Nightlife in Indianapolis: Best Bars, Clubs, & More

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Wondering what to do after hours in Indianapolis? Here are Indy's hottest nightclubs, most popular bars, trendy dance clubs, and other places to hang out after a long day and enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine in the company of friends.

The Vogue

The Vogue in Broad Ripple Village opened as a movie theater in 1938 and relaunched, transformed into one of Indy's hottest nightclubs, on New Year's Eve 1977. Featuring both recorded music and live concerts, The Vogue spins everything from retro to top 40, hip-hop, techno, and rock. Dance parties are held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You must be 21 to enter, and two forms of ID are required.

Nicky Blaine's Cocktail Lounge

Think red lacquered bar, martinis, fine scotch, cigars, and exotic drinks. Mingle at the bar or settle into a soft leather couch. Engage in an intimate conversation or listen to the mellow sound of jazz. Nicky Blaine's is a nightclub and lounge perfect for a weekend date or relaxing after work.

The Slippery Noodle Inn

Established in 1850 and billed as Indiana's oldest bar, the Slippery Noodle features live blues and jazz, with two bands on two stages Friday and Saturday nights. Expect nightly drink specials and a full-service menu. The Slippery Noodle is located in a two-story brick building with a handful of outdoor tables.

The Claddagh Irish Pub

Bringing a bit o' the Irish stateside, Claddagh's is a great place to gather with friends to eat, drink and be merry (or drown your sorrows, depending on the occasion). The menu features Irish classics like fish and chips and corned beef with cabbage rolls.

The Rathskeller

Reminiscent of a lively beer garden in Munich, the Rathskeller's Kellerbar serves 12 imported draft beers and more than 50 imported bottled beers, and it hosts some of Indy's best bands. The outdoor Biergarten, with a walk-up, full-service bar, and gourmet pub-style food, is one of Indy's coolest spots during the spring, summer, and fall.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

The beer served here is brewed right on the premises, and you can watch the process in action. The basement level features big-screen TVs, pool tables, Nintendo Wii and more to keep patrons happily entertained for hours. American fare satisfies the munchies.

The Workingman's Friend

You won't find Happy Meals (or kids) here. This unassuming downtown tavern is known for serving great double cheeseburgers, onion rings, and frothy beer to a weary workforce.

The Ale Emporium

Located behind Castleton Square in the strip mall at the corner of 86th Street and Allisonville Road, the Ale Emporium offers more than 100 domestic and imported beers, plus billiards, live entertainment, and an arcade.

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