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Guidebook for Indianapolis

Bethany&Kelly

Guidebook for Indianapolis

Food Scene
We are not typically fans of chain restaurants, but it's a stone's throw away from the flat, which may be nice.
Dairy Queen (Treat)
1024 Fletcher Avenue
We are not typically fans of chain restaurants, but it's a stone's throw away from the flat, which may be nice.
Very nice distillery & high-end restaurant with 1920s prohibition theme & clever menu options.
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Repeal Restaurant
630 Virginia Ave
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Very nice distillery & high-end restaurant with 1920s prohibition theme & clever menu options.
A high-end breakfast place with very creative (albeit not very vegan-friendly) dishes. The barista is also pretty 'picky,' so you get what they offer- no substitutions.
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Milktooth
534 Virginia Avenue
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A high-end breakfast place with very creative (albeit not very vegan-friendly) dishes. The barista is also pretty 'picky,' so you get what they offer- no substitutions.
Delicious tacos, Impossible Burgers, and a very atmospheric outdoor tiki bar out back!
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Revolucion
1132 Prospect Street
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Delicious tacos, Impossible Burgers, and a very atmospheric outdoor tiki bar out back!
Be warned- the margaritas are delicious (but not cheap)! The new vegan nacho appetizer is DA BOMB!
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La Margarita Fountain Square
1043 Virginia Avenue
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Be warned- the margaritas are delicious (but not cheap)! The new vegan nacho appetizer is DA BOMB!
Our go-to neighborhood coffee shop, also a non-profit, run by a father and son team (who rock!)
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Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company
647 Virginia Avenue
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Our go-to neighborhood coffee shop, also a non-profit, run by a father and son team (who rock!)
Delicious pan-Asian fare, and wonderful local hosts!
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Naisa
1025 Virginia Avenue
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Delicious pan-Asian fare, and wonderful local hosts!
Excellent Thai food. Their green curry with tofu is just like we had in Thailand!
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Siam Square
936 Virginia Avenue
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Excellent Thai food. Their green curry with tofu is just like we had in Thailand!
Our favorite place for fresh, delicious dishes and a nice choice of wines. Several delicious vegan options!
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Pure Eatery
1043 Virginia Avenue
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Our favorite place for fresh, delicious dishes and a nice choice of wines. Several delicious vegan options!
This is a slightly pricey restaurant with creative edibles, cool atmosphere and a great location- right on the square!
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Pioneer
1110 Shelby St
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This is a slightly pricey restaurant with creative edibles, cool atmosphere and a great location- right on the square!
This phenomenal hot spot is our go-to for weekend brunch. Deeply satisfying comfort food will fill you up without destroying the planet, since everything here is plant-based! The Country Breakfast is unbelievable!
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Three Carrots Fountain Square
920 Virginia Ave
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This phenomenal hot spot is our go-to for weekend brunch. Deeply satisfying comfort food will fill you up without destroying the planet, since everything here is plant-based! The Country Breakfast is unbelievable!
A fun spot for some Asian flare.
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Rook
501 Virginia Avenue
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A fun spot for some Asian flare.
If you're desperate for some greasy food at 3am, Peppy's is the place. Cops and drunk people happily coexist at this little dive, which just got renovated!
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PEPPY GRILL
1004 Virginia Avenue
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If you're desperate for some greasy food at 3am, Peppy's is the place. Cops and drunk people happily coexist at this little dive, which just got renovated!
Affordable & family friendly Mexican food. Habla espanol?
El Arado Mexican Grill
1063 Virginia Avenue
Affordable & family friendly Mexican food. Habla espanol?
A new addition to the neighborhood, one more choice for Mexican food.
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Loco Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
2205 N Delaware St
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A new addition to the neighborhood, one more choice for Mexican food.
A swanky retro spot for an upscale dinner. Great atmosphere, but not vegan-friendly.
Geraldine's Supper Club & Lounge
1101 English Ave
A swanky retro spot for an upscale dinner. Great atmosphere, but not vegan-friendly.
