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The cunning culinarians and pint-pouring professionals at Tavern on South furnish face funnels with seasonally inspired cuisine and a multifarious lineup of local libations. Reminisce over family dinners and passive-aggressive salt passing with a plate of the filet mignon meatloaf, a classic dining room dish basted with tomato barbeque glaze and served alongside brown butter green beans and a pistachio and white cheddar puree ($19). Mouths in the mood to mambo can partner up with the milano pasta, a Penne-led prance featuring broccoli florets, sundried tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs, and olive oil ($14, $17/chicken, $20/shrimp). Alternately, salivating herbivores hungry enough to nibble on the bell-bottoms of the nearest Elvis impersonator can graze on the roasted pepper and grilled Portobello sandwich, a moist mushroom bookended between a grilled focaccia bun and bear-hugged by goat cheese, fresh basil, and herb aloll ($8.5). Meliorate meals and spontaneous eulogies to long lost fish with a chalice of regional craft beer, such as Indianapolis' own Sun King cream ale and Chicago's Goose Island, or with a goblet of fermented grape nectar.
This two-story abode for amity, aliments, and alcohol was built in 1910, featuring a second level deck that seats 60 and boasts spectacular views of the Indianapolis skyline. Tavern on South lies nestled in the shadows of Lucas Oil Stadium and is within walking distance to Victory Field and the bustling downtown business district. Car-owning diners can save money on a cab or rocket pack fuel as they will easily find a spot in the complimentary on-site parking.
- Once the sparkle dies down and the new carpet smell dissipates, Tavern will be ideal for dinner, dates and FOOTBALL! – Kate Johnson, Metromix
- Tavern on South is just what downtown Indy needed. Upscale and comfortable, with some TVs for football but the TVs don't distract from the atmosphere. Nice selection of local craft beer and excellent food. – Jamie M., Yelp
Tavern On South
On the second-story balcony of a century-old brick building, diners at Tavern On South find their meals illuminated by a blend of moonlight and the glowing Indianapolis skyline. The tavern might also be within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium—100 feet, to be exact—but its upscale ambiance and seasonal menu subverts what you'd expect from your typical sports bar.
A Dining Room with a View
As noted by Indianapolis Monthly in 2011, the interior's wooden accents and iconic photos of the city "lend the tavern a timeless patina." It's a somewhat modern, toned-down take on a typical pub look, with granite bartops and exposed brick. When the weather's balmy, a meal on the patio offers unmatched views of the skyline.
Seasonal ingredients and creative flavors give Tavern on South's traditional offerings unexpected twists. Buffalo wings are made from Maple Leaf Farms duck rather than chicken, and hefty burgers are crafted from house-smoked bison. Even the meatloaf is made from prime rib.
Craft Beer and Cocktails At the bar, the craft beers on draft change with what's available from local breweries, but patrons can also find favorites from Flat 12 and Sun King Osiris by the bottle. The tavern's habit of bucking tradition also carries over to signature cocktails, such as the Cucumber Collins and a mai tai made with spiced rum.
423 W. South St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225Get Directions