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Indianapolis is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. It is located in the East North Central region of the Midwest, near the confluence of the White River and Fall Creek. The city covers 372 square miles (963.5 km²) and had an estimated population of 853,173 in 2015, making it the second most populous city in the Midwest, after Chicago, and 14th largest in the U.S. Approximately 1,988,817 people live in the Indianapolis metropolitan area (MSA), the 34th most populous MSA in the U.S. Its combined statistical area (CSA) ranks 26th, with a population of 2,372,530.
Founded in 1821 as a planned city for the new seat of Indiana's state government, Indianapolis was platted byAlexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a 1-square-mile (2.6 km2) grid. The city grew beyond the Mile Square, as the advent of the railroad and completion of the National Road solidified the city's position as a manufacturing and transportation center. Indianapolis continues to be a major distribution and logistics hub, as four Interstate Highways converge in the city, lending to the city's nickname as the "Crossroads of America." Indianapolis is a major center for biotechnology and life sciences, home to such companies as Eli Lilly and Dow AgroSciences, contributing to a gross domestic product (GDP) of $125.8 billion in 2014. Indianapolis hosts many notable events annually, including the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500automobile race. As headquarters for the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA), the city frequently hosts the Men's and Women'sFinal Four basketball tournaments. It hosted Pan American Games X in 1987 and Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
The city's philanthropic community has been instrumental in the development of its most well-known cultural institutions, including The Children's Museum of Indianapolis,Indianapolis Museum of Art,Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, and Indiana Landmarks. Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment is among the largest foundations in the U.S., with nearly $10 billion in assets. The city maintains the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war dead in the U.S., outside of Washington, D.C. Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration has operated under the direction of an elected 25-member city-county council, headed by the mayor. Indianapolis is considered a "high sufficiency" global city.
|POPULATION :||• Consolidated city-county 820,445
• Urban 1,487,483 (US: 33rd)
• Metro 1,756,241 (US: 33rd)
• CSA 2,080,782 (US: 26th)
|TIME ZONE :||Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
|AREA :||• Consolidated city-county 372 sq mi (963.5 km2)
• Land 365.1 sq mi (945.6 km2)
• Water 6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)
|ELEVATION :||715 ft (218 m)|
|COORDINATES :||39°46′N 86°9′W|
|SEX RATIO :|
|ETHNIC :||61.8% White, 27.5% Black or African American, 2.1% Asian (0.4% Burmese, 0.4% Indian, 0.3% Chinese, 0.3% Filipino, 0.1% Korean, 0.1% Vietnamese, 0.1% Japanese, 0.1% Thai, 0.1% other Asian); 0.3% American Indian, and 8.3% other.|
|AREA CODE :||317|
|POSTAL CODE :||46201–46209, 46211, 46214, 46216–46231, 46234–46237, 46239–46242, 46244, 46247, 46249–46251, 46253–46256, 46259–46260, 46266, 46268, 46274–46275, 46277–46278, 46280, 46282–46283, 46285, 46290–46291, 46295–46296, 46298|
|DIALING CODE :||+1 317|
Indianapolis is in the Nine-County Region of Indiana, right at the center of the state; it is the capital and largest city. The population within city limits is approximately 830,000, making it the 13th largest city in the US; the metropolitan area has about 2 million (23rd in the US). Efforts to beautify and modernize the city have brought Indianapolis into the 21st century as a world-class destination for everything from business meetings and trade conventions to backpackers making their way across the States.
Indianapolis is known as the "Racing Capital of the World" due to the proximity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard as well as the "Amateur Sports Capital of America" for hosting the NCAA. The city has several attractions outside of sports including museums, a large zoo, over 100 ethnic restaurants, several arts and historic districts, and a revitalized downtown. Although Indy has been mocked with the epithet "India-noplace", Indianapolis has several attractions for visitors, with a mix of both a large metropolitan city and a simple Midwestern community.
The founders of Indianapolis expected it to be the "Great Inland Port", but they neglected to consider the fact that the White River is impossible to navigate most of the year; other than during the spring, it is a melange of sandbars and temporary islands. However, this port desire left the city with a beautiful canal district, though the canal itself is used only for recreational paddleboats and kayaks.
Instead, Indianapolis is called the "Crossroads of America" due to its centrality in America's Interstate Highway System. The city is warm in the summer, with average highs in the mid-80s F (30°C) in June, July, and August. Indianapolis has a typical mid-western winter. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 34°F (1.1°C). Every few years, the winter gets sharp with significant snowfall and once a generation or so there is an ice storm or otherwise impassible winter weather event. Indianapolis exists within a tornado region but has never been impacted by major twisters. Travelers really only need to beware the occasional nasty winter and sometimes overly hot summer. The city has had two droughts since 1980, neither of which was disastrous.
In general, travel in and through Indianapolis is safe, clean, and logical. Visitors can always find something to do without becoming overwhelmed at a sprawling metropolis. In a few minutes, you can go from a sleepy and peaceful cornfield to a vibrant downtown.
- Indianapolis Visitor Center (Artsgarden), 1 N Illinois St (Downtown, off of the main east–west street), . M–Sa 9AM–9:30PM, Su noon–6:30PM. A visitor's center in the heart of the city, located alongside the Circle Centre shopping mall. Note that the Artsgarden itself is open later than the visitor's center. You can still see musical performances, look at art, or eat food in the Artsgarden until 9:30PM Monday through Saturday and until 6:30PM Sunday. Free.
- Indianapolis Visitor Center (White River State Park), 801 W Washington St (Just west of downtown), . M–Sa 9AM–4PM, Su 11AM–5PM (hours are extended to 7PM in the summertime). A second visitor's center, just outside of downtown next to a collection of museums and zoos. Check out the nice gift shop while you're there.
In 1816, the year Indiana gained statehood, the U.S. Congress donated four sections of federal land to establish a permanent seat of state government. Two years later, under the Treaty of St. Mary's (1818), the Delaware relinquished title to their tribal lands in central Indiana, agreeing to leave the area by 1821. This tract of land, which was called the New Purchase, included the site selected for the new state capital in 1820.
The availability of new federal lands for purchase in central Indiana attracted settlers, many of them descendants of families from northwestern Europe. Although many of these first European and American setters were Protestants, a large proportion of the early Irish and German immigrants were Catholics. Few African Americans lived in central Indiana before 1840. The first European Americans to permanently settle in the area that became Indianapolis were either the McCormick or Pogue families. The McCormicks are generally considered to be the town's first permanent settlers; however, some historians believe George Pogue and family may have arrived first, on March 2, 1819, and settled in a log cabin along the creek that was later called Pogue's Run. Other historians have argued as early as 1822 that John Wesley McCormick, his family, and employees became the first European American settlers in the area, settling near the White River in February 1820.
On January 11, 1820, the Indiana General Assembly authorized a committee to select a site in central Indiana for the new state capital. The state legislature appointed Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham to survey and design a town plan for Indianapolis, which was platted in 1821. Indianapolis became a seat of county government on December 31, 1821, when Marion County, was established. A combined county and town government continued until 1832, when Indianapolis incorporated as a town. Indianapolis became an incorporated city effective March 30, 1847. Samuel Henderson, the city's first mayor, lead the new city government, which included a seven-member city council. In 1853, voters approved a new city charter that provided for an elected mayor and a fourteen-member city council. The city charter continued to be revised as Indianapolis expanded. Effective January 1, 1825, the seat of state government relocated to Indianapolis from Corydon, Indiana. In addition to state government offices, a U.S. district court was established at Indianapolis in 1825.
Growth occurred with the opening of the National Road through the town in 1827, the first major federally funded highway in the U.S. The first railroad to serve Indianapolis, the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, began operation in 1847, and subsequent railroad connections fostered growth. Indianapolis Union Station was the first of its kind in the world when it opened in 1853.
During the American Civil War, Indianapolis was loyal to the Union cause. GovernorOliver P. Morton, a major supporter of President Abraham Lincoln, quickly made Indianapolis a rallying place for Union army troops. On February 11, 1861, president-elect Lincoln arrived in the city, en route to Washington, D.C. for his presidential inauguration, marking the first visit from a president-elect in the city's history. On April 16, 1861, the first orders were issued to form Indiana's first regiments and establish Indianapolis as a headquarters the state's volunteer soldiers. Within a week, more than 12,000 recruits signed up to fight for the Union.
Indianapolis became a major logistics hub during the war, establishing the city as an crucial military base. Between 1860 and 1870, the city's population more than doubled. An estimated 4,000 men from Indianapolis served in 39 regiments, and an estimated 700 died during the war. On May 20, 1863, Union soldiers attempted to disrupt a statewide Democratic convention at Indianapolis, forcing the proceedings to be adjourned, sarcastically referred to as the Battle of Pogue's Run. Fear turned to panic in July 1863, during Morgan's Raid into southern Indiana, but Confederate forces turned east toward Ohio, never reaching Indianapolis. On April 30, 1865, Lincoln's funeral train made a stop at Indianapolis, where an estimated crowd of more than 100,000 people passed the assassinated president's bier at the Indiana Statehouse.
Following the Civil War, Indianapolis experienced tremendous growth and prosperity, much attributed to the Indiana gas boom. By 1890, the city's population surpassed 100,000. Some of the city's most notable businesses were founded during this period of growth and innovation, including L. S. Ayres (1872), Eli Lilly and Company (1876), Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (1910), and Allison Transmission (1915). Once home to 60 automakers, Indianapolis rivaled Detroit as a center of automobile manufacturing. With railroads leading out of the city in all directions, the city became a national transportation hub, connecting to booming manufacturing centers like Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Louisville, and St. Louis. The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, dedicated on May 15, 1902, would later become an iconic symbol of the city. Ray Harroun won the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500, held May 30, 1911 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indianapolis was one of the hardest hit cities in the Great Flood of 1913, resulting in five known deaths and the displacement of 7,000 families.
The city was an early focus of labor organization. The Indianapolis Street Car Strike of 1913 and subsequent police mutiny and riots led to the creation of the state's earliest labor-protection laws, including a minimum wage, regular work weeks, and improved working conditions. The International Typographical Union and United Mine Workers of America were among several influential labor unions to be based in the city.
Indianapolis served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and up to the time of the Great Migration in the early 20th century, the city had a higher black population (nearly 10%) than any other city in the Northern States. Led by D. C. Stephenson, the Indiana Klan became the most powerful political and social organization in Indianapolis from 1921 through 1928, controlling City Council, the Board of School Commissioners, and the Board of County Commissioners. More than 40% of native-born white males in Indianapolis claimed membership in the Klan. Race relations would continue to be problematic throughout the 20th century. Though Indianapolis abolished segregated schools before Brown v. Board of Education, the later action of court-ordered desegregation busing by Judge Samuel Hugh Dillin proved controversial. On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy delivered one of the most highly regarded speeches in 20th century American history from the city, urging calm after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Under the mayoral administration of Richard Lugar, the city and county governments restructured, consolidating most public services into a new entity called Unigov. The plan removed redundancies, captured increasingly suburbanizing tax revenue, and created a Republican political machine that dominated Indianapolis politics until the 2000s. Unigov went into effect on January 1, 1970, increasing the city's land area by 308.2 square miles (798 km2) and population by 268,366 people.
Amid the changes in government and growth, the city invested in an aggressive strategy to brand Indianapolis as a sport tourism destination. Under the administration of the city's longest-serving mayor, William Hudnut (1976–1992), millions of dollars were poured into sport facilities.Throughout the 1980s, $122 million in public and private funding built the Indianapolis Tennis Center, Major Taylor Velodrome, Indiana University Natatorium, Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, andRCA Dome. The latter project secured the 1984 relocation of the NFL Baltimore Colts and the 1987 Pan American Games. The economic development strategy succeeded in revitalizing the central business district through the 1990s, with the openings of the Indianapolis Zoo (1988), Circle Centre Mall (1995), Victory Field(1996), and Bankers Life Fieldhouse (1999).
During the 2000s, the city and state continued investing heavily in infrastructure projects, including two of the largest building projects in the city's history: the $1.1 billion Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal and $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium. Construction began in 2011 on DigIndy, a $1.9 billion project to correct the city's combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by 2025.
Indianapolis is in the humid continental climate zone (Köppen: Dfa) using the 0 °C (32 °F) isotherm, experiencing four distinct seasons. The city is in USDA hardiness zones 5b and 6a.
Typically, summers are hot, humid, and wet. Winters are generally cold with moderate snowfall. The July daily average temperature is 75.4 °F (24.1 °C). High temperatures reach or exceed 90 °F (32 °C) an average of 18 days each year, and occasionally exceed 95 °F (35 °C). Spring and autumn are usually pleasant, if at times unpredictable; midday temperature drops exceeding 30 °F or 17 °C are common during March and April, and instances of very warm days (80 °F or 27 °C) followed within 36 hours by snowfall are not unusual during these months. Winters are cold, with an average January temperature of 28.1 °F (−2.2 °C). Temperatures dip to 0 °F (−18 °C) or below an average of 4.7 nights per year.
The rainiest months occur in the spring and summer, with slightly higher averages during May, June, and July. May is typically the wettest, with an average of 5.05 inches (12.8 cm) of precipitation. Most rain is derived from thunderstorm activity; there is no distinct dry season, although occasional droughts occur. Severe weather is not uncommon, particularly in the spring and summer months; the city experiences an average of 20 thunderstorm days annually.
The city's average annual precipitation is 42.4 inches (108 cm), with snowfall averaging 25.9 inches (66 cm) per season. Official temperature extremes range from 106 °F (41 °C), set on July 14, 1936, to −27 °F (−33 °C), set on January 19, 1994.
Climate data for Indianapolis
|Record high °F (°C)||71
|Mean maximum °F (°C)||58.3
|Average high °F (°C)||35.6
|Average low °F (°C)||20.5
|Mean minimum °F (°C)||−2.5
|Record low °F (°C)||−27
Indianapolis is located in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States, in Central Indiana. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Indianapolis (balance) encompasses a total area of 368.2 square miles (954 km2), of which 361.5 square miles (936 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) is water. The consolidated city boundaries are coterminous with Marion County, with the exception of the autonomous municipalities of Beech Grove, Lawrence, Southport, and Speedway.
Indianapolis is situated on flat to gently sloping terrain within the Eastern Corn Belt Plains, as defined by the U.S. EPA. The city has a mean elevation of 717 feet (219 m) above sea level. Indianapolis lies in the Southern Great Lakes forestsecoregion, as defined by the World Wildlife Fund. Two navigable in law waterwaysdissect the city: the White River and Fall Creek.
Contributing to an annual gross domestic product (GDP) of $125.9 billion, theIndianapolis metropolitan area is the 26th largest economy in the U.S. and 42nd largest in the world. The largest industry sectors by employment are manufacturing, health care and social services, and retail trade. Compared to Indiana as a whole, the Indianapolis metropolitan area has a lower proportion of manufacturing jobs and a higher concentration of jobs in wholesale trade; administrative, support, and waste management; professional, scientific, and technical services; and transportation and warehousing.
