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The Rathskeller

The RathskellerThe Rathskeller

Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

401 E Michigan St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-1643
United States
phone: (317) 636-0396

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rathskellerindy

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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

Great place to eat authentic German food and drink good German beer. Service is great, food is great, and prices are reasonable. Beer menu could use some Belgian additions as well as some more American brews. Other than that, I would go back again in a heartbeat.

10-18-2013 18:42:47 | More by Matthewpakula
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

A: Located in downtown Indy, in a building built in the 1800's. The building is rather large. There is a large dining room, a bar called the Kellerbar and a Biergarten. We hit up the Kellerbar. Ample seating at the Kellerbar with many tables. It gives you an old school German bar feel. Cozy and quaint yet large and expansive.

Q: No problems with the quality of the brews or food.

Ser: The service is just fine. Prompt and efficient. They were very friendly and knew just enough about the beer.

Sel: They have 12 German brews on tap and a about 40 or 50 imported bottle beers. On tab were a nice selection of german styles, Kolsch, Pilsner, Dunkels, Weissbier, Eisbock, Hefeweizen and Rauchbiers.

F: The food is pretty standard german fare. It was just fine. It really pares well with good german beers.

O: This is a great place if you enjoy German Brews and German food in a chill, laid back environment. A good stop if you are in downtown Indy.

02-19-2012 15:11:12 | More by IronCitySteve
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jisom123

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

German food. Get the hot mustard. The famous burgers are only available on the bar side.

Optimator is the best draft beer available here. Best bottles are locals and Tremens.

Out back behind the main bar is an open air gravel pit to watch the bands play and drink outside. picnic tables, fire pit, heat lamps.
This place gets a little crazy during St. Patrick's day.

Large historic beautiful building, spacious. Dark wood everywhere.
There are bands playing in at least 1 of 3 locations the entire weekend and many weeknights.

09-02-2011 05:04:24 | More by jisom123
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SUjunkie

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Deep fried brat and sauerkraut balls. 32 oz beers served in German steins. Outdoor Beirgarden. Deer heads on the wall. Bavarian flags hanging from the ceiling. This place is a German paradise!

I went here last night while visiting Indy for work. 15 minute walk from the downtown Convention Center/Lucas Oil Stadium area. I walked into this castle for some beer and an appetizer. The place is huge. A dining area. Bar area. Biergarden. Event area. All in one place.
The beer list consisted of 12+ German breweries. Spaten, Paulaner, Ayinger and Weihenstephaner were a few of the flavors on the tap list. 3 different sized mugs. Prices in the $7 range for the medium glasses.
I had the deep fried brat and sauerkraut balls. 3 different dipping sauces. Mustard that will make your eyes water. Good, yet not cheap ($10).
I had some great conversations with the bartender, waitresses and "bar regulars". All very friendly.
I highly recommend this German beer palace when visiting Indy.

10-21-2010 23:08:52 | More by SUjunkie
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Classic german fare in an old school setting. This place is huge, and though I was just there for lunch, a few hundred of my friends could have joined me.

Food is excellent - anything German you could ask for, and done well. The wursts are great, the spaetzle is tasty, and the sauerbraten is fall apart tasty. Pretty wide menu gives you lots of choices.

Beer menu is supberb - lots of great micros, along with a stellar selection of Germans. Plenty on tap, with plenty of bottles in reserve. Good explanations/descriptions in the menu too for the novice drinker.

Service was so so. My waiter brought me the wrong beer, but it was a better one than I ordered (Ayinger vs. paulaner Octoberfest) so who's complaining.

Overall, definitely worth a trip if you are looking for great beers and german fare in the Indy area.

09-01-2010 23:10:38 | More by KTCamm
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mynie

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$

The facility is gorgeous. I've been to facsimile beerhalls before, along with a wide range of bierstubes and sausage huts, but none were anywhere near as charming, decor wise. There are a pair of gigantic dining halls that could each easily host a wedding reception and then a bar area that's the size of your average gastropub. I ate in the bar area and so that's what I'll focus on.

It's bricky. The building is genuinely very old, by American standards, and most of the beer-themed decor was vintage and in no way tacky. (Some pubs are turning into beerfly versions of Applebee's and this, thankfully, was not one of them). Lots of windows. The pub is sort of narrow, and it has the pleasant feel of a well maintained cellar--in the hot summer heat it was very cool and nicely humid--but the windows let in so much light that it's almost like you're in a beer garden even though you're not.

There is a beer garden, though, and it's pretty spectacular. You're on a roof downtown with a nice view of the surrounding skyscrapers. Indy's not exactly an architectural Mecca but it's still kind of nice to be surrounded by big buildings while drinking.

