Indianapolis may not have the largest downtown area, but the Circle City still has a pretty active nightlife. From downtown Indy to the funky cultural district of Broad Ripple, there are plenty of nightclubs that offer specialty cocktails, dance floors, DJs, and live music. Here are eight of the best examples of Indy’s nightlife.
BLU is one of the most popular nighttime lounges in Indianapolis and one of the most active nightclubs. This industrial-style club is modern and sleek, with several different areas available to enjoy drinks, dancing, and music. There’s a main dance floor and bar area, mezzanine level, VIP lounges, and outside patio area open during warmer weather. Tuesday through Sunday, you can enjoy some of Indy’s best DJs from 10pm until 3am.
BLU, 240 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 989-9010
The Red Room
This upscale nightclub is located in the Broad Ripple district of Indianapolis and is well known for offering upscale amenities (including premium wine, champagne, and spirits). Early in the evening, guests can experience a lounge-style atmosphere where they can sip top-notch martinis while conversing with friends. Later at night, the club transforms into the ultimate dance club, featuring some of the city’s best DJs. This club is open on Wednesday from 7pm – 1am, Thursday from 10pm – 3am, and Friday and Saturday from 8pm – 3am.
The Red Room, 6335 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 257-1344
Get ready to dance at this muti-story nightclub and restaurant located in the popular Mass Ave district. Everyone will feel at home at this gay-friendly, cozy club that offers a completely different experience depending on which room you visit. Downstairs you’ll find a dining area for enjoying drinks and food with friends, as well as a bar area that tends to get a little more energetic. Step upstairs to play darts or witness the bar area turn into a full-blown dance party late at night. There’s also karaoke every Tuesday night. Visit Monday through Friday from 3pm – 3am and Friday and Saturday from noon – 3am.
Metro, 707 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 639-6022
This live music venue also hosts incredible dance parties and is home to multiple bars. In addition to the many live bands that play at this venue, it also hosts many parties, events, burlesque shows, and holiday celebrations. Whether it’s live music or a local DJ, there’s always an epic dance party happening here. Visit their website for special event and club times, which vary by individual listing.
The Vogue, 6259 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 259-7029
This decades-old downtown gay bar is a local legend in Indianapolis and one of the best places for all walks of life to hang out and have a great time late into the night. This cash-only bar and nightclub always has something fun going on from darts tournaments to line dancing to Show Tunes Sundays. Enjoy some of the hottest DJs in the city and the best dance parties around. Greg’s is open daily from 4pm – 3am.
Greg’s, 231 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 638-8138
This stylish and upscale nightclub is underground, offering a mysterious and exclusive experience. With a martini lounge and dance club featuring both live music and top DJs, this intimate nightclub offers an unforgettable time. Visit earlier in the evening for a less crowded, more low-key experience and late at night for a more authentic club vibe. Subterra also has a great mix of young and old patrons, making it welcoming for everyone over 21. Subetter Lounge is open on Friday and Saturday from 8pm – 3am.
Subterra Lounge, 250 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317-472-8600
Howl at the Moon
From dueling piano shows to live music, this nighttime club always delivers. Howl at the Moon has some of the best drink specials in the entire city, which is great for anyone on a budget. With multiple levels and seating options, you can enjoy a night out dancing or watch the entertainment while catching up with friends. Visit Tuesday and Wednesday from 8pm – 2am, Thursday from 8pm – 3am, or Friday and Saturday from 7pm – 3am.
Howl at the Moon, 20 E Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 955-0300
One of the newest nightclubs in Indy, Revel offers an exciting, high-energy environment for its patrons. With two levels, a massive dance space, three bars, intimate lounge area, VIP spaces, video screens, and bottle service, Revel brings the nightclub experience in Indianapolis to a new level. Enjoy a mix of Indy’s best DJs and some of the city’s top specialty cocktails here. Revel is open Thursday through Saturday from 10pm – 3am.
Revel, 225 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN, USA +1 317 635-6000