As of 2016, three Fortune 500 companies were based in the city, including Anthem Inc. (33), Eli Lilly and Company (141), and Simon Property Group (488). Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins (148) will open its Global Distribution Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis in late-2016.Fortune 1000 companies based in the Indianapolis metropolitan area includeCalumet Specialty Products Partners (571),CNO Financial Group (611), KAR Auction Services (808), hhgregg (937), and Allison Transmission Holdings (979). Other notable companies based in Indianapolis include media conglomerate Emmis Communications, retailers Finish Line, Lids, and Marsh Supermarkets, Republic Airways Holdings, and restaurant chains Noble Roman's, Scotty's Brewhouse, and Steak 'n Shake.
Like many Midwestern cities, recent deindustrialization trends have had a significant impact on Indianapolis' economy. Once home to 60 automakers, Indianapolis rivaled Detroit as a center of automobile manufacturing in the early 20th century. Between 1990 and 2012, approximately 26,900 manufacturing jobs were lost in the city, including the automotive plant closures of Chrysler, Ford, andGeneral Motors. In 2016, Carrier Corporation announced the closure of its Indianapolis plant, moving 1,400 manufacturing jobs to Mexico. Since 1915,Rolls-Royce Holdings has had operations in Indianapolis. It is the third largest manufacturing employer and thirteenth largest employer overall in the city, with a workforce of 4,300 in aircraft engine development and manufacturing.
Biotechnology, life sciences, and health care are a major sector of Indianapolis' economy. Besides the presence of Eli Lilly, the North American headquarters for Roche Diagnostics and Dow AgroSciences are located in the city. A 2014 report by Battelle Memorial Institute and Biotechnology Industry Organization indicated that the Indianapolis–Carmel–Anderson MSA was the only U.S. metropolitan area to have specialized employment concentrations in all five bioscience sectors evaluated in the study: agricultural feedstock and chemicals; bioscience-related distribution; drugs and pharmaceuticals; medical devices and equipment; and research, testing, and medical laboratories. The regional health care providers of Community Health Network, Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indiana University Health, and St. Vincent Health have a combined workforce of 43,700.
Four Interstate Highways converge in Indianapolis, with two additional auxiliary routes. The city is also the hub of Indiana's 4,700-mile (7,600 km) railroad infrastructure, the ninth most extensive in the U.S. These distinctions have allowed the city to become an important logistics center, home to 1,500 distribution firms, employing 100,000 workers. Major companies include Celadon Group and United Parcel Service, with distribution centers for companies such as Amazon.com, Express Scripts, O'Reilly Auto Parts,Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Target Corporation, and Walmart. Indianapolis International Airport is home to the second largest FedEx Express hub in the world, employing 6,600. The city is an important hub for CSX Transportation, home to its division headquarters, an intermodal terminal, and classification yard (in the suburb of Avon). In 2011, the Indianapolis metropolitan area was ranked as the tenth largest inland port in the U.S. in terms of origin-destination freight tonnage.
The hospitality industry is an increasingly vital sector to the Indianapolis economy. A Rockport Analytics study found that 27.4 million visitors generated a record $4.5 billion in 2015. Indianapolis has long been a sport tourism destination, but has more recently relied on conventions. The Indiana Convention Center (ICC) andLucas Oil Stadium are considered mega convention center facilities, with a combined 750,000 feet (230,000 m) of exhibition space. ICC is connected to 12 hotels and 4,700 hotel rooms, the most of any U.S. convention center. In 2008, the facility hosted 42 national conventions with an attendance of 317,815; in 2014, it hosted 106 for an attendance of 635,701. Since 2003, Indianapolis has hosted Gen Con, the largest role-playing game convention in North America. USA Today named Indianapolis the best convention city in 2014.
Indianapolis is the fourth fastest high-tech job growth area in the U.S., with 28,500 information technology-related jobs at such companies as Angie's List, BrightPoint,Interactive Intelligence, and Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
- WTTV 4 CW
- WRTV 6 ABC
- WISH 8 CBS
- WTHR 13 NBC
- WFYI 20 PBS
- WNDY 23 MY
- WXIN 59 FOX
- Indianapolis Star Indy's main daily/Sunday paper.
- Nuvo Locally owned alternative newsweekly that is the best in town.
- Indianapolis Recorder A specialty paper for Indianapolis' sizable black community.
- Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL), 40 E St Clair St, +1 317 275-4100, [www]. M-W 10AM-8PM, F 10AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM, Th closed. Free wi-fi, internet terminals available.
Prices in Indianapolis
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|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$2.25|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||$16.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||$24.50|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||$42.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||$|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||$6.50|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||$5.00|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||$3.90|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||$7.00|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||$12.00|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||$0.15|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||$5.55|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||$3.80|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||$45.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||$38.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||$75.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||$2.00|
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Transportation - Get In
- Indianapolis International Airport (IATA: IND) 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive. +1 317 487-7243 is about 15 minutes from downtown without traffic and is located on the southwest corner. Conveniently located next to hotels, taxi services, etc.
- Eagle Creek Aviation Services 4101 Dandy Trail. +1-800-487-3331. Located directly north of the International Airport in a small corner of the westside tucked inside of the beltway loop.
- Greenwood Municipal Airport 749 E County Line Rd, Greenwood. +1 317 881-0887, south of the city
- Metropolitan Airport 10401 Willow View Rd, Fishers. +1 317 849-0840, in the extreme northeast—a posh part of town
- Indianapolis Regional Airport formerly Mt. Comfort Airport 3867 N Aviation Way, Greenfield. +1 317 335-3371.
Amtrak has daily services from Chicago with either Hoosier State or Cardinal-trains. The Cardinal, which runs thrice a week, connects with Cincinnati,Washington, D.C. and New York City. Trains depart from the southern end of Indianapolis Union Station (phone: +1-800-872-7245) located at 350 S Illinois St , next to the Greyhound station.
- Greyhound located right in the heart of the city. 350 S Illinois St, +1 317 636-6666. Greyhound services virtually the entirety of North America, so buses will come into the city over a dozen times a day from all locations.
- Burlington Trailways travels only throughout the Midwest. +1-800-992-4618.
- Megabus Indianapolis' downtown stop location for departures and arrivals is located at the IndyGo bus stop on the northeast corner of Delaware Street and Market Street, in front of the City Market. (Note that this is not a structure of any kind, but an intersection. If you are arriving late at night or in inclement weather, you will be exposed to the elements. The intersection is well-lit and well-policed.) Megabus links Indianapolis with Chicago to the north and Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta to the south. Wheelchair accessible. Fares from $1 when reserved very far in advance.
Indianapolis is known as the "Crossroads of America" for a good reason. Interstates 65, 69, 70, and 74 meet here. The city's outer belt is I-465. Travel directly through the city on I-70 (east and west) or I-65 (north and south). Direct travel using I-74 or I-69 is not possible; I-74 is routed around the center of the city on I-465, and I-69 currently ends at its intersection with I-465 to the city's north.
Note that 65 and 70 intersect at a region known as "the split" south of downtown. There is also a ramp onto Washington Street, which is the main east–west artery in the city. Traffic here can be extremely busy and construction is routine. It's possible that you'll have situations where you want to cut across five lanes of traffic going 70 mph (113 kmh) in a distance of less than a mile (1.2 km)
Transportation - Get Around
Outside of Downtown and Broad Ripple, you'll need a car to get around this sprawling city. While the public bus system is usually clean and efficient, routes can be complex, and large parts of the metro area are not serviced. Outside of peak hours, waits can be prohibitively long. Bike lanes alongside major roads have been constructed in the early 2010s, so beware that cyclists will be sharing the road.
Indy Pedicabs serves downtown Indianapolis with pedicab transportation. They provide downtown area taxi service, downtown touring service, wedding service, and special events. It provides free taxi service within its service area while the latter charges $5 minimum for taxi service.
The general speed limit on highways is 55–70 mph (88–113 kp/h). If there is no posted speed, assume that it is 35 mph (56 kp/h). An auto is necessary for almost all travel within the city. Indianapolis generally lacks the aggressive driving, bad roads, and congestion associated with major U.S. cities. The city planning is largely logical and follows a grid pattern with some exceptions. A handful of streets cut across the city north–south and only a few (10th, 38th, 82nd/86th, and 96th) go across east–west. Washington Street (formerly part of the Old National Road) is the main east–west through street, which bends to the south on the westside and Meridian runs north–south far past the boundaries of the city. Due to the flat terrain of central Indiana, you can see downtown from most spots in the city. If you are desperately lost, you can at least get your bearings by looking for the handful of skyscrapers.
Starting in the 2000s, Indianapolis and the surrounding areas—especially Avon in the west and Carmel in the north—have added several roundabouts. American motorists may not be familiar with them but they are safe (and have reduced collisions in the areas where they have been installed). Local drivers are accustomed to them. In 2013, a Michigan left was installed at 96th and Allisonville, the extreme north of the city. The junction can be very confusing and local drivers are not quite acclimated to it.
Parking meters are found downtown. The city sold control of these to a private company in 2011–2012 and parking tickets are handed out aggressively. Meters accept cards, coins, and small bills.
Indy Go is the public bus system. It travels throughout the city and suburbs. Single fares are $1.75, day passes are available for $4, and all buses are equipped with two bike racks. The bus system is a very nice way to travel with the one exception of frequency—outside of rush hour routes, you can find yourself with a 30+ minute wait. Almost all routes travel from a locality in the outskirts of the city to the centrally-located bus stops downtown and back out; there are also a handful of smaller circulators and loops. Consequently, if you want to go across town, you will likely have to catch two buses.
Perhaps the most useful route for visitors is #17 College , which runs between all of the city's most popular dining and nightlife strips. It runs between Broad RippleAve and Downtown, where it travels along the popular Mass Ave strip, and loops around Capitol, Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland. Runs roughly M–F 5AM–9:30PM, Sa 6AM–9:30PM, Su 7PM–9PM.
#8 Washington St is a good route to travel quickly west of downtown to the Zooand the Canal. It runs west through downtown on Ohio, then down West St by the Canal, and then on old US-40/Washington St past the Zoo, and then all the way out to the Airport, passing by a Latino district and along the old US-36 route. The #8 route also heads east from downtown and can be used to access the quaint neighborhood of Irvington. M–F 9AM–11PM, Sa 6AM–10PM, Su 7AM–7PM.
#18 Nora runs up from the Downtown loop around Capitol, Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland up Meridian St past the Children's Museum. M–F 6AM–9:15PM, Sa 8AM–9:15PM, Su limited.
#38 Lafayette Square is another convenient tourist route, as it runs up Meridian St past the Children's Museum from the Downtown loop, and then west on 38th past the beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art and Crown Hill Cemetery. M–F 7AM–9PM, Sa 8AM–9PM, Su 9:30AM–7:30PM.
Biking is easy due to the flat terrain. Indy offers a variety of bike paths throughout the city, including the Monon Trail and the Central Canal. Currently under expansion is The Indianapolis Cultural Trail which takes riders through downtown providing signs with Indianapolis history. This world-class bike and pedestrian path marks an interconnectivity that no other city of Indianapolis' size can achieve, connecting the city's seven Cultural Districts, neighborhoods, and entertainment amenities, and serving as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. Starting in 2008, Mayor Greg Ballard announced a plan to make Indianapolis a bike-friendly city for those venturing out on open, and often busy, roads. The plan includes constructing 200 miles (322 km) of additional bike lanes throughout the next 15 years, many of which are already constructed.
Note that motorists in Indianapolis are not known for being aggressive but it is still novel for many of them to share major roads with cyclists. Bike lanes are clearly marked but some drivers may encroach upon them. Also, while the Monon is a beautiful and well-traveled path, it is frequently unsafe at night—particularly north of Downtown. Solo biking along the trail at night is best avoided.
IndyGo buses include two bike racks in the front for storing your cycle but if they are full, then you'll be out of luck.
Cabs are available including Yellow Cab Indy and Indy Airport Taxi and are readily available mainly downtown and in Broad Ripple Village. Call ahead: Taxis cannot be flagged down. Taxi services will take you anywhere within the city and the surrounding area, 24/7.
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Indianapolis is made up of various areas that feature unique and typical shopping alike. From Broad Ripple Village and Fountain Square—two unique areas, to typical suburban shopping malls and chains like Castleton. Every area has different options and chances to experience all levels of shopping. Below are some local, regional and national shops and districts that are frequented by avid shoppers.
Broad Ripple Village
About 20 minutes north of downtown. Broad Ripple[www] is Indy's closest thing to "Greenwich." A big variety of vintage, hippie, trendy, and punk shops. Gift shops galore too. It's a great place for unique local fare.
- Broad Ripple Vintage, 824 E 64th St, . One of Indy's best known vintage shops, they offer a wide variety of retro clothes—mainly 60s, 70s and 80s. Large array of t-shirts and accessories and drag queen sized gowns. They always are playing the Doors, and the decor is out of an old school head shop. Quite pricey, and we swear that prices go up around Halloween.
- The Bungalow, 924 E Westfield Blvd, . Artsy gift shop featuring artsy kitchen, textiles, art and housewares. Local and international art pieces. Very cool store.
- Chelsea's, 902 E Westfield Blvd, . Nice gift shop featuring everything from funky neon lights to funky salt and pepper shakers, funky frames, funky jewelry, and well, all things quirky. Good place for finding cards for all occasions.
- Dinwiddies, 6216 Carrollton Ave, . Awesome clothing shop that is owned by a local designer. Reflecting trends in fashion and her own unique style—find one of a kind pieces at affordable prices. A cute place that is funky and fun. Women, men and children's clothes and accessories.
- French Pharmacie, 823 1/2 E Westfield Blvd, . A very cool award-winning shop that features fashion, furniture and accessories. Carrying clothing by names such as Balenciaga, Acne, Stella McCartney and more. 18th century and modern creations in furniture, and accessories for your home and self—candles, shoes, bags, and more.
- Girly Chic Boutique, 841 E Westfield Blvd, . Trendy cute boutique catering to ladies and children—clothing, furniture and accessories from unique designers from all over the country.
- Good Earth, 6350 Guilford Ave, . Indy's oldest natural living store in town. Organic and natural food, health and accessories. Great place to stop by for a snack or for much needed groceries. Upstairs is a huge selection of vitamins and supplements, shoes and clothing too.
- Hardwicke's Pipe & Tobacco, 743 Broad Ripple Ave, . Indy's finest and oldest tobacco shop offering new and vintage pipe and tobacco equipment and every cigar and tobacco you can find. Very knowledgeable staff.
- Haus, 5910 N College Ave, . Great clothing, housewares and furniture shop for women and children. Very cool clothes from all over the world. Great place for shabby chic fans.
- Indy CD & Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave, . One of Indy's most popular record shops specializing in independent musics and obscure finds. A wide selection of new and used CD's and vinyl. From indie rock to hip hop. Great selection of box sets and music-related DVDs. They also host instore performances, and is a great place to pick up fliers about upcoming shows and events.
- Luna Music, 5202 N College Ave, . Indy's finest local record shop. Featuring CDs, vinyl and collectibles—posters, t-shirts, etc. Great place to find rare imports and out of print gems. All genres of music with friendly staff, clean and hip environment.
