Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub
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3.96/5
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46 Beers
225 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
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Cask: Y
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

840 E 65th St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220
United States
phone: (317) 253-2739

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Photo of speedracer
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My favorite place to go to in Indianapolis for a pint. Pub is just off of the "bar district", a little tough to find if you're visiting but well worth it. Great local, non-chain brewery.

Interior has a great pub feel to it. Dark wood and there is a series of small rooms to give it more of a private setting. Place can be tough to get a seat outside in the summer time.

Menu is unique- scotch eggs, mussels, garden sloppy joe, sheppard's pie, etc, etc. Staff is great and makes sure you're not running low.

Oh yeah, beer... selection is great, and they are constantly rotating. Their ESB and Lawnmower Pale Ale are staples and both great. Good selection of bottled national microbrews as well.

Photo of baos
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I used to go here quite often long before I knew about beer advocate. I've probably had all the brews they have or ever had there but I never took notes maybe just a couple here and there and they are all lost. this place is really fun although it gets a bit crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Its a nice relaxing place in the early evenings and the food is pretty good as well. Although I don't miss Broad Ripple people that much, but I do miss its places I wish this brew pub was next door to me..

Photo of smanders
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

BRBP is a comfortable, clean pub that attempts to bring new flavors to its patrons (remember we are in Indiana). It was the only brewpub I knew of in the state for quite some time and the experience shows with the selections that are frequently available.

IPAs, ESBs, seasonals; beer fans will find something to whet their appetite here. And that's a great thing, considering the food is quite good. Case in point - Scotch Eggs! What better appetizer whilst enjoying a pint than an order of eggs? None!

You're a cask ale man, you say? BRBP has at least one at all times. I'd get a Braunschweiger BLT to go with it if I were you. Enjoy!

Photo of schoolcb
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in Indy for vacation and stopped by for lunch during the week. We entered and the sign said seat yourself so we did. 5 minutes later and we noticed the wait staff were attentive to the patio but had not stopped in our room (See the other reviews about the layout of this place). So, we moved to the patio. I don't mean to sound judgemental (I will anyway) but the staff looked like they were part of a prison-release work-program. Our waiter was nice enough but very slow. We weren't in a hurry so it worked out ok. I had the 7-beer sampler (Their pils was out), and the smoked turkey salad, with mango. Beer was great, food was good, price was reasonable. I would recommend you stop by, just don't do so if you are in a hurry.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was my last stop on my tour of Indianapolis. And it sure didn't disappoint.

Upon walking here from Brugge Brasserie, I noticed scores of people hanging outside drinking. I thought I would walk into a mad house of people at the bar, but it was only me and a couple of others. Thankfully, everyone wanted to drink outside, which gave me ample room to spread out at the bar.

I ordered up a flight of all the beers they had on tap. 6 beers plus 2 casks were pouring that night. This place has a nice English Pub feel, with brewerania all around. I had their Lawnmower Pale Ale, IPA, ESB, Mild, and Pils. All were quality and fresh.

The service here was also way above par. The bartender was extremely nice and personable. And him and I talked beer most of the time I was there

Overall, great brew pub. Great beer, good people, and a nice atmosphere. What more could you want?

Photo of parrothead2004
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

From February 2008.

This was a great find on a recommendation I received during the tour of another brewpub. I only had 4 days in Indy for a work trip, but was able to visit this location twice in that time. The atmosphere was heavy wood, english pub style, and a little dated, but during the summer they open up the windows and have sidewalk cafe atmosphere. The vegetarian food was excellent; we had the Vegan Shepherd Pie, and baked falafel sandwich.

On the beer side, we had several pints of the 2006 Ankle Biter Barley Wine, which was well aged, malty buterscotch nose, a warm alcohol feel, and clean floral hop finish that went down much too easy. Also had The Monon Porter, which was not as interesting as the Ankle Biter, but was a good beer in its own.