Aside from the atmosphere, everything else is kind of middling and really pricey. 20 oz drafts cost you 7-8 bucks (and if you're drinking outside that beer will come in a plastic cup!). The pub food is much more reasonably priced than the restaurant's, but it's still a little on the steep side and, well, not all that great. I don't eat meat, but my companion said that his sausages were only okay. My ladyfriend and I split a couple of pretzels and a cheese plate and neither were much to write home about. Again, nothing was *bad*, but for German fare it wasn't worth what we paid.

The staff was medium attentive, not beer-retarded but also not super knowledgeable. There were about a dozen beers on tap, all of them German aside from Sunking's exclusive amber. Nothing super fancy--Bitburger, Erdinger, Hofbrau--but there were three Weihenstephan taps and that's always a good thing.

07-06-2010 17:01:36 | More by mynie
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bheilman

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Wow, I never expected this in Indiana. Definitely the coolest place I've ever seen in this state and very comparable to some of the beer halls you would expect to see in Germany. If you enter through the front door, you head downstairs into a more dining-like area. As you pass through that area you get to the bar and a more informal sitting area. I was there for lunch, so it's probably different at night, but there were no people sitting in the more formal dining area. They were actually setting up for what looked like a wedding (I would love to attend a reception here). Once in the bar area, there are many tables, high ceilings, mounted moose and deer, many old german and belgian beer signs. About 12 draft beers, half German, and it seemed like they alternated the draft beers. The bottle menu had another 15-20 German beers, ~15 Belgian beers, ~ 15 English beers,~15 US craft beers, and a few more. So if you like beer, you will be able to find something and I would guess they have something you don't see all that often. In my opinion they had a really good selection of bottles and the drafts were good, just limited. The service was great at lunch. My server anticipated my request of the bill and I never really had to wait for a beer. The price was higher than I expected ~ $7 for a 20 oz beer, but not ridiculous (Warsteiner Eisbock). The food was good. I don't particularly like German food all that much, but it seemed authentic. I've eaten sausages in Germany. I had a pretzel while waiting for my first beer. It was served with spicy mustard that may have been the most spicy I've ever eaten. It actually made me choke on my second bite, so I learned my lesson and took less on the next bites. The lunch of two sausages along with potatoes and sauerkraut was ~$10 but also served with a big pretzel and another piece of bread. My opinion was that the food wasn't too pricey for the authenticity and the amount of the food.

I didn't even talk about the biergarten which is probably the coolest thing about the place. They have about 40 picnic tables outside and were having a cornhole tournament (throw a beanbag full of corn through a hole in a board, same concept as horseshoes and a lot of other leisure/drinking games). They have a stage and a bar outside too. This would be a great place to hang out on a warm day or an evening when a band might be playing. I would love to be here for oktoberfest or something like that. Coolest place in Indiana!

04-25-2010 00:40:44 | More by bheilman
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Brettster

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I absolutely love this place. Whether you want to eat good german food, check out a live band, or just drink beer in the beer garden, this is the place to do it.

Having been to Germany, this is pretty close to authentic. The beer list is not huge, but it is fantastic. The beer garden is definitely a fun place to hang out an watch music or just be outside and have a few brews. Our server was excellent. She brought me a few samples of the beer to help me choose. She was always on the spot. the prices were reasonable for what you get.

Check it out if you are in Indy.

11-03-2009 17:12:27 | More by Brettster
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JamesS

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Great place! Nice cellar bar with an above ground beer garden. Bar area and restaurant areas were both clean, either well lit or nice and cozy.

Great service by the bartender, who also came around and checked on us after we sat at a table. Waitress also stopped by once or twice.

Excellent selection of beer, especially if you like German and German style brews. The Spaten Optimator was fantastic and I enjoyed the Warsteiner Oktoberfest a lot, too. Several taps with German and craft brews and a large bottle selection.

I only had the warm pretzel, but it was very good. The hot mustard dip was excellent, but I learned not to put too much on after the first bit. Very spicy! But very good.

I would never say no to visiting here when I'm back in Indy.

10-20-2009 00:31:11 | More by JamesS
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

This is as close to an authentic German beergarden as you can get in indiana. Always several interesting German beers on tap. English and German imports mostly. Very few domestic craft brews.

This is a huge place. Full service restaurant, banquet hall, bar/cafe tables, and a outdoor bandstand, bar and beergarden.

This place rocks. Although it is so big and has so much to offer, all rooms meld nicely together. You never get a bad vibe from anything at this place. Whether you have on a tux from a wedding party or cutoff shorts and flipflops, everyone is welcome and fits right in.

St. Patrick's day is nuts at the Keller, wall to wall people in every room.

Try this place, You will not be disappointed.

07-31-2009 01:40:57 | More by JohnWaynes44
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The Rathskeller in Indianapolis, IN
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.