Deemed Indianapolis’s top karaoke spot by Metromix in 2011, The Living Room Lounge pairs its tunes with a comprehensive menu of bar fare and brews. Mozzarella sticks ($5.99) astound eaters who’ve only seen cheese in circles, wedges, and möbius strips, warming up mouths for a smoked pulled-pork sandwich ($7.25), slathered in barbecue sauce. Fish 'n' chips ($7.25) tastily emulates pub cuisine from across the Atlantic, and Angie's burgers sear up 100% certified Angus beef ($5.25 for a single). The Living Room Lounge's drink specials, such as Monday evening Coors Light pitchers ($2.50), lubricate offline social-network gatherings, twice-weekly karaoke brings out inner starlets, and billiards tables hone the skills of pool sharks.
As a neighborhood pub with an esoteric yet well-explained name, The Ball and Biscuit pours craft beers, boutique wines, and vintage cocktails alongside delicately paired small plates for patrons in search of good conversation in a sophisticated atmosphere. The Fauxhemian cocktail ($11) raises furrowed eyebrows by stirring green and yellow Chartreuse with gin, sweet vermouth, and house-made grenadine bitters swirled into a tumbling glass already drunk on Vieux Carre absinthe, orange bitters, and Chateau Renni Cava. A supple glass of Brassfield pinot noir ($9) chats up a slightly citric brillat savarin cheese plate ($4) before discussing the rise and fall of professional wrestling with a pint of Sun King cream ale ($5) and a kimchi hotdog ($7).
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.
Ornamental hookahs tower over tabletops at Hookah Nites, sending swirling clouds of aromatic smoke out over cushy velvet couches and armchairs. Bartenders bustle about behind the dimly lit bar, mixing up specialty cocktails, doling out pitchers, and dishing out platters of sizzling specialty pizzas. A massive projector screen beams down on the scene, glittering with glamorous images from music videos or commercials where a timid band geek earns the admiration of the popular cheerleader after buying a fancy mouthwash.
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."