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Best New Bars

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Indy’s Best New Bars

A rundown of the top ten coolest places to drink right now.

Thunderbird Table
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No. 1: Thunderbird

But that’s what happens when you pour such inventive, balanced drinks: People storm the place.

Plat 99
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No. 2: Plat 99

Here, cocktail-making (and -drinking) is elevated to an art.

Union 50
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No. 3: Union 50

Competing with the slew of Union 50excellent cocktail bars along Mass Ave is a tall order. Even taller? The spectacular 20-foot-high wall of backlit liquor bottles at Union 50.

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No. 4: Libertine Liquor Bar

The late shift caters to staff members of nearby restaurants, and they pack the place in the wee hours. Who knows a great bar better than they do?

Margaritas at Bakersfield
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No. 5: Bakersfield Mass Ave

Bakersfield serves every cool-bar element from the last few years: exposed brick, Edison bulbs, and Mason-jar margaritas that pack a punch.

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No. 6: Hotel Tango

A large stone fireplace anchors the center of the barroom, with exposed wooden joists and coal-mine lighting fixtures above

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No. 7: Bar Rev

Bar Rev is the speakeasy-style space that opened in the back of Revery this spring bringing craft cocktails to Greenwood.

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No. 8: Hi-Fi

If you’re looking for mixology, you’re in the wrong place. PBR served in a plastic cup is the most popular beverage.

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No. 9: La Mulita

How do you say “kick off your flip-flops” in Spanish?

Spoke & Steele
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No. 10: Spoke & Steele

Among the premixed elixirs on tap, the Nutty Manhattan stands out—a boozy black-cherry nightcap on ice.

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Our Pint Glass Overfloweth

A few years ago, the biggest menu of suds in Indy was 60 taps. There are almost 500 between the four of these new bars.

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The Old Fashioneds: Well-Worn, Well-Loved Dives

“I put my time in here, but when it was handed to me, it was a legacy that I had to try to live up to.”

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A Priest, a Minister, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar …

“We always say that the Jewish people don’t recognize Christ as the savior, the Anglicans don’t recognize the pope as the head of the church, and the Methodists don’t recognize each other at the liquor store.”

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How to Order Drinks Like a Pro

Before you head to one of Indy’s Best New Bars, take some tips on how to order drinks like Don Draper.

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