Chatham Tap - Mass Ave

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 49
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

719 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-1608
United States
phone: (317) 917-8425

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @chathamtap

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2008)
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Photo of Nuggetz
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of sgrechukhin
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Used to love the place, especially for European footie in the mornings, but service went downhill big time. Otherwise great food and a good selection of both American and European brews both on tap and bottles/cans. They gotta get rid of some of their waiters though.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of David_Allen
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of HippityHops
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of indy351
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of mrjmann
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DGSchmitt
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I go to Chatham Tap a couple of times a month, usually on Saturday or Sunday mornings to watch the Premier League(Go Reds!) Anyways, futbol aside...they usually have 3-5 interesting rotating crafts on draft to go with some always available British staples and a couple of always on Sun Kings...The food is really good....best wings in town in fact(IMO) and the pizza is outstanding. Lovely alleyway patio out back that's great to relax on at night with a pint. Highly recommend!

Photo of mwar
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Went here early on New Years Eve. Really liked the vibe....hardwood floors, 18 beers on tap, plus a good selection of bottles. Superior service.

I had a couple pints of escape from Alcatraz. This is a bock from a local brewery, Fountain Square. Enjoyed the beer. $5.50 per pint....fair price for Indy.

Ordered the veggie pizza and it was so-so at best. I prefer thin crust. This was a heavy thick crust, though not greasy. At $15, I expected better.

Would definately return, but would order different food.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here Saturday for some dinner and to watch the IU game with my parents after a show at the Murat.

A quaint little British pub. I love the atmosphere. Small and cozy, but a good crowd and a few tv's to watch the games.

Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable of the beers offered. There were a ton of craft beers on tap heavily featuring locals. Many of them were of the seasonal variety and they seem to rotate beers a lot. I had a Flat 12 Glazed Ham Porter.

Some very unique food offerings and everything was good. We split an appetizer of quite possibly the best onion rings I've ever had and ordered and shared a roast beef sandwich, reuben and grilled tenderloin all of which were served with homemade potato chips and were great.

I will definitely be visiting this place again. It reminds me a lot of my favorite college hangout. A great place for some good local beer as well as food.

Photo of redbird
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We were looking for quick place to grab lunch and a local pint before heading back home, and since we went to MacNiven's the night before (which was great), we ended up here. We actually walked into Rathskeller first, but no local beers on tap.

Cool little place, going for the English pub vibe, and is apparently one of the few soccer bars in town. Tap list had 2 or 3 Sun Kings, 1 Three Floyds, 1 Flat 12, and other locals in bottles. Food menu had a nice variety of pub grub and the St George Philly I got was pretty awesome.

Glad we stopped in here.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed my stop at the chatham tap while on a business trip to indy. there are twelve taps and little veal (Stella). the place feels British. The menu is simple yet creative. I enjoyed fried portabellos with a sinus clearing chipotle sauce, and a pressed pair and brie sandwich. Pizza and burgers are on offer as well. I'be typed too much without mentioning the seven rotating or seasonal taps. Its nice to find such flexibility in this city, at a place that is genuinely relaxing at the end of the day.

Photo of Brettster
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Chatham is a nice and comfortable pub. Despite the fact that they had soccer on all tv's except one, and I am not a soccer fan, I still enjoyed it. The clean comfortable atmosphere made up for it. The food was very good. I had a turkey club sandwitch with slaw that was delicious. The beer selection was good. Quite a few different micro's in bottles. Most importantly they had Sun King on tap and in the can which is a big plus for me. I plan on going back to try some other dinner options. If you are looking for a quick stop for a bite and a pint, this is your place.

Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Chatham Tap. I must say, I love it when a football pub turns into a basketball pub, as it did when Butler played Michigan State in the National Semifinal, which is when I went.

First impressions is that the pub is deceptively small and cozy. It probably only seats fifty or so people inside, but does have additional seating outside, weather pending. Decent decor, a nice looking bar, but the big story is the bar has TERRIBLE acoustics. The place gets so loud it is insane. No music, TVs turned down during commercials, you couldn't hear the person next to you.

Service was servicable. Attentive, and the dude had some crazy hair sticking up like a foot and a half. No fish story.