Service was slowish, but fit the casual mood of the place. Also, it seemed like the more beer I drank, the better the service became. Not sure what that means ;)

Photo of mattcrill
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here that Saturday after Thanksgiving and this place was booming. Sat at the bar and got taken care of by a fine young lady named Danni. She was hung over from the night before but wasn't shy about it and still gave me good service. I had already eaten so I didn't order food. Looked like standard pub food (which is a-ok by me). They had two cask beers and I sampled the porter. Delicious. Also had their Serenity Now! IPA which is an award winner. I understand why. That stuff is off the hook! I wouldn't sell growlers of it either...I'd keep it all to myself. Anyway, I will definitely be back. Good atmosphere, great beers, great people. It's worth making the trip to Broadripple (which is a cool little town anyway) if you are in the area.

Photo of JamesS
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Standard brewpub atmosphere, minus any real decorating, but it was clean and neat. I was sat right away and my server was quite prompt at geting my order in. Although he was not as informative about their beers as I would have liked, he did give a little detail for them. The scotch eggs were excellent and the beer was very, very good. I was quite impressed with the menu selections, particulary the beer varieties. Well not as large as a beer menu could be, they had several state brewed beers that was excellent. While the ladies next to me complained about the slowness of service, I had an excellent time. I will come back again next time I'm in town.

Edit: service has gotten much better and it also feels more "homey."

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Headed here after stopping at Brugge on a recent trip across Indiana. Nice exterior with an easy to read sign and some nice outdoor seating. Upon entering you get the feeling that this place has been here awhile. Dark wood throughout and nice lighting make for a welcoming atmosphere. The original stamped ceiling tiles are cool, very ornate and show the history of the building. Walk through the dining area and peer through the glass at the brewing area. Then off to the left for a seat at the small, cozy bar. Nice! Check the growlers lining the top.

As for the beer, I want to say they had about 8 total, including 2 cask offerings which was always nice to see. I shared the sampler and got a good taste of each of them. The ESB was very tasty as well as the IPA. I also enjoyed the Pilsner and the casks as well. The only one that I really didn't care for was the Wheat. Overall, they had some nice, well brewed beers here and really something for everyone.

I ordered the two alarm tuna, which was a yellowfin tuna fillet along with some cole slaw. It was yummy and nicely spiced, my only real complaint being that the tuna was a bit on the dry side. Otherwise, the cole slaw was tasty and the meal itself quite nice and not very expensive at all. Our bartender was very attentive and answered our questions and chatted with us while we were there.

Overall, I found Broad Ripple to be an enjoyable neighborhood brewpub with some tasty brews to boot. I would stop by here again if I found myself in the area and it's well worth checking out! Oh yeah, there's a really cool darts room too...see if you can find it :-)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is a little unassuming building with lots of tables on the outside. It was a nice night and it was great to eat outside on this quite street. When I went in to find the bathroom it is like a series of small rooms stuck together. I felt like I was walking through several private parties. I did see a room with some nice dartboards and the whole place has dark wood giving it a bit of a pub feel.
They had a good beer list with several of their beers, two on cask, with a good list of local and U.S. craft beers. I really like a good cask beer but these beers didn’t have the depth or slight hazy that I enjoy in a good cask beer. They have imp. pints and ½ pints which is nice if for a good sample of a beer. Their brewed-on-premises beers all seemed to have an English influence but that may just be what was on tap.
The food was very British fare with the appetizer as two scotch eggs. There were good and the best price I have seen on this side of the pond. For the entrée I had shepherd’s pie which I grew fond of in grade school, with the distinct layers of mashed potatoes, ground beef and a random vegetable, topped with gravy. This was much different and perhaps too authentic, I don’t know. There were mashed potatoes in a bowl with a ground beef and mushroom mixture with a tomato sauce. That was pretty good but on top was a slice of tomato with a square of Kraft singles melted on top. It was interesting but not my favorite.
The combination of atmosphere, good beer and comfortable food made this a very nice experience. It is always a good sign when I eat a bit too much, drink a bit too much and laugh a bit too much. That is a good evening.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My second time to the brew pub but my first with the ability to correctly report my findings, as the first time i was a little tipsy. I travel to indianapolis a few times a year and my g/f and I went here for our anniversary dinner since she is starting to enjoy good beer too. Its in a really neat area of Indy, tons of shops and piano bars, lots of friendly people and a just an all around cool place. The broad ripple brew pub is nesseled on the outskirts of the main drag and has a nice outdoor section to eat which is were we ate. Usually pretty busy but we were able to sit down right away. They have tons of craft brew from all over the midwest as well as their own brew, only beer that i saw that was a macro was rolling rock.

