Getting Around & Going Out in Indianapolis

Mar 4, 2010

The Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show welcomes you to Indianapolis! This City Guide can be a useful tool in guiding you around the bustling downtown of the Circle City. From top-rated restaurants to happening nightlife, Indy has something for everyone to keep them busy before and after trade show hours-all within walking distance to our show hotels. In the center of it all is the Indiana Convention Center, which will once again play host to the HRR Trade Show.

Getting There

Traveling to Indy is easy, due to its centralized location to the majority of U.S. states. The Indianapolis 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 located within walking distance of the Convention Center. In fact, several are linked by enclosed overhead walkways, which make getting to restaurants, nightspots and the show extremely convenient!

By Car: If you’re driving from the east or west of Indy, take the I-70 into town. Those coming from the southern states, or coming from the Chicago area, should take the I-65. If you’ve rented a car, take the I-70 East from the airport to Exit 79A (West St.) Turn left and follow north. Turn right on Maryland St., then take another right on Capitol Ave.

By Air: The Indianapolis International Airport is about a 12-minute drive from downtown. Cabs, shuttles and limousines are available at the airport for reasonable per-person rates.

Going Out?

If you’re planning on sampling some of Indy’s nightlife after the show, check out these favorite spots of HRR Trade Show veterans.

The Slippery Noodle was founded in 1850 and is Indy’s oldest, continually operated bar.

For Live Music: The Slippery Noodle Inn (372 S. Meridian St.), Indy’s oldest bar, offers nightly live blues music. The Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar is also a popular place to catch live music.

For Dancing: Have a Nice Day Café (225 S. Meridian St.) is a lively dance spot located near other popular Indy clubs, including Tiki Bob’s Cantina (231 S. Meridian St.).

To Watch a Game: Head to Champion’s Sports Bar (350 W. Maryland Ave.), located inside the Marriott Hotel. Also check out Scotty’s Brewhouse (1 Virginia St.).

Good Eats in Indy

After a long day on the show floor, attendees and exhibitors will be undoubtedly be looking for a place to have a good meal and catch up with old and new friends. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled this list of favorite restaurants, as chosen by HRR Trade Show veterans. Whether you’re an Indianapolis local or first-time visitor, chances are you’ll find something on our list that sparks your appetite.

Price Ranges

$………………………………. ……. Under $15 per entrée
$$…………………………….. ……. $15-20 per entrée
$$$…………………………… ……. $20-$30 per entrée
$$$$………………………… ……. Over $30 per entrée

Acapulco Joe’s
365 N. Illinois St.
(317) 637-5160
Cuisine: Mexican
Price Range: $

Alcatraz Brewing Co.
49 W. Maryland St.
(317) 488-1230
Cuisine: Brewery/American
Price Range: $

Bistro Tchopstix
251 N. Illinois St.
(317) 636-9000
Cuisine: Asian/Sushi
Price Range: $$

Champps Americana
49 W. Maryland St.
(317) 951-0033
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $$

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

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

Hard Rock Café
49 S. Meridian St.
(317) 636-2516
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $$

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

Mo’s-¦A Place for Steaks
47 S. Pennsylvania St.
(317) 624-0720
Cuisine: Steaks & Seafood
Price Range: $$$$

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

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