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38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: 3
Cask: Y
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5406 N College Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220-3126
United States
phone: (317) 602-8840

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @twentytap

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to Twenty Tap on the recommendation of an employee at the Upland tasting room. After my visit I wanted to go back and shake that man's hand! My girlfriend and I walked in about 4:30pm on a Friday afternoon. The place was small. The bar was to the left. I prefer to belly up, but only single seats remained. We were seated to the right at a gigantic booth. I felt bad that the two of us were taking up a booth that sat at least six people, but our kind waiter said to not worry about it.

I scanned the menu and saw that they had Christmas Bomb! I ordered that since I had never tried a Bomb! in any form. The waiter then asked if I wanted the Bomb! or the Christmas Bomb! I didn't even see that Bomb! was on tap. I chose the Prairie Bomb! What a delicious beer! Now my date was hungry, so she went ahead and ordered the brisket sandwich. She almost never cleans her plate unless I'm cooking. I am surprised that she did not like the plate clean as much as she gushed over the sandwich.

I moved on to the Christmas Bomb! and ordered a coffee encrusted burger. Then ordered another Prairie Bomb! to pair it with. The burger was awesome. There was coffee flavor but not too much. It went great with my beer.

Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. They had 38 beers on tap with a limited but great bottle/can selection. We both loved our food. It was a fantastic experience that I would love to have again. I may still be on a Prairie Bomb! high, but I loved this place. It is small so get there early.

Photo of sgrechukhin
5/5  rDev +11.1%

One of the best beer bars in Indy. Their food is fantastic too.

Photo of zachpaschal
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great Food - Definitely recommend the Wake Up Burger! Fantastic, Great fries, great price!

Great Beer - Great rotating selections and great specials and prices! Very inexpensive compared to other bars

Great Atmosphere

A smaller establishment but the service has still been great even when packed.

Photo of Jho3325
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

20 Tap is a great beer bar in Indy. The place is a bit small, but everyone is typically friendly and there are choices of booths, tables, and the bar. They also have darts and a patio. This is a great place to get hard to find, limited release beers as well as local gems. They do a lot of tap takeovers with some really unique and limited stuff.

The staff has always been friendly and attentive and quick to take care of you. Additionally, they typically get the glassware for the style right. Pricing is reasonable and the food is pretty solid. Contrary to its names, there are actually almost 40 taps on hand and there is a bottle list as well.

Perhaps the best part about 20 Tap is that they keep their tap list updated daily on their website. If you are looking for a great place to have a beer in Indy, this is it.

Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Twenty Tap is a smallish restaurant/bar in the South Broad Ripple area with the space being divided equally between the bar and booths. Lighter wood tones with metal accents give the space a brighter, airy feel. The crowd was a lively mix of college students and after-work professionals.
The beer was all quality. Mostly American craft with an understandable and appreciated leaning towards the local and regional beer scene - Sun King, Outlier, Bier Brewery, Flat 12, Three Floyds. There were a couple of Belgians and a couple of national craft brews to round things out. Beers come in three sizes: half pint, full pint, and 10oz pours of speciality and high gravity beers. Unfortunately the beer sizes dictate the glassware, so most of the beers come in a standard shaker's pint. Personally I would have liked to seen the glassware tailored to the specific beer, but it is obvious the owners are attempting to limit their glassware costs.
Service was attentive and efficient, though not overly friendly or talkative. However, the bar was packed and on a wait during my visit, so I can't fault the service for taking care of business instead of chit-chatting.
Food was generally good, but nothing overly impressive. Pretzel was perfectly acceptable, though I found the crisp, lightly pickled vegetables to be much more memorable. Vegetarian bahn mi had great potential, but ended up being rather soggy and overly soft.
Prices were dumbfoundingly cheap: 3 pints, an app, and a sandwich came to a mere $25.

Photo of ToddGingerich
3.46/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Awesome tap list. 40+ beers. Poor service. The place was moderately busy, but we waited 30 minutes or so for our server to collect the check. They didn't seem to know what they were doing as far as who got what food. They brought us another table's food at one point. They were also out of a number of beers that remained posted as available. ..

Photo of tsauce2
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A: Half restaurant, half beer bar. Outside seating under the awning and a few tall tops in the bar room. Rail available behind the long part of the L-shaped bar. Bar holds about 15 people.

Q: Beer is always fresh and food menu is great.

S: Great service, even when they are completely slammed.

S: 38 taps, lots of great beers. These guys always get a keg of the "only 5 kegs came in to the state man" stuff. Also a small bottle list of semi limited stuff.

F: Nice menu of sandwiches and burgers. Vegetarian options as well. Side salad is excellent; I order it every time I go there and I am not a salad eating dude.

V: Everything is very reasonably priced.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I go to Twenty(38) Tap about 3-4 times a month. They always have something(and usually 5-6) on tap that I really want to try at any given time. Definitely the best place for craft beer in Broad Ripple and one of the best(if not the very) in the city as a whole. Definitely worth a stop if you're in Indy at any point in your travels....

Photo of neckbracesub
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better selection of all sorts of craft beer in Indianapolis. They rotate their 38 taps regularly, and they have something for all tastes. I normally like higher ABV beers so it's hard for me to find a good selection of the strong stuff...but Twenty Tap ALWAYS has something that peaks my interest.

Their service is almost always very friendly and helpful, even at times when they get slammed-busy (which is often).

The small size of the place really makes you feel like a sardine stuffed into a tin at times, but it's a small price to pay to experience the absolute best craft beer bar in the city. If there's a better one I'd like to see it.

The food is reasonably priced for the quality you get, too. Try the Wake-Up Burger.

Photo of myersk27
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This is a great spot for food and craft beer in Indianapolis, probably the best place overall. Tap list changes everyday. 38 lines with a focus on local/regional brews. The food is fantastic. Best cheese curds I've ever had. They took the Burn burger (burger, pulled pork, jalapenos) off the menu but you can still order it. Best Spicy Cuban sandwich around and they have some great vegetarian options as well. Bar staff are friendly and responsive. Service in the dining room can be a touch slow, but who cares when you are enjoying great beers. A must stop if you are in Indy.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of zonker17
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of hurricanelars
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of JamesS
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.6/5  rDev -20%
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.

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