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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 3
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5406 N College Ave
phone: (317) 602-8840
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a gem!
The place's name is unassuming. I've been to plenty of places with a couple dozen taps, and most of those taps are usually BMC or Diego-type bullshit. Likewise, their food is probably regular ol' pubfare. And when that place is in a cute, trendy little neighborhood meant to appeal to monied twentysomethings, well, you can forgive me for passing this place by several times before finally stopping in.
The beer selection is stellar. Indianapolis has a really great, really affordable beer scene going on right now, and excellent offerings are provided by each of the local establishments (trending mostly towards seasonals and one-offs, since you can get the regular selections at dozens of others places around town).
I went on a Tuesday night and had to wait a half hour for a table, so I assume they'd be really busy on weekends. Still, we were allowed to meander around the bar while we waited so that fine.
The food was pubby but excellent, with a surprising number of vegetarian and vegan options. I had a tempeh ruben that was probably the best meat-subsitute sandwich I've had in the state of Indiana. The waitstaff was friendly and the bar staff was beer-knowledgable, and the beer list is updated every single day.
Probably the best beer bar in the city.
09-27-2012 17:16:59 |
More by mynie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in with my buddy the other day and was fairly impressed for what the business is. The atmosphere is fairly neutral with two sides, bar and "cafe," and is fairly plain, but it's clean and smoke free. The beer list was very nice! I tried several, getting a taster (three smaller glasses) and a couple of pints. Many Indiana beers were on the list, as well as several others: my favorite was the Chocolate Stout from People's brewing, but Brugge's Harvey Sour was quite awesome, too. Service was good, neither of us went without a beer for more than a few moments and the bartender was also very nice in letting us have a few clean glasses to share some beer. Did not try food, so can't help you there. It's a great place to hang with friends and have some excellent beer, although I should also be honest in that there weren't more than half a dozen people on the bar side when we were there.
12-30-2011 20:34:17 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hit this place up before going to a concert in Broad Ripple around 6 pm on a Saturday night.
Very relaxing atmosphere. Family friendly diner style seating on one half and the bar room on the other. We grabbed two stools at the bar.
Looked over the very diverse menu and lo and behold, I spotted BCBS so of course started out with that. Mixture was very nice overall as there were lots of different style and a good mix of local Indiana brewers and other goodies from other microbrews along with many things I've never seen on tap elsewhere in town.
Service was very good. Multiple bartenders were constantly checking up on us and often times asked if we wanted more while there were still a few sips left in our current glasses which was nice.
We only ordered the appetizer, but all the other food that came out looked pretty good. We had fries with house made aiolis that were excellent all around.
By the time we left around 8 it was getting a bit crowded, but for the time we were there it was perfect. I'll definitely be going back here when I'm in the area again. One of the best I've been to in Indy.
07-02-2012 14:40:47 |
More by jmarsh123
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Small place with a bar room to the left and a dining room to the right so kids can come in to. Casual vibe that doesn't remind me of a bar at all. Now up to 38 taps, despite the name.
Selection is pretty good. Main reason for the trip was Bolt Cutter on tap. Lots of Indiana locals and other semi-locals (KY, MI, OH) represented. Prices are pretty fair with almost all pints being $4.50. Pint of the day is $3.50 and some of the seasonals and more limited beers are priced differently. 10 oz pour of Bolt Cutter was $4.75. All pints poured into plain pint glasses. Bigger beers poured in smaller portions in snifter-type glasses. Sampler of 3 is $6 for 6 oz pours in standard taster glasses.
Food selection was decent. Tries to appear more 'upscale' with fancy bar dishes. Still, mostly burgers and sandwiches. We just had fries to snack on, but they were good. Have options of about 6 different sauces (although they call them something else) and the garlic and chipotle were pretty good.
Overall, one of the better bars in Indy for craft beer. If you get a day or two in the city, go check it out.
01-30-2013 02:25:54 |
More by boilermakerbrew
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Formerly the north side news...I popped in for a few pints and a burger over Thanksgiving Holiday. Surprised by the good selection of taps. Wide variety of styles among the "twenty taps"
available. I had an IPA and an imperial porter, both of which were served at the proper temp and glassware. Atmosphere is pretty plain. Not much to look at except the taps. Needs some tv's and tables along the window front. Food is high priced sandwiches and burgers. I had a burger that was just OK. Service not good. Bartender was oblivious to our small group at our end of the bar. On empty glasses, all of us at some point had to say, "excuse me miss, can I get a..." I will go back, because the beer selection is really good, but I will not order food. Hopefully the bar staff has been upgraded when I return.
12-21-2011 18:35:17 |
More by JohnWaynes44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has been open for a little over a year and has quickly become my favorite beer bar in town. They originally started with 20 taps (hence the name) and quickly upgraded to 38 taps. While not an incredibly big establishment they do have a separate family seating area which means you can bring people under 21. The bar area has about 15 spots at the bar and a couple tables near 2 dart boards. It can get a little crowded on Friday and Saturday night but it's a pretty good group to be around, plenty of friendly people enjoying craft beer.
Twenty Tap definitely has the best selection of craft brew in the city. The 38 taps change constantly and are a good mix of Indiana, Midwest, and national craft beer with an emphasis on regional stuff. If you go on two consecutive days it's not surprising to see 5 or 6 new beers on tap. They also offer flights of 3 - 6 oz pours so it's a good way to sample some different breweries/brews that you haven't tried. The bartenders are great. Very friendly and willing to make recommendations and let you sample a few before you make your selection if you're having trouble deciding.
The food is pretty good and a little step up from standard pub food. They have some real good burger options, other sandwiches, and a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options. A lot of their meats are sourced from some local establishments(Smoking Goose, Fischer Farms, Claus' Market). The fried cheese curds are delicious but definitely should be shared with a few friends if you plan on eating your meal.
Overall this is a great establishment. It can get a decent crowd some nights so you may have to wait in the bar area for a table but that just means you can sample a little more beer. Also, they usually post a picture of the beer list on Twitter if you want to look at the selection before venturing out. If you find yourself in Broad Ripple this is definitely the place you should visit.
11-03-2012 00:39:01 |
More by hurricanelars
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
The array of taps was great. Many local brews as well as nationally known favorites.
My waiter was extremely accommodating with service while I worked for hours. Always made sure my beer was full even at a table in the dining area. Beers and food were delivered promptly.
The bonfire burger was a delicious attack on my arteries. Smoked sausage on a burger with blue cheese, yum. Some many other mouth-watering options available as well. Looking forward to a return visit.
01-23-2013 23:36:10 |
More by zonker17
Twenty Tap in Indianapolis, IN