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Indianapolis' top 4 dive bars, ranked

Chatterbox Jazz Club | Photo: Nisita K./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 14, 2020.

Wondering where to find the best dive bars around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top dive bars in Indianapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market for dive bars.

Indianapolis-area consumers historically spend more in the spring at bars and lounges than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of software and email marketing services for small businesses. Total affected businesses at Indianapolis-area bars and lounges grew to 9 for the metro area in the spring of last year, 3% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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1. Ralph's Great Divide

photo: jon c./yelp

First on the list is Ralph's Great Divide. Located at 743 E. New York St. downtown, the dive bar and traditional American spot is the highest-rated dive bar in Indianapolis, boasting 4.5 stars out of 130 reviews on Yelp.

2. Dorman Street Saloon

photo: andrew n./yelp

Next up is Near Eastside's Dorman Street Saloon, situated at 901 N. Dorman St. With 4.5 stars out of 111 reviews on Yelp, the dive bar has proved to be a local favorite.

3. Chatterbox Jazz Club

Photo: Whitney D./Yelp

Downtown's Chatterbox Jazz Club, located at 435 Massachusetts Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the dive bar and jazz and blues spot four stars out of 144 reviews.

4. Dugout Bar

photo: lisa e./yelp

Dugout Bar, a dive bar and traditional American spot located downtown, is another go-to, with four stars out of 100 Yelp reviews. Head over to 621 Virginia Ave. to see for yourself.


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