Libertine Liquor Bar
Neal Brown's cocktail bar recently relocated to underneath one of his Pizzology outposts (608 Massachusetts Ave), and the result is a bar that's even better than before. The space is more intimate, which makes it a cozy spot for creative, well-made drinks. There's a separate snack menu, as well as a regularly changing offering of booze infusions.
One of the newest drinking spots in Indy is Plat 99, located in the Alexander Hotel (333 S Delaware St). Helming the bar, decorated with colorful lanterns and floor to ceiling windows, is William Mohring, whose cocktail menu is listed in chronological order from the year the drink was invented. Start with the 1850s abinthe preparation, L’Heure Vert, and drink your way up to barrel-aged cocktails.
The Ball & Biscuit
The Ball & Biscuit (331 Massachusetts Ave), a cocktail bar decorated with vintage music equipment, has a copper bar, brick walls and a new patio. The menu is mostly perfectly executed classics (especially the sazerac), but there are also more unexpected drinks, like a gin cocktail with pickled ginger juice. Even better than the cocktails is the lack of pretension, and Ball & Biscuit is the kind of place where you could easily while away an evening.
Sun King Brewery
Just like you’ll see Smoking Goose products everywhere you go, the same is true of Sun King Brewery’s beer. If you want to go straight to the source, though, Sun King (135 N College Ave) offers tours Thursdays at 6pm and Saturdays from 2–4pm, plus you can just swing by the tasting room to try a few. Sunlight Cream Ale is one of the most popular, but I gravitate toward the seasonal and specialty beers, like Fistful of Hops, a quarterly series of IPAs.
Slippery Noodle Inn
The oldest bar in Indiana, the Slippery Noodle (372 S Meridian St) has been around since 1850, and has been a brothel, a distillery during Prohibition and a stop on the Underground Railroad. Now, there’s live blues every day, a solid selection of local beers on tap (Sun King, Upland, Cutters and more), and it’s open till 3am, so you can always pop in for a nightcap.
The cool new Fountain Square bar dishes up Southern food, while the cocktails are perfectly balanced, such as the Good Year for Roses, with gin, Cocchi Rosa and Dimmi, an herbal Italian liqueur. Decked out with an old piano and edison bulbs, it's dark, noisy and a hell of a lot of fun.