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22 local spots for a post-work drink

Hit the town and enjoy a drink after work at one of these cheers-worthy local bars.

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Looking for vintage speakeasy vibes? The Exchange is the spot.

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On the rocks, neat, dirty, frozen, or zero proof — we’re spilling the Long Island iced tea on the best spots to grab a drink after work in Indy.

Get ready to drink up. Here are 22 places lifting spirits with their sip-worthy beverages.

Beer lovers

Sun King Brewing, Downtown, Carmel, Fishers | Drink we love: Pachanga
When you think of local beer, Sun King must come to mind. It’s grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state and has been awarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and World Beer Cup competitions.

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City Editor Nicole loved to see a “No ABV” section on The Fountain Room’s drink menu.

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Upland Brewing Co., Multiple locations | Drink we love: Peach Sour
Upland puts a unique twist on traditional recipes and traded a few cases of beer for barrels from Oliver Winery, and continues to innovate with its sour beers.

Bier Brewery, Indy, Carmel | Drink we love: Summer Fling
Bier Brewery is all about quality bier — it was named the Indiana Brewers Cup Champion in 2011 and 2012, and has garnered over 110 medals at state, national, and international competitions.

Keeping spirits up

Hotel Tango Distillery, Fletcher Place, Zionsville | Drink we love: I’ll Have What She’s Having
Hotel Tango is a local veteran-owned distillery that crafts bourbons, whiskeys, and other fine spirits. The Fletcher Place tasting room is its flagship Indianapolis location and the menu includes a couple zero proof options.

West Fork Whiskey, Indy, Westfield | Drink we love: Sweet Peach Old Fashioned
West Fork pays homage to Indiana’s rich distilling history by creating sippable, smooth whiskeys — always 100% Indiana from grain to glass. This year it expanded, opening a massive new headquarters in Westfield. Pro tip: It also offers mocktails on the menu.

8th Day Distillery, 1125 E. Brookside Ave. | Drink we love: Dashing Donut Cocktail
This distillery has called the Circle City Industrial Complex home since 2016 and offers bottled spirits and canned cocktails. The cocktail bar is always mixing up new and creative drinks.


Chalet will have you feeling like your in a ski lodge in the mountains, especially if it’s a little snowy outside.

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Off the vine

Great Legs Wine Bar, 906 Carrollton Ave. | Drink we love: Stemmari Moscato
Legs, legs, what’s on the menu? Great Legs Wine Bar is now serving up mimosa Mondays in the Garage Food Hall, featuring a tasting room with the iconic Leg Lamp from the classic movie, “A Christmas Story.”

Chalet, 5555 N. Illinois St. | Drink we love: Love You Bunches
This après-ski cafe and wine bar is the perfect cozy spot to grab a glass of wine after work — paired with charcuterie or raclette. Chalet has a rotating wine selection mostly featuring small organic growers, and all bottles are available to stay or for carryout.

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Sundry & Vice is the perfect spot to kick off the weekend with live DJs.

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Late-night gems

Sundry & Vice, 850 Mass Ave. | Drink we love: Chanel No. 5
Step behind the lobby of the Bottleworks Hotel and you’ll find an intimate bar with draft cocktails, beer, and wine.

Almost Famous, 721 Mass Ave. | Drink we love: Campfire Old Fashioned
Almost Famous | Crema is a jack of all trades, serving coffee in the morning, lunch and dinner, and then drinks at night. This spot offers a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails.

The Exchange, 301 Mass Ave. | Drink we love: XOXO
The Exchange transformed one of downtown’s oldest buildings into a whiskey bar with speakeasy vibes and over 450 of the best whiskeys you can find anywhere in the country.

Ball & Biscuit, 331 Mass Ave. | Drink we love: Winter Spritz
Looking for a good place to hang out? This cocktail bar has an extensive drink menu — including alcohol-free options — and bites to eat if you plan to stay awhile.

Nowhere Special, 608 Mass Ave. | Drink we love: Sloe 75
This spot on Mass Avenue provides speakeasy vibes, craft cocktails, and delicious bites.

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City Editor Nicole loved to see a “No ABV” section on The Fountain Room’s drink menu.

Photo by INDYtoday team

Mocktail musts

Memento Zero Proof Lounge, 8701 E. 116th St., Ste. 145, Fishers | Drink we love: Salted Caramel Espresso Martini
This is the hot new spot for all things zero proof. This lounge in the heart of Fishers features coffee during the day and cocktails in the evening. It has a cool, nighttime vibe that’s perfect for an after work drink sans alcohol.

Cannon Ball Lounge, 141 E. Washington St. | Drink we love: Good Graces
Looking for mocktail options? Head over to the Cannon Ball Lounge at Hotel Indy, which has a menu section dedicated to mocktails. Bonus: Many of the classic and signature cocktails can be adapted to be zero proof.

Baby’s, 2147 N. Talbott St. | Drink we love: Bend and Snap
This burger and milkshake spot on the Old Northside has a selection of zero proof classic drinks like a Virgin Bloody Mary, Virgin Paloma, Virgin Mule, and Virgin Margarita.

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A perfect pairing — bolognese pasta and a froze.

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Stay for dinner

The Fountain Room, 830 Mass Ave., Ste. 1480 | Drink we love: Crouching Tiger (No ABV)
At The Fountain Room, one of the Bottleworks District’s newest restaurants with supper club flair, has a selection of cocktails to pair with your dinner — like seasonal sangrias and everyday specials.

BODHI, 922 Mass Ave. | Drink we love: Kinnaree
If you love Thai food, you’ll love this spot at the far end of Mass Ave. It has a wide selection of drinks from seasonal cocktails to sake — there’s even a non-alcoholic section.

Bocca, 122 E. 22nd St. | Drink we love: Frozé
This modern restaurant serves up Italian cuisine that will draw you in with its trendy, intimate, and classy ambiance, but don’t forget to look for the speakeasy while you’re there.


Cannon Ball Lounge has extended hours for the warmer months. | Photo by @cannonballlounge

Raise the roof

Plat 99, 333 Delaware St. | Drink we love: Plat 99 Punch
This newly updated space serves up local craft beers and a rotating cocktail menu that can be paired with house-made pastries and small plates.

Rooftop Garden Cocktail Lounge, 1105 Prospect St. | Drink we love: Aspen Spiked Coffee
It’s the top tier view of the skyline for us — especially during sunset. This cocktail lounge on the top floor of the Fountain Square Theatre Building is open seasonally seven days a week, weather permitting.

3Up Rooftop Bar, 201 W. Main St., Carmel | Drink we love: Resting Peach Face
Explore north of Indy and visit 3Up for food, drinks, and live music. Pro tip: Celebrate “Wine Wednesday” with half price bottles of wine.

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