- The Magic Bus, 1073 Broad Ripple Ave, . Indy's most infamous "smoking accessories" shop. Every type of smoking and hippie thing available is sold here—from pipes to hookahs, Grateful Dead memorabilia and that pack of patchouli that you might need for later.
- Pitaya, 842 Broad Ripple Ave, . Women love Pitaya's homegrown jeans—trendy and stylish shopping since 1990 that provides women with an affordable place to get lovely trendy clothes. Voted best jeans in town numerous times!
- Red Rose Vintage, 834 E 64th St, . Red Rose is one of Indy's oldest vintage shops. Owned by a lovely lady named Ralph you'll find all types of gems in her little house. From flapper dresses to Victorian bustles, 80s parachute pants and rockabilly rebel western wear. Tons of accessories too! They also rent outfits for special events.
- Rusted Moon Outfitters, 6410 Cornell Ave, . Indy's finest outdoor shop for hiking, canoeing, kayaking and camping. They offer a great selection of hiking boots, clothing, rope climbing accessories, and offer canoe & kayak rentals. Located within a 5 minute walking distance of the White River for easy access, and right on the Monon Trail!
- Vibes Music, 1051 E 54th St, . Independent record store owned by local rocker John Zepps. Strong collection of new and used CD's, with some vinyl. Vibes also carries an assortment of new and used music equipment and accessories. They also have a store located in Castleton.
Castleton [www] is Indy's biggest shopping mall chock full of mall-chains, mall rats and mall food. Surrounded by mega-shops and a few local joints.
86th St. is very complicated in this area because it alternates between 86th St. and 82nd St. There is a Vietnamese restaurant called Viet Bistro at the mall. There is also a large Japanese grocery store.
Irvington is a historic district located east of downtown.
- Antique Mall of Irvington
- Indy Cycle Specialist
- Blacksheep Gifts
Fountain Square [www] is a historical area about a mile from downtown Indy, to the Southeast. Mainly comprising of antique, thrift and art shops.
- Arthur's Music Store, 931 Shelby St, . Arthur's is Indy's finest music instrument shop, focusing mainly on fretted instruments. From its retro housing, it's been a staple on the Indy music scene since 1952. From guitars to banjos, dulcimers to luthier's—you can find it all. A great place for on-site repairs and supplies too. A must see for any stringed instrument lover!
- Heirloom Classics Jewelry and Beads (formerly Boca Loca Beads), 1311 Prospect St, . A great Indy bead shop featuring handcrafted jewelry from local artists as well as beads from around the world. This store has new owners with along with its new name. They are still in the same location and will be carrying the same caliper of wonderful beads brought from around the world. They also offer a variety of classes.
- Claus' German Sausage & Meats, 1845 Shelby St, . Indy's finest place for homemade sausage, lunch meat, smoked, and well, meat. Originally opened as Klemm's in 1913, it is now owned by Claus Muth, who is a master sausage maker from Frankfurt, Germany. They also have great German beers and other goods.
- Days Gone By Antiques, 1028 Virginia Ave, .
- Dolphin Papers & Art Supplies, 1043 Virginia Ave, . Located right under the Murphy Arts Building you find Indy's best paper shop. Featuring beautiful, exotic, classic and lovely paper from around the world. They also make their own too! You can also find all your art supply needs. They also sell gifts, how-to-books, journals, and notepads.
- Indianapolis Downtown Antique Mall, 1044 Virginia Ave, . Chock full of antiques and collectibles. Furniture, primitives, glassware, country an antique art. Two story mall that is for serious enthusiasts.
Keystone at the Crossing & West
Is easily findable as "86th and Keystone." West includes shopping West of Keystone—Nora, 86th & Ditch, etc. Indy's high scale shopping district with fancy chains and boutique shops and restaurants.
- The Fashion Mall, 8702 Keystone Crossing, . This is the mall to see and be seen. The ritz and the wanna-be's shop at this classic Indy mall. Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue are the anchor stores. Other shops include Crate & Barrel, Tiffany & Co, MAC (Cosmetics), Sephora, Coach, Sony, Apple, William & Sonoma, a Tesla Motors gallery and more. They also have a huge variety of locally owned boutique shops too. Locals often declare this mall has the worst food court in the city, so grab a bite before/after you leave.
- Global Gifts, 1468 W 86th St, . Indy's only all fair-trade boutique. Meaning that artisans from all over the world receive a fair price for their work. Buy clothing, decor, beauty products, food, and unique gifts from Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond. A unique non-profit shop that supports third-world-countries artisans and talents.
A hop skip and a jump from the Circle, Mass Ave has gone through an amazing rebirth to become one of the coolest shopping areas in town full of local shops.
- At Home in the City, 434 Mass Ave, . Voted Indy's favorite gift shop byNuvo readers. Great selection of unique gifts and jewelry.
- Global Gifts, 446 Mass Ave, . Indy's only all fair-trade boutique. Meaning that artisans from all over the world receive a fair price for their work. Buy clothing, decor, beauty products, food, and unique gifts from Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond. A unique non-profit shop that supports third-world-countries artisans and talents.
- City Market, 222 E Market St, . Halfway between Mass Ave. and the Wholesale District this is a historical landmark in downtown Indy full of shops and restaurants. From chocolates to crafts, fresh meats to veggies, they also feature an awesome farmer market in the warm months.
- Mass Ave Toys, 409 Mass Ave,. The coolest toy store in town features Ugly Dolls, Steiff Toys, ecological toys and more. A friendly and knowledgeable staff abounds. A fun place to stop by after a drink and feel like a kid again.
- The Best Chocolate in Town, 880 Mass Ave, . As they advertise it: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles—they cover all four food groups.
Is basically downtown Indy. The heart of the city. The main shopping attraction here is the mall.
- Circle Center Mall, 49 W Maryland St, . This is the mall that caused the big revitalization of downtown Indy. Shopping and restaurants fill up this mall. Carson Pirie Scott is the mall's anchor store. Other stores include Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, Hot Topic, Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M and more. The fourth floor has a movie theater and video game arcade.
- Downtown Comics, 11 E Market St, . Indy's finest locally owned comic chain features new and collectible comics, games, and toys. They have three other locations.
- Hardwicke's Pipe & Tobacco, 20 N Meridian St, . The cities finest cigarette, pipe and cigar shop. Every type of those goods that is available here in the country is available from the knowledgeable staff and well kept shop. Vintage and antique smoking goods litter the walls and windows.
- Krieg Brothers Religious Supply House 119 S Meridian, +1 317 638-3416. A must see! A legendary religious supply shop that has been in the same location for at least 30 years or more. Every kind of Christian worship item is seen here. From giant 6' long glow-in-the-dark rosaries to Saint sculptures. Bibles and rosary rings, holy water and prayer cards. No matter what your religion, it's quite a fascinating experience. The staff is friendly and open minded.
Northern Suburbs include Carmel, Zionsville, Noblesville, Westfield and Fishers. These start anywhere north of 96th St. and are about 30 minutes from downtown. Shopping varies area to area.
- Clay Terrace, 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd, . Carmel. The first new outdoor mall in ages is in the burb of Carmel. A well kept environment this mall has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Shops include DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Dick's Sporting Goods, Wild Oats, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie, Indigo Nation and White House/Black Market. When the weather is nice, it is a lovely place to stroll.
- Brown's on 5th, 315 N 5th St, . Zionsville. Gift shop that specializes in Vera Bradley bags. You can get new and old bags, in this collectors paradise. It's like Vera Bradley threw up and out popped this store.
- Captain Logan, 150 S Main St, . Zionsville. Trendy and stylish antique and vintage store specializing in rare furniture and decor goods.
- Hamilton Town Center, 13901 Towne Center Blvd, Noblesville, .A brand new outdoor mall that opened in May 2008. Located on the southwest corner of Interstate 69 and State Road 238 (Exit 10), it has some great options for dining and shopping. There you will find discount-type stores such as SteinMart and Payless; a large JCPenney anchor; and a good variety of shops including Ann Taylor Loft, Borders, Chico's, Dicks' Sporting Goods, Old Navy, etc. If shopping makes you hungry, you can find both casual and fine dining at places like Stone Creek Dining Co., McAlister's Deli, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Paradise Bakery & Cafe.
Includes Speedway & Lafayette (parts of Indy incorporated) and Plainfield.
- Lafayette Square Mall, 3919 Lafayette Rd, . This mall, like the area around it, has fallen into disrepair over the past 20 years. Recently however, the area around Lafayette Square has been rebranded "International Marketplace". This is a revitalization effort trying to capitalize on the surge of ethnic stores and restaurants that have entered the neighborhood. The mall is big, with few stores however, and lots of fascinating retro architecture. Shops include Bath & Body Works, Champs and Old Navy. There are also a number of local speciality and boutique shops. Many cater to hip hop culture and living.
- The Shops at Perry Crossing (Metropolis), 2499 Futura Park Way, . Plainfield. A bizarre innovation in outdoor shopping, this 'future mall' with modern architecture and unique events is the latest mall in the region. Anchored by JC Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods, they also have Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes & Noble, Coldwater Creek and more. The Carmike (formerly the Rave) is an 18-screen theater.
- Chocolate Cafe, 30 Monument Cir,. South Bend Chocolate Company chocolate, sweets, coffees and sweet drinks. Check out the wall of celebrities who've indulged, and get educated on chocolate by the helpful and friendly staff. Watch fudge get made, sample the goods and enjoy the best hot chocolate in town. Vegetarian friendly.
- Donut Shop, 5527 N Keystone Ave, . Breakfast and lunch are cheap and good—cheap biscuits and gravy, pancakes and eggs, and don't forget a freshly baked donut. One of Indy's favorite hang over and breakfast stops! 36 types of donuts.
- Heidelberg Haus 7625 Pendleton Pike, +1 317 547-1230. Enjoy this German bakery's treats and sweets. German-born owners who have served great German eats since the 60s here in Indy. Real Black Forest Cake, sausages, potato salad, and more. Check out the gift shop with great German beer-lover gifts. The decor is filled with antiques and German decor. Authentic as hell and a great destination for simple basic German eats. Vegetarian friendly.
- Long's Bakery Multiple Locations, see below. Grab a doughnut from this Indy institution. Visit the location just off 16th Street, not far from the track or the second location in Southport on the southside.
- 1452 N Tremont Ave, +1 317 632-3741
- 2301 E Southport Rd, +1 317 783-1442
- Rene's Bakery, 6524 Cornell Ave, . Small house in North Broad Ripple owned by pastry chef A. Rene Trevino. Freshly baked, menu changes daily. Scones, croissants, muffins, cookies, truffles, eclairs, tortes, tarts and breads. Weekly bread selection includes Walnut Rye, Multi-Grain, Raisin, White, Brioche and Challah. Great place for a quick snack or to pick up a lovely breakfast. It's just a bakery—no seating—but when the weather is nice you can sit outside or relax on one of the many benches on the Monon Trail.
- Ripple Bagel & Deli, 850 Broad Ripple Ave, . Broad Ripple's only locally owned deli—with the only steamed bagel sandwich in town. Hippies work the counter and the bagels are fresh. Look for the giant bagel clock over the door! Vegan friendly.
- The Flying Cupcake, 423 Massachusetts Ave, . Regular, filled and jumbo cupcakes with a menu that changes daily, or sometimes hourly! Alternative locations at 5617 N. Illinois Street, E. 82nd Street, and Carmel. Vegan and gluten-free options available.
Sandwiches and such
- 96th Street Burgers, 4715 E 96th St, . Numerous winner of best fast food burger and best fries and shakes. Indy's local take on the fast food joint—serving up tasty steak burgers, fresh cut French fries and delectable fresh hand-dipped shakes. A super cool retro decor makes this the hippest looking fast food place in probably the Midwest.
- Boogie Burger, 927 Westfield Blvd, . Some consider this tiny little shack in the heart of Broad Ripple to be the best place to get a burger. Freshly made burgers right before your eyes with mouthwatering french fries (the hand cut garlic fries are the best, with chunks of garlic on them!). They also have smoothies too!
- Fountain Diner, 1105 Prospect St, . Originally a Woolworth built in 1959, it's been revitalized among the rebirth of Fountain Square. Pop a squat on a stool at and check out old photographs of Indy and retro art. The Diner only serves breakfast now and milkshakes and ice cream during the day. Quite a shame, they used to have great grilled cheese! It should be noted that Smokehouse on Shelby; the restaurant that replaced the Fountain Diner, sells all the menu items that the Fountain Diner used to offer. You can still get your Fountain Burger and Grilled Cheese sandwich at the Smokehouse.
- MCL Cafeteria, 2730 E 62nd St, . Indy's finest cafeteria, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chocolate meringue pie. 62nd St location is retro in design and attracts seniors, families and young people alike.
- Mug-N-Bun Drive-In, 5211 W 10th St, . Serving up an award winning pork tenderloin and a world famous "bacon cheeseburger on toast" this is a destination for all greasy food loving Hoosiers. Employees arrive at 7AM to start preparing the root beer that lures people from all over the state. Famous racecar drivers are known for making an appearance here during race season. A must visit! Cash only.
- Peppy Grill, 1004 Virginia Ave (Fountain Square, southeast of downtown), . Daily 24 hours. An institution in 24-hour feasting. "Greasy spoon" is an understatement. Try to sit in the main room next to the tiny open kitchenette where tattooed ladies serve up piping hot "sour cream fries" and burgers. Cheap-as-possible breakfast, lunch, and dinner to serve a hangover, with good pie and a country jukebox with lots of old school tunes.
- The Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe, 935 S East St, . Indiana's only Turkish restaurant located in a cute building adjacent to a hookah bar. The Turkish delight lives up to the name and the baklava is rich.
- Shalimar, 1043 Broad Ripple Ave, . One of Indy's finest Indian restaurants featuring a great affordable buffet. Chock full of yuppies and Broad Ripple hipsters. Vegan friendly.
- Side Wok Cafe, 1087 Broad Ripple Ave, . Good, affordable Chinese located in Broad Ripple. Clean, friendly and basic good food. Vegan friendly.
- Thai Town Cuisine, 1237 S. High School Rd. (Westside, near Washington St. and I-465), . Su–Th 11:00 a.m. – 9.00 pm. Fr-Sa 11:00 am. – 10:00 pm.A hidden gem with some delicious variety: spicy, savory, and sweet—often in the same dish! The shop is filled with appealing aromas and traditional Thai folk music. You will always get a smile and friendly สวัสดีค่ะ (sa-wat-dii, khâ) welcoming you. Vegetarian friendly
- Bazbeaux Pizza. Multiple Locations, see below. Indy's finest gourmet pizza! Established in 1986, Bazbeaux is a local favorite. Downtown is perfect for that pre-theater or concert eat, and Broad Ripple is located snugly along the White River. Both locations offer indoor/outdoor dining. Art students and hip kids serve your eats—don't be surprised to see a mohawk or two in the kitchen. I haven't been to the Carmel location! Their chicken BBQ pizza is amazing—BBQ sauce instead of tomato, and their Greek pizza is to die for. Vegan friendly.
