Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Indianapolis night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Indianapolis does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Slippery Noodle Inn, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Chatterbox Tavern, which is known for its Jazz music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Broad Ripple Village area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Indianapolis.

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Live concerts, '80s Night, and '90s Dance Party are among the featured events at this local favorite. The unique place is an old movie theater turned dance club, so put on your dancing shoes and plan to get lost in the night when you visit. Past...  Read More



An inviting atmosphere with comfortable seating and great drinks awaits at this popular nightclub. Live musical acts range anywhere from gothic/synth pop to hippie jam sessions. Popular local bands and recording artists like Chocolate George and...  Read More

Chatterbox Tavern


Dim lighting, abundant cocktails, and a slightly smoky haze set the scene at this small jazz club. A diverse range of visitors frequents the establishment, and they sit back, relax, and enjoy the music that the evening has in store. Famous bands...  Read More

Slippery Noodle Inn
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When you're visiting Indianapolis, this place should not be missed. Located in the city's oldest standing commercial building, Slippery Noodle offers live blues music every night of the week. First-time visitors will want to check out bullets...  Read More

Moe and Johnny's


Any night of the week, this is a terrific place to go for good conversation, tasty food, and excellent live entertainment. On nights when The Zero Boys or Bigger Than Elvis don't occupy the stage, everyone stays entertained by video games, large...  Read More

Jazz Kitchen
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This popular establishment welcomes patrons with live jazz, swing, and hot Latin dance nights. The atmosphere is stylish yet relaxed, and live music is the main attraction. The stage features talented acts that include local, regional, and...  Read More



This popular establishment provides great food, live musical favorites, and intimate tables to set the scene for a perfect late-night date or gathering spot for large groups. Menu selections incorporate a wide variety of vegetarian and...  Read More

Keystone Crossing
Music Mill


Located in Clearwater Crossing off 82nd Street, this venue offers live music and tasty eats that include salads, sandwiches and main dishes. The stage hosts a diverse array of acts that include local, regional and national talent. The Mill also...  Read More

8 Seconds Saloon


If you can't resist the lure of country music, definitely plan a visit to this popular country music venue that's housed in an old warehouse. You'll be surrounded by Stetsons bobbing to country tunes and cowboy boots dancing the night away....  Read More

Eagles Nest


The esteemed restaurant that overlooks Indianapolis is not the only reason to head to the top of the Hyatt Regency. Elegant Eagle's Nest bar is also a wonderful place to start or end the evening with a cocktail or two. Live musical...  Read More