Best Bars Nationwide on IU Game Days
See our list of the best IU bars around the nation. It’s our roundup of the top spots to make new fellow-alum chums and take in Hoosiers action wherever you are.
Chances are you’ll smell one of Indy’s newest food trucks even before you see it. Makin’ Bacon recently cruised onto the food truck scene in hopes enticing the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night crowds with the intoxicating aromas of hickory-smoked pork. Makin’ Bacon hits the streets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We asked owner and bacon addict Holly Canter to tell us more about her newest endeavor.
The Kinks, Stevie Wonder, and U2 may seem like unlikely concert mates. But pair that trio of acts with three Fountain Square venues, 47 local bands, and one great cause, and the 11th annual Tonic Ball event turned out to be one great party. Tonic Ball, which benefits Second Helpings, a local food rescue and distribution organization, rocked Fountain Square this past Friday, Nov. 16.
Bloomington is making room for its newest beer spot, The Tap (101 N. College Ave., Bloomington). The craft beer bar recently opened on the college town’s downtown square, offering 50 daily rotating taps and around 500 bottled beers. That’s a lot of options, but owner Nathan Finney hopes the concept will appeal to craft beer connoisseurs as well as novice sippers (a demo he believes has been underserved). New to beer or just overwhelmed by the whopping menu that ranges from cream ale to quadrupel? The servers are loaded with beer knowledge and willing to help you choose something.
His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up an audio-record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.
Rain did not dilute the hue nor the attitude of today’s Pinking of the Canal put on by the Indianapolis Colts and Hard Rock Cafe. For the third year, Colts organization staffers, volunteers, breast-cancer survivors and cure seekers, and friends turned the canal pink to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Colts cheerleaders, along with the team’s mascot, Blue, and Super Fan Michael Hopson all donned their best pink in support of the event.
Designers and fashionistas alike will flock to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 11 for Project IMA, a runway couture show and contest featuring local and national talents. This year’s inspiration comes from four legendary designers whose work is currently on display at the museum: Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Roy Halston, and Stephen Sprouse. To get a sneak peek at the show, we caught up with one of this year’s contestants, Indiana native Jessica Wright.
Leaves are not the only things beginning to fall from the trees of Indiana. In Mitchell, the community’s beloved persimmons have begun their annual drop. This Saturday, the town celebrates persimmon season with the 66th Mitchell Indiana Persimmon Festival. As any veteran persimmon baker will tell you, the local fruit is best harvested once it falls naturally from the tree. Alverta Hart, persimmon and novelty dessert coordinator for the Persimmon Festival says the fruit has a “puckery” and unpleasant taste if harvested directly from the branch. And since the majority of the 130 to 230 contestants who flock to the festival each year reference a similar, if not almost identical, pudding recipe, it is important to pick persimmons at the peak of maturity.