Nestled on a corner in the Wholesale District is the Slippery Noodle Inn, Indy’s oldest bar and an institution. Today, locals and tourists head to the Noodle to listen to live blues music seven nights a week, but this 170-year-old bar is jam-packed with history that beats barely beneath the surface.
There were many names given to the Slippery Noodle Inn before it garnered its silly (and potentially euphemistic) one. The space opened in 1850 as The Tremont House, a tavern owned by a German immigrant, then became the Concordia House (1860), Germania House (through WWI), Beck’s Saloon (after WWI), Moore’s Beer Tavern (before Prohibition), then Moore’s Restaurant (during Prohibition), back to Moore’s Beer Tavern (after Prohibition), and then Boris’ Place (late 1940s).
At times in between, the building was a stop on the Underground Railroad, produced beer in the basement during Prohibition, was the scene of a John Dillinger shooting (bullet holes remain as “proof”), and was even a brothel. In fact, if you ask the owner nicely, you might be invited upstairs to peek into some of the rooms -- many of which have been reverted to their earlier decor, complete with one small bed and a hole in the floorboards to stash cash, drugs, or perhaps the lady herself.