- Broad Ripple - 811 E Westfield Blvd, +1 317 255-5711
- Downtown - 334 Mass Ave, +1 317 636-7662
- Carmel - 111 W Main St, +1 317 848-4488
- Greek Islands, 906 S Meridian St, . Opening in the late 80s by the Stergiopoulos (is that Greek enough for you?) family, Greek Islands offers great Greek dining in a small, cozy atmosphere featuring art, pictures and a feeling of being right at home with the family. Everything is freshly prepared by the family everyday and they have belly dancers! Vegetarian friendly.
- Iaria's, 317 S College Ave, . An Indiana tradition, Iaria's is where you go when you're craving mom's homemade Italian. Since 1933 the Iaria's have owned this Italian gem. With its amazing building—neon lights greet you in and out, mirrored walls and teeny bathrooms—have been a staple in the city. This is the place joints like Buca Di Beppo base their restaurant on. Family style portions, the biggest "wall of celeb photos" in the city, and the biggest and best meatballs available outside of mom's kitchen. Vegetarian friendly.
- Indianapolis City Market, 222 E Market St, . Indy's favorite historical landmark to dine! Open only for breakfast and lunch stop by here for a great cheap meal. From Cajun to Greek, gourmet potatoes and roast beef sandwiches. Tons of restaurants and merchants make this a multi-level historical edible experience. Dine outside to enjoy the historical area and watch the locals buzz around on their lunch breaks.
- Major, 1150 S Mickley (Just inside of I-465, east of High School Rd and Washington St), , e-mail: [email protected]. M–Th 11AM–9PM, F–Sa 11AM–10PM, Su 1PM–9PM. Try a taste of authentic East African food with the music, decor, and hospitality to match. Pick the Eritrean–Ethiopian cuisine off of the injera bread with your bare hands or use a fork if you're slightly less adventurous. Make sure you also have some of the spiced tea. Elaborate coffee ceremonies are held as well. Vegan friendly. $12.
- New Bethel Ordinary, 8838 Southeastern Ave, . A popular dining destination located in the small-town of Wanamaker (formerly New Bethel) famous for its "true fork & knife pizza". The Ordinary strives to maintain a small-town appeal and provides a casual family friendly atmosphere. The Ordinary is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, but opens early on Saturday and Sunday to offer a full cooked-to-order breakfast featuring made-from-scratch sausage gravy and biscuits. Pizza delivery is available to the Franklin Township area.
- Seasons 52, 8650 Keystone Crossing, . Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated ambiance.
- Three Sisters Cafe, 6360 Guilford Ave, . Three Sisters has withstood the changes of Broad Ripple. Offering vegan friendly breakfasts—from classics eggs and sausage to tofu treats and omelettes. Located in a lovely old home just off Broad Ripple's main drag, enjoy outdoor dining for breakfast and lunch in warm months and a relaxing and quaint indoor dining experience, featuring local art and nice folk tunes through the speakers. Great for an affordable, healthy bite to eat. Vegan friendly.
- Wheatley's, 8902 Southeastern Ave, . Wanamaker. Home of the famous Fish Fry Fridays, Indy's largest fish fry. Indoor and outdoor seating is provided with live entertainment every Friday evening April through October. Biscuits and sausage gravy breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday mornings while fried chicken and pork tenderloin sandwiches are served on Sunday evenings.
- Yats. Multiple locations, see below. Indy's top restaurant for Cajun food. Sharing four locations, owned by a New Orleans native transplant, you'll feel like you're in the Crescent City. Large quantities of limited meals are offered up each day—and each is so tasty you'll be content. Pig out on great Cajun eats in a fun artsy environment. Vegan food available too! Hipsters and punks serve up your meals and sodas are refillable and mere $1. A great deal for a lot of enjoyable food. The chili cheese crawfish etouffe is their signature dish, but the jambalaya is also outstanding. Vegan friendly.
- Broad Ripple - 5363 N College, +1 317 253-8817 (note: this location does not accept credit cards)
- Downtown - 659 Mass Ave, +1 317 686-6380
- Fishers - 8352 E 96th St, +1 317 585-1792
- Carmel - 12545 Old Meridian St. Suite 130, +1 317 581-1881
- A2Z Cafe, 4705 E 96th St, . Named after the owners and their child (Asraf, Antonio and Zulma) A2Z offers up tasty breakfast and lunch dishes. From oatmeal to crepes, omelettes and "build your own" breakfast, to babba ganouche and Divine Salmon Cake salad. Warm, friendly environment for families and friends alike.
- Ambrosia, 915 E Westfield Blvd, . Located in Broad Ripple, a family establishment for just that, and for romantic night outs, gatherings, and so forth. Owned by a tiny Italian lady who has kept it in the family since she moved here so long ago. Great Italian food and a bar next door. Great outdoor dining. Dress cute, jeans are very lame to wear here, and enjoy a nice, relaxing, homemade Italian meal. Elegant and light decor, Ambrosia is also a staple place to visit for visiting racecar drivers.
- Andrus O'Reilly's, 36 S Pennsylvania St, . Irish owned! Traditional Irish and American food in a dark, nice, clean environment. Plenty of televisions for your sports viewing pleasure, lots of beers and plenty of room to wander. Nice outdoor dining, and a good place to grab a bite for lunch or early evening.
- Barcelona Tapas, 201 N Delaware St, . Barcelona serves up tapas—Spanish appetizer-sized dishes—to make your palette happy! Small portions and a big menu, with lots of options. Indoor and outdoor dining, with a hip and cute Spanish inspired interior, makes it a unique dining experience for Indy. Go during the week- it's less crowded; you'll get more attentive service, and not feel as rushed. The food comes out as it is prepared, and they also have cheap cocktails (martinis, beer, wine and of course sangria!). Favorites include Pincho de Maruno (pork tenderloin with curry mayo), Patatas Bravas (roasted potatoes in spicy tomato sauce) and Alas de Pollo (garlic pepper chick wings with sherry mayo). Vegetarian friendly.
- Black Market Indy, 922 Massachusetts Ave, . Located at the very east end of Mass Ave, after crossing over College St. A hip, cool new gastropub serving 'comfort food with a modern update'. The minimalist interior has a few tables but guests mainly sit on one of two 'community' wooden tables. The bar serves a choice of boutique wines and craft beer. Open for lunch and dinner Tues–Sat. Sun brunch only and Mon closed.
- Capri, 2602 Ruth Dr, . Locally owned Italian restaurant that is one of the stars of the city. The family is from Naples, and the food is fresh and delectable. Dine in the bar—a dark wooden collection of comfy couches and a few televisions. Live music all week and a nice wine list!
- Claddagh Irish Pub. Multiple locations Regionally owned Irish pubs that offer the biggest fish and chips in town, two pounds worth! The "chips" are dipped in sour cream then fried, and the Irish stew's base is Guinness. Downtown is 21+ and the other two locations have family and bar dining. Irish/English jams pump out through the stereo (from U2 to Loreena McKennitt to Radiohead) and Black and Tans are served a plenty. The stools are short, the whiskey is served from upside down pours, and the decor features Irish antiques and themed paintings.
- Downtown - 234 S Meridian St, +1 317 822-6274
- North - 3835 E 96th St,+1 317 569-3663
- Edelweiss Restaurant, 8602 S Meridian St, . Located inside German Park on the far south side of Indianapolis, this restaurant is run by a private club (the German-American Klub) but is open to the public. Serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Food is mostly Bavarian in style, with some American specialties on the menu with daily specials. Friday evenings often have live entertainment in the quaint Gasthaus-style dining room. There is also a Biergarten for dining on pleasant evenings. A ballroom on the upper floor is available for rental.
- India Garden, 830 Broad Ripple Ave, . Locally owned Indian restaurant that is considered the best in town. They have a lunch and dinner buffet that is legendary in Indianapolis. The downtown location just reopened for lunch & dinner, and the Broad Ripple location is chock full of hungry college students and Broad Ripple hipsters and vegetarians. Bring on the buffet! Vegan friendly.
- Downtown - 207 N Delaware St, +1 317 634-6060
- Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria, 100 Byrd Way, . Greenwood. The world's biggest cafeteria. Yes, cafeteria. Your wildest fantasies will come true here. Well, cafeteria wise. They also offer their food to go and desserts galore. Jonathan Byrd is a millionaire and also has one of the world's biggest collections of Bibles. You can see some on display here too. Vegetarian friendly.
- Le Peep. Multiple locations, see below. One of Indy's favorite places to have breakfast. Classics like oatmeal and biscuits & gravy. Breakfast served in skillets with names like "Hobo" "Gypsy" and "Desperado" these meals are hearty for any wandering traveler. Their omelettes are the number one in town, and their pancakes will leave you speechless (cause you'll be eating them so quickly). Have a sweet tooth? Try the King Cakes, a sweet tempting pancake. They also offer lunch fare too. Be prepared to wait, no reservations accepted. Only open for breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian friendly.
- Carmel - 12213 N Meridian St, +1 317 580-9193
- Keystone at the Crossing - 8487 Union Chapel Rd, +1 317 259-8344
- Castleton - 8225 Craig St, +1 317 576-0433
- Downtown - 301 N Illinois, +1 317 237-3447
- Mark Pi's China Gate, 1439 E 86th St, . A long time standard for great Chinese, Mark Pi is world famous—and he even created the "worlds longest Chinese noodle." Unlike most Chinese joints in town, Mark Pi's offers a nice sit down "upper" scale version of traditional Chinese. White table clothes and all. Oh, and don't forget the fancy aquarium. The food is great and don't forget the tastiest fortune cookies in town. Vegan friendly.
- Milktooth, 534 E. Virginia Ave (Park Fletcher, just southeast of Downtown), . List in Condé Nast Traveler's The Best Restaurants in the World this foodie haven features "Classic Stock" dishes alongside "Of the Moment" offerings which will make it worth your while to return. Each dish is unique from sourdough pearl sugar waffles made with local nectarines to potato and celeriac latke sides. (Note that modifications will be politely declined but the restaurant accommodates allergies if possible.) $13.
- Naked Tchopstix, 6253 N College Ave, . Great Broad Ripple restaurant with a good location and late night dining. Offering Asian cuisine—Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Korean and the list goes on. A huge menu, interesting Japanese drinks (the sake-plum cocktail is superb!) and friendly stylish servers. A cute decor reminiscent of San Francisco. Nice portions, sushi bar, and a clean environment with good music on the stereo (Air is a popular choice). Indoor/outdoor dining. Great for large groups and a good place to drink heavy at an Asian restaurant.
- The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 30 S Meridian St, . Suite 100. Fine dining seafood restaurant with oyster bar. Menu changes daily based on market availability and offers a good steak selection for non-seafood lovers. The interior is slick and inviting with a more private area for large groups upstairs. Open nightly for dinner and for lunch M-F. A happy hour bar menu is also available M-F 4PM-7PM
- Santorini Greek Kitchen, 1417 E Prospect St, . Winning numerous awards has put this Greek restaurant at the top of its game in town. The dining room is white and blue, art from Greece decorates the walls and belly dancers wander table to table. A small bar offers bar seating. Prepare to load up on potatoes, salad, and the best pasticchio in the city. Vegan friendly.
- Shapiros Delicatessen. Two locations (see below) An Indianapolis institution, Shapiro's is a Jewish bakery/delicatessen with a cafeteria line. Their fried chicken is to die for (available principally in the evenings), and their pastrami is arguably some of the best anywhere. The food is not cheap, but it is typically heavenly, and the portions very generous.
- 808 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46225 +1 317 631-4041
- 918 S Rangeline Rd Carmel, IN 46032 +1 317 573-3354
- Thai Cafe, 1041 Broad Ripple Ave, . One of the finest Thai restaurants in the city. Dine in and watch Thai-themed films on hi-res televisions in a teeny tiny restaurant or order to go. Arrive with plenty of time, there can be a wait. Not good for large tables, but if you have a party of 6 or less you should be okay. Great for couples. With 10 levels of spice, a good start level is 2. Amazing Thai ice tea and the greatest pad thai in town.
- Inkas (Machu Picchu), 5356 W 38th St (Far Westside, 15 minutes from Downtown), . Su-W 11:00AM-9:00PM, Th-Sa 11:00AM-10:00PM.The food is so fresh you will think it was flown directly from the Amazon to your plate. The portions are extremely generous and everyone gets some complimentary bread and aji sauce. Make sure to try the Yucca a la Huancaina. $12.
- Amalfi's, 1351 W 86th St, . One of the warmest and finest Italian restaurants in the city. Owned by Mario and Joni DiRosa, with help from Mario's mother Pina, both from Naples, serving mouth-watering homemade Italian food. Ravioli Pomodoro and Pollo Al Marsala are two of the prime dishes on the menu. Joni greets visitors and Mario stops by the tables to greet visitors, making it a very lovely environment. Best tiramisu in the city and chicken lasagna ever. Vegetarian friendly.
- Corner Wine Bar, 6331 Guilford Ave, . A Broad Ripple staple that offers a plentiful wine list (hence the name) and specialty beer list. French inspired food with perfect portions. Their cheese crock is great—served with fresh apples in a bread bowl. They have a weekly filet mignon special where you can get a small filet for a mere $12.99 or so. They also have a special where you allow the manager to pick out a bottle of wine you like for $15 - tell them what you like, and out it comes, nice and unique choices. Their outdoor dining is some of the best in the city and the interior is lovely dark wood, small and intimate.
- Dunaway's, 351 S East St, . Located in the old Indiana Oxygen Building, Dunaway's has won numerous local accolades for it's dining. The front door greets you with two old oxygen tanks, hollowed out to make beautiful lamps inspired by the art deco building they represent. Chef Dunaway offers the best crab cakes in town, live jazz three days a week, and the best rooftop outdoor dining in the city. Their wine cellar has won the prestigious Wine Spectator Award and is one of the best in the city. Reservations are recommended. Vegetarian friendly.
- Fleming's, 8487 Union Chapel Rd, . National group of steak houses that have one of the best wine lists in the country (Wine Spectator award and all!). Sit at the bar and ask enjoy the company of Jimmy, Evelyn or Curtis, three of the best bartenders in the city. The dark wood decor adds to a cozy feel. Great steaks, lobster and hors d'oeuvres. They have great shoe-string fries for a side!
- Palomino, 49 W Maryland St, . Located right downtown in a prime location—at the mall, at the theater, at the RCA Dome. Modern design with Chihuly-designed lighting. Palomino's European-melding cuisine is tasty and they have one of the best appetizers in town - "Crisp Potatoes Gorgonzola" a.k.a. waffle fries with gorgonzola cheese dripped all over them. Decadent! They also offer a Colt's brunch before games on Sundays which offer tasty brunch fare and champagne and beers pre-game. Great location so you can walk to the game. Half off appetizers in the evenings. Make reservations. Vegetarian friendly.
- Rathskeller, 401 E Michigan St, . Indianapolis' best joint for traditional German food. One of Indiana's oldest buildings, the building was actually built by writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s grandfather. Originally housing the German Klub of Indianapolis, it's now a true German dining experience. Located right on Mass Ave. it's within walking distance of bars and theaters. Make reservations to enjoy potato pancakes, Jaegerschnitzel, and wurst. Tons of beer and wine available too including beers that are hard to find locally. Lunch time offers outdoor dining in the beer garden.
