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Prepare to be surprised by gay Indianapolis
Indianapolis is most famous for its auto races - “Indianapolis 500” and “Brickyard 400”, two of America’s most famous races are held here – but there’s more to Indy than fast cars and drivers. A bustling city life, filled with historical sites, war monuments, theaters, and museums, Indy is the state’s epicenter of arts, culture, and industry. Not to mention that it has one of the most visible gay communities in the United States.
In the 1970s, when most cities had one or two gay bars, Indianapolis had more than a dozen. Over the years, Indy’s gay community had grown to become stronger, and gay and lesbians want the city to know that they are out there.
Most gay bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are located in Circle City gayborhood and are within walking distance one from another. From leather bars to gay dance clubs, from sports bars to hip gay-friendly lounges, Indy caters to all types and preferences.
For something to do during the day, take some time and visit Indianapolis’s historical sites, watch a play, or attend one of its amazing food and wine festivals. Experience Midwestern cuisine and taste some of the city’s most distinct dishes – pork tenderloin sandwich and sugar cream pie.
One particular event every gay traveler must attend is Indy Gay Pride, a LGBT celebration which takes place in mid-June and includes different events and parties held throughout the city.
No matter your interests, gay Indianapolis has something to offer all year round, so prepare to be surprised!
Formerly known as Our Place, Greg’s is one of the premier gay nightclubs in Indianapolis. Featuring a big dance scene, state-of-the-art sound system, and a comfy backdoor patio, Greg’s is one of the liveliest gay venues in the city, which makes it the kind of place where you can easily meet someone. Bowling, pool, and volleyball tournaments are held regularly here.
Bazbeaux became a local and tourist favorite almost immediately after its opening in 1986 and continues to be one of Indianapolis’s go-to places for fresh-made pizza. With several locations throughout the city, this Bazbeaux has a reputation of serving the best pizza in Indy.
It’s all about two floors of Levi’s, leather, and bears. 501 Eagle appeals to a more mature clientele, but you will find any type and age here. Friendly leather daddies and bears come here to meet with friends, drink beer, and try their luck at picking up guys.
Mesh on Mass
Mesh blends contemporary elegance and comfort with innovative cuisine and excellent service. The original menu and unique decor make Mesh an ideal setting for business meetings, romantic evenings, or a night out with friends.
From jewelry and home goods to toys, Global Gifts is filled with unique, homemade items. Part of the fair trade movement, Global Gifts supports gender equality, equal rights, and higher standards for producers of goods in developing countries.
Conveniently located within walking distance of all top attractions, Marriot is one of the most popular hotels among the gay community in Indianapolis. A full-service hotel, Marriot offers valet parking, room service, complimentary breakfast, and free Wi-Fi.
Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel
The gargantuan indoor pool, one of the largest in the area, is Hilton’s main asset. Located north of downtown, Hilton offers modern guest rooms, elegant meeting and banquet reception ballrooms, modern fitness rooms, and other facilities. Guest rooms are equipped with one king or two double beds, Wi-Fi, and a large bathtub.
Charming and cozy, Sizzling Wok serves the best Vietnamese and Chinese food in town. In business for more than 25 years, they know how to keep their customers happy and full. Gay owned and operated, Sizzling Wok is a gay favorite for Asian cuisine.
Anyone who loves American regional cuisine and beer will have a good time at Scotty’s Brewhouse. Add a friendly staff, a laid-back atmosphere, and a great location to the equation and you will get a go-to place for food, drinks, and a great time.
A decadent cruising spot, Talbott Street has everything a gay venue needs: dapper decors, strong drinks, an eclectic crowd, and flamboyant drag queen shows. Notorious for its shows and live-music evenings, Talbott Street is an institution attracting a wide range of gay locals and visitors from across Indianapolis.
Nestled on charming Saint Joseph Neighborhood, just a stone's throw from Downtown Indianapolis, English Ivy’s is a reliable spot to start or end your night. Hip without being pretentious, the pub is always crowded, but in a good way, with lots of smiling faces and open-minded people.
Metro Nightclub & Restaurant
A classic pub vibe reigns supreme at this gay-friendly restaurant in the heart of Arts District. Its great food, attentive staff, and monthly drink specials attract a varied clientele of local and tourists. Check out their website for karaoke, game nights, and special events.
Serving generous pours in a soothing ambiance, this gay-friendly sports bar attracts an interesting mix of all types and ages. The drink is cheap, the food is good and the friendly ambiance makes Downtown Olly’s a good place to kick back and relax. Check out their karaoke nights and darts tournaments.
The Varsity Lounge
The Varsity Lounge is Indianapolis’s oldest and longest running gay bars, but it still keeps its edge. A mixed crowd of cheery patrons drop in every night looking for a cheap drink and a good time. They have free Wi-Fi, a pool table, dart boards, and a jukebox that plays nice music.
PEAK Performance Fitness
Located in Hawthorn Plaza, Peak Performance Fitness offers a wide array of fitness classes and a popular boot camp. A member of the Indianapolis Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, they have their doors open to anyone.
Hoaglin To Go Café & Marketplace
If you are in Indianapolis and looking for fresh food and cappuccinos to go, you will find them at the Hoaglin To Go Café & Marketplace. Busy without being crowded and hip without being pretentious, they have some of the best breakfast fare in the city. Reasonably priced and delicious, Hoaglin is a must for every gourmet traveler.
This small bar on the eastside has a reputation of holding the best karaoke parties in town. They have over 6,000 songs to choose from and a lively atmosphere to keep you entertained. Although it can get a bit crowded is a good place to kick back and meet some new people.
The Vogue Theater
With a history that dates back to 1938, Vogue Theater is one of the most popular concert venues in the Midwest. Originally a movie theater, than an X-rated movie theater, Vogue was rebranded in the late 70s’ as a nightclub. Spacious and home to some of the hottest parties in Indianapolis, Vogue is a world-class dance club with an unrivaled lineup of DJs and bands. Since its opening, artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Zapa, Kings of Leon, Blondie, and Johnny Cash have performed here.
Nested in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Omni Hotel is one of the longest-running luxury hotels in the area. Conveniently located, Omni hotel is just a walk away from all main attractions and over 300 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Billed as a “culinary playground”, Recess is a must for any gourmet traveler. The chef and its team of gastronomic experts create a four-course, pre-fixed dinner from scratch, using as inspiration the season’s freshest local ingredients.