2011 Indy Travel & Entertainment Guide

Mar 14, 2011

Indianapolis offers renowned restaurants, exciting nightlife and a rich automotive history, making it the perfect spot to host the 2011 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show. This guide is designed to help you get to Indy and then figure out what you want to do once you’re here. For additional information on Downtown Indianapolis, click here.

Convenience is one of the Indy’s strong points. Located in the heart of downtown, the Indiana Convention Center and our host hotels are steps away from a multitude of great shopping, dining and entertainment options, many of which are accessible via enclosed, overhead walkways.

Getting to the Show

Indy’s centralized location makes it easy to get to from the majority of U.S. states. The Indiana Convention Center is located downtown at 100 S Capitol Ave., at the corner of Maryland St. and Capitol Ave. Most of the show hotels are linked to the convention center via enclosed walkways so you never have to go outside if you don’t want to. If You’re Driving: Coming from the east or the west of Indy, take I-70 into town. Those coming from the southern states, or from the Chicago area, should take I-65. If you’ve rented a car at the airport, take I-70 East to Exit 79A (West St.) Turn left and follow north. Turn right on Maryland St., then take another right at Capitol Ave. to reach the convention center. If You’re Flying: The Indianapolis International Airport is about a 15-minute drive from downtown. Cabs, shuttles and limousines are available at the airport to transport you to your hotel for a reasonable price. Transportation Options Here are some inexpensive transportation options to get from the airport to your downtown-area hotel. Many of these options will also take you to other areas of Indianapolis.

  • Some hotels offer a free shuttle to and from the airport. Check with your hotel for more information. For $1.75, you can use public transportation via IndyGo. Take Route 8 (via Washington St.) For more information, call (317) 635-2100.
  • For $7, you can take IndyGo’s Green Line Airport Downtown Express Shuttle. For more information, call (317) 635-334.
  • For $16, Carey Indiana offers its Share-A-Ride Limousine shuttle. Carey also offers private limousine service. For more information, call (800) 888-4639.
  • For about $25 you can use a taxi service such as Yellow Cab. For more information, call Yellow Cab at (317) 487-7777.

Restaurant Recommendations

There are over 200 restaurants and bars in Indy, many of which are within walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center. From filet mignon to fish and chips, Indy has something for every cuisine request. Here’s a list of some of the favorite dining spots of HRR Trade Show veterans and staff. This list has been updated to the best of our ability. Due to our show and other events that will be in town this weekend, it’s recommended that you make reservations before heading out.

Champp’s 49 W Maryland St. (317) 951-0033 www.champps.com
Cuisine: Pub/Sports Bar Price Range: $$

Dunaway’s Palazzo Ossigeno 351 S East St. (317) 638-7663 www.dunaways.com
Cuisine: Steaks & Seafood Price Range: $$$

Elbow Room Pub & Deli 605 N Pennsylvania St. (317) 635-3354 www.elbowroompub.com
Cuisine: Pub/Sports Bar Price Range: $

Eagle’s Nest Restaurant Hyatt Regency Hotel 1 S Capitol Ave. (317) 231-7566
Cuisine: American Price Range: $$$$

Maggiano’s Little Italy 3550 E 86th St. (317) 814-0700 www.maggianos.com
Cuisine: Italian Price Range: $$

The Oceanaire Seafood Room 30 S Meridian St., No. 100 (317) 955-2277 www.theoceanaire.com
Cuisine: Steak & Seafood Price Range: $$$

PF Chang’s Circle City Mall 49 W Maryland St., No. 226 (317) 974-5747 www.pfchangs.com
Cuisine: Asian Price Range: $

Ram’s Restaurant & Brewery 140 S Illinois St. (317) 955-9900 www.theram.com
Cuisine: American Price Range: $

Shula’s Steakhouse Westin Indianapolis Hotel 50 S Capitol Ave. (317) 231-3900 www.donshula.com
Cuisine: Steaks & Seafood Price Range: $$$$

St. Elmo’s Steak House 127 S Illinois St. (317) 635-0636 www.stelmos.com
Cuisine: Steaks & Seafood Price Range: $$$$

Average Price Range

$: Under $15 per entrée
$$: $15-$20 per entrée
$$$: $20-$30 per entrée
$$$$: over $30 per entrée

Going Out on the Town

After spending the day in educational seminars or on the trade show floor, you may want to unwind and enjoy Indy’s exciting nightlife. From nightclubs to live music venues to cigar bars, Indianapolis offers plenty of night out options.

Jillian’s 141 S Meridian St. www.jilliansindianapolis.com
Jillian’s offers food, drinks, video games, billiards and even cosmic bowling. The entertainment complex also features over 35 big-screen TVs.

Landshark’s 810 Broad Ripple Ave. www.land-sharks.com
Located in the Broad Ripple area of downtown (about three miles from the convention center), Landshark’s is just one of the lively nightclubs this section of town has to offer. It has nightly drink specials and dancing. Nearby clubs such as Rock Lobster and Average Joe’s are also good options if you’re looking for somewhere to cut loose.

Nicky Blaine’s 20 N Meridian St. www.nickyblaines.com
This upscale bar offers a Rat Pack ambiance, along with a great selection of martinis, a fully stocked scotch bar and an extensive array of cigars. The bar plays jazz music until 9:30 p.m. Afterward, it turns into a nightclub playing Top 40 hits. Rathskeller 401 E Michigan St. www.rathskeller.com This German bar and restaurant offers a menu full of authentic German food and beer options, as well as live music and a beer garden.

Slippery Noodle Inn 372 S Meridian St. www.slipperynoodle.com
Indy’s oldest bar offers live blues music nightly, drink specials and a full dinner menu served until 11 p.m. A late-night menu is also available. This is a favorite night spot of HRR Trade Show attendees and exhibitors.

Also Happening Thursday, March 17: Indy hosts the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11:30 a.m. Clubs and bars in the downtown area will also be hosting their own celebrations that night. For more information, visit www.indystpats.com. Friday, March 18: The Indiana Pacers take on the Chicago Bulls at the Conseco Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.nba.com/pacers.