- St. Elmo Steak House, 127 S Illinois St, . Downtown in Indy since 1902, the restaurant has gone through some changes, but the biggest asset is the main room. Make reservations to dine in the main room/entry room/bar. This is the original restaurant, the walls are covered with celebrity photos including more car racing stars then the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's museum, artwork and memorabilia from the opening to present. Their shrimp cocktail features giant prawns and is the best in the city. The wooden bar is beautiful and the prep-chef sits in the window, serving up shrimp cocktails and preparing seafood and steaks for your viewing.
- Sullivan's, 3316 E 86th St, . Inspired by the famous boxer, 1940s decor offers up amazing steaks and seafood. Now smoke free, their bar is a great place to hear live jazz and watch a sports game. Bar menu is a tad different then the dining room. The bar menu features "The City's Best Hamburger" and it is—thick, juicy and cooked perfectly. Also order a chocolate souffle when you order dinner, your taste buds will thank you. Vegetarian friendly.
- Taste, 5164 N College Ave, . Stop in for breakfast or lunch at this gourmet cafe. Be sure to order the pomme frites or the cheddar biscuits! Vegetarian friendly.
Coffe & Drink
- Cornerstone Coffee, 651 E 54th St, . Local coffee shop that offers full menu, pastries, tea and coffee of course. Indoor and outdoor seating, connected to Moe & Johnny's bar.
- Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co.. Two locations, H&C has their own warehouse where they custom-roast all their own beans and import over 20 types of coffees. Considered the finest coffee in town by some.
- Broad Ripple - 4930 Penn Ave, +1 317 251-5161
- Broad Ripple - 6229 Carrollton Ave, +1 317 803-4155
- Lazy Daze Coffee House, 10 S Johnson Ave, . Located in the historic Irvington neighborhood just a few miles east of downtown. Its just south of Washington St and attached to the Irving Theater. Small but cozy, this coffeehouse features live music almost every weekend. Outside seating available. Free Wi-fi.
- Mo'Joe Coffee House, 222 W Michigan St, . Located by IUPUI providing coffee and tea and so forth in a clean modern and cozy environment. Live music too. Free wi-fi.
- Monon Coffee Company, 920 E Westfield Blvd, . Independent coffee shop, free wireless access.
Sights & Landmarks
The tallest building in Indianapolis is the Salesforce Tower, standing at 830 feet (253 meters), followed by the OneAmerica Tower which is 533 feet (163 meters) and the One Indiana Tower standing at a height of 504 feet (154 meters). The fourth and fifth are the Market Tower (421 feet or 128 meters) and 300 North Meridian (408 feet or 124 meters). Other skyscrapers include the M&I Plaza (401 feet or 122 meters) and the JW Marriott Indianapolis (376 feet or 115 meters), which is the tallest hotel in the state and the largest JW Marriott in the world. All skyscrapers are in a relatively compact cluster downtown.
Outdoors and Landmarks
- Indiana State Capitol, 200 W Washington St (Heart of Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. M–F 9AM–3PM, Sa 10AM–1PM.Completed in 1888, this is the hub for Indy's government. Originally the state capitol was in Southern Indiana's Corydon and in 1825 it was moved to Indy. Featuring Italian Renaissance, Greek, and Corinthian design, the building is made from Indiana limestone. Look up for the amazing German stained glass window, take guided or personal tours, or observe the government "at work". Free, $ parking.
- Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument, 1 Monument Cir (The center of the city), . F–Su 10:30AM–5:30PM. This is the famous statue right in the heart of the city. Built in 1902, it stands only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. The artwork built into the monument is moving—bloody Civil War battles and freed slaves. Miss Liberty on top faces South, protecting the North from the Confederacy. Housed in the basement is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War museum, and you can take a ride up to the top of the tower to look out over the city. The small grounds on the Monument are a perfect metaphor for the city itself: a mixture of the hustle and bustle of Downtown with the serenity of green grass and gently roaring water—good for people-watching. There is also a small gift shop. Free parking on the circle and the museum is free.
- Indiana War Memorial, 400 N Meridian St (Slightly north, Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. W–Su 9AM–5PM. A seven-block district featuring the neoclassical memorial. The memorial features an amazing performance/lecture hall and a free war museum documenting all US wars. $ parking, free admission.
- Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N Meridian St (Slightly north, Downtown), , toll-free: , e-mail: [email protected]. M–Th 8:30AM–4:30PM, F 8:30AM–3:30PM. An architectural masterpiece, it is the world's biggest Scottish Rite cathedral. Take a tour and explore the huge pipe organ, floating dance floor, handcrafted art glass windows, learn about the mystery of Freemasonry and grab a bite to eat in the cafe. Free.
- Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W Washington St (Just west of Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. M-Th 9AM-5PM, F-Su 9AM-7PM. Home to the Dolphin Adventures Gallery and Dome. The underwater dolphin viewing dome is the first of its kind (and free with admission). The "Oceans" exhibit features a shark touch tank. Other areas include the Plains, the Forest, the Desert, botanical insects, and a petting zoo. Check out different animal talks throughout the day. There are opportunities to feed and ride some animals for an extra charge. Amusement rides such as the small roller coaster, carousel and train are extra, too. Zoo grounds are a non-smoking environment. Hours vary depending on the time of the year, please visit the website for details. The Zoo also incorporates White River State Park, with over three acres (1.2 ha) of gardens and pathways along the White River and the Hilbert Conservatory, which is the showplace for different flowers, plants, and special attractions (such as butterflies) throughout the year. $12.45 adults, $9.45 children 2-12, $11.45 seniors (65+).
- Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W 38th St (10 minutes north of Downtown), , toll-free: , e-mail: [email protected]. 8AM–6PM, open until 8PM in the summertime. It's the third largest cemetery in the United States and is considered the "Best Walking Tour" in Indy by Indianapolis Monthly—the gruesome is mediated by the quiet and contemplative nature of the grounds. Tours explore the Gothic Chapel and Waiting Station from the late 1800s and famous grave sites. You can also pick up a map at the office for free and explore the cemetery by foot, car or bike. Hundreds of soldiers are buried in a beautiful war burial ground. Famous graves include John Dillinger, Frederick Dusenberg, Booth Tarkington, James Whitcomb Riley,Colonel Eli Lilly, President Benjamin Harrison (at the highest point in Indianapolis) and others. Free.
- American Legion National Headquarters, 700 N Pennsylvania St(Northside of downtown), , toll-free: . M–F 8AM–4:30PM. Situated in the heart of downtown Indy with a beautiful mall that reminds one of D.C. Check out the museum that features hundreds of World War I & II posters and artifacts, a diorama of Jessica Lynch's rescue, explore the grounds and learn about the Legion's history.Free, $ parking.
- Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden, 2505 Conservatory Dr(Southeast side of town, west of Beech Grove), . M–Sa 10AM–5PM, garden times vary, check website. Located inside of Garfield Park, the Conservatory houses 10,000 square feet (929 meters squared) of plants from all over the world. The Sunken Gardens, built in 1916, are three acres (1.2 ha) of European classical formal gardens. Gardens change based on the season. $1, with $1 per person guided tours. Shows are $3 per person or $8 per family.
- Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, 650 W Washington St (Westside of Downtown). 24/7. Monument that is part of White River State Park that pays tribute to over 3,000 Medal of Honor recipients. Ranges from Civil War through modern day clashes. It is made up of 27 curved glass walls, each 7–10 feet (2–3 meters) high, and etched with the names. It's quite breathtaking—especially at night! $ parking, free.
- Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium, 4600 Sunset Ave (Butler University Campus, about 10 minutes north of Downtown), , e-mail:[email protected]. Check website or call for times. It's one of the largest public observatories in the world, and the 38 inch (97 cm) Cassegrain telescope is the largest in Indiana. Weekend tours are available only, since students use the observatory during the week. Private tours are also available. $3, $2 children, cash only.
- Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens, 4000 Michigan Ave (10 minutes north of Downtown), . Tu-Sa 11AM–5PM, Su noon–5PM. An amazing home located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This is the former estate of the Lillys. Located on 26 acre (10.5 ha) grounds with a 22-room mansion, gardens, and museum. Check out country estate living in the 1930s, and explore the beautiful home and antiques that the family acquired. The gardens are spectacular and feature many pathways and fountains. Be sure to also check out the garden shop where you can purchase plants grown on the grounds. Free, although special exhibitions may cost you.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, 4790 W 16th St (Speedway, Westside), , e-mail: [email protected]. Mar–Oct: 9AM–5PM daily; Nov–Feb: 10AM–4PM daily. Located inside the home of the Indy 500, this is the world's largest collection of racing, classic, and antique cars. Check out 30 of the Indy 500 winner's cars, a 20-minute film about the history of the race, a souvenir shop and cafe. You also can pay a few bucks to ride in a bus around the actual race track (at about 40 miles or 65 km an hour, ha!). $5, $3 children, 5 and under free.
- NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W Washington St (Westside of Downtown), . Tu–Sa 10AM–5PM, Su noon–5PM. This is the headquarters of the NCAA, located in White River State Park. Explore the history of college athletics—from hockey to basketball, cross-country skiing to football. Check out a film about NCAA sports, and be sure to check out the spirit section. Gift shop, too! $5, $3 youth and seniors 60+, free for kids under 5.
- Indiana University Natatorium (The Nat), 901 W New York St (Westside of Downtown), . M–Th 5:30AM–8PM, F 5:30AM–7PM, closures and restricted hours contingent on the school schedule. Located on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, the IU Natatorium is one of the marquee swimming and diving venues in the world. The Nat has hosted countless nationally recognized events and is also home to the annual IHSAA boys and girls swimming championships, along with housing various swimming clubs from across the Midwest.$6 for one-time.
- Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E 67th St(15 minutes north of Downtown), . M–F 9AM–10PM Sa 9AM–6PM Su noon–6PM. Formed in 1934, it continues to be one of the Midwest's premier community art centers. Check out one of the many local art exhibits, take an affordable art class, relax and read a book in the beautiful library, shop at the art gallery gift shop and don't pass up the amazing ARTSPARK located around the White River and the natural grounds. ARTSPARK has interactive sculptures laid out through the 12 acres (5 ha) designed by Michael Graves, a Hoosier native known throughout the world for his architecture and design work. Each summer you can check out the fun Broad Ripple Arts Fair, which features arts and crafts, food and booze, and live music galore on the grounds.Free.
- Madame Walker Theatre, 617 Indiana Ave (Westside of Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. M–F 9AM–5PM. Visit the headquarters for the first self-made female millionaire, Madam C. J. Walker (she spelled her 'Madam' without the "e"), built in the early 1900s, Walker came from cotton field beginnings to start her own line of beauty products for African American women. Visit the original salon where people still get their hair done, see a concert or play at the theatre, and take a tour of the grounds. Learn more about the African-American heritage of Indianapolis south of the historic Ransom Place District. Tours are $8, $5 for students and seniors, children under 5 free. Events vary based on ticket price.
- Domont Studio Gallery, 545 S East St (Southeast of Downtown, west of Fountain Square), , e-mail: [email protected].Local gallery and studio for artist John J. Domont. A beautiful space located in the historical Fletcher Place area. Check out the artist at work and buy a piece—he specializes in modern Indiana landscapes.
- The Stutz Artists Association (Stutz Gallery), 212 W 10th St (Northside of Downtown), . Originally built in 1918 as the home of the Stutz automobile. Now, it houses numerous local artists, businesses and meeting spaces. Check out the "show room" featuring a collection of Stutz cars (Elvis drove a Stutz, ya know) and have a bite to eat at Bearcats.
- Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N Delaware St (Northside of Downtown), , fax: . M–F 9AM–5PM, open on first Fridays until 9PM. Recently revamped gallery, art center, and conservatory. Check out four art galleries, 36 personal studios, VSA Arts, and the beautiful Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Punk and ska bands play in the basement on weekends and on First Fridays they open their doors to good sized crowds of local art lovers who wander the halls drinking, eating, and checking out art and music. Great place to check out local art and local people in a family-friendly environment. Free.
- Herron School of Art & Design Galleries, 735 W New York St (Westside of Downtown), . M–Tu, Th–F 10AM–5PM, W 10AM–8PM. On the campus of IUPUI this is the home to Indy's biggest art school. Check out students studios, three galleries with regional and national art, and an outdoor sculpture gallery. Student art adorns the walls and lawn. You may see an early piece by the voice of the next generation! Free, parking at the garage is validated at some shows.
- Noel Studio/The Sanctuary, 75 N Main St (Zionsville, extreme Northwest of the city), , toll-free: , fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. Tu–Sa 10AM–5PM, restaurant open from 11AM–3PM. Studio of world-renowned artist N. A. Noel who is famous for her images of angels, children, Amish, and more. Gallery is the only place to view her original work. Cafe and souvenir shop. Free.
Museums & Galleries
- Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N Meridian St (10 minutes north of Downtown), .Tu–Su 10AM–5PM. This museum is the largest children's museum in the world. In March 2006, it unveiled artist Dale Chihuly's largest blown glass exhibit, Fireworks of Glass—a glass sculpture that rises 43 feet (13 meters) tall. Children (and adults alike) can dig for "dinosaur fossils", catch a planetarium show, view the miniature trains, ride the carousel and so much more. The museum has huge holdings that are constantly rotating, so check out temporary exhibits as well. Even if you've been before, there will be something new the second time around. The Museum is fun for children of all ages. Grounds include restaurants and the best toy shop in Indianapolis. $18.50, $13.50 ages 2–17, $17.50 seniors 60+. Free on Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, El Dia de Los Ninos, and Christmas Eve and from 4PM–8PM on the first Thursday of every month. Free garage parking.
- Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St (Westside of Downtown), , fax: . M–Sa 10AM–5PM, Su 11AM–5PM. The state museum's new home is one of the most beautiful in the country. Learn about the beginnings of Indy—from dinosaurs and fossil finds to the Civil War, World War II, and today. Explore a hall dedicated to famous Hoosiers, enjoy the IMAX theater, special events, and walk the grounds of White River State Park exploring the sculpture garden dedicated to the counties of Indiana. A must see. The small gift shop sells Indiana-related trinkets as well as gourmet sodas, novelty candies, and plush toys. The Farmers Market Café features a menu reflective of Indiana’s heritage as a source of fresh, local produce with seasonal menus and fresh soups, salads and sandwiches. The historic L. S. Ayres Tea Room features its signature famous chicken velvet soup.$13, $8.50 ages 3–12, $12 seniors 60+. IMAX admission extra, discount combo passes are available. First Tuesday of the month, admission half off. Parking with validation $3.
- National Art Museum of Sports (NAMOS), . One of the largest collections of sports themed arts in the world. Check out over 1,000 pieces of art about over 40 different sports. Artists featured include Winslow Homer, LeRoy Neiman,Odgen Pleissner, and more. Sports enthusiasts and art lovers alike will find something to enjoy. Due to renovations on IUPUI's campus, the Museum is in the process of relocating.
- Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E Main St (Extreme north of the city, in Carmel, about 20 minutes from Downtown), , e-mail:[email protected]. W–Sa 11AM–4PM Su 1PM–4PM. This is a rare find, a museum that caters specifically to miniature homes, room boxes and vignettes. They also have a gift shop and a children's play area. $5, $3 children under 10.
- Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), 216 S East St(Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. 9AM–7PM daily. Local artists have worked together to create several gallery spaces showcasing the cutting edge of regional, national, and international modern art. The stable location is inside of downtown but shows can pop up elsewhere so make sure to check and see before you visit. Free, donations are accepted.
- Indianapolis Firefighters Museum & Historical Society, 748 Mass Ave (Mass Ave. District), , fax: . M–F 9AM–4PM, summer has limited weekend hours. Learn about the founding and history of Indy's firefighters, check out the antique hand pumper, horse drawn fire cart, horse drawn steam pumper and more. Also be sure to visit the Indy Firefighters Memorial too. Free, donations accepted.
- Crispus Attucks Museum, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St (Westside of Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. M–F 9AM–5PM, weekends by appointment. Located inside of Crispus Attucks school, this museum celebrates Indy's African American heritage with art galleries, school history, and student achievement. Although not as famous as the communities in Chicago or Detroit, Indianapolis has a rich black heritage from the Great Migration of the late 19th century with a quarter of the population African American. $8, $5 students under the age of 17 and seniors, $3 group rate.
- Indiana Medical History Museum, 3045 W Vermont St (Less than 10 minutes west of Downtown), , fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. Feb–Nov: Th–Sa 10AM–3PM with tours on the hour. Dec-Jan: Sa only. Located in the old pathology building on the grounds of the now closed Central State Hospital—an ex-mental hospital that serviced Hoosiers for years. It's the oldest pathology building in the country and is in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum offers a tour that shows off old medical equipment, preserved medical specimens, and so forth. $7, $5 university students with i.d., $3 children.
- James Whitcomb Riley Home & Museum, 528 Lockerbie St (Eastside of Downtown), , fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. Tu–Sa 10AM–3:30PM. Visit the home where this legendary poet and author lived out the last half of his life. Riley is known as "The Children's Poet". The home has been featured in Architectural Digestand is considered one of the finest preserved Victorian homes in the country. Nothing in the home has been renovated—all furnishings from the carpet up are original since 1916. Take a tour and see his belongings, antiques collection and history. $4, $1 ages 7–17. Limited free parking, parking passes handed out.
- Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W Washington St (Westside of Downtown), . M–Sa 10AM–5PM, Su noon–5PM.The museum is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. Featuring western art by T. C. Cannon, N. C. Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keeffe, Allan Houser, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and Kay Walkingstick. The museum also focuses on Native American history featuring artifacts, art, and history about this nation's first people. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant, too. The museum also hosts occasional lectures, plays, and music. Located within White River State Park, check into a park pass for admission to all seven of the park's attractions. $10, $6 children 5–17 and students with id, $9 seniors 65+, children under four free. Free parking with validation.
- President Benjamin Harrison Home, 1230 N Delaware St (Northside of Downtown), , fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. M–Sa 10AM–3:30PM, June and July Su noon–3:30PM. So far, Indy's only president, serving one term (1889–1893). Take a tour of this Civil War hero's home—a beautiful 1875 house built in the Italianate Victorian school. It's three stories and filled with antiques, art, political memorabilia and personal artifacts. The carriage house in the back features a First Ladies exhibit. Throughout the year they have fun events, that often include amazing reenactments featuring Indiana historical figures. They also host Victorian murder mystery tours, a naturalization ceremony and the always fun croquet tournament. $10, $5 children 5–17 and students with i.d., $8 seniors 65+. AAA discount available.
- Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd (10 minutes north of Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. Tu–W,F-Sa 11AM–5PM, Th 11AM–9PM, Su noon–5PM. Recently reopened following a multi-million dollar renovation it's one of the most beautiful buildings in the country for fine art. Founded in 1883, this is one of the oldest art museums in the country, boasting over 50,000 pieces of an art and an amazing public art library. Exhibits include Contemporary Art, European Art, Asian Art, African Art, Textile Art and more. Rotating and traveling exhibits are abundant. Experience hands-on exhibits where you can create your own art, walk the amazing grounds exploring the sculptures, gardens and homes, shop at the museum store and eat and drink at the IMA Cafe and Wolfgang Puck's namesake restaurant—this is the city he got his start in. On Thursdays and Fridays from 5–9PM, the museum has a special "happy hour" for hip and artsy socialites at Puck's featuring cocktails and hor'dourves. Free (special exhibits and events may have an admission charge), with donations appreciated.
- Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (Conner Prairie Living History Museum), 13400 Allisonvile Rd (Located in Fishers at the city's extreme northeast.), , toll-free: . Nov-Mar: Tu–Su 10AM–3PM, Mar–Oct: Tu–Su 10AM–5PM. Settled in the 1880s, Conner Prairie is an Indiana tradition for those interested in learning about Indiana living "back in the day." With volunteers dressed in period-costume year round you are able to experience every aspect of the way of life—from blacksmithing to cooking, games and schooling, farming and church. Start at the modern museum learning about the science and anthropological history, then head to the living history museum featuring authentic buildings from the 1880s. Special exhibits come and go, such as Native American regional language sponsored by History Channel. In the summer the grounds feature Symphony on the Prairie where one can picnic in the evening and enjoy live classical and pops performances. Halloween features haunted hay rides and the holiday season includes dinners, candlelight tours and other celebrations. Restaurants on hand and a gift shop too. Seasonally dependent. Mar–November: $05, $7 youth, $10 seniors 65+. Nov–Mar $6, children under 2 free. The rest of the year: $6/7. Winter Fun Days are $12, youth $9. Free parking.
- Indiana Historical Society, 450 W Ohio St (Westside of Downtown), , e-mail: [email protected]. Tu–Sa 10AM–5PM. An amazing place to visit for those interested in the people and places that make up every bit of the state. Featuring a state-of-the-art research library, music room, film viewing room, souvenir shop and cafe. The Indiana Experience collection rotates every eight to twelve months, so you will always find something new and interesting about Hoosier heritage, such as "A Century of Black Film", "Hoosiers in Hollywood", and "The Faces of Lincoln". Located snugly on the White River Canal. $7 adult, $6.50 seniors 60+, $5 youth, 4 and under free.
Things to do
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Rides and Tours
- Rent a paddle boat on the canal, 801 W Washington St, .Rent a paddle boat and roam the lengthy water of the White River canal system. Explore tunnels and fountains, see fine outdoor art and people watch as you paddle around at your whimsy. Be sure to enjoy a popsicle at the ice cream stand after your trek.
- Walk the streets of Lockerbie. Located between North and Miami St in downtown Indianapolis. Dating back to 1847 it's the oldest surviving neighborhood in Indy. Featuring an amazing array of Victorian homes still maintained in their original beauty, mixed with some modern homes as well. Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne architecture line the streets. Visit the website for a walking tour map.
- Ride on a gondola, Ohio Street Basin at White River Canal (West side of Downtown), . Available only during warm months, you can experience a bit of Venice in Indy. All ages are invited—for a public or private ride (private are more pricey). Each ride includes lovely Italian songs sun and a tour of the Canal. And yes, they wear the striped shirts, hats and red sashes.
- Segway Tour of White River State Park, 801 W Washington St (Westside of Downtown), . Tour the White River gardens, the canal and other Indianapolis museums and notable locations from your segue. Each tour lasts about two hours and highlights many of the city's attractions. It may serve as an informative and adventurous preview for your stay in Indianapolis.
Historic Locations and Activities
- Play croquet at President Benjamin Harrison's home, 1230 N Delaware St, . A charity event hosted in June. Compete against amateurs and pros, celebrating Victorian heritage and enjoy lunch as well.
- Picnic at James Whitcomb Riley's grave. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a sunset at one of Indy's highest points with one of Indy's most beloved authors, located on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W 16th St, . Is Indy's pride and joy sporting landmark. Several of the world's most famous motor races take place here, including the Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and Red Bull MotoGP. Check out the museum, or a race depending on your visit. Ticket prices aren't cheap to the main affairs, but just attending one of the many practices or qualifications during the racing season (May–Sept) is well worth the experience. A must see when visiting Indy, for race lovers or not.
- Indiana Pacers, 125 S Penn Ave (Bankers Life Fieldhouse), .NBA member, the Pacers can be seen live at their home court November–April.
- Indiana Fever, 125 S Penn Ave (Bankers Life Fieldhouse), . A member of the WNBA, Fever games are played June–September and tickets are quite a bit cheaper than their NBA counterparts.
- Indianapolis Colts, 500 S Capitol Ave, . NFL member, Indy's Colts take the stage August–January. The Colts play home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, a retractable-roof stadium that opened in 2008.
- Naptown Rollergirls. Games take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion. Watch cute girls take and give a beatin' on rollerskates with Indiana's first Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association team. Thousands of people crowd into the pavilion each month to watch the Tornado Sirens battle it out against the nation's best teams. This is a serious game—major injuries take place. And yes, nothing like watching cute girls get into it on skates. A great friendly event for all types of sports or not-so-sports people alike. $10–15.
- Ride the slick track at Post Road Recreation Center, 4700 N Post Rd, . With three go-kart tracks be sure to pick the indoor oval. You chose you race car, and during the race they throw baby powder down on the track to make it more slick—causing you to slide, spin and experience true 'wet spots' on the track. They also have mini-cars you can race on the outdoor tracks. They have an unlimited $20 indoor track ticket you can buy. Also putt-putt, bumper cars, arcade basketball and a cafe full of junk food.
- Check out a basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse, , e-mail:[email protected]. Butler University. Butler's Bulldogs are one of the top teams in the NCAA, and this arena is full of history. The facility is heavily connected with the 1986 movie Hoosiers—the real-life high school team whose story provided the basis for the movie won the 1954 Indiana state championship at this very site, and major parts of the movie were filmed here. Even without the Hoosiers connection, Hinkle is one of college sports' most legendary venues. $5–20.
- See a baseball game at Victory Field, 501 W Maryland St, .Indy's is home to the minor league Indians, who are the farm team for the Pirates. It's been deemed the best minor league baseball stadium in the country. Pack a picnic and sit in the outfield next to the famous teepee during the game (and catch a few balls if you're lucky) or get a seat in the stands. Check out the "Dollar Monday" games or fireworks after Friday games. $8–12.
- Play disc golf at Brookside Park, 3500 Brookside Pkwy S, . Dr. Disc golf is a fun and challenging outdoor sport unlike any other.
- Drag race your car at Lucas Oil Raceway, 10267 US Hwy 136, . Yes, that's right. You can drag race your car (whether it's a Dodge Charger from the 60s or a Dodge Neon, even a Yugo!) for a nominal fee and signing a waiver, don't forget your helmet. Drag race against fellow Hoosiers and get a time-card after each drag. This world famous quarter-mile drag strip is home to the NHRA US Nationals, and the oval hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Public dragging happens once a week during the Spring-Fall. It's cheap/free to watch. All ages, but 18+ to drag.
- Indianapolis Tennis Center, 150 University Blvd, . IUPUI Campus. Play tennis on one of 24 indoor and outdoor courts. Private lessons available. This is where they host the RCA Championships every year.
- Dark Armies Paint Ball, 2525 N Shadeland Ave, . Throw on your rented protective gear and grab your paint ball gun and shoot the crap out of strangers and friends alike. Located in a warehouse with indoor, outdoor and underground space. The playspace is painted black and music is pumped through the building. Hiding spaces and team warfare contribute to you living out your wildest war-time fantasy. It's very cyber and apocalyptic. Be prepared for bruises the next day. Great for all experience levels and a good way to release some tension!
- Beech Grove Bowl, 95 N 2nd Ave, Beech Grove, . Go bowlinganytime at the 24 hour bowling alley. Located about 10 minutes south of downtown Indy. Pick up a plate of cheese-sticks and a couple of beers and bowl your brains out anytime. It's also located in a small burb south of downtown Indy that has a very "small town" feel. Very local. Games are cheap!
- Ride your bike at the Major Taylor Velodrome, 3648 Cold Spring Rd, . One of 18 velodrome tracks in the country, named after Indy's own African American bike superstar Major Taylor. Bring your road or track bike (no BMX) and your helmet and throw down $4 and you can race on the inverted track that Olympic superstars have tried out on. Perhaps you'll catch a race or one of many remote control car races they host too. There is a BMX park next door. Ages 10+. NEW: Major Taylor Velodrome will be converted into a snow park during the winter months. Hit the slopes 15 Nov-1 Mar.
- Ice skate at the World Skating Academy, 201 S Capitol Ave, .With countless other locals year round. Cheap skate rental and pro shop. Two NHL sized ice rinks located right downtown. Originally built for the Pan-Am Games in the 80s. This is the best rink to see amateur and pro hockey and ice skaters practicing, and show off your own skills. Be sure to arrive early during the cold months, you might have to wait in line!
- See a soap box derby at Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill. Starting in April check out hundreds of kids from Indy's soap box derby clubs battle it out for awards and placings. This is the longest soap box derby track in the country and was built in 1953.
- Go duckpin bowling, 1105 Prospect St, . At Action & Atomic Bowl. Experience a rare treat! Duckpin bowling is basically bowling with small balls and small wooden pins. A lot of fun for all ages and located in this entirely retro building is an extra perk. Neon lights, milkshakes, jukeboxes, beer and wine, sodas and pizza, poodle skirts and all, this is the real deal. The interior hasn't changed since the 1930s.
- Golfing anyone? here is a list of fine golf courses located throughout Indianapolis, many award winning!
- Brickyard Crossing, 4400 W 16th St, . Shares space with the Indy Motor Speedway, four holes are inside the oval!
- Buffer Park Golf Course, 3825 S Foltz St, . IndyGolf.com users rated this as their favorite nine hole course in 2001. A well-maintained 3,411 yards from the Championship Tees.
- Coffin Golf Course, 2401 Cold Springs Rd, .
- Crooked Stick Golf Club, 1964 Burning Tree Ln, . Carmel. Has hosted the 2009 U.S. Senior Open, 2005 Solheim Cup, 1993 US Women's Open and 1991 PGA Championship. Pete Dye designed.
- Dakota Landing Golf Course, 6636 S Franklin Rd, .
- Douglass 2801 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave, +1 317 924-0018. Built in 1926, few hazards and good for all levels.
- Eagle Creek, 8802 W 56th St, . Built in 1975 by Pete Dye.
- Heartland Crossing, 6701 S Heartland Blvd, . Camby. 15 min SW of Indy. Designed by Nick Price & Steve Smyers.
- Pleasant Run, 601 N. Arlington, . Built in 1922.
- Riverside Golf Academy, 3702 N White River Pkwy, . Lighted 9-hole course and lighted & heated driving range for year round golfing.
- Riverside Golf Course 3502 N White River Pkwy W. Dr, +1 317 327-7300. Built in 1901.
- Sahm, 6880 E 91st St, . Pete Dye designed.
