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Great Nights Out: Dive Bars

Here lies the deepest jukebox in the city.

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Hey, Muggles! Tappers Arcade Bar to Host Harry Potter Trivia Night

How to score tickets for Harry Potter & the Tri(via) Wizard Tournament.

Omni Nashville
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Nashville: A Big Unveiling

Entourages rush Lower Broadway ’til the wee hours in designer cowgirl boots and matching tiaras and sashes, hustling veiled brides-to-be in and out of honky-tonks. The walkable strip is boisterous yet safe—Vegas without the sleaze.

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Indy 500 Parties Are Coming in Hot

You need a code to even browse tickets online for the hottest party on race weekend. Luckily, we have it.

The Inventorialist
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Street Savvy: Dorman Street

A hilly spot with a skyline view perfect for watching the Fourth of July fireworks over downtown, and the edge Flat 12 Bierwerks has on Sun King.

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The New Indy Must-Do List: Attend These Events

Eleven parties, festivals, and games you won’t want to miss in 2014.

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4 Great Valentine's Day and Night Options

From vow renewals to a Lucille Ball homage, a smooth R&B concert to a Twist-and-shout “Valentine’s Day Is Stupid” Dance Party, here’s a quartet of V-Day options to get your heart beating one way or another.

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Toast of the Town: A Review of Plat 99

Though the core list of spirits is limited at Plat 99, there is a sweet emphasis on boutique boozes and local hard liquors.

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No. 1 – The Ball & Biscuit

As every lounge in town rolls out its pre-Prohibition cocktail list—muddling herbs and berries until their wrists go limp—you get the feeling that it’s no shtick here.

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No. 2 – The Libertine Liquor Bar

Ordering a cocktail here means sitting back and watching while a dapper bartender in a proper vest and wide-knotted tie tinkers with ice cubes and orange peels. The carefully composed drinks are nothing short of cosmic.

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No. 3 – The Rathskeller

“We restored an icon for the city,” says owner Dan McMichael. “And the city has responded.”

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No. 4 – Red Key Tavern

You’ll still find young hipster couples mingling with octogenarians, and councilmen brokering deals over a beer.

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No. 5 – 1933 Lounge

The stairway to the 1933 (named for the year Prohibition ended) leads back in time. At the top, waitresses in scandalously small red dresses cater to the suits in a lounge that’s as elegant as it is quiet.

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No. 6 – Nicky Blaine's

With no windows in sight, hours can disappear at this Monument Circle man cave, one of the last bastions for cigar-smokers in the city.

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No. 7 – Bluebeard

The cocktail menu changes seasonally, so don’t go looking for “the usual.” And the bar offers high-concept snacks ranging from charcuterie to pickles.

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