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Guidebook for Indianapolis

Janette

Guidebook for Indianapolis

Drinks & Nightlife
Local brew, one block over, one block up. You can almost see the neon from the porch. Large outdoor seating area. Kristina at Hoagies n Hops has given us $2 off coupons for her great sandwiches next door. (Looks like something just as cool is being build at the corner, blocking out line of site! I hear it's a Pizza place? Can't wait!)
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Flat12 Bierwerks
414 Dorman Street
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Local brew, one block over, one block up. You can almost see the neon from the porch. Large outdoor seating area. Kristina at Hoagies n Hops has given us $2 off coupons for her great sandwiches next door. (Looks like something just as cool is being build at the corner, blocking out line of site! I hear it's a Pizza place? Can't wait!)
This is where we generally go for cheap drinks and nachos. Dorman Street is not a dinner place, but it has great atmosphere, has many regulars and is characteristic of the neighborhood. And there is a big seating area out back! It's our go-to meet up place.
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Dorman Street
901 Dorman Street
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This is where we generally go for cheap drinks and nachos. Dorman Street is not a dinner place, but it has great atmosphere, has many regulars and is characteristic of the neighborhood. And there is a big seating area out back! It's our go-to meet up place.
Warning! Live Punk! Watch your head!
Melody Inn
3826 N Illinois St
Warning! Live Punk! Watch your head!
A fun atmosphere for a night out with friends, food, and drinks, particularly for the flexible, fluid, colorful crowd!
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Metro Nightclub & Restaurant
707 Massachusetts Avenue
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A fun atmosphere for a night out with friends, food, and drinks, particularly for the flexible, fluid, colorful crowd!
Retro club with tables made out of pinball machines. Often super crowded, mostly with an older crowd come to dance to hits they knew in high school! (That would be classic 80s & 90s! You know, the good stuff! Original Mtv Gold!)
Ike & Jonesy's
17 West Jackson Place
Retro club with tables made out of pinball machines. Often super crowded, mostly with an older crowd come to dance to hits they knew in high school! (That would be classic 80s & 90s! You know, the good stuff! Original Mtv Gold!)
The german food - wundervollsten!! A fantastic restaurant/music venue both indoors, and outside in the beergarden (biergarten?) during those warm summer nights.
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The Rathskeller
401 East Michigan Street
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The german food - wundervollsten!! A fantastic restaurant/music venue both indoors, and outside in the beergarden (biergarten?) during those warm summer nights.
For Latin dancing and fun times! Live jazz nightly in a cozy music club serving American fare with Cajun-Creole accents.
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The Jazz Kitchen
5377 North College Avenue
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For Latin dancing and fun times! Live jazz nightly in a cozy music club serving American fare with Cajun-Creole accents.
Great food and quality brewed ciders in creative flavors!
Ash & Elm Cider Company
2104 E Washington St
Great food and quality brewed ciders in creative flavors!
Very eclectic, creative food and drink. A great place to go with a friend or alone. Cafeteria style tables make it easy to meet others!
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Black Market
922 Massachusetts Avenue
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Very eclectic, creative food and drink. A great place to go with a friend or alone. Cafeteria style tables make it easy to meet others!
Sightseeing
Our property owner runs this place with his gf. Just a little hole in the wall that is quietly becoming an Indy icon! 50cents gets you in.
Indy's Teeny Statue Of Liberty Museum
Our property owner runs this place with his gf. Just a little hole in the wall that is quietly becoming an Indy icon! 50cents gets you in.
Links up with the Cultural Trail just under the overpass at 10th street.
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Monon Trail
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Links up with the Cultural Trail just under the overpass at 10th street.
It winds around all the historical and touristy places in downtown Indy
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Indianapolis Cultural Trail
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It winds around all the historical and touristy places in downtown Indy
One of the coolest things in the City! Famous fun for all ages.
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 North Meridian Street
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One of the coolest things in the City! Famous fun for all ages.
Essentials
They are a bit expensive, but close and open very late. Decent salad bar. There is a Kroger at Michigan & Capitol that I prefer, but maps doesn't seem to know it yet (it used to be one of the Marsh stores, which closed). Also a very good salad bar.
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Needlers Fresh Market
320 North New Jersey Street
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They are a bit expensive, but close and open very late. Decent salad bar. There is a Kroger at Michigan & Capitol that I prefer, but maps doesn't seem to know it yet (it used to be one of the Marsh stores, which closed). Also a very good salad bar.
