Cocktail classes, wine tastings, and cat cafes in Indianapolis, Indiana

Customers can now book the HandleBar for extended brunch tours. | Photo by @handlebarindy

Customers can now book the HandleBar for extended brunch tours. | Photo by @handlebarindy

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Life is an adventure — shouldn’t your drinks be too? We know sip happens, so we’ve found some of the best beverage experiences the city has to offer.

Year-Round Drink Experiences

🍹 Hotel Tango | 702 Virginia Ave.

We invite you to graduate from Tango University — a mixologist leads a 90-minute class where students make two of their own cocktails. At the end, they’ll get to take home two 375-mL bottles of their own creations.

🧋 Nine Lives | 1315 Shelby St. Suite 1

The building is half tea + coffee shop, half cat lounge. All kitties are adoptable except for resident cats Sora and Squidward and the relaxing environment is purr-fect for spending time with the felines.. Pro tip: We recommend the Cafe Meow (AKA, a cafe miel).

🍷 Easley Winery | 205 N. College Ave.

The winery’s tasting room is open every day from 12-5 p.m. You can sip from seven award-winning wines for $7 while you enjoy the rustic feel of this family-owned establishment.

☕️ Amberson Coffee & Grocer | 401 S. College Ave.

While you’re there, you can shop around + pick up some groceries for the week — the store offers a small selection of locally grown food.

🍻 HandleBar | 501 Madison Ave.

You’ve probably seen this bike bar rolling down the street — for two hours, guests pedal their way through the Circle City while stopping at local bars along the way. Want more biking fun? You can get tickets for the new extended two and a half hour brunch tour.

Pro tip: Make sure you check the websites in advance to get your tickets + reservations before you head out to drink up.

Mark Your Calendars

Anniversary Party Preview: Cider Sangrias | Wed., July 27 | 5-9 p.m. | Ash and Elm, 1301 E. Washington St. | $10+ | Preview the newest Ash and Elm concoction — cider sangrias. 🍹

Drag Bingo | Thurs., July 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Hotel Tango, 702 Virginia Ave. | $10 | Experience Drag Bingo at Hotel Tango’s Fletcher Place tasting room — try the new ‘Shmallow menu + the Orange Queersicle cocktail. 🥃

Raiders of the Lost Antiques Pop-Up Event | Sat., July 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 8th Day Distillery, 1125 E. Brookside Ave. | Cost of purchase | Browse items from three different antique shops + taste 8th Day’s new State Fair-themed cocktail menu. 🍸

Beer, Biscuits, and Botanicals | Sat., July 30 | 11 a.m. | Garfield Brewery, 2310 Shelby St. | $20+ | Enjoy biscuits + gravy for lunch with locally brewed beer and shop for new plant babies. 🌿

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