An assortment of savories from the food menu gives Irish drinking stomachs a solid base on which to build a tower of pints. Try such Irish specialties as a hearty helping of bangers and mash ($8.99), two sausages served over delicately smashed potatoes, and a cup of slow-cooked Guinness beef stew ($4.95). You can find a melting pot of Irish and American favorites such as lighter salads ($6.49–$7.95), build-your-own burgers galore ($7.95), satisfying sandwiches ($5.95–$8.50), and a small selection of vegetarian options such as the Natasha’s vegetarian sandwich ($7.95).
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).
Nestled on the corner of West Vermont Street and Indiana Avenue, Bourbon Street Distillery beckons Louisiana enthusiasts with its French Quarter-inspired exterior and authentic Cajun cuisine. Umbrella-topped tables shield Louisiana-style meals such as shrimp po' boys and crawfish pasta from hungry suns. During colder days, guests can dine within the restaurant's brick walls while bathing in the light of far-reaching windows and a flat-screen TV.
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.
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 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. Clink a bottle or cup with your dining companion, whether a friend, loved one, or Winston Churchill impersonator.