The Indianapolis Museum of Art was established in the year 1883 and has since grown to accommodate a staggering 50,000 pieces of art. Its permanent collection is on par with those of some of the world's most renowned art institutions. The museum itself underwent renovations that increased its gallery space and improved both access and amenities. Longtime local boy Wolfgang Puck oversees the on-site café, which serves contemporary cuisine with a breathtaking view of the IMA grounds.
The Keystone Art Cinema is a movie theater like no other. Its theaters are filled with more independent and unique films than the typical corporate theater. The seating and sound quality are top-notch. And best of all, beyond the conventional snack bar, you can get a beer or cocktail at the theater's lounge to enjoy while you watch your movie.
Atomic Bowl Duckpin is one of the only two remaining Midwest duckpin bowling alleys (along with Action Duckpin Bowling - also located in the Fountain Square Theater Building). This form of bowling employs shorter pins and a smaller ball, and reached the apex of its popularity in the first half of the twentieth century. Visit the fun of a 1950's night out with vintage equipment, a retro jukebox, and historic bowling memorabilia. A snack bar and catering services for groups keep bowlers of all ages refreshed.
The Vogue Theater is a premier music venue and nightclub bringing great music to Indianapolis. As a music venue, the space is intimate and enjoyable, and has hosted performances by such greats as Snoop Lion and Les Claypool. Several times a week it becomes a happening nightclub featuring drink specials and a mix of retro and top 40 hits. There's a balcony area with seating for when your legs get tired, and VIP bottle service if you're willing to spend the money.
Located in Downtown Indianapolis, on the border of White River State Park, Victory Field is the home of the minor league Indianapolis Indians. Named for the US victory in WWII, the park retains a classic ballpark feel without sacrificing modern amenities. Grab a tasty hot dog at the snack bar and wash it down with a Sun King, the official beer of the Indians. Ticket prices are so low that you can afford to go out to the ballgame as often as you want. There's even festival style lawn seating to really save a buck.
Built in 1928, the Hinkle Fieldhouse was once the largest basketball venue in the country. Located on the campus of Butler University, this basketball stadium attracts students, sports lovers and spectators alike. Call or visit the website to check out the game schedule.
Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is located beneath the State Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The museum documents the local history of Indiana, particularly the effects of the American civil war on the people of the city. Though the museum seems to be small at first glance, it houses an extensive collection of artifacts from that time period. The museum also allows visitors to participate in video re-enactments leading to immersive civil war experiences. There is also a gift shop on-site and donations are accepted.
Experience one of the finest cabaret performances in Indianapolis at The Cabaret. The Broadway performers and musical performances by established artists will simply take your breathe away with their sheer talent. Mandy Gonzales, Nellie McKay and Chestor Gregory are just some of the artists who have performed here in the past. The performances can be enjoyed with an array of handcrafted cocktails and light snacks. The sophisticated venue, brilliant shows and great food also make The Cabaret a superb place to bring along a date.
The Indiana Repertory Theater is setting the bar high for regional theater. Each season offers a series of nine plays taken from literary greats from around the country. The theater tries to pick plays with subject matter that inspires reflection and discussion, so a night at this theater is sure to be a mental workout. With a high quality of professionalism of performance, there is no such thing as a bad night at the Rep.
Roar with laughter as you attend one of the shows at Crackers Comedy Club. Featuring emerging and established comedians, the club is a hot favorite with both locals and tourists. The likes of Jesse Joyce, Scott Henry and Brian Dunkelman have performed here. The club also regularly hosts various events like Ladies Night, College Night as well as open mic nights. If you are in the mood for a memorable, fun-filled evening, Crackers Comedy Club is your best bet.