Finally, something to wine about.
This one's for all of you wine-o's out there. These are some of the best spots to drink wine in Indianapolis.
Downtown / 50 W Washington St
This cozy spot on the ground floor of the Conrad Hotel boasts a selection of over 200 wines. The entire selection is available by the taste, glass or bottle - making for one of the largest selections in the world for wines-by-the-taste. It's been voted Best Wine Bar by the Indy A-List three years in a row. Bringing someone who's not into wine? Don't fret - they've got a dandy selection of craft beer and other spirits as well.
Fountain Square / 1031 Virginia Ave
The Wine Market is a new bar in Fountain Square that knows how to make wine fun. Knowledgeable staff, wine slushies and affordable pricing await. Stop by on Tuesdays to enjoy two glasses for the price of one.
Broad Ripple / 2126 Broad Ripple Ave
Okay, we know, it's more of a grocery store than a wine bar, but we couldn't not put it on here. Cork + Cracker carries a huge selection of booze - over 500 different wines and beer. The best part? 350 of those are under $20. Ask a staff member about which local cheese and meats to pair, or enjoy the weekly trio for $30.
Mass Ave / 878 Massachusetts Ave
It's a local favorite, and for good reason. Mass Ave Wine is small, unpretentious and community-focused. It's a perfect spot for lunch, offering salads, sandwiches, pizzas, high-speed internet and charging stations. There's a free wine tasting every Tuesday as well as 10% off the bottle purchase.
Fall Creek Place / 2503 N Delaware St
Don't let the meat fool you - Goose the Market is a fabulous spot to enjoy a glass o' wine. Beneath the butcher shop floors lies a wine cellar expected in places like France or California. Join the wine of the month club and get a bottle of red, a bottle of white, and a mystery bottle for only $49 a month.
Keystone / 3815 E 96th St
Cooper's Hawk has vineyards on the west coast where they create their award-winning varietals. The upscale tasting menu changes monthly, so you'll never be bored. Oh, and please please please get the Mexican drunken shrimp as an appetizer. It's.... ameezing.
Castleton / 6725 E 82nd St
All-local winery Chateau de Pique hand-bottle and hand-label every wine they create. These aren't traditional flavors, either - so if you're wanting to excite your palette, this is the spot. Did we mention the five tastings for $5?
Mass Ave / 345 Massachusetts Ave
Broad Ripple / 701 Broad Ripple Ave
The name says it all. If you want to enjoy some alcoholic grape juice in an unpretentious atmosphere, Louie's Wine Dive is for you. Both locations have a huge selection and will open any bottle if you order two or more glasses.
Herron-Morton Place / 402 E 16th St
The dust has settled, and Tinker Street is now under new, better ownership. This intimate, romantic restaurant houses and atmospheric charm - both through the food and the service. It's, hands down, one of Indy's best restaurants, and the wine selection is nearly unparalleled.
Mass Ave / 747 N College Ave
Carmel / 37 W Main St
Drink some wine and do some good. Peace Water Winery donates 50% of its profits to both local and global charities. And the wines are pretty dang good, too.
Greenwood / 200 N Madison Ave
You'll just want to say "Awww" when visiting Vino Villa. The restaurant resides in a three-story high-converted house, giving it a homey and romantic feel. The gazebo is just, so cute. With a selection of 450 wines and 70 cheeses, you're bound to find something you like.
Fishers / 7690 E 96th St
Wine Spectator awarded Peterson's with the "Best Award of Excellence" for its superior presentation and breadth of its wine list. That lobster bisque, tho.
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