Local Food and Drink
Get Your Caffeine Boost
Indy has tons of local coffee shops, and luckily Indy Hostel is walking distance to some great ones. If you head straight down 49th street you'll run into Hubbard & Cravens where you can find local writers and Butler students and staff working furiously at their laptops or burried in their current book. If you like your coffee black try their brew of the day, it's always splendid. If you want to try a Hubbard & Cravens original creation, order the love potion. If you aren't really a coffee drinker but still like the coffee shop vibe opt for one of their iced chai tea lattes!
Did Someone Say Brunch?
The great Leslie Knope once said "why would anyone choose to eat anything but breakfast food" and we couldn't agree more. Some of Indy's best brunch spots include Cafe Patachou, which is a straight shot from the hostel down 49th street and they serve scrumptious DIY omelettes and croissant french toast. In the heart of Broad Ripple is 3 Sisters Cafe which was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." If you want to eat like Guy Fieri try their lemon corn cakes. Right on Meridian St. sits Lincoln Square Pancake House where you can get pretty much any kind of breakfast food you can imagine without breaking the bank.
Lunch and Dinner Favorites
If you're not looking to go far check out Open Society which recently opened on 49th and College, a quick five minute walk from the hostel. They serve coffee and pasteries for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Across the street, for hockey fans, beer lovers and vegans alike try the Sinking Ship which is a hockey bar complete with six different mac n cheese dishes and seitan gyro wraps. If you're looking for something spicy try Yats, an Indy favorite that serves up cajun cuisine. Make sure you have cash or check on you before going though because Yats doesn't accept credit cards.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, all you have to do is walk down to College Ave. from the hostel and turn right. And there's Rocket 88 Doughnuts! They serve classic tried and true flavors as well as more out-of-the-box flavors such has hot Cheeto dust. Their vegan donuts are also a must! If you're heading in to Broad Ripple or Fountain Square stop by Nicey Treat, a delicious popsicle shop featuring flavors like blackberry cheesecake and Arnie P. Kids and adults enjoy it just the same.
If you're looking to stay close to the hostel Broad Ripple has a plethora of bars that you can normally find a bunch of Butler students at during the school year. Try Brother's, Kilroy's or The Red Room. If you're looking to head downtown for the evening try going to Georgia St. where there are many bars along the street which has seating and a pedestrian walkway down the middle. Howl at the Moon, and Taps and Dolls are always crowd pleasers. If you're aren't into the bar scene but still enjoy a nice cocktail, head down to mass ave and get a margarita at Bakersfield or a quirky cocktail at the Libertine.
Indy is home to a pleothora of local breweries that brew the best beer in town, and arguably the midwest. Grab a pack of Sun King Cream Ale from the liquor store down the street or enjoy Upland Brewing's Dragonfly IPA on tap at their location on College, just a few blocks away from the hostel.
Local Love Card
When you get to the hostel, make sure to check out the local love card which can get you discounts and free stuff at some of our favorite local eats and drinks like Yats, Twenty Tap, Union Jack, and The Garden Table.