- Sarah Shank, 2901 S Keystone Ave, .
- Smock, 3810 E Country Line Rd, .
- Whispering Hills, 10751 Brookville Rd, . Built in 1995.
- Indy Fuel, 1202 E. 38th Street (Indiana Farmers Coliseum), .The Indy Fuel are a minor league ice hockey team in the Midwest Division of the ECHL's Western Conference. They are affiliated with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.
Includes art galleries, opera, classical and traditional music, dance, performance art.
- Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W Washington St, . Some of the nation's finest actors perform in this architectural masterpiece of a theater! Two theaters provide different types of performances, and their famous version of A Christmas Carol is a classic. Be sure to check out their Shakespeare performances. Dress up in your Sunday best and see a matinee to save some bucks! Cocktails are served! All ages.
- Wander the galleries on First Fridays. Various galleries in downtown Indy open their doors every first Friday to local art lovers and novices alike. Explore the art galleries, theaters, restaurants and bars on Mass Ave, in Fletcher Place, Fountain Square and the Stutz Building. Galleries serve food and booze and schedule their collection openings around this time of the month. During the warm months outdoor musicians and performers take to the streets, adding to the atmosphere. Don't forget to skip north on Delaware to the Harrison Center for their opening too.
- The Phoenix Theatre, 749 N Park Ave, . Founded in the early 80s, Phoenix has always been a theater to experience unique, thought provoking, open minded shows. From classics to world-premiers. Controversy is frequent! Rocky Horror, HAIR, Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Six Degrees of Separation, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project, Bat Boy: The Musical are only some of the classic and fascinating titles of past performances! $15–29. All ages.
- Kuaba Gallery, 876 Mass Ave, toll-free: . Kuaba promotes modern African art. A portion of every sale goes to a non-for-profit that helps African orphans.
- See a puppet show at Peewinkle's, 25 E Henry St, toll-free: .Indy's only puppet studio! 50-seat theater in downtown Indy provides entertaining puppet shows for all ages. Puppet are made in house. Call ahead to schedule a puppet workshop—learn about the art and history, make your own too! $8 and an extra post-show workshop is $3. Shows happen in the afternoons and early evening.
- Murphy Art Center, 1043 Virginia Ave, . 23 artists have galleries at this Fountain Square studio building. First Friday includes an open house. Some of Indy's most bright shining stars have galleries here, and it's a great place to buy affordable great art.
- Wheeler Arts Community, 1035 Sanders St, . A collaboration of the city and the University of Indianapolis to provide affordable studio and housing space for students and artists. 36 loft/studios are housed here as well as a theater.
- Indianapolis Civic Theatre, 3200 Cold Spring Rd, . This is Indy's largest professionally managed theater, which started in 1914. From comedies to drama, they host it all. Their performance of The Crucible deeply moved viewers. $24–32. All ages.
- American Cabaret Theatre, 401 E Michigan St, . ACT is a cabaret-style theater that serves food and cocktails during the performances. Many of the shows feature song/dance/acting routines with upbeat and fun-filled performances, featuring classics and new works. $20–25. All ages.
- Get involved with improv theater Comedy Sportz, 721 Mass Ave, toll-free: . A hilarious way to spend an evening! Comedy Sportz takes ideas thrown up from the audience and throws them into wacky and weird skits. They have all ages and 17+ performances. Drinks and snacks are served. $14 adults, $12 students & seniors, $6 kids 5–11, under 4 free.
- Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd, . For over 30 years B&B has been providing equity Broadway performances. Buffet dinner with cocktails is served during performances. Seasons range from classic Rodgers and Hammerstein shows to modern hits. All ages. $32.50–$52.50.
- Theatre on the Square, 627 Mass Ave, . Originally located in Fountain Square, the move of this theater to Mass Ave prompted the revitalization of this arts district. Great community theater with a varied selection of plays. A theater for the more culturally aware and open minded! $15–25.
- Dance Kaleidoscope, 140 W Washington St, . Performances take place inside the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Indy's contemporary dance troupe. Performances feature Martha Graham classics to director David Hochoy's own creations such as "Magical Mystery Tour" which features the music of the Beatles. $15–34.
- Indianapolis Opera, . Performances held at Clowes Hall - 4600 Sunset Ave and at the Basile Opera Center (formerly a Greek Orthodox church)- 4011 North Pennsylvania Street. Indy's only opera troupe. Featuring the finest singers from the region and international fame.
- Circle City Sound. Performances held every Monday evening at 7PM at Scottish Rite Cath. (650 N Meridian St) and throughout the city. Indy's only barbershop performance group.
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Hilbert Theater on the Circle (Downtown), . Indy's internationally acclaimed symphony has a regular season plus a great holiday extravaganza during the Christmas season, and special guests are frequent.
- Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Butler University. Performs at Clowes Hall Sunday and Mondays Sep-May. They are orchestra in residence at Clowes Hall which garnishes them plenty of experience and status. Four centuries of music are covered.
- Mind Tripping Show: A Comedy with a Psychological Twist, 120 W Market St, . An intimate theatrical performance of illusion, psychology, surprises, and mysteries starring Christian & Katalina the #1 Husband and Wife Comedy Mind Reading Act. The show is a roller coaster ride for your mind, a fun psychological thriller that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Friday & Saturday nights.
Includes rock, punk, hip hop, top 40, soul, blues, jazz and all that goodness. A lot of great shows also take place in non-traditional venues (i.e. VFW's) so check out local papers for information.
- Birdy's Bar & Grill, 2131 E 71st St, . Local venue that caters to local, national and international acts. Big beer selection and overpriced barfood menu. Posters from bands who have performed there over the years plaster the walls and there are pool tables, video games, pinball and an outdoor beer garden. Local acts frequent this venue and past performers include Prince, Yo La Tengo, Jordan Knight, Califone, Frank Black, Matt Pond PA, The Stills and more. A great place to see major local rock bands like Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Virgin Millionaires. 21+.
- Chatterbox, 435 Mass Ave, . A local favorite and one of the oldest bars in town. It's a Mass Ave. staple that has walls graffitied by visitors and the bathrooms as well. Bring a marker. Drinks are really strong and they have a small wine menu with good choices and beers too. Live jazz is the thing here. The teeny tiny bar features a teeny tiny stage that caters to Indy's finest real jazz. This is the place to hear good simple old school jazz at its finest. Smoke free early in the evening, and outdoor seating which is the best in town. Check the website for wine tastings and special events. Great place to mix with the locals—artists, journalists, musicians all call it home. Grab some Jamaican Patties while you're there. 21+.
- Emerson Theater, 4634 E 10th St, . Indy's largest and oldest all-ages venue that caters to young punks and metal heads on the weekends. Many "older" punk rockers in town got their start here, seeing bands such as the Misfits, Sloppy Seconds, Cannibal Corpse, Babes In Toyland and many others play.
- The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N College Ave, . Voted one of the top 100 jazz bars in the world by DownBeat magazine, serving up jazz, salsa and American fusion food. Music six days a week. Wednesday features live jazz and soul/neo-soul/neo-jazz DJs, Thursday is Indy's biggest salsa night too. Cover ranges. 21+.
- Melody Inn, 3826 N Illinois St, . One of the oldest bars in town has become the haven for punk rock and underground music in the city. Built in 1933, the bar features local relics in the decor, a back VIP lounge, the best jukebox in town and a friendly staff and group of regulars. Punk, indie, acid jazz, folk, rockabilly, techno, goth is the main beat here. They also have retro video games and pool. Drinks are cheap and hard, and the beer selection is unique and good sized. The house specialty is Pabst Blue Ribbon, and specials are usually $1.25 for a can. It is a great dive bar, however it can get very smoky. Indy is smoke free! $2–6. 21+.
- Radio Radio, 1119 E Prospect St, . Owned and operated by Tufty of the Zero Boys and located in the heart of Fountain Square, Radio Radio is one of the nicest and cleanest venues for music in town. The cool bar, leopard carpeting and bathroom doors came from the once downtown Indy Planet Hollywood. Good beers on tap. Past performers include: Ben Lee, Big Sandy, Cat Power, The Cruxshadows, Deke Dickerson, The Frogs, Silkworm, Wesley Willis, Jets To Brazil, Los Lonely Boys, Neko Case, Pansy Division, VHS or Beta and countless others. They also have monthly film nights and hosts Rockabilly Rebel Weekend every year. Smoke-free 21+ venue.
- Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 S Meridian St, . The oldest bar in Indiana since 1850. Originally it was a brothel, and it's now the best blues bar in the city. Steaks, homemade soup, baked potatoes, sandwiches and subs are the starts of the menu with a classic bar menu to boot. Beer, champagne, wine, and of course—hard liquor is poured with pride and the blues is local and national/international acts. There are still bullet holes in the wall from brawls in the 1800s. Dis is it. 21+
- Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E 146th St, Noblesville, . Indy's biggest outdoor amphitheater. Concerts run May–September and in October they feature a crazy Halloween themed festival. This is where the famous Grateful Dead riots happened in 1995. Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett got married here in 1993. A 30 min to hour long trip from downtown Indy. All ages
- Pig out at Trader's Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, . Indy's only grass-fed USDA organic dairy. They are always open with their self-serve dairy-shop (with a bucket you pay and take your change from—honesty basis!), and at 4PM you can watch the cows get milked au naturel. Creamy milk, amazing yogurt (voted #1 by the American Cheese Society in 2005), ice cream, eggs and cheeses are all for sale. On the weekends they feature a farmers market and organic cafe. You can walk the grounds petting cows and chasing chickens. Fun for the family and eco-friendly folk.
- Drink hot chocolate at the Chocolate Cafe, 30 Monument Cir (Heart of Downtown), . Enjoy the best hot chocolate in town at South Bend Chocolate Company's chocolate shop on the Circle. Cozy up with your pal/friends/special friend and a hot cup of cocoa. Perfect during the Holidays, so you can see the beautiful Christmas lights on the Circle.
- Get creeped out at the Indiana Medical History Museum, 3045 W Vermont St, . Set on the grounds of one of the countries most well known mental hospitals, Central State, which is now defunct, this is a creepy way to make any visit memorable. Take a tour and check out the collections. See Museums above for more gory details.
- Grab some popcorn at Just Pop In, 6302 Guilford Ave, . Indy's only popcorn shop is owned by two identical twin sisters. A cute teeny shop in Broad Ripple that offers up all types of flavors. Classics like "original" (you know, just good tasty popcorn!) and Caramel to the oh so tasty "Chocolate Karma" (chocolate covered popcorn!). They also sell gift tins and sampler packs.
- Have dessert at the Eagle's Nest, 1 S Capitol Ave, . The Eagle's Nest is the highest dining room in the city, sitting atop the Hyatt downtown. The restaurant is revolving, slowly moving to show the best view of the city. The food is high priced and just okay but, get a table and enjoy a nightcap or dessert. Make reservations to see the sunset.
- Head to the flea market at the Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th St, .($ parking) Is Indy's best monthly flea market, since 1976. Held once a month (weekends can change) at the State Fair Grounds, hundreds of vendors sell antiques, vintage goods, housewares and more. From Elvis records to a Victorian baby coffin. You can find it all. Free.
- Play in a board game library, Game Paradise, 1110 E Prospect St (Southeast of Downtown, Fountain Square), . Tu–Su noon–1AM. Make and break friendships with countless fun or frustrating hours playing your favorite board games. Outside food is welcome, so you can hunker down until the wee hours rolling dice, taking chances, and learning new skills. $5 per hour, up to $12.50 for the whole day.
Festivals and events
- Early June Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Fest Military Park, 601 W New York St, +1-800-832-9463. Over a dozen Indiana wineries come together in downtown Indy, offering samples of their finest. Restaurants from the city participate as well, serving up samples too. Cooking classes show you how to cook with wine, and Indy's finest live music acts perform. There is a kid's activity area too for the under 21ers! Though it's rather not that exciting for the little ones.
- Late June Eiteljorg Indian Market Eiteljorg Museum, +1 317 636-9378. [www] The Midwest's largest festival celebrating Native American culture and history. Craft and art fair, performances, food and more.
- Late June Old Settlers Day and Classic Car Show E Southeastern Ave, Wanamaker. Since 1987, the small town of Wanamaker has celebrated its founding pioneers with a street fair of over 100 booths with art, craftsmen, antiques, crafts, food, entertainment, and games. A great classic car show features over 150 classic cars. The festivities also include a free community fireworks display at 10pm
- Mid-July Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Downtown, +1 317 925-2707.[www] African Americans from all over head to Indy ever summer to celebrate life and culture. Lectures, community fairs, special events and don't forget the music—some of music's biggest starts come to town to celebrate. Everyone from Mary J. Blige to Public Enemy, Cameo to Barry White have made appearances. Traffic can be crazy and expect higher cover charges at nightclubs. Fun for the entire family.
- Mid-July Indianapolis International Film Festival TBA Location. +1 317 513-9379[www] Indie films are hosted in non-pretentious environments. Meetings, parties, lectures, and of course films! The group also hosts films throughout the city, throughout the year.
- Early-Mid August Indiana State Fair State Fairgrounds, [www]. The biggest summer event in the state. A trip to Indiana isn't complete without a trip to the fair. Animals, crafts, art, rides, dancing, education, environmentalism, Hoosier Pride and FOOD!! They also have live music and concerts. Prairie Home Companion comes every other year. Although many locals usually complain about the food being largely overpriced.
- Mid August Gen-Con Convention Center, [www]. The "best four days of gaming," in the world comes to Indianapolis every year. Thousands congregate from all over the world to play games of all types, meet sci-fi and fantasy film stars, purchase gamer goods and hang with others. The freakiest time of the year in downtown Indy.
- Late August-Early September Indy Fringe Festival On Mass Ave, +1 317 822-4386.[www] A 10 day festival of local, national and international theater groups, performance art, visual artists and dance groups—uncensored and unique. Fun, entertaining, and unlike anything else. Events are held at venues in short walking distance from each other on Mass Ave. Great for all ages.
- Late August-Early September Oktoberfest State Fairgrounds. [www] Held annually since 1974, Oktoberfest is a celebration of German culture organized by the German-American Klub. The festival features German food and beer, along with other food vendors, live music (on at least two stages), shopping, and German dance exhibitions.
- Late August-Early September Rib America Fest Military Park, 601 W New York St, +1 317 566-2118. [www] Pig out on ribs, drink booze and listen to some tunes at this summer-time fest. A benefit for the March of Dimes, this is the national festivals stop in Indy. Last years performers featured REO Speedwagon, Hootie & The Blowfish and Charlie Daniels Band.
- Early-Mid September International Violin Competition +1 317 637-4574. [www] Is an internationally acclaimed and attended contest.
- Mid-September Indy Jazz Fest September 12-17th, 2011 Military Park, 601 W New York St, +1 317 940-9945. [www] A very popular event featuring jazz, blues, bluegrass, roots, r&b, zydeco, and fusion bands. Vendors also sell food and drinks. Past performers include Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Wynton Marsalis, BB King, Chris Isaak, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ray Charles, James Brown, and more.