Locals love this treasured Italian joint. Not very vegan-friendly, but delicious and authentic.
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Iaria's Italian Restaurant
317 South College Avenue
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Locals love this treasured Italian joint. Not very vegan-friendly, but delicious and authentic.
Quiet spot for coffee and handmade chocolates.
Litterally Divine Chocolates
1114 Prospect St
Quiet spot for coffee and handmade chocolates.
Care for some kitty cuddles? This cool coffee shop boasts vegan treats and felines waiting to be adopted!
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Nine Lives Cat Café
1315 Shelby St
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Care for some kitty cuddles? This cool coffee shop boasts vegan treats and felines waiting to be adopted!
Delicious fresh bread, all made from sourdough starter so it doesn't bother those with gluten sensitivity! Grab a loaf to enjoy during your stay.
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Amelia's
653 Virginia Ave
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Delicious fresh bread, all made from sourdough starter so it doesn't bother those with gluten sensitivity! Grab a loaf to enjoy during your stay.
Get here early if you want to snag one of the coveted vegan donuts!
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General American Donut Company
827 South East Street
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Get here early if you want to snag one of the coveted vegan donuts!
We love the falafel, and the owner even taught us Turkish before our trip to Istanbul!
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Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe
935 South East Street
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We love the falafel, and the owner even taught us Turkish before our trip to Istanbul!
We don't make it here often enough, but the food is great!
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Tortas Guicho Dominguez
641 Virginia Avenue
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We don't make it here often enough, but the food is great!
A quiet spot to grab a fresh, healthy juice and hang out for a bit. Tell Tyler we say hello!
317 Juicery
1354 Shelby St
A quiet spot to grab a fresh, healthy juice and hang out for a bit. Tell Tyler we say hello!
We are not typically fans of chain restaurants, but it's a stone's throw away from the flat, which may be nice.
Dairy Queen (Treat)
1024 Fletcher Avenue
We are not typically fans of chain restaurants, but it's a stone's throw away from the flat, which may be nice.
Arts & Culture
Live music venue with cozy atmosphere.
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Radio Radio
1119 Prospect Street
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Live music venue with cozy atmosphere.
This unique bowling alley is housed in the historic Fountain Square Theater Building. Fun to experience if you've never heard of Duckpin bowling before.
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Action Duckpin Bowl
1105 Prospect Street
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This unique bowling alley is housed in the historic Fountain Square Theater Building. Fun to experience if you've never heard of Duckpin bowling before.
Unique shows, but you have to be in the know...
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White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect Street
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Unique shows, but you have to be in the know...
This cool building will educate you about Indiana before you even get inside! Take a closer look as you walk around the outside...
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Indiana State Museum
650 West Washington Street
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This cool building will educate you about Indiana before you even get inside! Take a closer look as you walk around the outside...
This Native American museum is filled with interactive displays. No time for a full exploration? Just stop by the cafe and enjoy a menu inspired by historically recreated meals.
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Eiteljorg Museum
500 West Washington Street
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This Native American museum is filled with interactive displays. No time for a full exploration? Just stop by the cafe and enjoy a menu inspired by historically recreated meals.
Sports fans will love unique and local displays here.
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NCAA Hall of Champions
700 West Washington Street
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Sports fans will love unique and local displays here.
Enjoy a performance by Dance Kaleidoscope, or other local talent, in this beautiful, historic theater.
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Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 West Washington Street
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Enjoy a performance by Dance Kaleidoscope, or other local talent, in this beautiful, historic theater.
Larger-than-life Kurt always makes me smile when I'm walking down Mass Ave!
Kurt Vonnegut Mural
339 Massachusetts Ave
Larger-than-life Kurt always makes me smile when I'm walking down Mass Ave!
Everything Else
There’s a PNC branch but they are open limited banker’s hours. The ATM is just south of Prospect St. with a drive-through option.