Dry cleaners. Pretty good reviews.
Penn Sixty Minute Cleaners
2175 N Pennsylvania St
Dry cleaners. Pretty good reviews.
Natural Foods, organics. Wonderful deli sandwiches, soup and salad bar!
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Pogue's Run Grocer
2828 East 10th Street
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Natural Foods, organics. Wonderful deli sandwiches, soup and salad bar!
THE MECCA OR GROCERY STORES! Perhaps I just don't get out much, but I LOVE this place. It is also a great place to go for lunch, with upper level seating, a Bistro counter, Deli counter, Salad Bar, 6 different hot soups. And a bakery case like you wouldn't believe. I'm never buying groceries anywhere else ever again! Ha. I'm only half joking. Free parking garage attached to the store. Open until midnight.
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Kroger
227 W Michigan St
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THE MECCA OR GROCERY STORES! Perhaps I just don't get out much, but I LOVE this place. It is also a great place to go for lunch, with upper level seating, a Bistro counter, Deli counter, Salad Bar, 6 different hot soups. And a bakery case like you wouldn't believe. I'm never buying groceries anywhere else ever again! Ha. I'm only half joking. Free parking garage attached to the store. Open until midnight.
Free parking garage. Huge salad bar, hot foods and deli.
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Whole Foods Market
320 E Market St
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Free parking garage. Huge salad bar, hot foods and deli.
Food Scene
King Dough
It's a bar & restaurant, and the food is amazing! And they have this giant bloody mary that costs 10 bucks. But trust me, it's 10 bucks worth.
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Tick Tock Lounge
2602 East 10th Street
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It's a bar & restaurant, and the food is amazing! And they have this giant bloody mary that costs 10 bucks. But trust me, it's 10 bucks worth.
A very cool Indy icon in Fountain Square. A little greasy spoon to go to for breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper, dinner, or "night lunch" as my daughter calls it. Finished at the bar and need some pancakes or fries? Go here.
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PEPPY GRILL
1004 Virginia Avenue
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A very cool Indy icon in Fountain Square. A little greasy spoon to go to for breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper, dinner, or "night lunch" as my daughter calls it. Finished at the bar and need some pancakes or fries? Go here.
A tiny little diner kind of in the middle of nowhere. Great retro ambiance. Pretty good food, & Choc-Ola!
Rock-Cola 50'S Cafe
5730 S Brookville Rd
A tiny little diner kind of in the middle of nowhere. Great retro ambiance. Pretty good food, & Choc-Ola!
OMG my favorite. Don't let the out-the-door line scare you. It's just a small place inside, but they work fast! Pick your base, your mixers, your flavors, your everything. They dump it in a big stainless steel bowl and blast it with liquid nitrogen right in front of you. Not only do you get your exact favorite flavor every time, but it's so cool to watch. I've even had the almond milk base, and it was delicious!
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Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
427 Massachusetts Avenue
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OMG my favorite. Don't let the out-the-door line scare you. It's just a small place inside, but they work fast! Pick your base, your mixers, your flavors, your everything. They dump it in a big stainless steel bowl and blast it with liquid nitrogen right in front of you. Not only do you get your exact favorite flavor every time, but it's so cool to watch. I've even had the almond milk base, and it was delicious!
MMMM. I love their food. Things like meatloaf and green beans, but done up fancy and elegant. It's my favorite place to take a date. And Irvington has so much character, especially in the fall! (We have a library branch right there!) There's a bar for casual drinks, and a delicious Sunday brunch too.
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The Legend Classic Irvington Cafe
5614 East Washington Street
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MMMM. I love their food. Things like meatloaf and green beans, but done up fancy and elegant. It's my favorite place to take a date. And Irvington has so much character, especially in the fall! (We have a library branch right there!) There's a bar for casual drinks, and a delicious Sunday brunch too.
The best BLT in the city! It's an old-school diner that has been in the neighborhood for years. The pizza is surprisingly fantastic. I highly recommend the beef and noodles too. I've been going here my whole life, and I can't recall ever having a bad meal! Oh wait, my waffle was cold that one time, because they were SO busy, but that's still a pretty good record. The bacon is always perfect!
