When the Sun Goes Down, Indianapolis Lights Up with Exciting Nightlife

When the sun goes down, Indianapolis lights up with a wealth of nightlife options.

You can dance the night away, catch a game with the gang at a neighborhood sports bar, grab a bite to eat with friends in a cozy pub, laugh at a comedy club or savor a drink while people-watching in some bustling tavern.

For a top view, head to the new Plat 99 at The Alexander hotel in downtown Indy. Hear some cool jazz at the Jazz Kitchen or the Chatterbox.  You never know who might sit in for some awesome music.

Try a new wine at Tastings – A Wine Experience where outdoor seating overlooks the beautiful Artsgarden. Or wander over to Mass Ave where the nightlife is always pulsating. Locals love the strangely named Ball & Biscuit and so does Esquire magazine who named the modern-day speakeasy to its “America’s Best Bars” list.

Don’t leave town without sliding into the Slippery Noodle, the oldest continually operating tavern in Indiana. Famous for its blues and booze, the Slippery Noodle was established in 1850.

No matter what part of the city you are in, you are never far from a sports bar. Indianapolis is one sports-crazed town – with good reason – and you can always find a place to watch a game or talk sports.

From old to new, the nightlife of Indianapolis offers something for everyone.  This is only a small sampling of the best of the best.



Mass Ave

First the name. Union 50 takes its moniker from the history of the building, which was built in 1950 and served as a union hall for several years. The 200-seat newcomer has a huge bar running almost 7,000 square feet with bar-to-ceiling backlit...  Read More

Slippery Noodle Inn
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Old and blue. A hot combination. The oldest continually operating tavern in Indiana, Slippery Noodle was established in 1850 and is still going strong. Famous for blues and booze, Slippery Noodle has hosted such noted musicians as Clarence...  Read More


The ultra-modern, cutting-edge designed Plat 99 is located downtown inside Indy's newest hotel, The Alexander. Artist Jorge Pardo created a cool contemporary vibe, including 99 blown-glass pendant lamps above the lounge and another 20 lamps...  Read More

Jazz Kitchen
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This is the place for hot jazz in a cool atmosphere. And the Jazz Kitchen name lets you know the food is surprisingly good, too – sort of New Orleans meets Midwest. Try Satchmo's Etoufee or Crescent City Crab Cakes. Named on Downbeat...  Read More

Chatterbox Tavern

It's a dirty noisy dive. And it is perfect for some of the best jazz in Indy. A tiny hole in the wall in the Mass Ave arts district, the Chatterbox Jazz Club can get quite crowded. The bathrooms, walls, bar and floor are slathered with...  Read More

Chatham Arch

Libertine had been open less than two years when it was named in May 2013 by Esquire magazine as one of its "Best Bars in America." Creative cocktails? Most certainly. Delicious food? Absolutely. Unique atmosphere? Hard to describe - classy,...  Read More

MacNiven's serves Indy's best haggis, the traditional Scottish dish immortalized by Robert Burns in his 1787 poem "Address to a Haggis." Haggis is a dish containing lamb liver and pork heart, minced with onions and oats and simmered for about...  Read More

The Ball & Biscuit
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The biscuit part of the name made sense. But the ball? The moniker of this pub has nothing to do with food or drink. Ball & Biscuit is named after a 1930s microphone, which was called the Ball & Biscuit because of its shape. To see...  Read More

Tastings - A Wine Experience
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Know a thing or two about wine? Maybe want to learn more? Tastings is a great place to try about 100 wines from around the world. Located in Conrad Indianapolis, Tastings is on hotel ground level at the corner of Washington and Illinois...  Read More

Photo courtesy of The Vogue

Since it opened Dec. 31, 1977, The Vogue has been a major draw for music, dancing and drinking. Big names have performed here, including Bo Diddley, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, The White Stripes, Buckwheat Zydeco, George Clinton, John Mayer...  Read More


Meet Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Jackie Sheckler Finch moved to Indiana from Massachusetts more than two decades ago, she was asked to say hello to Larry Bird. The famous “Hick from French Lick” and former Boston Celtic...  More About Jackie

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