PNC ATM
1059 Virginia Ave
There’s a PNC branch but they are open limited banker’s hours. The ATM is just south of Prospect St. with a drive-through option.
You might wander by and catch an open studio, or a public arts opening and pick up some cool pottery made by locals.
Fountain Square Clay Center
950 Hosbrook St
You might wander by and catch an open studio, or a public arts opening and pick up some cool pottery made by locals.
We haven't personally had work done here, but I've heard good things from friends.
Fountain Square Tattoo
1029 Virginia Ave
We haven't personally had work done here, but I've heard good things from friends.
Get your beard trimmed at this old school barber shop.
The Barber - Fountain Square Barber Shop
1115 Prospect St
Get your beard trimmed at this old school barber shop.
Local owners live walking distance from this wonderful massage spot. It's where we go to loosen up. If you get Rebecca, tell her Kelly needs to schedule another massage soon!!
Lift Therapeutic Massage
540 Virginia Ave
Local owners live walking distance from this wonderful massage spot. It's where we go to loosen up. If you get Rebecca, tell her Kelly needs to schedule another massage soon!!
The neighborhood gas station got a face lift, but it still has the best prices in town for gas. No diesel.
Fountain Square Express
1440 Prospect St
The neighborhood gas station got a face lift, but it still has the best prices in town for gas. No diesel.
Drinks & Nightlife
For the micro-brew lovers... we have plenty to walk to. Enjoy some tasty bites as well! They even have some vegan.
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Chilly Water Brewing Company
719 Virginia Avenue
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For the micro-brew lovers... we have plenty to walk to. Enjoy some tasty bites as well! They even have some vegan.
For the micro-brew lovers... we have plenty to walk to.
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Fountain Square Brewery
1301 Barth Avenue
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For the micro-brew lovers... we have plenty to walk to.
Veteran-owned, artisinal distillery with a cool atmosphere. No food, but there are sometimes food trucks out front. Enjoy the tiny new dog park as well!
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Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery
702 Virginia Avenue
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Veteran-owned, artisinal distillery with a cool atmosphere. No food, but there are sometimes food trucks out front. Enjoy the tiny new dog park as well!
A great neighborhood secret- come here for a drink, pizza, and trivia!
Sam's Silver Circle
1102 Fletcher Ave
A great neighborhood secret- come here for a drink, pizza, and trivia!
Enjoy this precious hidden gem, and learn about distilling... just don't ask about what happened to the 5th finger...
1205 Distillery
636 Virginia Ave
Enjoy this precious hidden gem, and learn about distilling... just don't ask about what happened to the 5th finger...
This authentic tiki bar is filled with real Polynesian artifacts and gorgeous cocktails. A bit pricey and not very strong, but it's a fun experience for one $13 drink.
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The Inferno Room
902 Virginia Ave
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This authentic tiki bar is filled with real Polynesian artifacts and gorgeous cocktails. A bit pricey and not very strong, but it's a fun experience for one $13 drink.
This is a great place to entertain yourself with dozens of free 80s arcade games. Affordable and fun! Full bar, and 21+ only.
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Tappers Arcade Bar
501 Virginia Ave
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This is a great place to entertain yourself with dozens of free 80s arcade games. Affordable and fun! Full bar, and 21+ only.
This dark hole-in-the-wall is a local favorite. Expect cheap drinks and resentful denizens.
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Dugout Bar
621 Virginia Avenue
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This dark hole-in-the-wall is a local favorite. Expect cheap drinks and resentful denizens.
This is a wonderful spot to sample some great wines, and buy a bottle at a very affordable price! The owners live in the neighborhood and are often there working. Tell Chris (she's one of the owners) that Kelly & Bethany say "Hi!"
The Wine Market
1031 Virginia Ave
This is a wonderful spot to sample some great wines, and buy a bottle at a very affordable price! The owners live in the neighborhood and are often there working. Tell Chris (she's one of the owners) that Kelly & Bethany say "Hi!"
