Rock House Cafe: Down and Dirty Indianapolis Music Venue

Located on the southern side of Indianapolis, along Keystone Avenue, the Rock House Cafe is a popular hangout spot for those looking to get a dose of good times and good music. There’s always something to do at the Rock House Cafe, whether you’re a pool shark, an Indianapolis sports fanatic, a sharpshooter (there are three dart boards spaced around the bar), or an active music fan. Take it easy at this laid back, busy haven of Indianapolis nightlife; their weekly specials, cool regulars, and smoky ambiance make for a great night out in the Circle City.

Video of Project Hero performing live at the Rock House Cafe in Indianapolis


One of the best parts about the Rock House Cafe is the sterling array of weekly specials and Indianapolis events that go on every day of the week. No matter what day you come in to the Rock House Cafe, something special is happening, whether it’s cheap drinks, pool tournaments, or live music. Monday nights belong to local Indianapolis DJ Alex B, who spins dance beats for the dancers on the massive, always active dance floor at Rock House Cafe. Tuesdays bring two free poker games to the Rock House Cafe, each with a $50 cash prize to the winner.

Video of Sugar Moon Rabbit performing “Vapour Trail” live at the Rock House Cafe in Indianapolis


Wednesdays are the best night for beginning songsters to come to this Indianapolis bar; open mic night allows Indy amateurs to take the stage. Jam with top Indianapolis musicians on your guitar, bass, or the house drum set, or simply sit back with a drink and watch the local talent play the night away. On Thursdays, there’s more poker (this time it’s Texas Hold ‘Em) and some of the most competitive Karaoke in town. Sundays revolve around the Indianapolis Colts: the big screen TV’s and Sunday wing specials transform the Rock House Cafe into a laid back sports bar.

Video of Solid Street performing “Little Girl, Big World” live at the Rock House Cafe in Indianapolis


Fridays and Saturdays are the days Indianapolis music shines at Rock House Cafe. All sorts of Indianapolis bands play at the Rock House Cafe, usually heavier rock acts. This Indianapolis music venue is a sponsor of Indy’s X-Files, a concert series created by WRZX 103.3 FM or X103, the Indianapolis radio station for alternative rock. As such, lots of bands that are popular on X103 play at the Rock House Cafe. Bands that have performed at Rock House Cafe include Spanky’s Clubhouse, Sugar Moon Rabbit, The Why Store, Chained Fate, Phoenix on the Faultline, Two Shades of Pain, and more. DJ’s are also popular at Rock House Cafe, packing the dance floor with the pumping beats that issue from the venue’s gargantuan 20,000 watt sound system.

Video of Parabelle playing “More” live at the Rock House Cafe in Indianapolis


The next time you’re looking for a good time away from the bright lights and expensive parking of downtown Indianapolis, head south to the Rock House Cafe on Keystone Avenue. Here, you’ll find everything you might want in Indianapolis nightlife, from the always jumping dance floor to the array of cheap drink specials. Plenty of in-bar entertainment, including pool tables, dart boards, and giant TV’s make any visit to Rock House Cafe an enjoyable Indianapolis thing to do, and the weekly live music keeps things fresh with new bands every week. Stop in to Rock House Cafe for a drink tonight to see how the south side of Indy gets down!

Rock House Cafe
3940 S Keystone Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227

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