Live Music Hot Spots

With multiple venues consistently ranked among the best in the nation, Indianapolis has many unique, intimate and classic places to catch live music. With so many choices, Indy has a live music venue for you no matter your musical preference.

The Rathskeller
The Rathskeller Restaurant is located in the historic Athenaeum building near Mass Ave. On any given night, you will find performances by a wide variety of bands in many different genres. During the spring and summer, the Rathskeller opens their massive Biergarten, with sweeping views of the Indianapolis skyline, for outdoor concerts.

Radio Radio
Radio Radio is located in the retro cultural district of Fountain Square. This up-and-coming area of Indianapolis is full of great dining and shopping. Radio Radio offers an eclectic line up of jazz, rock and rockabilly music from local and national musicians. This is also a smoke-free venue.

The Slippery Noodle Inn
The Slippery Noodle has been an Indianapolis institution since 1850 and still operates as Indiana’s oldest bar. This downtown hot spot has been named one of the top blues bars in the United States by Rolling Stone magazine and for good reason. The Slippery Noodle offers live blues seven days a week. This bar isn’t just a favorite among Indy residents; celebrities like Patrick Dempsey, Harrison Ford, Harry Connick Jr., and Robert DeNiro have all stepped through the Slippery Noodle’s door.

The Vogue Theatre
If you are looking for a great mix of live performances, hit up The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple. The Vogue converted from a theatre to a nightclub in 1977 and has brought in national headliners ever since. The Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, The White Stripes and Cheap Trick have all made appearances on the Vogue’s stage.

The Jazz Kitchen
Welcoming local, national and international jazz musicians, The Jazz Kitchen is the place to be for a diverse selection of jazz accompanied by great dining. This Broad Ripple music venue draws a unique crowd of people of all ages and backgrounds. Plus it’s not all about jazz, The Jazz Kitchen also hosts other genres, like Latin Dance Party every Thursday night.

8 Seconds Saloon
If you like country music, 8 Seconds Saloon on the west side is your place for live music. Aside from great local artists, 8 Seconds has welcomed performers from Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert to Keith Urban and Jason Aldean.

Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
Consistently ranked one of the best outdoor music venues in the nation, the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park is an amazing place downtown to catch national touring acts. With an incredible view of the Indianapolis skyline and acts ranging from Crosby, Stills and Nash to Ben Harper and Arcade Fire, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park is the place to be when the temperatures begin to rise.

Melody Inn
Just a short drive from the heart of downtown Indianapolis, The Melody Inn is one of the oldest bars in Indiana and continues to offer some of the best, original live music in town. With acts that play punk rock, metal, indie, pop, rockabilly, hillbilly and rock, there really is something for everyone.