Indianapolis nightlife has something for everyone. You can dance the night away, grab a bite to eat at one of the scores of ethnic restaurants, hear local musicians, talk sports and much more. Here are our suggestions for the top dance clubs, restaurants, bars, live music venues in bustling, lively Indianapolis:
Slippery Noodle Inn
Established in 1850, Indiana’s oldest continually operating tavern, is famous for its blues and booze. Slippery Noodle has hosted noted musicians including Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Buddy Miles, Jay Giles, Rick Derringer and more.. Loaded with atmosphere. And history (ask about the bullet holes in the back wall). There’s a full-service menu and full bar.
At the Vogue, local bands and big names perform in a renovated movie theater; when nobody’s playing, it’s a hot dance club. Opened in 1977 The Vogue has been a major draw, regularly winning awards for best dance club and best live music. Big names have performed here, but it can get crowded.
Night club reviews suggest Alley Cat Lounge is the best dive bar in town. For a DJ and dancing with a younger crowd, head to Rock Lobster. To hear talented DJs (local and touring) spinning the latest techno/trance beats, head to Therapy,
For hot jazz in a cool atmosphere. Jazz Kitchen is listed on Downbeat Magazine’s “World’s Top 100 Jazz Clubs”. Showcasing local, regional and international jazz acts, it also hosts the long running and popular Thursday night Latin Dance Party. Music is the main reason people go to the Jazz Kitchen, so if you want a lot of chat or a rowdy party night, don’t visit go when musicians take the stage. For live jazz every night except Sunday, head to the Chatterbox Tavern.
Ball & Biscuit
A Locals favourite that made it onto Esquire magazine’s “America’s Best Bars” list. There’s a cool vibe from the past with muted background music, exposed brick walls, warm tones, comfy club chairs, quarter-sawn wood floor and copper bar..
A Wine Experience where outdoor seating overlooks the beautiful Artsgarden. A great place to try about 100 wines from around the world. Located in Conrad Indianapolis, wine is sold at retail price and can be opened in the shop or taken home to enjoy. You buy a card (like a debit card), get a glass, put the card into a pouring machine and get a two-ounce sample or glass. Tastings also sell beer and spirits.
The ultra-modern, cutting-edge designed Plat 99 is located inside The Alexander Hotel. A striking three-level bar, contemporary couches, high-top tables and lovely outdoor deck offer seating choices. Unique cocktail concoctions from one of Andy’s top sexologists Michael Gray are sure to please. The complimentary truffle oil popcorn is excellent.
If you’re unsure what nightlife will fit your mood, check out Jillian’s, a multi-story complex that includes two restaurants, a game room, billiards, a dance club and bowling with neon lanes, glow-in-the dark balls, and video walls.