They’re glamorous, yet simple. They’re Instagrammable, yet intimate. They feel exclusive, yet welcoming. The bars on this list have a certain big city flair and aesthetic, along with a big old splash of Hoosier hospitality. So when the sun starts to set and you want to be charmed by Indy, be sure to try these watering holes.
Tony’s of Indianapolis
If you’re looking for elegance and impeccable service, Tony’s is a go-to stop for after-work drinks, before-dinner drinks, nightcaps, or, really, all the drinks. Although Tony’s is a recent addition to Indianapolis, with live music and the owner often in the building, it feels like it’s been in the city forever. It gives off the aura of a place Hollywood starlets and crooners would frequent back in the day. Their highly educated mixologists are the cherry on top, adding modern twists to classic cocktails.
110 W. Washington St., (317) 638-8669, www.tonysofindianapolis.com
Just Pop In!
With its whimsical and bold decor, perfect pairings and villa-like outdoor seating, Just Pop In! is the perfect place to pop in whilst meandering through the heart of Broad Ripple. You’ll get beautiful ‘Gram content and the opportunity to pair your bubbles with well-thought-out light bites and sweet and savory popcorn options. Bonus, catch their outdoor live entertainment during warmer months.
6406 Cornell Ave., (317) 257-9338, www.justpopinpopcorn.com.
Spoke & Steele
There’s something special about a hotel bar, right? From the doorman that greets you upon entering, to the perfume-spritzed air, Spoke & Steele (situated in Le Méridien) is the perfect getaway from reality, even if you live here. Sharing the bar top with out-of-town guests gives you an escape into a world outside your own. Plus, the cocktails are as unique as the clientele, with one even featuring a green pepper ice cube.
123 Illinois St., (317) 737-1616, spokeandsteele.com.
Hedge Row American Bistro
Hedge Row brings a West Coast ambience to its bustling corner of Mass Ave. With natural wood decor, relaxed staff, house wines and seasonal cocktails, it’s no wonder that visiting creatives head here for a night of laid-back vibes.
350 Massachusetts Ave., (317) 643-2750, hedgerowbistros.com.
The best of the past collides with the present at the Talbott Street burger and milkshake shop. The flamboyant decor is equipped with a full bar to ensure you get your grown-up juice even with a gaggle of little ones in tow. Classic Americana fused with a concept that gives Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe on Riverdale a run for its money is sure to make for an enchanting way to spend the day in Indy.
Lenie Tsakonas is a freelance writer in Indianapolis and her go-to cocktail is a dirty vodka martini if she’s feeling classy—or a tequila on the rocks with lemon if she’s feeling smart-assy.