Indianapolis Food & Drink

The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now research colloquium is fast approaching, and participants will be arriving in Indianapolis in the next day or two. Most participants are staying at the conference hotel on the IUPUI campus (University Place Hotel, at 850 W Michigan St). Here is a select list of popular bars and restaurants accessible through the hotel’s complementary Downtown/Mass Ave shuttle.

Food ~ Downtown

Osteria Pronto (10 S West Street ~ in the downtown Marriott). Dishes inspired by “authentic regional Italian cuisine”. Celebrated meatballs, antipasti. Weekend brunch also available.

St Elmo’s Steak House (127 S Illinois St ~ adjacent to the Circle Center Mall). One of Indy’s landmark restaurants, home of the supposedly “World Famous St Elmo Shrimp Cocktail”, a better excuse for consuming an extraordinary amount of horseradish. Their sister restaurant, Harry & Izzy’s (153 S Illinois St) has a slightly cheaper price point.

BARcelona Tapas (201 N Delaware St). Authentic Spanish tapas and home to a “Sunday Sangria Brunch Buffet”.

Food ~ Mass Ave Cultural District

Yats (659 Mass Ave). Uber-cheap Cajun Creole, open Mon-Sat until 9pm.

R Bistro (888 Mass Ave). “Fresh, local ingredients, menus that change weekly to take advantage of those ingredients, and a chef/owner with European training.”

Chatham Tap (719 Mass Ave). A bona fide English sports bar. British and local beers on draft. Serves food until midnight.

Bazbeaux Pizza (333 Mass Ave). “Indy’s best pizza since 1986.”


The Ball and Biscuit (331 Mass Ave). Craft beer, retro boutique cocktails and small plates. Open until 3am.

The Lockerbie (631 E Michigan St). A popular local dive bar. Full menu. Open until 3am.

Sun King Brewing Co. (135 N College Ave). Indy’s most successful local brewery. Free tastings Thursday 4-7pm, Friday noon-7pm, Saturday 1-4pm. Walking distance to Mass Ave Cultural District.


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