “The Vollrath” or “The V.”

During the Prohibition, this Indianapolis bar was a Speakeasy. Rumor has it that John Dillinger was a Vollrath regular, and he used the basement tunnels as an escape route from the police. From the times of gambling in the basement, all the way up to today, some really exciting times have been had at the Vollrath Tavern. Even now-a-days, the Vollrath Tavern is a hot spot for live music. They’re currently booking exciting shows every night of the week. When live music isn’t rocking the joint, the amazing jukebox certainly is.

The Vollrath Tavern is located on the near south side of Indianapolis, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Neighborhood. Its classic corner bar appearance is a gem in this working class neighborhood. The atmosphere at the Vollrath Tavern is unlike any other. Just some of the bar’s coolest features include a copper-topped bar, a mirrored-backed bar, wood floors and a steeple-like entryway. Drinks are very reasonably priced and the bartenders are always top-of-the-line.

As far as food goes, there’s only one item on the menu at the Vollrath Tavern. Available anytime are slices of Sheetza Pizza. That’s right, just like the ones served with school lunches, yum-yum. It’s the perfect drunchy (drunk-munchy) food, and it’s cheap, cheap, cheap. Mondays are Karaoke night, so everyone has the chance to rock out on the most awesome stage in the Circle City.

Flat screen TVs, pool tables, darts and games galore are just a portion of the fun at the Vollrath Tavern. There are occasionally local Indy beers on draft, and the wine and spirits are always flowing. For a night of loud music, a little dancing and fun with friends, hit the Vollrath Tavern. The bar is open for business from Noon until 3 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from Noon until Midnight on Sundays.

Vollrath Tavern
118 E Palmer St
Indianapolis, IN 46225