McSwain's Smokehouse gathers a medley of classic recipes from the country's most respected barbecuing regions?Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas, and Kansas City. Hickory smokers cook bacon-wrapped ribs, polish sausages, and slow-smoked beef brisket. In addition to these, chefs build more than a dozen sandwiches, including the McSwain burger topped with shaved brisket, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. Though the restaurant's food spans different parts of the country, its drink list tends to celebrate Indiana, with a variety of locally brewed beers available in the outdoor beer garden.
Simple Brew Cafe stocks its shelves with homemade bakeries, sandwiches, and Broad Ripple’s Hubbard & Cravens Coffee, and caters events with from-scratch dishes. Tap Simple Brew for a baby shower, baby birthday party, or post-game celebration for a baseball team of babies, and the Simple Brew team of culinary crafters will dole out plates for up to 500 people. Catered breakfast gatherings (starting at $5 per person) jumpstart days with biscuits dressed in signature homemade sausage gravy, breakfast casseroles, and french toast and fluffy hotcakes painted with warm maple syrup. Catered lunches ($6 per person) come bearing all-natural chicken salad and gluten-free mayo, and meals in bulk are made up of half pans of mac 'n’ cheese (starting at $15) and BBQ pulled pork, which arrives slow-cooked, marinated, and sauced in its own savory-sweet juices ($8.99 per pound).
First-run movies, including 3-D and family films, light up the screens at Republic Theatre Group, LLC's six locations in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Concession stands attract nostrils and stomachs alike with fragrant popcorn, taste-bud-tickling candy, and canteens of soda.
On the second-story balcony of a century-old brick building, diners at Tavern On South find their meals illuminated by a blend of moonlight and the glowing Indianapolis skyline. The tavern might also be within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium?100 feet, to be exact?but its upscale ambiance and seasonal menu subverts what you'd expect from your typical sports bar.
A Dining Room with a View
As noted by Indianapolis Monthly in 2011, the interior's wooden accents and iconic photos of the city "lend the tavern a timeless patina." It's a somewhat modern, toned-down take on a typical pub look, with granite bartops and exposed brick. When the weather's balmy, a meal on the patio offers unmatched views of the skyline.
Seasonal ingredients and creative flavors give Tavern on South's traditional offerings unexpected twists. Buffalo wings are made from Maple Leaf Farms duck rather than chicken, and hefty burgers are crafted from house-smoked bison. Even the meatloaf is made from prime rib.
Craft Beer and Cocktails At the bar, the craft beers on draft change with what's available from local breweries, but patrons can also find favorites from Flat 12 and Sun King Osiris by the bottle. The tavern's habit of bucking tradition also carries over to signature cocktails, such as the Cucumber Collins and a mai tai made with spiced rum.
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum showcases the state’s art, science and cultural history from the prehistoric era to now. The museum’s permanent collection tells Indiana’s story, from glaciers to the first settlers, with a Native American exhibit that highlights the various cultures of local and regional tribes. The first floor showcases the state’s natural history while the second floor has its cultural history, with exhibits like The Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Crossroads of America and Global Indiana. Each year, several traveling exhibits pass through the museum, allowing visitors to see something new with each trip. During Christmastime every year, part of the museum’s third floor transforms into Santa’s home, and children can ride the Santa Claus Express train. The museum also contains an IMAX theater, showing documentaries and family-friendly movies.
It seems fitting for the Indiana Repertory Theatre to be housed in such a dramatically beautiful 1927 multi-story concrete building. With its white terra cotta façade, emphasized by the Spanish-baroque style triangular curved arch, the building draws attention to the theatre troupe’s glowing marquee in downtown Indianapolis. Inside, the cadre of actors pull crowds in further, showcasing classic productions and newer works with seeming ease. A marble-floored grand lobby welcomes in theatergoers looking to catch one of their nine annual productions, while the sweeping staircase shows mezzanine level patrons to their plush seats. The not-for-profit Indiana Repertory Theatre, founded in 1972, is the only League of Resident Theatres entity in Indiana, sporting more than 100 seasonal and full-time staff.