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Six Subterranean Spots To Hunker Down For Snowpocalypse 2019

Commissary Barber & Barista
This new combo hangout downtown hides in a subterranean spot at the corner of New York and Alabama streets. The brick arches look like those in the Catacombs, a few blocks away at City Market. You won’t to lose your whole beard in this weather, but the guys who go here have plenty of length to spare.

The Enoteca at Goose the Market
You wonder if all the shoppers at this gourmet haven know about the brick-walled wine bar downstairs. It’s a cozy two-room space that feels convivial as customers filter in and out to grab pantry items and the beer stashed down there. Order a sandwich or share a charcuterie board over a bottle of wine at the farm table with wooden benches.

Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge
It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the darkness when you descend to the lower level of the Guaranty Building, just a few doors off Monument Circle. The bar is a sexy den of cigar-puffing, martini-sipping downtowners and visitors unwinding on leather sofas. The outside world completely falls away in this swanky cacoon of easy-going nightlife.

Atomic Duckpin Bowling
One of two duckpin bowling lanes in the Fountain Square Theater Building, Action occupies the lower level with a 50s diner theme, complete with a jukebox. The equipment comes from the era, too. The ball returns have fins like a Chevrolet Bel Air.

Libertine Liquor Bar
White the upstairs restaurant space (Pizzology, Stella) is vacant, Libertine still pours hot cocktails in its speakeasy-ish digs and maintains a disdain for productive drunks. So stay off your phone unless you are definitely wasting time.

Shoefly Public House
The bricked-in lower level—affectionately called the Dungeon if not just the basement—hosts stand-up comedy every Monday night, bingo the second Tuesday of the month, trivia the last Tuesday of the month, science lectures the last Wednesday of the month, and improve of the first Saturday of the month.

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now an executive editor, she lives downtown.
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