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4842 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
Upland Brewery is Bloomington, Indiana's much loved microbrewery. A couple of years ago, Upland opened a cozy tasting room in SoBro. You can hang out, taste beers, grab a snack and get a growler to go. Upland is also a popular spot for local food...
4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
The Indianapolis Museum of Art has a really interesting outdoor sculpture park in the middle of the woods adjacent to the museum. This includes an igloo in the center of the lake where, during the spring/summer/fall, an artist-in-residence...
331 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
The Ball & Biscuit is a perennial favorite among my friends and colleagues because of the laid-back, neighborhood vibe and the incredible cocktails. The bar focuses on vintage cocktails, like the Aviation and often infuses its cocktails with...
3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
A five-story dinosaur greets you at the mecca of all children’s museums, located just 10 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis. The museum has grown exponentially since my first visit decades ago, and it just keeps getting better. A day at the...
5211 W 10th St, Speedway, IN 46224, USA
Made-to-order cheeseburger, fresh, batter-fried onion rings and homemade root beer. In other words, it's fast food heaven! I can't prove that Mug 'n Bun fare is better than chain restaurants, but it sure tastes like it. In fact, I'll put money on...
333 Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Although still a relatively new hotel in downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander is already making quite a splash in the art world. Their lobby is adorned with innovative pieces including one constructed entirely out of hair combs and another out of...
10 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
The Libertine is dark and funky, and has a sort of easy elegance to it that you won't find replicated anywhere else in the city. The locally-sourced bacon flight washed down with a screw & bolt gin cocktail? Absolute perfection. The Libertine's...
222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Every Saturday in the winter from 8-1 at the City Market, local artisans gather to sell their wares. Root vegetables, hydroponically grown lettuce, fresh bread, and local organic meats are among the offerings. While you're there, you can grab a...
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis, IN, USA
There is no better way to tour Indianapolis than by bike on Indy’s Cultural Trail. The eight mile bike and pedestrian path traverses five downtown cultural districts: Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, The Canal & White River State Park,...
340 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Indianapolis is the hometown of legendary Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. For those who are fans of his work, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is the perfect monument to his literary genius. Filled with original Vonnegut artwork,...
225 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Cafe Patachou has been an Indianapolis institution for more than 20 years, and for good reason. For my money, the thick cut sourdough cinnamon toast is absolute perfection. If you ask my husband, he'll tell you there is nothing better than the...
5406-08 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
Twenty Tap is the best place to find craft beer in Indianapolis, particularly if you are a fan of local and regional microbrews. On any given day, Twenty Tap has a rotating menu of thirty-eight beers on tap. Local Indy favorites Sun King, Triton,...
1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
Locally Grown Gardens is a chef-owned produce stand. Chef Ron bakes the best pies I have ever had. His apple, blueberry, peach, and sugar cream pies, depending on what's fresh and in-season, are all mouthwateringly delicious. The crust is thick,...
1011 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
This Belgian-style pub is one of the most unheralded and underrated places to drink and dine in the country. The beers are brilliant. Brugge make the best Abbey Trippel I've ever tried (though I will admit, I have yet to visit Belgium and drink a...
4930 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
At first glance it can be easy to assume the only place to get coffee in Indianapolis is Starbucks. Look a little harder and you'll find several excellent independent coffee shops. The standout among them is Hubbard and Cravens. HC sources and...
6259 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
2503 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
You can find Indy's best sandwich at this local butcher shop and wine cellar, located in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. The Batali—an homage to Mario Batali—is filled with various kinds of homemade salami, cheese, spicy giardinara, tomato jam,...
1119 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Radio Radio is a terrific small venue for catching up-and-coming national and local acts. I recently saw Family of the Year and Pacific Air here. The bar is located in Fountain Square, a lively and artsy neighborhood adjacent to downtown...
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Indy Reads Books is an independent used bookstore with an important cause: adult literacy. It's also one of the liveliest bookstores in town, thanks to its eclectic mix of books, calendar of arts and author events, and, most importantly, its...
647 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company is exactly what an independent, neighborhood coffee shop should be: comfy, artsy, and delicious. Located along Virginia Avenue in the Fletcher Place neighborhood, Calvin Fletcher's is a great place to grab a quick...
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