Owners Tia & Brett are awesome people, and their meadery boasts a great atmosphere for hanging out and playing games. Don't miss the bonus room in the back!
New Day Meadery
1102 Prospect St
Owners Tia & Brett are awesome people, and their meadery boasts a great atmosphere for hanging out and playing games. Don't miss the bonus room in the back!
It's a bit tricky to find (stairs and elevator are off a door on Prospect, near the theater entry) but during the summer months, this is our FAVORITE spot to enjoy sunset. Check the hours- they vary, but usually Wed.-Sat. May-Sept.
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The Rooftop Garden
1105 Prospect St
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It's a bit tricky to find (stairs and elevator are off a door on Prospect, near the theater entry) but during the summer months, this is our FAVORITE spot to enjoy sunset. Check the hours- they vary, but usually Wed.-Sat. May-Sept.
Josh may have gone sober, but his cocktails are still award-winning and delicious! A bit expensive, but very unique creations.
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Thunderbird
1127 Shelby Street
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Josh may have gone sober, but his cocktails are still award-winning and delicious! A bit expensive, but very unique creations.
Another summertime favorite, we enjoy their homemade "Vegetable Pleasure" and the west-facing patio with a cold cocktail.
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The Brass Ring Lounge
1245 Shelby Street
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Another summertime favorite, we enjoy their homemade "Vegetable Pleasure" and the west-facing patio with a cold cocktail.
Coffee, Cocktails, and Vinyl? Get it all anytime of day, and you might just meet the talented Mike Angel, of Bigfoot Yancey, behind the bar.
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Square Cat Vinyl
1054 Virginia Ave
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Coffee, Cocktails, and Vinyl? Get it all anytime of day, and you might just meet the talented Mike Angel, of Bigfoot Yancey, behind the bar.
Looking for some British Pub Food? Red Lion's got you covered.
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Red Lion Grog House
1043 Virginia Avenue
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Looking for some British Pub Food? Red Lion's got you covered.
Another stop on your brewery tour, this one is definitely off the beaten path.
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Indiana City Brewing Company
24 Shelby St
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Another stop on your brewery tour, this one is definitely off the beaten path.
This dog-friendly brewery donates 10% of profits to rotating non-profits focused on animals. Nothing but beer here, but you might find a food truck parked outside near the free dog park!
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Metazoa Brewing Company
140 S College Ave
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This dog-friendly brewery donates 10% of profits to rotating non-profits focused on animals. Nothing but beer here, but you might find a food truck parked outside near the free dog park!
I wouldn't walk here, but this sketchy hole-in-the-wall gay bar boasts a fabulous drag show on weekends! Bring plenty of cash- no credit cards accepted. The drinks are cheap, so tip the performers well!
Zonie's Closet
1446 E Washington St
I wouldn't walk here, but this sketchy hole-in-the-wall gay bar boasts a fabulous drag show on weekends! Bring plenty of cash- no credit cards accepted. The drinks are cheap, so tip the performers well!
This venue allows under 21, so its a great spot for younger music lovers.
Hoosier Dome
1627 Prospect Street
This venue allows under 21, so its a great spot for younger music lovers.
The sounds is much improved since they expanded, yet it's still an intimate venue.
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HI-FI Indy
1043 Virginia Ave
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The sounds is much improved since they expanded, yet it's still an intimate venue.
Essentials
Great little market to pick up last minute organic, GF, vegan culinary items
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Wildwood Market
1015 Virginia Avenue
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Great little market to pick up last minute organic, GF, vegan culinary items
Just a couple of miles east there is a Kroger store for essentials. If you stop by the pharmacy, tell the cute Costa Rican that we say, "We love you, Leo!"
Kroger
680 Twin Aire Dr
Just a couple of miles east there is a Kroger store for essentials. If you stop by the pharmacy, tell the cute Costa Rican that we say, "We love you, Leo!"
Forgot to pack something? Go grab it secondhand at Goodwill!
Goodwill Store
12727 Parkside Dr
Forgot to pack something? Go grab it secondhand at Goodwill!
