Black Market
Black Market 
Cafe Patachou
Oakleys Bistro
The Ball & Biscuit
The Rathskeller Restaurant
Tomlinson Tap Room
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The Workingman's Friend
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The Ball & Biscuit
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Pawn Shop Pub
Plump's Last Shot
Courtesy of Upland Brewing
Chatham Tap
The Mug
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1. Ball & Biscuit 331 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Cocktails here are always spot on, whether classics or new concoctions made with mezcal, moonshine and elixers from locally based Wilks & Wilson. When drunchies strike, accompany that cocktail with the cheese plate, local charcuterie or even an Indy original King David hot dog.

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2. Tomlinson Tap Room 222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Located in the historic Indianapolis City Market, this pub features an all-Indiana beer list that includes smaller local breweries such as Scarlet Lane, Two Deep and Chilly Water.

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3. Thunderbird 1127 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Fountain Square’s Thunderbird hasn’t completely shed its former guise as a mid-century live music venue. The old-fashioned black upright piano is the visual epicenter of the room, and the bar is lit like a stage, though Thunderbird is now a Southern-leaning gastropub, where dishes like pickled okra fries, hot chicken biscuits, and a pimento patty melt shine. It's also a gem of a craft cocktail bar; and the drink menu, divided into "Chillers" and "Thrillers," features the noteworthy Escape from New York Sour with bonded bourbon, vanilla, lemon, strawberry, egg white, and red wine. on the drink menu of “Chillers” and “Thrillers,” take a vacation with the Escape from New York Sour, with bonded bourbon, vanilla, lemon, strawberry, egg white, and red wine.

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4. The Rathskeller 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis’s oldest restaurant, The Rathskeller has been serving German brews and bites since 1884. The dining room and Kellerbar are housed in the basement of architectural masterpiece the Athenaeum, while the adjoining biergarten is situated just outside. In addition to steak, seafood, chicken, pork, and vegetarian entrees, the restaurant’s award-winning menu features cuisine from the old country, like sauerbraten soaked for five days in currant ginger marinade, Jäegerschnitzel with wild mushrooms, shallots, garlic, red wine, and herbs, and rouladen with homemade gravy. The Kellerbar is stocked with 12 imported draft beers and over 50 imported bottled beers, but the real gem is the biergarten, where you can pair your beer with appetizers like baked Brie chicken cordon bleu fingers, all while taking in the fresh Indy air.

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5. Red Key Tavern 5170 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Not much has changed since The Red Key opened at the end of the Prohibition in 1933, which is what makes it so appealing. Rules are followed here and patrons behave themselves, so it doesn't have the classic scrappy dive bar feel. What does it have? A jukebox and cheeseburgers that will turn "another round" into three.

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6. Workingman's Friend 234 N Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Workingman's Friend serves as a lunch haunt for local politicos and journalists, and their cheeseburger is legendary (its crispy edges make it one of the best in the city). Add a side of onion rings and a beer and you're set. Just don't make dinner plans here: it closes by late afternoon on most weekdays and Saturdays, proving that not all dive bars thrive on late nights.

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7. Slippery Noodle Inn 372 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

As Indiana’s oldest continually operated bar, the Slippery Noodle Inn has certainly seen its fair share of American history. Thus, it’s only fitting that its menu is comprised of American fare, organized into “Snacks,” “Wings,” “Dinners,” and “Noodles,” with highlights including potato skins with oven melted cheese and real bacon bits (you even have the option to “load” them with chili, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions), sweet and mild mango habanero that leave you with a long slow burn, and a tender center cut of filet mignon. Often frequented by celebrities, the Slippery Noodle also delivers an all-star lineup of blues musicians nightly.

