5 Craft Cocktails In Indianapolis We Can’t Get Enough Of
Indianapolis is home to a slew of restaurants that make a mean cocktail, which you may have to taste for yourself for it to really sink in. Whether you’re a native or visiting, check out these five restaurants with craft cocktails you’ll love the next time you find yourself in Indy.
The Libertine Liquor Bar: If artisan cocktails are your jam, look no further than Indy’s own Libertine Liquor Bar, located between the city’s Renaissance Place and Lockerbie Square neighborhoods. This 21-and-up spot serves up elevated bar grub and places a heavy emphasis on its classic cocktail program, highlighting the best craft distillers and boutique liquor brands in every libation. Grab a classic Negroni while you’re here or a whiskey on the rocks, and get ready to say cheers.
Spoke & Steele: Spoke & Steele sits proudly in downtown Indianapolis, where it derives much of its culinary and cocktail inspiration from the up-and-coming creative neighborhoods and intimate vibe. Before indulging in dinner menu staples like the slow-cooked salmon, kick things off with the Sage Advice: a savory cocktail made with 8th Day Distillery gin, Aperol, Tempus Fugit Kina, sage syrup, grapefruit juice, egg white and 1821 grapefruit lavender bitters.
The Ball & Biscuit: Named after a vintage 1930s microphone (yes, you read that right), The Ball & Biscuit is an artful spot for low-key eats and a memorable cocktail. Start off your meal with the citrus-marinated olives and wash them down with the Desperado, a citrus-forward cocktail made with Rujero Singani, Ancho Reyes Verde, orange, sugarcane syrup, lime and jalapeños. Classic cocktailers like the Old Fashioned, made with French 75 and Sazerac.
Thunderbird: Thunderbird is an Indianapolis eating and drinking staple, having served Southern-inspired bar fare in Fountain Square since 1950. Head into Thunderbird to get your fill of chicken wings, burgers and barbecue alongside a mean cocktail. If a fruity cocktail is your thing, the Singapore Sling is your answer: it’s made with Fords gin, Manzanilla sherry, amaretto, cherry, lime and pineapple. Check out the East Side as well, a classic cocktail made with Fords gin, lime, mint, cucumber and sugar.
Bluebeard: Located in a renovated 1924 warehouse, Bluebeard is Indy’s go-to spot for shared plates that incorporate the freshest ingredients from local purveyors. Don’t miss the restaurant’s impressive charcuterie selection, featuring calabrese, duck prosciutto and more. Bluebeard’s cocktail menu is divided between updated classic cocktails and house gin and tonics, ginger beers and sodas; a libation for every palate. If you’re feeling up for something new, check out The Pendennis Club, made with Bone Snapper rye, tart cherry gomme and orange bitters.
Cover image: Thunderbird