July 1st, 2018
Your Home Expert Team
Brad Gough, Kia Albano, Sara Myers, Sumer Byram, Kim Wert
Source: Indy Star
If it seems like people talk a lot about rooftop bars lately, that is because the outdoor spaces have been growing in popularity for the past couple of years.
The upsurge is part of that trend where consumers are seeking experiences instead of material things. Elevated imbibing is a chance to sit in the sun and contemplate the possibilities in our ever rising city.
Sun King Spirits
351 Monon Blvd., Carmel, (317) 843-6250, sunkingbrewing.com/carmel.html
Everyone is gaga over the cutting-edge food hall-style atmosphere. Four food vendors will serve everything from wood-fired pizza to cookie-butter-smeared burgers when the place opens July 2, and you can eat, sip signature Sun King cocktails or grab one of the companys famous beers on a huge deck perched atop the first floor.
1011 E. Westfield Blvd., (317) 919-3555, txuletaindy.com
The second-story deck over Brugge Brasserie in Broad Ripple is no secret, but this new Basque-style cider house elevates the experience. Txuleta (chew-let-a) serves an impressive dry cider, no fizz. Drink it with a bunch of snacks named pintxos (peen-chos). Sausage, pork belly and quince top thick baguette slices. Another combo puts rib-eye slices, goat cheese and herb almond sauce on bread. Grilled asparagus wearing capers, tomato sauce and a soft boiled egg and seafood-loaded, tomato-based Basque stew are among large plates.
Loco Mexican Restaurant
2205 N. Delaware St.
A Tex-Mex menu, 50 tequilas and a monthly rooftop taco party are in the works at this Fall Creek Place spot scheduled to open in June. The ground-floor digs previously hosted LongBranch and 22nd Street Diner, but the four-story building includes a rooftop patio accommodating up to 100 people. That is where the owner plans to host monthly taco parties with margaritas and music all summer long.
201 Main St., Carmel, 3uprooftop.com
When it opens in late summer, 3UP will serve craft cocktails and sharable plates. You will sit on comfy couches and at communal tables surrounded by potted herbs for bartenders and cooks to use in creative drinks and noshes. Fire pits are planned, but about 60 percent of the patio will be covered. Heaters will warm the space in cooler months. 3UP overlooks a plaza below where live music is planned.
Rooftop Garden Cocktail Lounge
105 Prospect St., (317) 686-6010, fountainsquareindy.com
When it comes to true rooftop spots, this appears to be Indys only one for now. The Fountain Square bar, offering a snacks and thin-crust pizza menu, crowns the landmark Fountain Square Theatre building. Check the mules list. It includes a classic Moscow Mule, a mezcal mule and a bourbon mule. The view stretches down Virginia Avenue to the Downtown Indy skyline.
720 N. College Ave., (317) 383-0330,livery-restaurant.com
Order every empanada -- chefs make six varieties from scratch -- and kick back with a rose sangria on the cushy rooftop deck. The building was a livery stable back in the 1800s. Arched windows on the red brick wall flanking the deck is a charming reminder of days past. Latin American food and frosty drinks keep you living in the moment.
Stixx Social Room & Asian Grill
361 Indiana Ave., (317) 220-8755, stixxcigarbar.com
A deck wraps around the top floor of this two-story restaurant and cigar bar. It is a sweet place to puff a Macanudo with a bourbon on the side. The cigar list is 41 selections long. Nibble sushi rolls, lemongrass pork buns and Vietnamese summer rolls. The $5 sushi special runs noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
Thursdays on the Roof
211 N. Pennsylvania St., (317) 348-0006,thursdaysontheroof.com
Networking, cocktails and dancing happen each spring and summer Thursday on the huge patio five floors up Downtownss Regions tower. Break out the Armani and Gucci. No ball caps, sweats, track suits, work boots and ultra-short shorts or skirts are allowed. In other words, dress up and get down. The earlier you arrive, the less you pay. Admission is free 5:30 to 7 p.m.; $5 from 7 to 8 p.m.; and $10 after 8 p.m.
42 W. South St., (317) 602-3828,chefjjs.com
If you want to hit the rooftop garden terrace, you will have to book one of the many private events at No. 1 place in Indy to learn about cooking on kamado grills such as the Big Green Egg. Classes and dinners sell out quickly for good reason. The food is so delicious you may not notice the view of Lucas Oil Stadium.
333 S. Delaware St., (317) 624-8200,thealexander.com/dining/plat-99-mixology-lounge/
Couches and artsy chairs by tables for two furnish the deck hugging this bar designed by internationally acclaimed artist Jorge Pardo. The view captures Lucas Oil Stadium, the entrance to Fletcher Place and Pardos rainbow pendant lights that hang inside.
3 future Downtown rooftops bars
Kimpton Hotels: The San Francisco-based company bills its 1 Pennsylvania St., boutique hotel project as hosting the "city's first rooftop bar." Scheduled to debut in 2020, the bar will crown the historic Odd Fellows building, near the northeast corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets.
Coca-Cola bottling plant: On Mass Ave., a rooftop bar is part of the plan for West Elm hotel. Design details are not yet available. The opening is scheduled for fall 2019.
Illinois Building: Owner Keystone Realty Group has has been targeting a rooftop bar for the 10-story building, 47 S. Pennslyvania St., since purchasing the structure in 2013.
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