This no frill convenience store is just that. But a life saver if you just need a quick, basic snack and don't want to walk far.
State Street Pantry
730 South State Avenue
This no frill convenience store is just that. But a life saver if you just need a quick, basic snack and don't want to walk far.
Sightseeing
Pacers Bikeshare Station. Great location to pick up or drop off a bike share for your sightseeing pleasure!
1066 Virginia Ave
1066 Virginia Ave
Pacers Bikeshare Station. Great location to pick up or drop off a bike share for your sightseeing pleasure!
This beautifully done canal features interesting art, paddleboat rentals, and a few cafes along the way. Enjoy a relaxing stroll downtown!
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Canal Walk
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This beautifully done canal features interesting art, paddleboat rentals, and a few cafes along the way. Enjoy a relaxing stroll downtown!
Baseball fans will enjoy this outdoor stadium downtown.
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Victory Field
501 West Maryland Street
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Baseball fans will enjoy this outdoor stadium downtown.
Lots of guests come to Indy for the 1st time for a conference or convention, but they come back for everything else!
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Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Avenue
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Lots of guests come to Indy for the 1st time for a conference or convention, but they come back for everything else!
Walk 330 steps up to the top for a fabulous view from the center of the city (or pay $3 to ride the elevator most of the way). There's a massive (free) museum in the basement as well, so check to see if it's open.
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Monument Circle
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Walk 330 steps up to the top for a fabulous view from the center of the city (or pay $3 to ride the elevator most of the way). There's a massive (free) museum in the basement as well, so check to see if it's open.
This free museum is massive, with such interesting history about the building itself!
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Indiana World War Memorial
55 East Michigan Street
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This free museum is massive, with such interesting history about the building itself!
We saw the Dalai Lama speak here. You might pet a goat or watch a concert here too.
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St
We saw the Dalai Lama speak here. You might pet a goat or watch a concert here too.
This obscure destination may be right beneath your feet... tour the catacombs beneath the City Market on Saturdays!
Market Catacombs
222 E Market St
This obscure destination may be right beneath your feet... tour the catacombs beneath the City Market on Saturdays!
Parks & Nature
A lovely 2 mile walk along the Pleasant Run Parkway trail will land you in this spacious park. Come to toss a frisbee, swim in the outdoor pool, or check out the other features.
Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC)
2432 Conservatory Dr
A lovely 2 mile walk along the Pleasant Run Parkway trail will land you in this spacious park. Come to toss a frisbee, swim in the outdoor pool, or check out the other features.
Enjoy the Canal Walk!
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White River State Park, West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
801 W Washington St
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Enjoy the Canal Walk!
A fun neighborhood pocket park with a cool spinning climbing tower!
Stacy Park
1503 Hoyt Ave
A fun neighborhood pocket park with a cool spinning climbing tower!
This larger park has more room than most neighborhood parks, and often hosts summer festivals, like Italian Fest. Horseshoes, anyone?
Edna Balz Lacy Family Park
This larger park has more room than most neighborhood parks, and often hosts summer festivals, like Italian Fest. Horseshoes, anyone?
If you need to escape the city for a few hours, enjoy some great hiking trails, undulating landscape, or relax with a lakeside picnic. You can even golf nearby.
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Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N. Post Road
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If you need to escape the city for a few hours, enjoy some great hiking trails, undulating landscape, or relax with a lakeside picnic. You can even golf nearby.
This sprawling zoo is just across the river from downtown, and an easy bike ride down the Cultural Trail. Just don't ride the Skyline unless you have time to be stuck dangling in the air...
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Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
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This sprawling zoo is just across the river from downtown, and an easy bike ride down the Cultural Trail. Just don't ride the Skyline unless you have time to be stuck dangling in the air...
This modern art museum is flanked by 100 acres of beautifully curated landscape. Worth the drive!
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Newfields
4000 Michigan Road
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This modern art museum is flanked by 100 acres of beautifully curated landscape. Worth the drive!