Indianapolis Journals

Ma Vie en Indianapolis

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A travel journal to Indianapolis by Entelechy

Quote: Some recommendations and off-the-beaten-path destinations when visiting Indianapolis.

Ma Vie en Indianapolis

Overview

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As a resident of the Circle City, I've had ample opportunity to find a number of fun little places to visit that most short-term visitors and tourists wouldn't think to find. At any given time, I'd recommend visiting the canal walk downtown. It's beautiful at night, especially near the fountains and the ivy bridge, although the everyday tourist will appreciate the other end a bit better with the sights of the Indiana Historical Society building, the pavilions of the Indiana State Government Center, and the nearly-brand-new Indiana State Museum. Find Indy's little restaurants for cuisine you won't find anywhere else: Aesop's Tables, The Abbey Coffeehouse, Agio, Thai Café, and more. Wh...Read More

Abbey Coffee House

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Restaurant | "The Abbey Coffeehouse"

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The Abbey has been an Indianapolis subculture institution since the early 90s, and I've been a regular there for the last eight years. That period even includes a brief stint as an Abbey employee. Don't be put off by The Abbey's run-down facade when approaching it at the intersection of Mass and College Avenues in Indy's off-downtown Old Northside. Upon entering the establishment, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the furnishings. The ceiling is famous, with its blocky-artsy clouds painted by local artist Carl Fogg, Jr. The walls have been refinished since an unfortunate incident in 2002 resulted in a car driving through the Abbey's main room; they are now decorated in a faux pink finish...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2003

Abbey Coffee House
771 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana

Gobo Restaurant and Liquor Lounge

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Restaurant

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GOBO is the brain-child endeavour of locals Kevin Ahern and Jason Beatty. Those familiar with Indianapolis' electronic music scene will know this duo as the founders of Indy's most successful and expansive electronic music production and event promotions company — Scarab Records. It's location is absolutely prime, occupying the first floor and basement of the Indiana Reperatory Theatre building on West Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. GOBO's Restaurant persona features purely vegetarian fare prepared by another familiar face from Indy's electronic music scene, Adam aka DJ Incubus. The food is fantastic and ecclectic, exquisitely prepared using the highest quality produce. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2003

Gobo Restaurant and Liquor Lounge
134 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
(317) 767-1903

Thai Cafe

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Restaurant | "Thai Café"

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Thai Café is a little, virtually unknown jewel in Indianapolis. Few people know about it, but it's some of the best Thai food you'll find in the Circle City. Thai Café is a bit tough to find. It's tiny and tucked away in the nether corners of a strip mall off the main strip in Indy's Broad Ripple district. To find it, look for the strip mall next to Broad Ripple High School, then find the signs for Shalimar's Indian Restaurant; Thai Café is right next door. When you step into Thai Café, the first impression is S-M-A-L-L. The dining room takes up the majority of the space (thankfully), and that's only about 15 to 20 square feet. Walking in the door, you almost walk right into som...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Thai Cafe
1041 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
(317) 722-1008

Nicky Blaine's Cigar & Martini Bar

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Attraction | "Nicky Blaine's Cigar & Martini Bar"

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Indianapolis is not particularly known for its haute couteur, but we do at least make a stab at metropolitan living now and again. Nicky Blaine's is one of those. It's located downtown, just on the south side of Monument Circle (very nearly at the intersections of Washington and Meridian) in the historic Nat Cole Building. Parking is difficult downtown, but I'd recommend the Sun Garage in the Circle Centre Mall just immediately south and west of Nicky Blaine's on Washington (very cheap, very safe, and easy access to most of downtown's offerings). Nicky Blaine's has made a valiant effort at being high class. Unfortunately, they overplayed their hand a bit. The mahogany-and-brass panelling...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2003

Nicky Blaine's Cigar & Martini Bar
7 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 638-5588