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The OmniAddress and Info
Local Hoosier roots are the focus at the Omni Severin, which offers a hearty historic spirit in a modern, sleek brick and wooden decor that pay homage to Indy’s Wholesale District. Artisan foods from Just Pop In! popcorn and Broad Ripple Chip Co. are paired with Indiana breweries like Sun King and Upland, and an occasional live band. Making its debut back in fall 2012 after usurping Olive's Martini & Cigar Bar, the bar’s two signature cocktails are the bourbon-forward Whiskey Daisy and the Perfect Manhattan, but the menu lineup also includes international wines. You can also expect farm-to-table fare, such as bacon on a stick. 'Nuff said.
The ConradAddress and Info
Purchase a reloadable card and indulge in a huge selection of “wines-by-the-taste” at Tastings, which offers more than 200 bottles in stock and on tap. Wine guides can help you find your favorite varietal by the tap, which doles out 2oz, 4oz, or 6oz pours. Grab a seat on one of two patios to enjoy people watching on one of the city’s busiest streets or stop by on Wednesdays, where $30 gets you food and wine pairings presented by a sommelier. Lean more toward beer and liquor? Never fear, there’s a full bar at your ready.
JW MarriottAddress and Info
That fantastic, midnight blue glass-encased, game-changing prism of a hotel that opened for the Super Bowl is home to a modern, stylish and sporty watering hole. Dubbed as Indy’s version of a modern “Black & Tan” for its mixture of modern style with a classic sports bar, you can duck into High Velocity to watch Andrew Luck or Peter George on the dozens of TV screens, or grab a local beer (including the elusive Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.) before heading next store to Victory Field for an Indians game. High Velocity is an easy “pre-game” option before settling into a hearty and romantic Italian dinner at Osteria Pronto (also in the hotel).
The AlexanderAddress and Info
If complimentary truffle popcorn doesn’t seal the deal, the cocktails will without contest -- inventive cocktails like the Marie Antoinette with pear and cinnamon infused Cardinal Queer Indiana vodka, or The Cat in the Hat made with hibiscus syrup, are all served under the Wonderland-esque bulbous lanterns that make for an easy conversation starter or an enchanting date. Artist Jorge Pardo designed the lounge to be a “work of art,” but pay for your drinks and take them for a stroll to the first few floors of The Alexander Hotel for an art gallery experience. Check out an exhibit honoring the first self-made female millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker with 3,840 plastic combs, or the one dozens of birds carved from vinyl records by Paul Villinski. The bar also has a retro Vinyl Night on Thursdays and, but steps away, an incredible $9 lamb burger at Cerulean.
Spoke & Steele
Le MéridienAddress and Info
The bar at Le Meridien Indianapolis -- Spoke & Steele -- is a stirred cocktail in it of itself: part edgy and sexy, part rustic, farm-to-table. The name is an homage to Indy’s racing history with a splash of upscale modernity, served up in the former Canterbury Hotel. S&S’s cocktail menu may have you asking the bartender for advice on how to decide between craft beer from one of the 10 taps, thoughtful draft cocktails, and S&S Originals options. Make Johnny Appleseed proud with the Adult Apple Cider, or if you can’t decide, opt a taste of four with the draft cocktail flight.
Hyatt RegencyAddress and Info
Don’t be surprised if you’re rubbing elbows with politicians at this bar that’s kitty-corner to the State House. Originally built in 1977, Level One was recently gutted and reopened in March 2016 with a new retro-modern feel (think filament lights, vinyl walls, and subway tiles) that spills into the hotel lobby. Grab a martini or Manhattan and lounge under the 20-story atrium, or catch a game on the multiple flat screen TVs that line the bar. Alternatively, grab a pre-dinner drink and head up to the Eagle's Nest restaurant, has a 360-view atop the hotel.
The high-class Omni Hotel in Indy's Wholesale District was once home to a boogie martini bar, but now provides solace for Hoosiers fans with Severin, a sleek sports bar decked in brick and wood. All about keeping things local, this spot's draft list is made up of mostly Indiana craft breweries, and Indianapolis-based Just Pop In! and Broad Ripple Chip Co. provide all the snacks your heart could ever desire.
If there were a wine theme park, Tastings would be it. Located in The Conrad Hotel in the Wholesale District, this master of global wines lets you purchase a refillable card that gets you 2-, 4, or 6-ounce pours of whatever white, red, rose, or sparking, or dessert wine you fancy along with, of course, large shared plates of imported cheeses, olives, and spreads. Both patios provide gorgeous views and optimal people-watching on one of the busiest streets in central Indy.
Probably the classiest sports bar you'll ever set foot in, High Velocity is where the unpretentiousness and fanatic nature of sports dives meets the glitz and glamour of hotel bars. A killer draft list of local crafts and imports and more than a few high-definition televisions are the main attraction at High Velocity, but one can't ignore the presence of chef-driven bar food like roasted turkey legs, burgers, and short rib mac & cheese.
If you've ever driven past The Alexander Hotel in Wholesale District and wondered what's in it's glitzy, entirely glass second floor, it's Plat 99, a whimsical yet utterly luxurious cocktail bar specializing in the art of mixology. The inventive, one-of-a-kind cocktails (like the pear and cinnamon Marie Antionette) are just as bright and playful as its orange decor and lantern lighting. The cherry on top: the truffle popcorn comes on the house.
This downtown spot that looks like the house of a wealthy and ultra-stylish friend slings creative American dishes across its whitewashed lounge and rustic bar with the kind of culinary confidence that can only come from sourcing produce from the nearby Compart Family Farms (among others). Hefty charcuterie boards and sandwiches with house-cured meats make the rounds while house cocktails are infused with spicy, smoky flavors to match.
The first floor of the Wholesale District's Hyatt Regency is home to one of Indy's sleekest bars, appropriately named Level One. Surrounded by shiny granite countertops, seating that adds a bright pop of color, and subtle neon lighting, you'll be helped to your choice if five classic cocktails, a handful of imported drafts, or something from a long list of top-shelf vodkas and whiskeys alongside a simple offering of bar snacks, flat breads, and sandwiches.