Notes of live music echo throughout the two-story structure of Beale Street Live, summoning feet to the dance floor of this Mardi Gras–themed bar and restaurant. The eatery’s savory appetizers, such as steak fries or mozzarella sticks, make it easy for friends to share or play edible Jenga. Classic pub-style bites such as hot wings and nachos satisfy cravings, and cheeseburgers and classic deli, grill, and barbecue sandwiches quell ampler appetites. On top of nixing hunger, visits to Beale Street Live also conquer boredom with brisk games of pool or live musical performances illuminated by a professional lighting system.
Members of the Waugh family work behind the scenes at Big Daddy's Bar & Grill, a sports pub and eatery known for cold drinks and satisfying American cuisine. Juicy steaks, rotisserie chicken wings, and fresh nachos piled with slow-cooked pot roast are a few specialties. Stop by on Friday evenings for cold drinks and trivia night, or on Saturdays for live entertainment.
The Slippery Noodle is Indiana's oldest bar in continuous operation, providing a massive menu of classic tavern fare. Jump-start a meal with a sample platter ($11.99) of four buffalo wings, three mozzarella sticks, and four chicken strips with marinara and ranch dipping sauces. Or dine in musical style with a blues burger ($9.49), a half-pound Black Angus beef patty crowned with sautéed onions, green peppers, mushrooms, bacon, and a choice of cheese. A hefty plate of Southern-style pork barbecue ($13.99) may trigger sudden regional-dialect shifts with tender mouthfuls of simmered pulled pork in a sweet, slightly smoky barbecue sauce. Wash it all down with a domestic draft beer for $4.50 or an imported bottle of Red Stripe for $5, taking care to clink bottle or cup with your dining companion, whether a friend, loved one, or Winston Churchill impersonator.
The Pub's squadron of servers gratifies eager appetites with a menu chock-full of convivial comestibles. Beef savants can savor a half-pound charbroiled hamburger ($7.95), slender italian beef sandwich soaking in an au jus jacuzzi ($6.95), or precisely spiced gyros zapped with tzatziki sauce ($7.25). Poultry partisans can take a breather from rehashing chicken jaywalking jokes to assuage esophagi with turkey and cheese on rye bread ($6.95) or freshly made chicken salad, fortified with walnuts and snugly embraced by a honey-baked croissant ($7.25). Or dispense with the tidiness of sandwiches and plunge mouths directly into a plate of simmering spaghetti doused with meat-infused marinara sauce ($7.95).
Nominated as one of Metromix's best bars in 2011, Taps & Dolls matches a medley of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza with more than 44 draft beers, including craft brews and big-brewery ales. As bartenders loosen the taps, a line of flickering flat-screen TVs above the bar lets patrons cheer on their favorite sports teams or bellicose cartoon animals while they quaff PBR or Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. In addition to the 2-D entertainment, pool tables and arcade games—including Golden Tee and Silver Strike Bowling —keep fingers busy in between bites of chicken wings or fries, and a dance floor pulses with the beats of an all-request DJ Thursday–Saturday.
The clink of whiskey glasses, the upbeat strains of fiddles, and the mouthwatering aroma of braised lamb shank: these are the sights, sounds, and smells that envelop the senses at Claddagh Irish Pub. The lively eatery sates stomachs with a menu of traditional dishes, such as shepherd’s pie, and those with modern twists, such as the fish accompanied by fresh mango salsa or cilantro-lime rice. The chefs try to use seasonal ingredients and keep tongues from getting bored by changing their offerings twice a year and hiding firecrackers in the desserts.
Diners swig a variety of Irish beer and whiskeys and sip more than a dozen wines surrounded by dark-wood accents and stone walls that evoke the Emerald Isle. A slew of events entertain ears, including team trivia nights and live sessions of traditional Irish music.