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Revel in the Best Indianapolis Nightlife

Your Guide to Nightlife in Indianapolis

After the sun sets and the city lights come on, a different kind of Indy emerges. Boasting an eclectic variety of lounges, breweries, clubs, and bars, the nightlife scene in downtown Indianapolis offers something for every occasion and preference.

Blow off some steam with a cold beer at a local brewery, sip a crafted cocktail at a high-end lounge, or let your hair down for a dance party at one of Indy’s trendiest night clubs.

Top 5 Indianapolis Bars and Nightlife Attractions


Indy’s “Original Retro Bar” is the perfect spot for social gathering. Settle into a leather arm chair, pull up a seat at the bar, or head to the veranda for a fabulous view of Monument Circle. The menu features a wide selection of martinis, scotches, and fine cigars.


401 E. Michigan St. | 1.4 Miles

Home to Indy’s largest beer garden, The Rathskeller is the ideal spot to enjoy live music while snacking on tasty pub-style fare. During the spring, summer, and fall, the Biergarten plays host to an array of local bands playing everything from acoustic rock to polka.


20 E. Georgia St. | 0.8 Miles

Sing, dance, and enjoy live music with dueling piano shows. Howl at the Moon is Indy’s favorite spot for late-night libations, bachelorette parties, and birthday groups. Their location is open until 3am Thursdays through Saturdays.


50 W. Washington St. | 0.5 Miles

Whether you’re a novice or sommelier, this one-of-a-kind wine bar experience offers something for every palette. Choose from over 200 wines, available by 2-ounce taste, glass, and bottle. Boasting Indy’s largest selection for wine-by-the-glass, Tastings also features a full-service bar with premium spirits, a bistro & a tapas-style food menu.


247 S. Meridian St. | 1 Mile

Located in Indy’s nightlife district, Sky Bar is a high-energy night club with multiple bars, dance floors, and DJ lineups. They offer bottle service in a large VIP section and exclusive seating with views of downtown.

Be Close to Everything at Our Downtown Hotel

Whether you’re in the company of friends, on a date, or traveling for business, the vibrant night life scene in downtown Indianapolis has something for everyone. Located within walking distance to many of the area’s top bars and clubs, JW Marriott Indianapolis is the perfect place to relax and indulge after a night out on the town.

Downtown Indianapolis Hotel


  • 1,005 Luxurious Guest Rooms and Suites:
    • Elegantly furnished and appointed with our signature Revive® bedding to make you feel right at home.
  • Multiple Onsite Dining Experiences:
    • Osteria Pronto, High Velocity, Lobby Bar & Lounge, Starbucks, and 24-hour room service
  • Fitness Center and Heated Pool:
    • Our fitness center is open 24/7. The pool and hot tub area is open until 11pm. All you need is your room or suite key
  • Executive Lounge and Full-Service Business Center
    • For guests staying with us on business



Photo courtesy of Downtown, Indy. Inc.

Check out the Downtown Indy event calendar for more attractions and events.