Food was good, i had Pollock with potatoes and my g/f had pulled pork, prices were very reasonable and the food was good, the beer was also relatively inexpensive and they had a great selection, i had the lawnmower pale ale i believe is what it was called, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. I can't wait to go back to the brew pub again it is a real treat and a fun place to hang out.

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This place is a little bit hard to find, tucked away in the middle of some residential areas. The atmosphere was neat - the place is divided up into several small dining areas with a bar and an outside eating area. They had probably eight or ten beers on draught and plenty of commercial bottles to choose from. The flavors of the beers were great, but they all came out almost completely still (uncarbonated). My saison was flat as well as the red and the ipa that my friends got. Not sure what was up with that. We had some appetizers and food as well. I wasn't impressed with the food. The service was adequate, but they didn't pay us much attention.

Photo of jdoolin
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped here while we were in Indianapolis for the US Grand Prix. It was recommended by BA, shbobdb. Thanks for the tip!

This place was simply fantastic. It has a nice, well lit interior primarily of dark wood. It has a great, comfortable small pub feel.

The menu was the first thing that struck me as amazing. It has a large variety of foods to choose from, which includes an English section, from which I ordered the Shepherd's pie. It was an enormous portion and was it ever delicious! I couldn't even finish it. I wish I had the rest of it now...

As for beers, I started off with their Red Bird Mild. Now, I really like English ales, and within minutes, the Red Bird Mild became an instant favorite. It pains me that I now have to go to Indianapolis to get one of my favorites. I followed that with the cask Best Bitter. WOW, another one knocked out of the park! My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed pints of this, along with shbobdb, who joined us. I finished with the cask Porter, which I immediately decided was one of my favorite porters, if not overall favorite.

Personally, I think the value is great. It's not exactly cheap, but you get *quality*, as such I think it is very reasonable.

The overall quality of the place and the experience was outstanding. The service was good, the food was great, the beers PHENOMENAL and at the right price.

If I lived in Indianapolis, I'd go to Broad Ripple Brewpub at least once per week.

Photo of harkjohnny
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped at BRBP after dinner at Brugge down the street. What a delight this place was! We bellied up to the bar easily in what was a rather crowded restaurant.

The fella pouring beers was REALLY working the taps on this busy saturday night. I chose the best bitter on cask (by recommendation of a local we began chatting with) and wow! was this a great choice! I had two. Another nice local even bought us a round because he wanted to introduce us to the Pale Ale which, days later, I can still recall the fantastic hop aroma!

The atmosphere, mixed clientele of locals and out of towners on this race weekend, and great beers make BRBP a must stop if you are ever in this quaint artsy district.

Photo of marksto
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Indy's oldest brewpub. When this place opened, brewpubs weren't even legal in Indiana, so the brewery was constructed adjacent to the pub but with no direct doors between the two. The law has changed, but little else has including the classic english pub motif. A stamped copper ceiling, classic dark wood accents, fireplace in the corner (very cozy!) and only one small TV by the short bar.

In keeping with the theme the beers here are almost always ales and are usually in british styles. Their quality is always good, though I detect a house flavor in almost all their brews. Food is also good, try the scotch eggs for an unusual treat - they're delicious and match well with the beers.

Overall a consistently good brewpub, and one as true to its British roots as I've visited.

Photo of danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited the brew pub for the first time last night with my wife, we arrived about six o'clock and opted to be sat inside. The outside seating area is a large L-shaped covered patio with ample seating. Once inside, there is an olde-world English style pub feel about the place. Metallic-motif ceiling decorations and varnished hardwood details are the most notable interior accents. Windows near the small L-shaped bar showcase the brewing quarters. The bar itself is small, might seat seven or eight patrons give or take. Very cozy and comfortable feel about the whole place, ample interior seating sprawls across the wall as you enter to the right of the bar.