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8. Recess 4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Recess is chef/owner Greg Hardesty’s “culinary playground," which means, depending on when you stop in, you might be getting the James Beard semifinalist's inventive four-course, prix-fixe menu, participating in build-your-own-taco night, or tasting his omakase-style sushi. All of these specialties benefit from Recess' extensive global wine list. The tiny space in SoBro only holds about a dozen tables, giving the stylish room an intimate, if not exclusive, feel that complements the high-end cuisine.

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9. OAKLEYS bistro 1464 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Whether it’s meatloaf, shrimp with wild boar or duck confit, food from James Beard semifinalist chef Steven Oakley is going to be delicious and beautifully presented.

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10. Pizzology Craft Pizza + Pub 608 Massachusetts Ave Ste A, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Your best bet for knockout wood-fired pizza is Pizzology on Mass, with a cozy dining room plus a full bar. There’s something special about the paper-thin, ultra-crunchy crust that comes out of the oven and all of the creative topping options. We suggest the mushroom-heavy White Devil, that comes with prosciutto, mushrooms, house-made mozzarella, olive oil, garlic fondue, and sea salt.

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11. Cafe Patachou 225 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

With several locations throughout Indiana, Patachou features omelets made with locally source ingredients, killer cinnamon toast, broken yolk sandwiches and salads – and lots of coffee. Or maybe Prosecco. Or locally brewed Sun King beer.

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12. Bluebeard 653 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Situated inside a 1924 warehouse, bright and rustic Bluebeard serves craft cocktails alongside an inventive, daily-changing menu that's featured everything from radish crudo to chicken liver pate to papardelle beef Bolognese, all served with Italian-style, hearth-baked loaves from the adjacent Amelia’s bakery. Different weekdays bring different specials here, such as an all-street-food menu and a chicken & waffles lunch. Keep an eye on Bluebeard's social media feeds for fun, short runs of new menu items.

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13. Cerulean Indianapolis 339 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Why you’re here: For a biz lunch, a date-worthy dinner, or you’re staying at the art-focused Alexander hotel.

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14. Milktooth 534 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

A toasted house bialy and sorghum-glazed bacon or a Dutch baby cornmeal pancake with peach-amaro jam? Not your typical brunch, but that’s why we like it.

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15. Black Market 922 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

With a polished, reclaimed image, a lush patio shrouded in greenery, a mass selection of more than 100 rums, and award-winning wine list, and an ever-changing chef-driven menu, it's a mystery to all why Black Market has remained a hidden gem since its 2011 creation. Meats cured and smoked in-house dominate the menu from start to finish with snacks like chicken wings, to full plates of fall-apart brisket and succulent duck leg.

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16. The Pawn Shop Pub 2222 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220

This neighborhood bar serves up a perfect example of a classic breaded tenderloin sandwich wiht breading that’s a little on the thicker side with a breading that stays crisp and stays on.

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17. Binkley's Kitchen & Bar 5902 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

This family-friendly restaurant serves a tender, flavorful pork loin that's not too thin, not too thick, and bigger than the bun, but not so big that it seems silly.

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18. Muldoon's 111 W Main St, Carmel, IN 46032

Muldoon's serves a well-seasoned sandwich in its down-to-earth pub -- in the middle of this high-end Hamilton County city.

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19. Plump's Last Shot 6416 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Come here, and order the tenderloin. It’s a classic, just like the movie “Hoosiers” and owner Bobby Plump, who made the famous 14-foot shot that won the state championship for tiny Milan High against powerhouse Muncie Central.

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20. Upland Brewing Company Tap House 820 E. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032

Upland, one of our favorite Midwest breweries, serves a classic tenderloin sandwich at its Carmel brewpub.

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21. Chatham Tap 719 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

You can watch any soccer game live -- even at 8 a.m. -- and accompany it with a garlic tenderloin sandwich.

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22. The Mug 117 Apple St, Greenfield, IN 46140

It’s a 20-minute highway drive to the Hancock County seat, but the farm-to-fork drive-in food, like the, thick breaded tenderloin made from locally raised, pastured pork, is worth the effort.