Indy & Booze

Whether you need a new happy hour spot for Monday margaritas or you’re interested in a new bar to grab a glass of merlot for date night, we have you covered.  Check out our list below of bars and restaurants around Indy that have just the specific drink you’re looking for.

Bourbon

Mesh
725 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN

With more than 35 choices of whiskey and bourbon, it’s hard to decide where to start! The Cherry Island cocktail is a perfect cool weather cocktail. It’s a blend of bourbon, dark rum, amaretto, brandy, lemon juice, and simple syrup. 

Rebar
20 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN
Named one of the “Great Bourbon Bars of America”, Rebar has an extensive bourbon list that has both ½ oz. and 2 oz. pours. Can’t make up your mind? Order one of their many bourbon flights, which includes three ½ oz. pours of each selection. 

BBQ & Bourbon
1414 Main St
Speedway, IN
Family owned and operated, BBQ & Bourbon is located on popular Main Street in Speedway. We suggest you try a “Dirty Lemonade” made with cherry bourbon, lemonade, and sweet tea.

The North End BBQ
1250 E 86th St
Indianapolis, IN

With “Bourbon 101”, flights are taken to the next level — they include education on distillation techniques, tasting techniques, and more. Or try the Hoosier Heritage cocktail with Knob Creek bourbon, apple cider, rosemary maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper.

Plat 99
333 S Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN

Located in the Alexander Hotel in downtown Indy, Plat 99 is a trendy and hip mixology lounge. Try their Plat 99 Signature Old Fashioned with Plat 99’s private selection of Russell’s Reserve 10-year-old bourbon, house made demerara syrup, and Plat 99 house orange bitters.

Tequila

La Margarita
1043 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN
La Margarita has a selection of 200 unique agave-based spirits! If that seems too overwhelming, try a tequila flight that comes with tasting notes and information on the maker.

Sangrita Saloon
834 E 64th St
Indianapolis, IN
“Modern Mexican in the Broad Ripple Village”. Try the refreshing Fresa cocktail with Espolon Blanco tequila, house strawberry/ginger coulis, lime, and agave.

Revolucion
1132 Prospect St
Indianapolis, IN
The menu has over 80 options, but you can find tasting notes for each one! Try a spicy margarita made with habanero-infused tequila.

Delicia
5215 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN
At Delicia, you’ll find some of the most unique cocktails in Indy. The Fire ‘n’ Ice is perfect for warming up — with jalapeño infused reposado tequila, and a hibiscus/basil/habanero reduction.

Mr. Tequila’s
935 S East St
Indianapolis, IN
Get your team spirit with the Colts Margarita. It’s made with house tequila, Blue Curaçao, Grand Marnier and fresh citrus juices.

Whiskey

Bakersfield
334 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Chic with a hometown feel, Bakersfield is a downtown favorite known for great tacos, but don’t miss the whiskey selection! The Bakersfield Sour is made with Old Forester, Grand Marnier, St. Germain, agave nectar, house sour, and bourbon cherries.

Bru Burger
410 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Bru Burger is a family favorite and has some of the most delicious signature cocktails made with whiskey! Try “Your Uber Has Arrived” with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Ball & Biscuit
331 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Ball & Biscuit has a wide variety of cocktails from modern classics to “B&B Originals”. One Original cocktail you don’t want to miss is the “Dawn to Dusk” made with J. Rieger Kansas City Whiskey, tangerine vanilla simple syrup, orange bitters, lemon juice, and orange juice.

Hotel Tango
702 Virginia Ave,
Indianapolis, IN
Try something a little out of the box with Big Little Chai’s — made with whiskey, chai simple, angostura bitters, and a cinnamon stick.

St. Elmo’s 1933 Lounge
127 Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN
You can’t live in Indy without trying the Signature “Elmo Cola”. Mix a glass-bottled Coke or Diet Coke with an exclusive “Infusion” made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, imported Italian Luxardo Maraschino Cherries and Madagascar Vanilla Beans served with famous Drunken Cherries.

Rum

Black Market
922 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Love rum? You’ll want to check out Black Market. From rum flights to refreshing cocktails, they consider themselves “rum-obsessed”. Try something different, liked the PBJ F’n Awesome, made with Real McCoy 5yr (peanut-infused) Rum, Giffard Cassis Liqueur, Giffard Banana Liqueur, and egg white.