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Steer-In
5130 East 10th Street
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The best BLT in the city! It's an old-school diner that has been in the neighborhood for years. The pizza is surprisingly fantastic. I highly recommend the beef and noodles too. I've been going here my whole life, and I can't recall ever having a bad meal! Oh wait, my waffle was cold that one time, because they were SO busy, but that's still a pretty good record. The bacon is always perfect!
This great shop has unfortunately moved to the near north side. Still not too far away though! Kristen makes some amazing sandwiches! And they've got Chilly Water brewed beverages on tap! 4155 Boulevard Pl. Indianapolis, IN 46208
Hoagies and Hops
414 Dorman St
This great shop has unfortunately moved to the near north side. Still not too far away though! Kristen makes some amazing sandwiches! And they've got Chilly Water brewed beverages on tap! 4155 Boulevard Pl. Indianapolis, IN 46208
All meatballs all the time! A variety of meat/non combinations and different sauces. Very close, right at the NE end of Mass Ave!
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Mimi Blue Meatballs
874 Massachusetts Avenue
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All meatballs all the time! A variety of meat/non combinations and different sauces. Very close, right at the NE end of Mass Ave!
I don't know much about the place, but it's in a cool location. The owner just came into the library and we got talking. I told him I'd give him a mention, because soup is delicious! I need to make it in there.
Circle City Soups
I don't know much about the place, but it's in a cool location. The owner just came into the library and we got talking. I told him I'd give him a mention, because soup is delicious! I need to make it in there.
Quaint little local establishment with awesome baked goods and art & poetry
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Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
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Quaint little local establishment with awesome baked goods and art & poetry
New Orleans on a plate! Also good on a budget.
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Yats
885 Massachusetts Avenue
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New Orleans on a plate! Also good on a budget.
The best pizza, and such great ambiance! Do try the Quatro Fromaggio with a glass of red wine!
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Bazbeaux
329 Massachusetts Avenue
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The best pizza, and such great ambiance! Do try the Quatro Fromaggio with a glass of red wine!
Each of these is operated by a different family member. Fantastic breakfast and anytime eats! There is also one downtown at 24th & Meridian, but IRV is my favorite.
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Lincoln Square Pancake House - Irvington
5648 E Washington St
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Each of these is operated by a different family member. Fantastic breakfast and anytime eats! There is also one downtown at 24th & Meridian, but IRV is my favorite.
Food & Drinks at Ralph's Great Divide! Homey, historical hole in the wall. Low to medium priced, great ambiance. Love that Hot Pot Aug!
The Great Divide
743 East New York Street
Food & Drinks at Ralph's Great Divide! Homey, historical hole in the wall. Low to medium priced, great ambiance. Love that Hot Pot Aug!
I love this place! Traditional, authentic, festive Mexican...Of course, the quirky carved and brightly painted tables and chairs create just my kind of ambiance. I was driving by Acapulco Joe's Mexican restaurant yesterday (downtown to the west) and thought I should add them. Naw... They may be well known, and the food is alright, but this little place is SO much better! Mmmm... I may just have to slip over and order the "Alambres" and some chips and cheese to go!
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La Parada
East New York Street
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I love this place! Traditional, authentic, festive Mexican...Of course, the quirky carved and brightly painted tables and chairs create just my kind of ambiance. I was driving by Acapulco Joe's Mexican restaurant yesterday (downtown to the west) and thought I should add them. Naw... They may be well known, and the food is alright, but this little place is SO much better! Mmmm... I may just have to slip over and order the "Alambres" and some chips and cheese to go!
If you're looking for "clean" food, this place is one of a kind! Everything they serve is organic, gluten and additive free. And it's delicious. Buried deep in the heart of Broad Ripple north of the strip, it is well worth the trip! Broad Ripple is pretty far up there, and from town you can't get to it from any highway really, but it is a tourist draw so it needs a place on the list! Many unique and arty establishments. Once you are there, you will find great shops and restaurants in every direction.
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Ezra's Enlightened Cafe
6516 Ferguson Street
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If you're looking for "clean" food, this place is one of a kind! Everything they serve is organic, gluten and additive free. And it's delicious. Buried deep in the heart of Broad Ripple north of the strip, it is well worth the trip! Broad Ripple is pretty far up there, and from town you can't get to it from any highway really, but it is a tourist draw so it needs a place on the list! Many unique and arty establishments. Once you are there, you will find great shops and restaurants in every direction.
Sushi Boss
803 W 10th St
Sometimes you just want something fast. And it's yummy.
