I love a good atmosphere. They seem to be tough to come by in this city, but they are the places I tend to visit most often. Here are some of my favorites:
Broad Ripple Brew Pub. A non-smoking British style place in an old house. Darts are not an afterthought here.
Monon Coffee Company. Coffee places have taken a major hit in this city, sadly. This venerable institution is still going strong.
Working Man’s Friend. Set in a neighborhood near a railroad track and an industrial facility, this place is surprisingly open and almost airy when the sun is shining. Along with the Red Key, the most famous burgers in town.
Radio Radio. Indy’s first non-smoking music venue, you can almost always count on a good show here.
Sam’s Saloon. A former brothel, the bar is a trip back to the late 1800’s.
Iaria’s. OK, I’m a sucker for places that haven’t changed since the 1950’s.
Taste of Tango. The recently opened Argentinian place has a tasteful, romantic vibe.
Rathskeller. It’s in one of the neatest buildings in town. How could they go wrong?
St. Elmo’s. I’m not much of a steak guy, but the history of this place can not be ignored. A local hold-out in a sea of chains in the “convention district”.
I feel bad for not including any places on the South Side. I have heard Barringer’s is a great old place, but I haven’t been there. Any other suggestions?