Est. 1982/Mass Ave
The dive with live jazz
When the current owner bought this space in the early ‘80s, it had already been a bar for decades -- as its decrepit interior proved. He decided to keep the shabby look (complete with linoleum floors that have eroded away to reveal the wooden subfloor) and add nightly jazz concerts, which proved an instant hit. The joint is jumping pretty much all the time, what with talent ranging from local bands to Wynston Marsalis taking the tiny, tiny stage. You can get pretty much anything you want at the bar (which, in keeping with the rest of the place, looks like it could collapse at any moment). As for food... this isn’t the place. Though they probably have pretzels or something if you’re really hungry.
The drinks have been pouring since the repeal of Prohibition
If there’s such a thing as a highbrow dive bar, this is it. Established shortly after the end of prohibition, this storefront operation still doles out beer, food, and live music just as it did 80 years ago. There’s a jukebox spinning vinyl 45s, model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, and an antelope head behind the bar. And also, on most nights, wall-to-wall crowds. The regulars included noted musicians, artists, and authors, including bestselling novelist (and Indy native) Dan Wakefield.