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25 Best Bars

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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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Best Bars Party 2013: Critics' Choice Winners

Champions were chosen based on the following criteria, with each bar rated on a scale from 1 to 10: visual appeal, creativity/originality, inventiveness of ingredients, and the balance of flavors and taste.

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Best Bars 2013 Party: People's Choice Winner

The Aristocrat presented “a refreshing cocktail that reminded us fondly of limoncello and summer evenings on the front porch swing.” Congrats to the victor, and to all of the mix-off’s participating bars.

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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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