Service was quite helpful and informative in introducing their beer and food selection to my wife and I. Beers available on draught were the Lawnmower Pale Ale, IPA, ESB, Red Bird Mild, Pilsener, and their Wheat beer. They also had their cask ale selections of Monon Porter and Diving Duck Brown served through authentic hand-pulled beer engines. A 22oz. Imperial Pint will run you about $4, I tried the IPA and the Pilsener, my wife tried the Lawnmower Pale and their wheat. I thoroughly enjoyed sampling all four beers, and I was most impressed by their IPA and the Lawnmower.

As far as the food is concerned, great range of different food selections that didn't make ordering easy. The menu ranges from typical English pub fare like fish and chips to thai-influenced pasta dishes to pizza. We started off with the soft pretzel appetizer with the beer cheese crock, which is very good. For entrees, I selected their Peanut Sesame Chicken Pasta, which was absolutely delicious, hot and spicy and a generous portion for $13.75. My wife ordered the Drunken Tortellini, a five-cheese blend tortellini in a homemade vodka sauce which was also very good.

For the four beers and two entrees and an appetizer, the final damages were around $51 minus the tip. Considering the high quality beer and food and given the higher-priced area that Broad Ripple has become I found the brew pub to be a relative value as I have spent similar amounts in the surrounding area for cheaper beers and less enjoyable food.

Overall, I found the Broad Ripple Brew Pub to be a great place to hang out and enjoy some great beers hand crafted in the Indianapolis area with an English pub influenced atmosphere that I already look forward to visiting again. Highly recommend stopping in and checking the place out if you're in the area.

Photo of Generik420
4.22/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is the first brewpub I am aware of being in the Indianapolis area. It has been open for over 15 years now and is going strong. The decor is very English in nature and truly does live up to what one would expect in a 'pub'. The layout is split up between 3 main areas, one is the bar area with a room attached to that with 8 or so tables. Another room in the middle with 8-10 tables, and then a long thin room in the front along all the windows with more seating. Lots of old English pub style decoration and woodwork adds to the charm.

The menu is a touch on the eclectic side, which can be off-putting depending on your food preferences. There are quite a few traditional English entrees, such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, etc to be found on the menu, as well as some unusual vegetarian entrees. I personally love that they have a bratwurst and kraut sandwhich, and get that almost exclusively. There are a number of appetizers, and I would have to recommend the crock of beer cheese with fresh bread. All in all, the menu is diverse enough that anyone should be able to find something they like. I rated the selection a 3.5 just because I am somewhat picky about what I will eat, and find this menu somewhat limiting for myself.

The beer menu is outstanding to say the least. They seem to keep roughly 8-10 beers on tap at all times, 2 of those are cask conditioned. The standard draft beers are served in 20oz imperial pints and usually sell for around $4 / pint. The cask pours are in a smaller stemmed glass, but the price is reduced on those. Unfortunately you cannot get a growler of any of the cask condition beers. Speaking of growlers, they run $12 to get one filled, and if you bring back the empty growler, you can get it refilled for $11. Their beer styles tend to stay true to the more English styles, although they almost always have an American style wheat available and their Lawnmower ale, which is similar to an industrial lager. They definitely give you a full measure when you order a beer, the imperial pints are filled right to the top of the glass, and there is very little head present, so you really get your money's worth.

The other thing to mention about the beer menu is the plethora of non-brewpub beer available. They have a fairly extensive list of regional micros available, including entries from 3 Floyd's, Bell's, Sprecher, and then some truly exotic stuff. Some very high end ciders and fruit beers round out the list. So if you are tired of their own beer you can try some great beer from other brewers as well. I like a brewpub that is secure enough with their own product that they don't fear putting a 'rivals' beer on the menu as well.

One of the biggest drawbacks is the location. Broad Ripple is a neat area, but parking can be a real hassle. They have a very small parking lot, with spots for maybe 7 cars. After that, you are parking on the street, and that can get very hit or miss depending on when you visit. Not enough of a reason to go elsewhere though! This is a fantastic place to get a few pints and a good meal with some friends, and still not spend too much money. If you live in Indianapolis or are just visiting, this should not be missed for a great pint of beer and some very good food.

Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went to the Broad Ripple Brew Pub before and after the Indiana Micro-brew festival. The decor and design of this pub is really entrancing. Nice woodwork, with hidden corners here and there and a large seating area spanning the front of the building.