Burger King
2122 E 10th St
Sometimes you just want something fast. And it's yummy.
Yummy. Fast, good & good for you.
Subway
421 N Alabama St
Yummy. Fast, good & good for you.
Fast & tastey
Rally's
3102 E Washington St
Fast & tastey
If you love cool old buildings, this is for you. Spacious and bright, in the Atheneum near the YMCA and the Rathskellar!
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Coat Check Coffee
401 E Michigan St
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If you love cool old buildings, this is for you. Spacious and bright, in the Atheneum near the YMCA and the Rathskellar!
Beer and Pizza! Just a stones throw away! You can actually see it from the porch! If you're up for something different, this is the place. Stone fired pizza with some truly weird combinations on top! You must try it! Salads, pasta and burgers for the less daring.
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King Dough
452 N Highland Ave
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Beer and Pizza! Just a stones throw away! You can actually see it from the porch! If you're up for something different, this is the place. Stone fired pizza with some truly weird combinations on top! You must try it! Salads, pasta and burgers for the less daring.
Arts & Culture
Indy Public Library is one of the best libraries in the world. And it's not just me who thinks so! I work there and love it, and patrons tell us this all the time. It is a fun place to take the kids, or just wander and browse. We just added the Center for Black Literature and Culture!! Central is huge and very cool, but we also have 24 unique branches around the city. Spades Park branch is right around the curve from the Circle City Industrial Complex, down the street from my place. My daughter works at the little Fountain Square branch. A quaint little place to check out, so to speak. But once you are there, you will want to stay in the neighborhood all day! We have an amazing system.
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Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library
40 East Saint Clair Street
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Indy Public Library is one of the best libraries in the world. And it's not just me who thinks so! I work there and love it, and patrons tell us this all the time. It is a fun place to take the kids, or just wander and browse. We just added the Center for Black Literature and Culture!! Central is huge and very cool, but we also have 24 unique branches around the city. Spades Park branch is right around the curve from the Circle City Industrial Complex, down the street from my place. My daughter works at the little Fountain Square branch. A quaint little place to check out, so to speak. But once you are there, you will want to stay in the neighborhood all day! We have an amazing system.
They've movied! 705 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Avant garde plays and entertainmet! "Our new home will function as a community center and hub for cultural, intellectual, and political thought, anchoring a beautiful link to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and providing a performing arts and cultural destination in the city’s downtown north side. The contemporary design of the building reflects the Phoenix Theatre’s programming and serves as an artistic statement unto itself."
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Phoenix Theatre
749 North Park Avenue
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They've movied! 705 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Avant garde plays and entertainmet! "Our new home will function as a community center and hub for cultural, intellectual, and political thought, anchoring a beautiful link to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and providing a performing arts and cultural destination in the city’s downtown north side. The contemporary design of the building reflects the Phoenix Theatre’s programming and serves as an artistic statement unto itself."
The grounds are exquisite. Mini golf within the museum during the summer!
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Newfields
4000 Michigan Road
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The grounds are exquisite. Mini golf within the museum during the summer!
The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is one of the larger single-author archives in the United States, and a hub for scholarship on the work of Ray Bradbury and science fiction. The broader collection of papers includes manuscripts, typescripts, screenplay and teleplay drafts, story concepts, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks with original drawings and printed comic strips from his youth, and ephemera he collected documenting his travels. The Bradbury artifacts gifted in 2013 include his original office furniture and equipment, as well as three of his typewriters used over a forty-year period...The Bradbury Center welcomes scholars, students, and members of the public.
IU School of Liberal Arts
425 University Blvd
The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is one of the larger single-author archives in the United States, and a hub for scholarship on the work of Ray Bradbury and science fiction. The broader collection of papers includes manuscripts, typescripts, screenplay and teleplay drafts, story concepts, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks with original drawings and printed comic strips from his youth, and ephemera he collected documenting his travels. The Bradbury artifacts gifted in 2013 include his original office furniture and equipment, as well as three of his typewriters used over a forty-year period...The Bradbury Center welcomes scholars, students, and members of the public.
Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In honor of his wit and wisdom, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library champions the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library and museum serves as a cultural and educational resource unique to the nation.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
340 North Senate Avenue
Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In honor of his wit and wisdom, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library champions the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, teacher and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library and museum serves as a cultural and educational resource unique to the nation.
