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No. 24 – Melody Inn

Its lineup of punk, metal, and indie music draws rock fans, sure, but also neighborhood-bar types who come for the thoroughly lived-in vibe.

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No. 25 – Tini

Don’t be surprised to hear a ribald pickup line like “Muddle my blueberries,” but don’t expect the bartender to blush, either.

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Life Behind Bars: Drink Slingers Tell Their Tales

Stories from behind the counter and in the thick of it all.

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Closing Time: Saying Goodbye to a Few Favorite Bars

The theater/bar Hollywood Bar & Filmworks on South Meridian Street passed away in 2006, and we’re still in denial. With huge vintage movie posters on the wall and high-top tables, the place had the grimy charm of a comedy club.

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One Drink, 10 Ways: The Moscow Mule

Three simple ingredients—vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice—go into the Moscow Mule, yet every bar makes this trendy cocktail its own. Our stubborn Mule aficionados found the best.

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Shots & Ladders: The Game of Getting a Liquor License in Indy

Step 1: a successful background check. If you’re not a felon, you’ve aced the first requirement.

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NEW IN INDY

Seventeen outstanding new reasons to love the city, everything from a music-video bar to a trampoline park.

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DINE & DRINK

The best gluten-free pizza, craft cocktail mixer, delivery service, salmon, Bloody Mary bar, restaurant makeover, doughnut holes, wine room, fresh bread, beignets, new menu, local spirit, mini desserts, ice cream, counter seats, crab rangoon, and more

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BEAUTY & WELLNESS

The best Brazilian wax, hair blowout bar, juice cleanse, TRX class, nail polish lab, straight-razor shave, ballet classes, and more

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ARTS & CULTURE

The best book of 2012, season concerts, Super Bowl leftover, literary souvenir, museum overhaul, fashion photography, new concert venue, artistic discovery, museum exhibit, and more

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PLAY & PARTY

The best weeknight scene, cheap thrill, local beer selection, holiday family fun, day in the park, wedding band, kids’ class, happy hour twist, and more.

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HOME & SHOPPING

The best baby-shower gifts, men’s shoes, barware, bath fixtures, imports shop, craft supplies, Indiana-pride tees, gift shops, party frocks, patterned tights, and more

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BEST OF CARMEL

Five great picks in Indy’s neighbor to the north.

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Best Art Gallery

Signed works by major artists fill the Conrad’s new Long-Sharp Gallery, an extension of Rhonda Long-Sharp’s renowned online dealership, Modern Masters. Here, her rules for investing in fine-art prints:

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Best Dinner Spread

When Bluebeard opened in June, word of its Bohemian cuisine and cocktails spread like a meme. The deconstructed menu changes nightly, but order from each category and you can’t go wrong.

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