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Nightlife in Indianapolis, IN

There's more than just fast cars and corn in Indianapolis. This bustling city has hot nightlife spots. See our pick of the ten of the best nightlife venues in Indy.
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Alley Cat Lounge

The Alley Cat holds the title of best dive bar in Indianapolis. This quintessential dive bar is located in the alley behind the heart of college bar row in Broad Ripple. The Alley Cat serves cheap, stiff drinks and the burgers are legendary. Everyone loves a dive bar, so it's the perfect place for people watching and the Alley Cat bartenders are the friendliest in the city.

But remember to get some cash before you head over to the Alley Cat, it's a cash only establishment with a temperamental ATM. The Alley Cat is a smoking bar so be prepared to smell like smoke when you leave. Being that it's such a beloved bar, it's usually standing room only on the weekends. If a dive bar is what you crave,the Alley Cat is the place to be.

Blu Martini

Located on Indianapolis' northeast side, Blu Martini restaurant and bar welcomes patrons with crisp, clean decor and upscale style in a relaxed, hip atmosphere. Offering only the finest spirits and the most mouth watering Japanese cuisine, Blu Martini offers an uncommon level of quality.

Whether you are socializing with good friends, looking to meet some new ones or planning a night out with your someone special, Blu Martini is the place to celebrate the good life.

Bonus: If you live within 10 miles,the Blu Martini offers a shuttle service at a minimal charge of $5.00 each way. If you want to start the party early, drinks can be taken on the shuttle.


Located in the heart of Broad Ripple, Landsharks is a remarkable place to get drinks and dance the night away. For the second consecutive year, it has been voted best singles bar in Indianapolis. If you are single, the odds are definitely in your favor.

Landsharks is small, the music is contagious, the people are friendly and it is perfectly located to be part of one of the best pub crawls you will ever experience. Start at Landsharks and then make your way to the Mineshaft Saloon, Average Joes and then finish up at Rock Lobster.

Landsharks is also perfectly located to hit La Bamba's burritos after a night of drinking. Nothing stops a hangover dead in its tracks like a super steak burrito as big as your head.

The Red Room

Red is the color of passion and energy. The Red Room delivers on both accounts by offering the style and sophistication of a jazz bar experience in a high energy dance club setting. Situated in Broad Ripple, it offers a welcome change to the usual college bar.

Music types vary nightly but salsa, jazz club and dance hits are the norm. A discriminating, yet delectable menu is available for you to enjoy while the warm lighting and red walls ignite the sexy side of the club scene. It's great for going on a date, out with friends or for hosting a private party. Grab a perfectly mixed martini and watch the crowd with old friends or head on to the dance floor and make some new friends.

The Slippery Noodle

The Slippery Noodle, established in 1850, is a landmark and Indiana's oldest bar in operation. Known for its colorful past, one of its most famous patrons was the notorious John Dillinger. It's rumoured that the slugs of his target practice still remain in the back wall.

Loaded with histortical charm, the Slippery Noodle now features live local, national and regional blues sensations seven days a week. With all the entertainment going on, the Slippery Noodle also offers a full service menu and bar. The pressed tin ceiling and original tiger-oak bar add to the quaint charm of the Slipery Noodle. At the Slippery Noodle,the atmosphere is warm, the music is live and the people are friendly.