- Mid-September Indy Irish Fest Military Park, 601 W New York St, +1 317 713-7117.[www] One of the most fun festivals of the year. Celebrate your Irish (or lack of) heritage with dancing, musical acts, food, booze, sheep herding, Civil War re-enactments, Celtic Mass, a toast contest, rugby, soccer/football, and a kilted mile! The festival has been featured on Food TV. Past performers include Gaelic Storm, The Prodigals, and more.
- Early October Circle City Classic RCA Dome, 100 S Capitol, +1 317 237-5222. [www]Black college football's best teams come together to play great football and celebrate African American culture and influence in America. Music performances, special events, a parade...hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to enjoy the weekend in Indy. Benefits African American scholarships.
- Late October Irvington Halloween Festival
- Mid-November Bands of America Grand Nationals Lucas Oil Stadium [www] Once a year the best marching bands from all over the country come to compete in Indianapolis. Buy a ticket for the finals performance to see the best of the best, you are guaranteed to be excited, moved, and maybe even shed a few tears while observing this quintessentially American activity.
Booze and Cocktails
To drink and get into bars you must be 21+. Bars close at 3AM; 12:30AM on Sundays. Alcohol cannot be bought in stores on Sundays. Age requirements vary and are listed below.
- 501 Eagle, 501 N College Ave, . Hardcore gay leather bar. For serious enthusiasts of the leather. Leather events, charity events and theme nights are regular.
- Alley Cat, 6267 Carrollton Ave, . This is the #1 dive bar in the city, according to every poll, award and every heavy drinker in town. Located in Broad Ripple, down an alley. No windows, smoke-ridden, and open at 7AM for breakfast till 3AM for dinner. A great jukebox, legendary bar staff, numerous pool tables, and the hardest drinks in town. Sometimes bands play too. A place you know will never change. Vegetarian friendly. 21+
- Babes East 7259 Pendleton Pike, +1 317 545-5100 Indianapolis strip club featuring female exotic dancers, decent cocktails and plenty of drooling men to boot. Always popular on weekends and during car race season!
- Blu, 240 S Meridian St, . Another night club to jump on the whole "Miami inspired ultra lounge" wave. Theme rooms and leather couches, oh and don't forget beds for lounging on. DJs pump top 40, appetizers are served and you can call ahead to reserve space and "VIP" treatment. Martinis are the house speciality. 21+
- Bourbon Street Distillery, 361 Indiana Ave, . Always an after work staple, the Distillery has evolved into a bizarre bar. Offering a cajun fare of spice and heat in downtown Indy—the downstairs is a standard pub and upstairs is a mix of a living room and a nightclub offering a Bourbon Street style balcony that is heated year round. Aside from having tasty food, the Distillery is a house for house music, top 40 and live music.
- Broad Ripple Brew Pub, 840 E 65th St, . British-style pub in Northern Broad Ripple. It was the first brewpub in town, and is the oldest microbrewery in the state. If E.S.B., India Pale Ale, Lager, Porter and Bitter falls into your vocabulary then this is a place for you. Good food—Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and a good vegetarian menu. Friendly and familiar bar staff. Indoor and outdoor dining makes this one of the busiest lunch and dinner spots in the area. They also have real darts (not plastic). All ages.
- Brugge Brasserie, 1011a E Westfield Blvd, Broad Ripple, . The only Belgian restaurant in the city, serving good food and beer. Sit at one of many indoor/outdoor tables— what are those holes for in the table you ask? Frites of course! You can choose between various dips — garlic mayo is a favorite. Order a crepe, sandwich or perhaps some mussels with one of their microbrew Belgian ales. You can watch European football on the television and enjoy great music (Nick Cave). Reservations are recommended, as this place gets packed fast. 21+
- The Casba, 6319 Guilford Ave, . In the basement underneath the restaurant Usual Suspects, this is as Broad Ripple institution. Nice drink specials, and a variety of DJ's during the week. Wednesday's features retro/electro DJ's, Thursday a jam band, and on the weekends DJ's and jukeboxes. They recently renovated, expanding the basement to cater to larger crowds. 21+
- Chatham Tap, 719 Mass Ave, . English-style pub that features hi-def TV's playing soccer (err."football") all day and night. A nice selection of high end beers and a mix of bar style food with more gourmet takes on classics. They serve some of the best fish and chips in town to a mix of hipsters, post-work yuppies, gays and jocks.
- Claddagh Irish Pub (downtown), 234 S Meridian St, .Regionally owned Irish pubs. The one downtown is a bar, so no kids allowed. The closest thing to Ireland—short stools and all. Grab a pint of beer and some amazing fish and chips and listen to live Irish music and watch some sports on the televisions. Can get crazy on the weekends, so check it out during the week and sit at the bar to watch them poor some black and tans. 21+
- Coaches Tavern, 28 S Pennsylvania St,. Popular for lunch and after-work meet ups, Coaches celebrates just that—sports and coaches. A nice wooden pub located right downtown with high tables, video games and jukebox, and of course sports on the TV. Live music and DJs offer entertainment on the small stage and outdoor seating is nice during the warm months. Thursdays is $2 pint night, and the beer choices are good and plentiful. They also serve food—and lots of it. Great place for lunch and a brew in the afternoon. Vegetarian-friendly. 21+
- Club Level, 120 E Market St, . Night club housed in an old bank in downtown Indy. Music caters to mainly top-40 and hip hop crowds. 21+
- Deano's Vino Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1112 Shelby St, .Located in the heart of Fountain Square, Deano's started out originally as a wine shop. Now it's a restaurant and wine bar. A relaxing atmosphere decorated with local art (many of it from the local art galleries next door), seasonal menu items with sandwiches for lunch and regional themed dinners. The wine bar is filled with wine/beer memorabilia and a visitors Wall of Fame. Wednesday nights is wine tasting night, with good wines and affordable prices. Lots of beers too. All ages. Vegan friendly.
- Elbow Room, 605 N Pennsylvania St, . Located inside of just that, an elbow-shaped building just north of Mass Ave. With a bar and a restaurant, outdoor dining too, the Elbow Room is a great meeting place for lunch or pre-club or show dinner and a drink. American fare with nice twists on sandwiches. Good fish and chips. Vegetarian friendly. All ages.
- English Ivy's, 944 N Alabama St, . An Old Northside institution. The downtown queer community regulars it, but everyone can find themselves at home here. Not much natural light, but plenty of Christmas lights decorate this bar and pub. Enjoy drinks and good food. Vegan friendly. 21+
- Kellerbar at the Rathskeller, 401 E Michigan St, . Located inside the Rathskeller German restaurant, this is a place to drink beers from around the world and sop it all up with German food. During the warm months, this is one of the busiest bars in town. Get there early to enjoy a quieter beer or two; the bar opens up in the afternoon and you can enjoy their in-house brew (the Dunkel is particularly good) outside in the Biergarten or inside in the cozy oak bar that emulates a German castle. Later in the evening on the weekends, cover bands rock out in the garden and drunk college students go wild.
- Living Room Lounge 934 N Penn St, +1 317 635-0361. A downtown semi-dive bar that offers the type of karaoke that you plug your ears, cover your eyes and ask yourself "Why, God, why?", then you get on the microphone yourself. Jaegerbombs are $2 on Thursdays. Cheap specials, too.
- MacNiven's, 339 Mass Ave, . Indy's only Scottish pub, renovated in 2010 and owned by a Scotsman with a vegetarian wife. Real haggis and blood pudding—and the nice thing is that they offer vegan haggis too (described as "tasty but salty"). Comfort food at its best—fish and chips from heaven. Restaurant on one side, street side seating and a bar on the other side. Scottish antiques, flags, and the biggest best beer menu in town. Oh, don't forget the Scotch! 18+
- Metro, 707 Mass Ave, . A laid back, casual environment with a pub downstairs and a modern pool hall upstairs. Their karaoke is legendary—featuring people who really can sing. Upstairs they also feature a sex/bdsm shop for kinky goods. Speaking of kink, food is served too! 21+
- Mo's Loading Dock, 1045 N Senate Ave, . Located inside the Stutz Art Gallery the Loading Dock is just that—an old Loading Dock for the Stutz car factory. Resident artists and workers stop in for lunch, a smoke, or perhaps a drink throughout the day and evening. Cheap specials, Monday's is.50 draft night, and good food. They have great chicken fingers which are rolled and fried in Cap N' Crunch cereal. Live music too. 21+
- Moe & Johnny's, 5380 N College Ave, . A popular bar for Butler students and Broad Ripple residents. Big screens pump sports games from all over the world—we watched the World Cup here—and the huge bar offers plenty of room for eating and drinking. Pool tables, pinball and that crazy golf game are here too. Nice outdoor seating that offers some of the best street-watching in the city. The best buffalo chicken sandwich in the city. Great beer specials!
- Nicky Blaine's, 20 N Meridian St, . Martinis and cigars are the main attraction here. With a 1930-40s feel from the dark plush interior. A lot of businessmen and businessmen-loving-women attend here, as do early-night partiers, and the night-cap types. Once a month they have a meeting called "Meet The Mistress" which features local Dominatrix's having cocktails with interested folks. Fascinating mix and serious cocktails. 21+
- Old Point Tavern, 401 Mass Ave, . Great location on Mass Ave for eating before a performance. Great for meeting friends, chatting till they close (around 1AM), bathing in the red neon light, listening to alternative music on the stereo. The nachos are legendary—a huge pile of nachos with every topping imaginable(vegetarian is the most popular choice) will feed 3-4. The freshest and healthiest bar food in town—hummus, parfaits, bean sprouts, sandwiches and fresh salad. Great desserts, drink specials—lots of beer! Friendly staff and perfect outdoor dining too. It's hard to find a seat outside once 5PM rolls around during warm months. They have a great muzak channel that plays all new wave and 80s alternative—the only place you'll hear Morrissey on the stereo.
- Plump's Last Shot, 6416 Cornell Ave, . This pub is owned by Bobby Plump, who threw the winning Hail Mary shot in the Milan 1954 game that is immortalized in the film "Hoosiers." It's been described as a "boho sports bar" which is a good, yet cheesy, name for it. The type of sports bar that hippies, artists, and jocks can come together without a problem. And only one TV. Yes, one TV. A huge outdoor deck in this small house, that has indoor dining too. A good jukebox that is pumped outdoors and the best hush puppies this side of the Mississippi. Friendly staff, friendly locals. We'll hang out here for hours during the summer on the patio. Very dog friendly. 21+
- Red Key, 5170 N College Ave,. An Indianapolis legend, this is where Ben Affleck filmed his first motion picture. You'll walk in to this joint and think you're back in WW II. It's been owned by the same folks since then. Model planes hang from the ceiling, awesome vintage art, and pennies on the ceiling that get tossed up and pulled down for donation each year (and thousands of them, seriously). A beer is served with a small glass and unique cheap eats are on the bar menu. There are rules here—don't put your feet on the chairs or booth seats, hang your coat up on one of the hooks, and don't get too obnoxious or you're out. They'll ask you politely of course the first time. A must see for lovers of classic bars. By the time you leave you'll be a regular.
- Therapy, 605 E Market St, . Modern design with local artists displaying their works on the walls of this simple and sleek joint. Two rooms, with a main room that offers major techno/dance/house/trance DJs—the best DJs in the world tour through. The lounge features chill out on major event nights, and during the week offers up the best local DJ talent. Tuesdays is dark industrial called "electro Faktory" and Thursdays is "Keepin' It Deep" featuring world-class house DJs Slater Hogan and John Larner spinning house, underground hip hop and soul, trip hop, brit pop and more. 21+
- The Unicorn, 122 W 13th St, . Indy's ONLY male strip club. Yes, men, stripping. It also has the biggest cast of male strippers in the Midwest, so never a dull moment. Ladies and gays flood the Unicorn 7 days a week. It is a private club, yearly memberships are available—but of course there is an option for guests. You're welcome there any night, just donate, depending on the evening ($2–5). Mondays feature the famous drink and drown, where you play a flat cover and drink all you want. Check out the hot bods and drink yourself into a frenzy. Life is good. 21+
- Union Jack Pub Two locations, see below. There are two locations of this English pub, the best being in Broad Ripple. This location offers family and bar dining. Both rooms are littered with well placed English and local antiques and artifacts. Busts of great English minds greet you in the bar and televisions show sports. They have the best "Chicago Style" pizza in the city. Thick, hot and amazing. Great beer selection and weekly specials. They also have a great selection of whiskey and scotch! Friendly bar staff. The Speedway location is drenched in racing memorabilia, a huge bar with good music and lots of televisions!
- Broad Ripple - 924 Broad Ripple, +1 317 257-4343
- Speedway - 6225 W 25th St, - +1 317 243-3300
- The Varsity 1517 N Penn St, +1 317 635-9998 A dark divey bar that attracts a fascinating mix of people. Lunch and dinner features good, greasy bar food and decent drinks. TVs, pool, darts, arcade and karaoke too. 21+
- The Vogue, 6259 N College Ave, . Originally a movie theater built in the 1930s, in the 70s it opened up as a music venue and nightclub. Now, it's the place for college kids to get wasted on the weekends and dance to top 40 and retro tunes. You'll also find great live music and past acts include: Cheap Trick, Johnny Cash, David Byrne, The White Stripes, Common, Sean Paul, The Faint, VHS Or Beta, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams III, The Black Keys and more. Cover varies. 21+
- Whistle Stop, 375 S Illinois St. This bar is right across from the bus station and is fairly popular with passengers who have a layover. While there is no craft beer, the prices are reasonable.
- Buck Creek Winery, 11747 S Indian Creek Rd, . This family run farm winery has 4 acres of vineyard on over 12 acres of farm land in the southeast corner of Indianapolis. There are 13 grape varieties are grown on the property. The winery offers free wine tasting and tours of the processing room and vineyard.
- Chateau Thomas Winery, 6291 Cambridge Way, .Plainfield. About 20 minutes from downtown Indy. One of Indy's original wineries, grapes are grown in California and wine is made here. Stop by for a free wine tasting, tour and shop their gift shop featuring locally made wine, cheese, food and wine lover goodies. During the spring and summer they feature live local music and social hours.
- Easley Winery, 205 N College Ave, . The oldest winery in downtown Indy. Free guided tours, wine tasting, and events. In warm months they feature after-work cocktails and live music. Check out the wine-shop featuring tons of wine and beer making goods.
Things to know
As of 2006 Indianapolis and the majority of the state of Indiana are now on Eastern Time and observes Daylight Saving Time in the summer. Locals are accustomed to it now but as always, there may be some clocks that don't spring forward or fall back.
Safety in Indianapolis
Indianapolis is a generally safe city, but some areas of the city are prone to crime. The downtown center of the city is very safe, but the inner-loop (inside I-465) suburbs can be dangerous in certain area. The biggest exceptions to this are Northern Indianapolis (directly north of downtown) and much of the Eastside, particularly the Far Eastside. The Near Eastside is made up of a patchwork of neighborhoods which are generally safe and have historic buildings interspersed with some urban blight as a product of White Flight. The Near Eastside has been recovering in the 21st century and the break-up of some organized crime rings in the 2010s has had an uneven effect on crime.