Thunderbird
1127 Shelby St
Indianapolis, IN
When it comes to cocktails in Indy, Thunderbird is a can’t-miss location.  If you’re a rum lover, they offer everything from a classic Hurricane to Queen’s Park — Don Q Cristal Rum, Fino Sherry, Falernum, giffard banana, ginger, and lime.

Houlihan’s
6020 E 82nd St
Indianapolis, IN
Or
14065 Town Center Blvd
Noblesville, IN
Houlihan’s not only boasts great food, they also have all-day drink specials! Try the Have-a-da-Mango cocktail with Mango and Original Rums, guava simple syrup, pineapple juice, fresh lemonade, and house-made sour.

Union 50
620 East St
Indianapolis, IN
Located on Mass Ave, Union 50 has a great selection of booze, but the rum list is one to check out! With 15 options of rum to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start!

Livery
720 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN

Livery not only offers over 10 types of rum, they also have great cocktails like the Jamaican Thai Die made with Montelobos Mezcal, Verde Reyes, dark rum, agave, cucumber, lime, and basil.

Margaritas

Sangrita Saloon
834 E 64th St
Indianapolis, IN
You’ll feel the heat with the Picante Margarita! It’s made with Espolon Blanco Tequila, cointreau, lime, tomatillo, and habanero.

Bakersfield
334 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
In Indy, Bakersfield is almost synonymous with margaritas. Try something new with a seasonal option like a pineapple margarita!

Nada
11 W Maryland St
Indianapolis, IN
As beautiful as they are delicious, Nada has a unique offering of margaritas for anyone’s taste. The Chili-Mango is made with tequila,  house curaçao, habanero, mango, with an ancho chile salted rim.

Festiva
1217 E 16th St
Indianapolis, IN
Festiva has classic margaritas but also seasonal faves like the Margarita Estacional which is loaded with Indiana raspberries and blueberries.

La Hacienda
6825 Graham Rd
Indianapolis, IN
Be sure to try the Texas Margarita. By the glass or the pitcher, these are a bit stronger than the original, but just as tasty!

Wine

Corner Wine Bar
6331 Guilford Ave
Indianapolis, IN
They’re more than just wine, but don’t miss Corner Wine Bars list of dessert wines, including Bonny Doon Framboise.

Tinker Street
402 E 16th St
Indianapolis, IN
Delicious food and wine is what you’ll find at Tinker Street. The wine list is extensive and ever-changing, but definitely try out one of their Roses, like Conde Valdemar.

Louie’s Wine Dive
345 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Or
701 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN
“Memorable meals” are served here, but we also love the wine menu! Red, white, rose — can’t decide? Grab a flight and try more than one!

Tastings
50 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN
Tastings has everything from white to dessert wines, and even offers half bottles. Or try a sparkling wine like the  2016 Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato.

Vida
601 E New York St
Indianapolis, IN
Vida is fully stocked with rare wines as well as everyone’s favorites. Try the featured Merry Edwards Pinot Noir.

Vodka/Gin

Broken Beaker
643 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Broken Beaker is a science-themed distillery in downtown Indy. From “Atoms” to “Molecules” this menu is fresh and fun. Try the Bill Nye Elysium made with strawberry-basil vodka, grapefruit juice, and orange zest syrup.

Hotel Tango
702 Virginia Ave,
Indianapolis, IN
Hotel Tango has spirits galore and cocktails with fun names! Check out the Turmeric and Morty with mustard seed gin, lime, simple syrup, curry, turmeric, and cayenne.

Libertine Liquor
608 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Libertine has a focus on classic cocktails, but also has unique offerings like the “Love’s an Iron Ball” made with St. George Botanivore gin, averna amaro, yellow chartreuse, lavender, lemon, and Bitter Truth peach bitters.

Heartland Distillers
9402 Uptown Dr
Indianapolis, IN
At Heartland Distillers, you’ll find Indiana vodka. Yes, you read that right! The award-winning spirit is made with Midwestern grain using a 200-year-old distilling heritage.

Tini
717 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Tini offers gorgeous and unique cocktails like “Miss Independent” made with Vim and Petal gin, rhubarb lavender tea, citrus, and egg white.