If you are looking for info on where to go grab a drink at one of the best bars in Indianapolis you are in the right place. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene in the next few minutes.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Indianapolis. Local breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. All of our Midwest bar guides are available right there if you want to check them out.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Indianapolis might just be:
- Yard House at 15 W Maryland St
- Plat 99 at 333 Delaware St
- Bar Louie at 1111 W Main St #140, Carmel
- The Wine Trough at 175 Logan St, Noblesville
Yard House features a large menu of New American food as well as one of the widest selections of draft beers and creative cocktails in your area.
Bar Louie serves up American fare, martinis, cocktails, and microbrews and offers alcoholic drink specials too.
The Wine Trough in Noblesville is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday serving nibbles, local wines, and beers and caters to all private, corporate, and non profit events.
Indianapolis Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- St Joseph Brewery at 540 N College Ave
- Blind Owl Brewery at 5014 E 62nd St
- Sun King Brewery at 135 N College Ave
- Twenty Tap at 5406-08 N College Ave
- Daredevil Brewing Co at 1151 N Main St
- Whiskey Business Burgers Bourbon Brews at 11915 Pendleton Pike D
- Old Pros Table at 827 Broad Ripple Ave
- The Free Spirit at 6155 E 86th St
- Winners Circle Sports Pub at 20 N Pennsylvania St
St Joseph Brewery has been producing and serving a wide range of beers since 2015.
Blind Owl is a towering brewery with a spacious terrace and widescreen TV’s for sporting events that serves unique comfort foods and homebrewed beer.
Sun King Brewery sells kegs, growlers, and cans and hosts beer tastings and tours near you.
You can choose from a wide selection of local craft beers and quirky pub fare and even play darts at Twenty Tap.
Thin crust tavern style pizzas, German style lagers, and other beers are served at Daredevil Brewing Co.
Many people watch the big games on TV at Whiskey Business Burgers Bourbon Brews who is open from 11am to 3am every day. This great sports bar in your area also features a dance floor, pool tables, and live music and hosts bingo, poker, and trivia nights.
Old Pro’s Table is a locally owned sports bar with 18 high definition plasma TV’s for sporting events as well as an open air street side bar.
More than 20 TV’s for all sporting events, pool, darts, live music, and 12 draft beers are provided at The Free Spirit from 11am to 12am on weekdays and from 10am on weekends.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Broad Ripple Tavern at 745 Broad Ripple Ave
- HopCat at 6280 N College Ave #700
- Dugout Bar at 621 Virginia Ave
- Connor’s Pub at 6331 Ferguson St
- Brothers Bar & Grill at 255 S Meridian St
Broad Ripple Tavern is one of the go to spots for tasty pub meals, American fare, and daily drink specials in Indianapolis plus they have two bars and a game area with pool tables.
Brunch, beers, and other beverages as well as liquor specials from 3pm to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday are offered at HopCat.
Dugout Bar is open from 11am to 1am Monday through Saturday and until 11:30pm on Sunday providing substantial pub fare and happy hours as well as TV’s for major sporting events.
Connor’s Pub offers artisan beers, whiskeys, and traditional pub cuisines as well as some of the best drink specials near you.
American cuisine, cold beers, and other drinks are served from 11am to 3am Monday through Saturday and until 12am on Sunday at Brothers Bar and Grill.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- That Place Bar & Grill at 8810 S Emerson Ave #100
- Tappers Arcade Bar at 501 Virginia Ave #102
- Union Jack Pub at 921 Broad Ripple Ave
That Place Bar and Grill is an entertainment focused restaurant that is open every day from 11am to 3am providing downhome American fare as well as bar games, live music, karaoke, and trivia nights every Tuesday starting at 7pm.
You can play old school arcade games and buy quality craft beers at Tappers Arcade where they also host local bar trivia every Wednesday and tournaments every other Sunday.
Beers on tap, pizza, and traditional cuisine are available at Union Jack Pub as well as quiz nights every Tuesday starting at 7:30pm.
Whiskey Business, Melody Inn, and Broad Ripple Tavern are some more fun bars with trivia or game nights in Indianapolis that we have linked you to in other lists.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Mousetrap at 5565 N Keystone Ave
- Melody Inn at 3826 N Illinois St
- Tin Roof at 36 S Pennsylvania St
- Wild Beaver Saloon at 20 E Maryland St
- Nippers at1772 E 116th St, Carmel
- Sam’s Silver Circle at 1102 Fletcher Ave
The Mousetrap is open every day from 11am to 3am hosting jam bands and live bands in addition to providing pool tables, sports on TV’s, and their very own delicious beef stew.
A diverse live music roster as well as pool and classic arcade games are available from 4:30pm to 3am on weekdays and from 8pm on weekends at Melody Inn.
Tin Roof is a laid-back bar and live music venue in your area with inventive spins on American pub fare that is open from 4pm to 3am Tuesday through Friday and from 11am on Saturday and Sunday.
Nipper Grill and Tap has a patio, pool tables, and darts and serves classic American meals and artisan beers while hosting bar karaoke near you seven days a week.
Sam’s Silver Circle features a continually rotating selection of craft beers including some of the neighborhood’s tried and true favorites while also hosting karaoke nights.
Some other good bars for music lovers that we have mentioned in other sections include Whiskey Business and That Place.
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Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Indianapolis.