Indy Speed Date is in the business of helping locals connect in a vibrant and fun atmosphere where visitors pair up with potential matches for four-minute mini dates. After testing the connection, an alarm sounds and gents depart to meet the next match, while ladies stay seated awaiting their next beau. The speed factor means that individuals can go on anywhere from eight to 16 dates in one night, cramming a months’ worth of dating into one evening without carrying around a suitcase full of outfit changes. After the outing, Indy Speed Date’s silent Cupids match up members who chose each other, allowing them to exchange emails and take the reigns from there.
A jug of dandelion wine?fermented in 1994?marked the beginnings of Traders Point Winery. The winery's vintner, Bill, was just beginning to delve into amateur winemaking at the time, working in the century-old root cellar beneath his historic home. He kept at the craft in the years that followed, learning to create wines using a variety of techniques. Eventually, he entered a few bottles into the Indy International Wine Competition, earning praise from judges as well as everyday wine-lovers wearing judge costumes in order to receive free tastes. Bill and his family decided to take the next step and open their own winery.
Today, they welcome guests to sample award-winning varietals at their Indianapolis winery. They pour glasses of crisp chardonnay, sweet red wine made from concord grapes, and citrusy seyval. There are plenty of dessert wines, too, including a 50/50 blend of Rhubarb and Strawberry.
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.
Barrio Taco & Tequila Bar's goal is simple: serving the best tacos east and west of the Mississippi. While that may not seem like an easy job to some, this Indianapolis joint accomplishes that goal by topping grilled chicken, tilapia, skirt steak, pork, veggies, and ground beef with the classic taco ingredients of cilantro, onion, and lime. The chefs don't stop there, either. Besides other Mexican favorites like quesadillas and burritos, the culinary team also serves unique dishes such as ghost pepper queso blanco and tequila shrimp cocktail. A steady stream of tequila complements feasts, which unfold as diners are lured to the dance floor by Barrio's live entertainment. Barrio hosts a variety of local bands from within the Indianapolis community, national acts, DJs, themed parties, and other unique entertainment.
Sakana of Tokyo's chefs put a lot of artistry into their plates, whether they're assembling a dish of seafood udon or packing a bento box lunch to go. They stay pretty traditional with their recipes for the most part, with plenty of teriyaki items, but let their creativity show through their specialty sushi rolls. Of the 32 varieties, some go so far as to pair fresh kiwi with?spicy crab or barbecued eel with spicy tuna. That creative bend also extends to their presentation, whether in using?thin slices of tuna to sculpt rose blossoms or using splashes of sauce to decorate a serving plate. There's always a new reason to visit too, as new specials pop up every week and happy hours bring with discounts on drinks and potential hugs from other people who are just as delighted by their meals.
True to its name, plenty of stouts, from Brooklyn Dry Irish to Bells Expedition, fill Stout House’s fridges and taps. Amber, brown, and pale ales round out the selection of more than 50 brews, which bartenders decant alongside more than 30 varieties of whiskey. The generous drink list complements classic bar food crafted with local ingredients, including wings tossed in housemade sauces and burgers with wagyu, Kobe, or Angus beef patties. Cooks even customize traditional and deep-dish oven-baked pizzas with more than 25 toppings, such as bacon, artichoke hearts, and sheep milk feta. Equipped with popular bar entertainment like flat-screen TVs and a billiards table, Stout House welcomes hungry and thirsty patrons until 3 a.m. every night.