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Indianapolis' 3 best beer bars (that won't break the bank)

Fresco Italian Café on the Canal | Photo: Tierra R./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 19, 2020.

Wondering where to find the best beer bars near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable beer bars in Indianapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.

1. Grilliant Foods

PHOTO: peter p./YELP

Topping the list is Grilliant Foods. Located at 4320 W. 96th St., the European-style restaurant and deli, which offers barbecue and more, is the highest-rated inexpensive beer bar in Indianapolis, boasting 4.5 stars out of 68 reviews on Yelp. The bar serves beer and wine, and you can check out the calendar of events here.

2. Fresco Italian Café on the Canal

PHOTO: tommy o./YELP

Next up is downtown's Fresco Italian Café on the Canal, situated at 340 W. Michigan St. With four stars out of 126 reviews on Yelp, the and Italian spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for affordable beer and wine.

For example, Yelper Caroline Z., who reviewed Fresco Italian Cafe on the Canal on April 14, wrote, "This place is one of my favorite spots," and Yelper Adam G. wrote, "It serves everything from gelato and Italian ice to sandwiches, flat breads and salads. It also has a good selection of beer and wine." The bar also serves authentic Italian ice spiked with vodka.

3. Elena Ruz Cuban Cuisine

PHOTO: kevin s./YELP

Fairgrounds' Elena Ruz Cuban Cuisine, located at 2201 E. 46th St., Suite 207,  is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly beer bar four stars out of 64 reviews.

"We partner together with Black Circle Brewing Co. to deliver a winning combination of food and brew," states the casual Cuban spot's Yelp profile. You'll also find Miami-inspired Cuban food, such as empanadas, tostones and red bean bowls, on the menu.


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