The beer selection is nice there, they cater to our local awesome brewery, Sun King, with at least two beers on tap. I had the Dominator Doppelbock. Also on tap was Hobgoblin, Bass, Boddington's, and some others. They also have an expected selection of UK bottled beers, you know, Sammy Smith, Old Speckled, Fuller's, etc. along with their respectable domestic selection.

We had pizza, thank God, to soak up that alcohol (didn't realize that Bock was 8.2%...) and it was passable. I thought it was a little garlicky, but the crust was crisp outside and doughy inside.

The prices are right, at $5 for a pint of Sun King, among others, so the value is right in the sweet spot. And if you are a soccer fan (I am not) then you need to go here and rock out with your scarf out. If you didn't get that joke then this joint might not be for you.

Photo of devilben02
3.8/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While in town for the Final Four, we tried to get away from the masses for dinner before the games and decided on Chatham tap based on a recommendation from a friend. The atmosphere has the old-world charm of a prototypical English sports pub, with Premiere League decorations (including an up-to-date board showing the current standings) and a number of TVs tuned to European sports channels. The food included a handful of standard pub-type items (e.g., fish and chips) but also a variety of non-traditional fare (Reuben pizza?).

Regarding the beer, Chatham Tap has all of the standard imports you'd expect to see in an English-style pub, such as Bass, Guinness, and Smithwick's, as well as some less common ones (but not necessarily rare), such as Wychwood Hobgoblin, Leffe Blond, and a few Samuel Smiths. What was unexpected, though, was the nice assortment of domestic craft beers. In particular, there was a nice selection of local and regional beers from 3 Floyds, Upland, Barley Island, Goose Island, and even some seasonal draughts from Sun King. Overall, the visit was quite enjoyable, and I can only imagine how much fun this place would be for a big Premiere League match or during the World Cup.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

On a recent trip to Indianapolis to watch the Pacer's miserably blow a 20-point lead to the Philadelphia 76ers, I had the opportunity to head out to Mass Ave. and share a couple drinks with some fraternity brothers who live in Indianapolis post-graduation. Seeing as it was already past 1 and we had actually missed the last call at Scholars (don't know why, but they closed early that night), we opted for the Chatham Tap, an english style "football pub."

Inside, the pub is a English footballer's dream: the walls are covered with scarves from just about every Premiership team: Arsenal, ManU, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle, etc. There are about a dozen television screens throughout the pub, each on fixed on european sports channels showing football and, occasionally, rugby: SKY Sports, BBC, Setanta Sports, GolTV. This really is quite the atmosphere to take in a football match. Seeing as it was in the wee hours of the morning, not many people were paying attention to the replay of an FA Cup game that was on the pub, but my friend had informed me that he visited one afternoon about 3pm after a rough day of class and the place was bonkers with football fans clad in jersey cheering and chanting. Quite the atmosphere. If anything, the atmosphere was the best aspect of the entire pub - I can't think of a better place to take in a football match.

As for the beer list, it was passable, although not particularly oriented to craft. And when you think about the nature of the establishment - a British-style Pub, it would be a bit harsh to expect a huge selection of craft beer. That being said, all the European usual-suspects were present: Newcastle, Guinness, Stella, Heineken. They also had Hoegaarden on tap, as well as some selections from Fuller's and Boddingtons. Their British list was most extensive (obviously), but nothing really caught my eye as unique except for the Skullsplitter Ale from Scotland. What American craft they did have amounted to basic selections from Bell's and Goose Island, and even Three Floyd's AKPA - and Indiana favorite. Price-wise, the beers weren't overly expensive, but I did fork over $5 for a pint of Hoegaarden on tap.

I didn't try any of their food because of how late it was, but they seemed to have a decent selection of appetizers that you would expect to find at most bars, so I'll just say the food choices are average at this time. Did have fish and chips listed, however, so I guess that makes it a legit British pub on paper. Next time I'll try out their selections and update.

The service was friendly and the waiter took care of our table by timely bringing out fresh rounds. The bartender seemed fairly knowledgable about the beers they had on their list, but seeing as he was working double duty fixing mixed drinks, I didn't get much chance to pick his brain.

All in all, I had a good evening at the Chatham Tap. Definitely a place I would visit again, especially to take in some mid-afternoon Champions League fixtures and a pint of British beer.

Chatham Tap - Mass Ave in Indianapolis, IN
93 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.