Racing Off to Indy

Racing Off to Indy

Dining: From Haute to Hip

After a full day of sightseeing, you deserve a St. Elmo’s Shrimp Cocktail, the “world’s spiciest dish,” along with a great steak. St. Elmo Steak House on Illinois Street is Indy’s premier, fine-dining restaurant and is a visitor favorite.

Slippery Noodle Inn is another  legendary downtown spot and the oldest bar in the state. Considered Indiana’s home of the blues, live music is customary every night in the historic building that — at different times in its colorful history — was a luxurious inn, a former stop on the Underground Railroad and a brothel. Look for Gangster John Dillinger’s bullet holes as well, which are still in the walls.

Some of the new hip spots to note include Bluebeard in Fletcher Place, themed after a novel by Indy native Kurt Vonnegut; Bar One Fourteen in SoBro, a New York-style bar with 16 seats, blacked out windows and a unique listening space; Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar in the Old Northside Neighborhood; and Livery, just off Mass Avenue in a former, well, livery.

Another great place to grab a cocktail is Hotel Tango, a distillery founded by an Iraqi war vet (Travis) and his wife (Hillary) — thus the name Hotel Tango after the letters H and T in the phonetic alphabet.”


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