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Fountain Square: Indianapolis Neighborhood Guide

Indianapolis Neighborhood Guide: Fountain Square

The Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis is two miles southeast of downtown Indianapolis. Connected to downtown via the Cultural Trail, Fountain Square is just a short walk, bike ride, or cab fare away from the heart of the city. This neighborhood holds a lot of history and has been on a slow track to being revitalized over the last decade. Today, Fountain Square is the go-to spot for hipster nightlife, great food, and even better drinks.

Eat

The list of amazing places to eat in the Fountain Square area is nearly endless, and there’s something for everyone. Craving cajun? Head to B’s Po Boy for some delicious NOLA-style grub. Thinking Thai? Siam Square is a popular choice. Bluebeard serves up craft cocktails and fusion food, and Thunderbird is a great fusion southern comfort spot. No matter what you’re looking for, you are sure to find it here.

Drink

Fountain Square has a booming nightlife scene. Hotel Tango Whiskey is a local whiskey distillery that can be hard to get into due to its popularity. Local craft meadery New Day Meadery serves locally brewed mead and craft beer with a relaxed environment. Though a newer addition to the Indy brewery list, Fountain Square Brewery is coming to be another popular destination.

Do

Live Show at Joyful Noise Records

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMoCA) is housed in the Murphy Arts Center in the heart of Fountain Square. Joyful Noise Recordings (above) is a quirky record store and recording studio with a concert venue in the back. Enjoy a live show of local recording artists or browse their vinyl collection in the front shop. The Hi-Fi is one of the best venues to catch a live local music show. Duckpin bowling is alive and well at Atomic Bowl Duckpin. Enjoy Burlesque? Watch top-notch talent perform at White Rabbit Cabaret.

Indy Car Street Art Speedway

The Beautiful Street Art Of Indianapolis

Indianapolis is well-known for being the Racing Capitol of the World, but there is so much more beneath the surface. There is a strong artist community in Indianapolis, and this is evident throughout many neighborhoods of Indy.

Walking the streets, you are bound to find art on nearly every corner of downtown thanks to the Cultural Trail. Mass Ave neighborhood, on the northeast side of downtown, has multiple pieces per block, including the electronic sculpture “Ann Dancing” (a personal favorite). Broad Ripple has quite a mix: the typical, gritty back-alley graffiti as well as the quirky modern art like this gargantuan comb bike rack.

Art can be found throughout the streets of Indy. Speedway, Butler-Tarkington, and many other neighborhoods showcase the history of the city and feature local artists’ passion throughout.

Martin Luther King Jr art on Indy Cultural Trail

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is one of the largest urban trails dedicated to walking and bike traffic in the US. Currently spanning a total of 8 miles, the trail intersects with five different cultural districts within and around downtown Indianapolis. Continue reading

Hot Air Balloon Ride Conner Prairie Indianapolis

Up, Up, and Away!

When I made my 30 By 30 list, I didn’t consider all my many fears (like heights). I only considered the things that I want to do and that were mostly feasible at this stage in my life. One of those things was riding in a hot air balloon, mostly because of a picture that my dad took that I still have sitting around somewhere. Continue reading