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If you want to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, then the ball & biscuit is the way to go. Based on the theme of a yesteryear bar, this no-smoking, no TV bar makes a nice setting for a relaxed evening with friends. Here talking and listening rule the roost. Order a draft or bottled beer and the crowd-favorite, Twice-baked Fingerling Potatoes and Lump Crab Cakes, for an evening of smooth drinks and scrumptious eats.
Known as Indiana's oldest bar, The Slippery Noodle Inn has seen its share of action. It's a hub for blues in the area, and it has been home to countless wild shows over the years. There's still live blues being played seven days a week. Being located in a great sports town, the Noodle makes itself available to sports fans as well, hosting many a celebration. Even when there's nothing going on, the place is still packed with happy diners and drinkers chowing down on the hearty menu, featuring everything from traditional bar fare to steaks and pastas, and drinking everything from martinis to micro brews.
Down under Mass Ave, there's a basement banquet hall known as Rathskeller. The building is an archaic-looking structure befitting such an establishment, and it is adorned with a wealth of old-country kitsch. The kitchen serves a filling menu of Bavarian specialties, and the bar pours stein after stein of full-bodied German lager. There's live music occasionally, and a party atmosphere always. The happy hour crowd can be found here imbibing cocktails and beer, and enjoying bar snacks. The gorgeous biergarten out back plays host to banquets and events, and is the perfect place to enjoy a beer and a sausage on a warm summer day.
New Day Meadery is the place to go if you're tired of sipping the same old beer. Started by the husband and wife team of Brett Canaday and Tia Agnew, New Day makes and serves a selection of fine meads and ciders. Their dedication to using only fresh, locally grown fruit and honey keeps the batches small and the quality high. The tasting room is sleek and modern, with a coordinated white interior and modern art on the walls. It is the perfect place to take a glass of mead. But, if you'd rather take it home, they offer growlers that you can fill to enjoy their excellent products anytime.
Between Thursdays and Saturdays, one can witness the uber-class of Indianapolis entering the doors of White Rabbit Cabaret to enjoy an evening of quality acts, refreshing drinks and great company. Brace yourself as the talented artists of this popular venue entice you with their thrilling burlesque performances and vaudevillian chicanery. The venue also plays host to non-burlesque acts, like touring bands and DJs. For more details on upcoming events of this place, check their website.
The Brass Ring Lounge offers a relaxed environment to enjoy a drink with friends. They have a variety of local beers on tap, as well as an impressive selection of hard alcohol. But this isn't just any bar, the televisions play classic movie instead of sports and the live jazz band provides pleasant background music. Plus, if you get hungry you can pick something from their massive menu of bar bites, which includes pizzas, snacks and wraps.
The Sinking Ship is a no-nonsense, working class pub. Open late every day, they're always serving up a selection of good beer and cocktails at rock bottom prices. It definitely has a more raucous vibe than your average bar, so it's not for the faint of heart, but the patrons and tenders are friendly and welcoming. When you get hungry, there is a hefty menu of bar bites, including a variety of fried morsels and stuffed burgers. Plus, they regularly host events in the bar including live music and screening of new TV shows. Being a dedicated hockey bar, it is the perfect place to catch the game over a pint.
Since 1957, the Mousetrap Bar & Grill has been entertaining patrons with endless rounds of beer and great music. With each passing year it gets better and more crowded, and it's sure to have something for everyone. You can enjoy a board game, play pool or shoot darts darts, while the televisions screen the latest sporting action. There is also a full menu of bar bites including wings, burgers and pizzas for when hunger calls. Apart from great food and games, Mousetrap features live entertainment and stages concerts by renowned artists and bands, focusing on jam bands. So go ahead and get trapped in the world of music, games and tasty treats.