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Indianapolis restaurant tips for Chiefs fans headed to the playoffs

01/02/2014 10:04 AM

01/02/2014 8:48 PM

This weekend, Kansas City football fans will descend on Indianapolis as the Chiefs take on the Colts in the NFL playoffs.

We didn’t want Chiefs fans to go hungry in the Circle City, so we asked

Morgan Greenlee, senior communications manager at Visit Indy

, for her best restaurant and bar recommendations.

Greenlee delivered: These five bars and restaurants are within a few minutes of Lucas Oil Stadium. Each one caters to a different craving, from nachos and beer to cinnamon toast, fried pickles and craft cocktails.

There’s even a bacon flight involved. Because nothing tastes better than bacon — except victory in the playoffs.

Farm-to-table: Bluebeard

This farm-to-table restaurant, just a couple minutes away from downtown at 653 Virginia Ave., is named after a novel by Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. Fittingly, Bluebeard has a library-like feel, with a menu of seasonal dishes and craft cocktails.

But Chiefs fans should know: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been spotted here frequently, Greenlee says, and “he’s said to sign his name on page 12 in the books the restaurant uses as bill collectors.”

(If you’re a big Kurt Vonnegut fan,

check out his memorial library

while you’re in town).

Cheap eats and beer: Slippery Noodle Inn

Located just a couple blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium at 372 S. Meridian St., this historic bar was formerly home to a brothel and an Underground Railroad stop (the original door that runaway slaves used is still intact). Greenlee says there are rumors that the Slippery Noodle Inn is haunted, and that there are bullet holes from notorious bank robber John Dillinger in the wall.

The bar is a popular spot for pre- and post-game partying. Greenlee’s suggestion: Order the loaded nachos, “drink some beer, and listen to their nightly live jazz and blues.”

Family-friendly sports bar: Scotty’s Brewhouse

Scotty’s has TVs at every table and — because who wants to miss a minute of the big game? — TVs in the bathroom stalls. The menu includes “must-order” fried dill pickle chips, Greenlee says, and plenty of options for kids. The sports bar is located at 1 Virginia Ave., one block north of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers.

Breakfast or lunch: Café Patachou

For a healthy breakfast, Greenlee says you can’t beat Cafe Patachou, 225 W. Washington St. The cafe is known for its cinnamon toast and Broken Yolk sandwiches. It’s “fresh food at affordable prices right downtown, two blocks from the stadium,” Greelee says.

Tapas and cocktails: The Libertine

Liquor Bar

Named one of 2013’s best bars in America by Esquire magazine, The Libertine serves craft cocktails alongside creative bar snacks like roasted bone marrow, roasted figs, deviled eggs and gin-marinated olives. The Libertine, located within walking distance of the stadium at 38 E. Washington St., also serves a “bacon flight” with three different types of bacon. You read that right.

Check out The Star’s comprehensive Chiefs coverage here.

Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes bar and dining guides for Ink magazine. Contact her via email at or tweet @ sarah_gish.


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