Everything Else
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Indianapolis City Market
222 East Market Street
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Great food, plays, art, shops... Perfect for people watching! From my place, go north down the street to the light @ 10th, turn left under I70. Big :"Mass Ave sign pointing left. You're there! (so close to Mimi Blue! mmm) Alternately, you can go west on Michigan, which will find you intersecting Mass at the Murat (Old National Center). Look left and there's the grocery, and hardware store and over-priced dry cleaner's.
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Massachusetts Avenue
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Great food, plays, art, shops... Perfect for people watching! From my place, go north down the street to the light @ 10th, turn left under I70. Big :"Mass Ave sign pointing left. You're there! (so close to Mimi Blue! mmm) Alternately, you can go west on Michigan, which will find you intersecting Mass at the Murat (Old National Center). Look left and there's the grocery, and hardware store and over-priced dry cleaner's.
There's Ruckus the Maker Space, LICK Ice Cream, Centerpoint Brewing Company, Private Art Galleries & shopping... It's still being developed, so there is a lot of emptyish industrial space that sometimes houses cool events! I saw Zirkus Grimm there! I hear an actual theater is in the works somewhere in the space. Free parking too. I haven't really explored what's all there at this point, but you can start at the brewery, and explore their website.
Circle City Industrial Complex
1125 E Brookside Ave
There's Ruckus the Maker Space, LICK Ice Cream, Centerpoint Brewing Company, Private Art Galleries & shopping... It's still being developed, so there is a lot of emptyish industrial space that sometimes houses cool events! I saw Zirkus Grimm there! I hear an actual theater is in the works somewhere in the space. Free parking too. I haven't really explored what's all there at this point, but you can start at the brewery, and explore their website.
That's the big campus that is to the east of my place, in case you're curious.
Arsenal Technical High School
1500 East Michigan Street
That's the big campus that is to the east of my place, in case you're curious.
This is the place! There's a bbq restaurant, duckpin bowling (it's not normal!) and a beautiful hall that hosts dances, classes, live music, and other stuff we all want. Definitely look them up! There's swing dancing, and live music on the square in the summers!
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Fountain Square Theatre
1111 Prospect Street
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This is the place! There's a bbq restaurant, duckpin bowling (it's not normal!) and a beautiful hall that hosts dances, classes, live music, and other stuff we all want. Definitely look them up! There's swing dancing, and live music on the square in the summers!
My favorite flower shop and the most talented florist around. I love the character of the place, and Amy comes up with some breathtaking arrangements! And be sure to seek out Max the shop cat while you're there.
Watt's Blooming
615 Massachusetts Ave
My favorite flower shop and the most talented florist around. I love the character of the place, and Amy comes up with some breathtaking arrangements! And be sure to seek out Max the shop cat while you're there.
Wine & weird hours. I really want to go to one of their events, but haven't been able to line it up...
Easley Winery
205 North College Avenue
Wine & weird hours. I really want to go to one of their events, but haven't been able to line it up...
Dancing lessons & events in Fountain Square.
Grove Haus
1001 Hosbrook St
Dancing lessons & events in Fountain Square.
Parks & Nature
I guess they are calling themselves "Newfields" now- it's the grounds of the Art Museum. And I guess it's not free anymore. But, it actually may be worth the price- the gardens are absolutely GORGEOUS. Wonderful for a long walk and maybe a picnic with good company."
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THE VIRGINIA B. FAIRBANKS ART & NATURE PARK: 100 ACRES AT NEWFIELDS
4000 N Michigan Rd
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I guess they are calling themselves "Newfields" now- it's the grounds of the Art Museum. And I guess it's not free anymore. But, it actually may be worth the price- the gardens are absolutely GORGEOUS. Wonderful for a long walk and maybe a picnic with good company."
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Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N. Post Road
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Crown Hill Cemetary- one of my favorite places to take the bikes! It boasts the highest elevation in Indiana. Stand on Crown Hill and look out over the vastness that is IN. They actually boast a world famous tree collection, hosting tours and events of various themes throughout the year. The place is alive.
Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery
700 38th St
Crown Hill Cemetary- one of my favorite places to take the bikes! It boasts the highest elevation in Indiana. Stand on Crown Hill and look out over the vastness that is IN. They actually boast a world famous tree collection, hosting tours and events of various themes throughout the year. The place is alive.
Food, Lodging, Park stuff. Quaintness.
Fort Harrison State Park Inn
5830 North Post Road
Food, Lodging, Park stuff. Quaintness.