Bars & Auto • Destination
DESTINATION Indianapolis, Indiana
Despite the bad rap the city received after an ill-conceived “Religious Freedom” bill was passed (and repealed) in 2015, Indianapolis is worth checking out: DINE
Indianapolis is surrounded in every direction by hundreds of miles of corn fields, so it only makes sense that the city would boast a first class steak house, St. Elmo Steak House, 127 S. Illinois St. Even our cab driver called it the best in town. For a lighter meal, stop by Cafe Patachou, “A Student Union for Adults Since 1989,” 4901 N. Pennsylvania St. Enjoy the view of the state capitol while dining on a crisp salad and creamy bowl of soup or splurge on one of the huge omelets. Local burger fans swear by BurgerHaus, 335 W. 9th St., located on the scenic canal. The restaurant offers a full list of fantastic local craft beers, too.
Indy is the nation’s 12th largest city, so you’re bound to run into more than a few friendly gay people. These neighborhood bars are a great place to meet locals and get your bearings in the Hoosier State capital: Greg’s, 231 E. 16th St., features a heated patio and very active dance floor. Downtown Olly’s, 822 N. Illinois St., picutred above, is a sports bar “with a twist” for the LGBT Colts fans. Metro Nightclub and Restaurant, 707 Massachusetts Ave., is nestled in the heart of Indianapolis’ vibrant Arts District. If Boston has Cheers, “where everybody knows your name, then Indy has Zonie’s Closet, 1446 E. Washington, St., on the eastside.
A former church, The Inn at the Villa, 1456 N. Delaware St., a AAA Four Diamond Award-winner, offers an alternative to the traditional hotel without sacrificing location. Rates start at $204/night. For a boutique hotel experience in the Wholesale District, book your stay at the swanky and modern Le Meridien, 123 S. Illinois St. It’s conveniently located next door to St. Elmo Steak House in the heart of the lively neighborhood. Have hotel loyalty points to blow? Then select the J.W. Marriott, 10 S. West St. The hotel is adjacent to the convention center, baseball stadium and just a short walk away from Lucas Oil Stadium.