Hardwood floors, a bar stretching nearly the entire length of the venue and exposed brick walls keep this Scottish pub from being pretentious, even though it is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the upscale Theatre and Arts District of Indianapolis’ downtown. Garage door style windows help to keep the casual, cool attitude, rolling up in milder temperatures for people watching and to enjoy the light breeze. High ceilings and artwork enhance the historic building’s décor, while craft beer, a well-appointed wine list and an affordable Scotch menu round out the slew of offerings at the full bar. Haggis, Scottish eggs, sausage rolls, mince and tatties, cheesy beans on toast and turnips secure the authenticity of the Scottish fare.
An all-ages destination for live entertainment, Daddy Real’s The Place doesn’t just host rollicking regional and national acts in its intimate setting, it also boasts a full kitchen and bar. There, concertgoers can peruse the menu for upscale pub dishes such as orange-ginger-glazed duck wings, Indian flatbread pizzas, and the Big Daddy burger complete with pastrami, provolone, onion strings, and a penchant for dominating the remote control. After sating their appetites, diners can groove along to live tunes on Jazz/Blues Night, workout laughing muscles at a comedy show, or try their hands at performing on open mic night.
Chefs Josh Henson and Mark Cox founded Fermenti Artisan after they became interested in the healing powers of fermented foods including sauerkraut, kefir soda, and kombucha, according to the food blog Going Local. From their station inside the Indianapolis City Market, the pair craft gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches by stuffing multigrain bread with a rotating selection of local artisan cheeses and cultured vegetables. They also press paninis with locally sourced cured meats and sausages and pour out slightly sour kefir sodas, whose wealth of probiotics offers a nutritious alternative to sugary sodas.
Keystone Sports Review, known as KSR to its loyal clientele, has been pairing hearty eats with televised sports for 22 years. Eight HDTVs broadcast MLB games, golf, and tennis, illuminating tables laden with thin-crust pizzas and chicken wings drenched in one of 11 spicy or sweet sauces. Finger foods, such as fried pickles and mozzarella sticks, provide salty accompaniment to steaks, sandwiches, and salads, and a digital jukebox provides musical accompaniment to the terrible sound of your date chewing.
The cooks at Gatsby's Pub & Grill prepare twice-baked potato skins, half-pound burgers, and other pub favorites for guests to savor in an inviting space that Metromix called "a comfortable place to settle in and eye the game." Bartenders pour beer and mixed drinks behind a wood-backed bar, and a row of flat-screen televisions broadcast sports teams battling for victory. The pub also shows its devotion to sports with a wall decorated with college pennants.
In the restaurant space that used to be known as Just Judy's, Tim Paxson was able to realize his dream of operating a full-service restaurant. After more than 30 years of working in restaurants—starting as a dishwasher in 1978—Tim was ready to create his own space. At JT's Grille & Bar, that's just what he's done, creating a relaxed atmosphere complete with homestyle American favorites off the grill, from patty melts to breakfasts.