According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans cannot attain self-actualization without first tending to such basic physiological needs as water, sleep, and brisket. Achieve overall fulfillment with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of English tavern fare at The Red Lion Grog House. This Groupon is valid for food only.
Red Lion Grog House blends British and American traditions with a trouser-stretching menu of bangers, beef, and english curries amid elegant décor. Diners settle at sleek tables lit by tasteful, glowing sconces as they prepare to devour pub classics that include blanket bangers nestled into a puff-pastry duvet on a four-poster bed of hand-cut chips and garlic-dijon aioli ($10.49). Meanwhile, the explosive stuffed portobello crams its delectable gunpowder of garlic and herbs into a musket-size mushroom, tamped down with mozzarella wadding ($12.49). Traditionalists might tuck into a lancashire hot pot, a braised chuck roast slow-roasted with onion and carrots ($11.99), and vegetarians can sup on a black-bean burger touched with chipotle and topped with swiss and cucumber ($8.49). This freewheeling speakeasy plays host to a number of weekly events, with trivia contests Tuesday and Thursday, open-mic night every Wednesday, and gentlemanly harrumphing lessons on demand.
Red Lion Grog House
Red Lion Grog House is not an authentic grog house—and that’s probably a good thing. There is no dirt floor to sop up fluids, for one thing, nor are there any pirates or 18th-century British naval officers passed out from over-indulging in the titular grog—a mixture of watery beer and rum. Instead, Red Lion smoothes out the grog house’s boisterously egalitarian vibe with the accoutrements of an upscale English tavern: dark wood, wrought-iron accents, seven wide-screen TVs broadcasting sport both singular and plural, and an action-packed calendar that includes trivia nights and live music.
As with any worthwhile English pub, Red Lion keeps its focus on the food. Beer-battered mushrooms and scotch eggs serve as hearty openers for Angus beef burgers with toppings that range from roasted red peppers and bleu cheese to smoked bacon and peanut butter. The kitchen also devises its own take on English pub entrees—from puff-pastry-wrapped English banger sausages to fresh Atlantic cod and chips served on the Magna Carta. As plates parade from the kitchen, the bar has eight local and imported brews on tap to go with their 30 bottled and canned beers and craft cocktails made with infused spirits and fresh fruit.
1043 Virginia Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203Get Directions