They have 2 beers on cask which the Porter was damn good, and about 5 beers draught. They also have some guest beers in bottles from the likes of Three Floyds, Sprecher, and a few choice others. The beer selection could have been larger but it was sufficient.

I thought the food was really good and they had a large variety of dishes to choose from. I really wish there were a brew pub like this in Dayton. I had the Bison burger whick I must say kicked ass and my lady friend had the Chicken Schnitzel which I found myself stealing bites off of her plate often.

Overall a great little brew pub that I look forward to visiting again in the near future.

Photo of BlackAngus
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is my default, "go-to" restaurant. I absolutely love this place.

They rotate their beer selection often enough that I can almost always have something new, but keep the "standards" in stock so you can get something you know you'll like. Their beer quality is top-notch, and the selection is varied. They brewed the Poor Richard Ale earlier in the year, and it was one of my favorites.

The food is absolutely incredible. The beer cheese appetizer, the Scotch eggs, the herdsman's chili, and most especially the fish and chips are all worth going even if you don't drink. I've never had their pizza, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was as excellent as the rest of the food.

The service tends to be a tad spotty...sometimes it's average, sometimes it's excellent. It really seems to depend on who you get, and how well staffed they are. But their wait staff all have character, and seem to be well educated in Beer Lore. These are not your typical O'Charlie's/Chili's/Appleby's wait staff drones.

The atmosphere is excellent...the feel of the place is to me what an actual pub in the UK must be like. The music is very eclectic, and played at a level that doesn't disrupt conversation. Children are allowed, but I've only seen any once.

The prices are about average for any good restaurant. If you only have a couple of beers, two people can eat a VERY filling meal here for under $40.

Highly recommended.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.1/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I recently went for lunch at the Broad Ripple Brewpub for the first time.

I sat for a while before being helped, but they were understaffed and my waiter was friendly and helpful once he got to me. I ordered the sampler and some scotch eggs. The sampler came first - 8 different beers they make. The pale ale and hefe I didn't care for too much, the amber and ESB were pretty good, and the IPA and Kolsch I really liked. Decently hoppy beers, though all a bit light in body for my tastes, I would say. They also had two cask ales - a porter and a brown ale that were both good. The scotch eggs were pretty good, but seemed like they'd be made a while ago to me.

The rest of the menu looked good, and has a lot of variety. Prices are reasonable, probably about $8 or so for most meals and the sampler was only $4-$5 I think. One of the better brewpubs in Indy.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

*Drink the half pints if you go*

While driving to find Broad Ripple, guess what? I found it. It's easy to find directly at the corner of N. College and 65th. Broad Ripple is an inviting looking joint with an outdoor area when the weather is warm, under an awning. Too bad that when I went tonight, it was c-c-c-old! Don't plan on parking in the lot. It holds like 6 cars. Park on the street or around the block and hoof it.

Once you make your way inside, the interior is basically a psuedo English style motif with painted tin ceiling, benches against the walls and many small tables that can be quickly configured to meet the crowd. Their bar is small. Too small, especially since you only have two choices: Sit and order food or hang at the bar and drink. I opted to chill t a duece table and review beers. The menu has a good spread with pizza, starters like Scotch eggs, soup, nachos and even biggie dinners. This place has a ton of rooms that are all spaced out with indoor paned windows dividing the rooms. Since the place was decorated for Christmas with an English pub vibe, I hit the jackpot. It just felt warm! Digging the Pub Ploughman's Platter of fruit, cheese, pita, veggies and sauce. Perfet for beer for $9.

Beers on tap were ESB, IPA, Lawn, 15th Anniversary (cask), stout and scotch(cask.) Alos winter bottles were Shipyard, Delirium, Corsendonk, Summit, Great Divide, Founders, Pyramid and Bells.

My choice was the 15th Anniversary(cherry tea) ESB (ginger tea) and IPA (apricot tea.) The beers are weak. But, if you go, get the half pints. $2.50. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive.

Could you bring your Mother here? Yes. It is a serious restaurant. With a brewpub. Tasty brew, but a little diluted. The people pack this joint. Worth a shot, but if you don't go, you'll survive.

