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Indianapolis Nightlife | Downtown

  31 Bar & Grill: A fun place to knock back a few and listen to music, 31 Bar & Grill is one of the many great Indianapolis dancing bars and downtown clubs. They have a good jukebox and also offer some of the most popular live music in Indianapolis on Fridays and Saturdays.
6 Lounge in Indianapolis Downtown 6 Lounge and Restaurant has an atmosphere more reminiscent of a retreat than an Indianapolis bar, setting itself apart from anything else you’ll find in upbeat and always active downtown Indianapolis.
O'Reilly's Pub, Indianapolis, IN Andrus O’Reilly’s Sports Bar: An evening at O’Relly’s comes complete with nine plasma TVs, and a seven-foot big screen, so you wont miss a minute of any sporting event you can think of.
  Blu Lounge, in vibrant downtown Indianapolis, is the perfect martini bar to unwind, listen to music, or spoil yourself and some friends in a private VIP lounge with elegant bottle service to your table.
Chatterbox, Indianapolis, IN Chatterbox Jazz Club is located in the middle of the Mass Ave Cultural District across from the Murat Theatre and the Athenaeum, erstwhile home to the American Cabaret Theatre. The bar is a smoking establishment, making it one of the most popular of the many Indianapolis bars, and you must be at least 21 years old to enter.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse Banker’s Life Fieldhouse is the home of the National Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Indiana Fever. It’s a great place to catch a game or see an event late at night.
  Carriage Rides Downtown: A unique option for taking in the sights and sounds of the city is by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Rides go past many landmarks in the downtown area such as popular Indianapolis hotels, Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis restaurants, making them extremely accessible to patrons.
Crackers Comedy Club Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana Crackers Comedy Club: The most amusing way to enjoy the diverse Indianapolis nightlife, Crackers is a venue for famous and up-and-coming comics. Also in Broad Ripple.
The view from the Eagle's Nest The Eagle’s Nest: This restaurant has to be in the top ten of your “Things to Do in Indianapolis” list, and number one on your list of dating and romantic ideas for Indianapolis. Among the many world-class restaurants in Indianapolis, the Eagle’s Nest consistently maintains is well-deserved position on the top shelf.
  Ice Ultra Lounge: Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis on Meridian Street, the Ice Ultra Lounge prides itself on its unexpected mix of high-quality sushi, sophisticated drink menu, and some of the trendiest, hottest events in Indianapolis.
  Ike & Jonesy’s is the place to dance, drink, and listen to a great mix of live Indy music in downtown Indianapolis. The place is a cool blend of upbeat décor, great food, and world-class bartenders and wait staff.
Lucas Oil Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium, in the center of downtown Indianapolis, is an enormous conglomeration of a world-class stadium that hosts the Indianapolis Colts and a convention center, which features several viewing suites and tons of concerts.
Old National Center Murat Centre and Theatre: The Murat Shrine Temple, built in 1909, is now home to one of the popular live music and Broadway production venues available in Indy.
Nicky Blaine's Cocktail Lounge Nicky Blaine’s Bar is a long-time landmark cocktail lounge on the Circle. The plush place is noted for its lavish comfort, excellent drinks and unique appetizers, served till 2:00 a.m.
Palomino Indianapolis, IN The Palomino Restaurant is an energetic downtown restaurant and bar in Indianapolis that is famous for its classically modern and sumptuous ambiance.
Rock-Bottom-Restaurant-and-Brewery-entrance-in-downtown-Indianapolis-Indiana-150 Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery‘s vow to be “serious about our food” and “crazy about our beer,” certainly holds its weight in Indianapolis, where it’s one of the most popular choices for a night of drinking and socializing in the city.
Slippery Noodle, Indianapolis, Indiana At the Slippery Noodle Inn, there’s no fancy tiling on the floor, no delicate sconces in sight on the walls, and no 1000-thread tablecloths, so there’s nothing to distract you from enjoying the music, food, booze, and good company.
The Ugly Monkey, Indianapolis, Indiana The Ugly Monkey: 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.
Madam-Walker-Theater-Indianapolis-Indiana Walker Theatre: Located inside the Madame C.J. Walker Building, the Madam Walker Theatre is a part of Madame Walker’s legacy and is at the forefront of Indiana’s arts and cultural community.

Indianapolis Nightlife | North

Birdy’s Bar & Grill claims to be “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 Tavern Just as kicky Broad Ripple Village is an up-and-coming people pleaser, the Broad Ripple Tavern is fast becoming the center of all the district’s action and a main event for Indianapolis nightlife.
  Buckwildz Bar & Restaurant is fast becoming a favorite meeting place among the great spots for nightlife in Indianapolis. Rockabilly, rock, and country beats throughout this three level Coyote Ugly style saloon.
  The Jazz Kitchen, nestled on College Avenue just a few short blocks from Broad Ripple Village and Butler University, presents a showcase of talented jazz musicians every week. According to Down Beat magazine, a long-standing and venerable jazz publication, the Jazz Kitchen is one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world.
Landsharks in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Landsharks: If dancing and drinking, and only dancing and drinking are your thing, you must be at Landshark’s, 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.
  Locals Only Art and Music Pub provides a comfortable atmosphere where anyone can get away from the usual bar scene. There is an extensive beer list and a full menu to go along with live music shows.
  The Melody Inn is a great place to enjoy drinks and live music in Indianapolis. Voted “Best Live Alternative Venue,” The Melody Inn presents regular weekly shows.
Old Pro's Table in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Old Pro’s Table Bar: Being the oldest sports bar in Broad Ripple Village is no small claim because there are certainly plenty of places in the area where you can root for your favorite Indianapolis sports team while eating fried pub food and drinking cheap beer. But the Old Pro’s Table Bar, located right down the street from Broad Ripple Park, actually is the oldest sports bar in Broad Ripple.
  The Red Room 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.
Rock Lobster in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN Rock Lobster 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.
  Spin Nightclub: Located in one of the many cultural districts in Indianapolis, the Spin Nightclub plays host to an eclectic 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.
  The Vogue 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.

Indianapolis Nightlife | West

  At the 8 Seconds Saloon, there’s a main bar, a snack bar and a portable bar, pool tables and almost 2,000 square feet of dance space for maximum enjoyment of the top of the line bands that appear there.