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I arrived here early (read before opening) on Monday, 28 Nov 2005 and was able to badge my way in through a combination of brewspapers, business cards, and LNCBC letterhead. This brings up an important point, since I was acting as Advance Party for a possible bus trip from LNCBC to the IN Microbrewers' Guild Festival next summer. Say tuned!

Curt Dannemann, the manager, was the kind soul who let me in, and I was highly grateful and kept my nonsense to a minimum. John Hill, the owner, was out of town at the time, but my information is to be passed on to him upon his return. The other notable presence was a young man named, "Cupcake", which seems unusual for a guy, but he's an unusual guy, or so I am told.

The site is a former Napa Auto Parts store, but it has a really, rustic, vintage look going on. This is thanks to John having gone on a scavenger hunt at the place's inception. The back bar is a former dresser and mirror, flanked by former bedposts. The working fireplace was purchased through a local salvage company that specializes in fireplaces. The real talking point, however, is the pressed tin ceiling that was rescued over a weekend from a local home that was slated to be razed the following Monday. The skivvies blew early here, lemme tellya. The bar, which is just a small corner affair, was brand new fifteen years ago, but has since taken on a worn, vintage look. I was especially intrigued by the "Mystery Rubbing Hole" to the left of the center jointure on the bar. It gave me a tingly feeling when I rubbed it. I also want to mention that they have six brass taps and two beer engines.

Coming through the front door, you reach the main dining room slightly to the right. In it is a grandfather clock that was donated by a friend of the owner. Above it are a row of vintage drinking mugs. On the left side of the dining room is a series of glass doors that lead onto an area overlooking their porch and North 65th Street.

The mens' and womens' are to the left of the bar area, through a doorway by the fireplace. Beyond that passageway are a couple of English-style dartboards.

The ambiance is great and the beers are tasty. I started with a sampler, but stayed with their IPA. I also had their squash soup, but I had to agree with the majority that the cook had been a bit heavy-handed with the jalapeno peppers. Bet on me coming back.

Photo of satkoski27
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We've been to this pub a few times and have always enjoyed the beers we sampled as well as the food. (Food is good, not mind-blowing, but very good. Beers are great, best brew pub beer in Indy.) Service has never been great, but not bad until this last time. Server was nonexistent at the table, then tacked on an 18% gratuity for a party of six (including two kids under five). He did not by any means deserve an 18% tip and there was no way to change it. Also the sandwiches are served with chips - the server asks, "Pub chips okay with that?" so we say yes - assuming it's what comes with it. Instead he was talking about an upgrade which was an additional $1.50 charge per person. We thought that was inappropriate. Go for the beer, go for the food, don't go for the service.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Interesting design. The place has lots of nooks, and small areas that are good for conversation. The whole place seems to be divided into smaller rooms. Near the bar behind the glass is the equipment. There is also patio seating on the outside. We came as a large group and were not disappointed. All of the beers we had were quite good. The service was excellent. They had 6 of their beers on draft, and 2 of the on cask. That day, they had a mild and a bitter on cask. All are pretty much English stlye. Typical pub food, but pretty darn good. Sheppard's pie, and fish and chips seemed to be a hit. Nothing was a bigger hit than the scotch eggs. You simply have to try them, and they go perfect with the beer. Overall, this is a must-stop if you are around Indy.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been here a few times in the last few months and have not had a bad dining/drinking experience so far. Atmosphere does leave something to be desired, only because each time I've been it's been crowded and on the noisy side. Service has always been alright, even when we've done things like switch our tables without asking our waitress. Perhaps they've changed things a bit since some of the earlier reviewers were there. The non-BRBP beer selection is pretty decent, with appearances by Three Floyds, Red Seal, and other excellent micros. To top it off, they make the best beer of any of the Indy brewpubs. We tried a sampler of 6 and were only disappointed with one, the "Lawnmower pale ale" which, sure enough, would've probably tasted better on a hot day during or after said activity and the ESB was especially delicious. The food isn't at all bad either. They cater to both the typical pub-goer as well as the more discerning diner, both of which suit me just fine.

In all, a good dining experience for when you want a nice meal AND good beer. It definitely beats the hell out of Alcatraz, RAM, or Rock Bottom (and even Barley Island). So if you're in the Indianapolis area sometime, definitely give this place a shot.

Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.