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18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Taps: 50
Bottles: 101
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

838 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220-1961
United States
phone: (317) 466-1555

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Reviews by BAbaracus:
Photo of BAbaracus
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

I wandered in here one Saturday afternoon as the last of the Indy multi-tap pubs that I hadn’t tried yet. Unfortunately it was the Saturday that Notre Dame was playing USC, so every loud frat daddy cliche I’d been told about the place was fully on display. I have to score low on the service since I couldn’t get the time of day of any of the waitresses. I’m sure this was because I was flying solo and the rest of the tables were all pretty packed; they probably thought I wasn’t worth the tip by comparison. Nonetheless, this is poor service by any stretch of the imagination. Looked to me like around 50 taps, but there was still a dearth of micros that weren’t overfamiliar. I respect the fact that most of the Indy pubs give a lot of draught space to local and regional beers but the net effect is that it seems you find the same things everywhere you go. The usual Bell’s amber, Oberon, etc. Maybe Upland’s Wheat or Dragonfly, etc. Three Floyd’s Alpha King, Robert the Bruce, etc. Kinda dampens the mood for exploration a bit. Overall this seemed like a good place to bring a large, rowdy party but it’s certainly no chill out spot, and the atmosphere doesn’t lend well to, say, perusing the taps or getting a good whiff of your beer.

UPDATE: I've gone in several times since this review was written and, while the waitress service can definitely be hit or miss, the bartenders themselves have all been attentive.

BAbaracus, May 24, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

lilsmizzul1225, May 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

ToddGingerich, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MSandahl23, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of mdvatab
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

It had been 7+ years since I'd had the chance to stop into Chumley's, but finally did so on an afternoon of Broad Ripple bar hopping.

Upon walking in, we were hit by a cloud of smoke. Definitely a reminder of how bars used to smell before most of them went smoke-free. We weren't there for a serious tasting or anything, though, so we didn't sweat it.

Aside from the smoke, Chumley's still had the great college bar vibe that I remembered it for. A large room, lots of tables (although most of them were full of IU fans there to root their basketball team on.)

The draught beer menu is EXTENSIVE. I'd love to get a peek into their cooler. Must be huge. The menu listed beers available during Nov.-Jan., so a couple of the ones I requested were either no longer being served, or had not yet been tapped. Nonetheless, we were able to order a few delicious glasses of Founders Breakfast Stout, and my second glass was FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf. This was my first time to have either of these on tap, and really enjoyed them. All indications are the Chumley's does an excellent job at draught line maintenance, which is impressive given their selection.

Our waitress was admittedly busy waiting on many tables, but it sometimes took a bit longer than we would have liked to get our beers. Again, no big worries. The place was busy, so we understood.

Will definitely be back!

mdvatab, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

I came to Chumley's as part of a group following a wedding reception. Saturday night....yeah it was packed, as was all of Broad Ripple. Hot as hell that night too. I don't know Indy at all and was not familiar with the bar, so when I made it up to the bar I was pretty impressed with the long row of taps. I immediately was excited by several that I spotted. I ended up getting Double Trouble, Alpha King and Gumballhead, and if I had more time/had been more sober I could have kept going with many more. Like I said before, it was packed, so service was pretty slow but I won't hold that against them too much. Overall, not sure the next time I will be in Indy but I would definitely come here again. Pretty solid selection and I enjoyed it a lot.

zhanson88, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Of course I'm sure it depends on what time of day you go. If you go at night, when ripple is INSANE! the service just can't keep up. As for me, I'm older, so I went during the day and the service was perfect. Atmosphere was laid back, but if you go on the weekend nights, it's full of stupid young 20's kids. The selection makes up for everything. You can get alot of good beers. I got world wide stout and 90 minute plus a few others. I got a breaded tenderloin that was massive. Wasn't the best I've ever had but was good none the less. Prices are pretty decent. Ex...I got a 12 ounce pour of WWS for 6.50. A 12 ounce bottle around here costs at a minimum 8.99. They also have special tappings so that is nice. They tapped KBS just 2 days ago. I'll be going back.

1Adam12, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of cwcolby74
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%

This place has its good and bad. It's big. It has a lot of seating. It has more than 100 different kinds of beer, many of which are on tap. It's centrally located in Broadripple. The servers are cute and attentive.

My two negatives are only as major as your individual tastes. They allow smoking, which I hate. And it has really poor filtration so toward the end of the evening it gets terribly smoky. Second, it's in Broadripple, so you'll get a younger crowd. Lots of college-age kids, and younger working people (non-professionals, in most cases). I'm not judging, I'm just saying you'll get a mixed bag, and it gets very crowded.

But if you want a good variety of beer at a fairly reasonable price, this is a much better place to go in Broadripple than most places.

cwcolby74, May 07, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Stopped in here for lunch during my trip to Indy.
Walking in, it looks like a typical sports bar with big screens all over, a pool table in the far corner, and some random arcade games.
A great selection of local and imported taps however. I dont recall the exact amount, but there were at least 24 or so. Mostly local breweries which I can appreciate with some other randoms from around the country as well as a few imports as well to choose from.
They had a sweet menu of different classic bar foods as well as a killer burger selection that took me a while to choose. The burger turned out great and the setting was perfect; a good burger, a pint of local beer, and the sports playing up on the big screens. I really couldnt complain; a great bar to have closeby for a quick bite and a beer.

sweemzander, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of JToad
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Stopped here on a Monday night before going to a concert.

Typical Sports bar atmosphere, wouldn't expect the beer selection at a place like this, so I was very excited to see they had something like 50 taps and a load of bottles.

Bartended seemed fairly knowledgeable about the product, although when I asked for a certain IPA, (can't recall which) she told me they were out, then proceeded to pour the same beer for the guy next to me. When I asked her about it she said, ohh whoops I didn't realize what its full name was. I settled for a New Albanian Elector, which was great. Beer list wasn't current, as I saw a Founder's Breakfast Stout tap handle and it wasn't listed, but again a nice pleasant surprise for my 2nd beer of the night.

Food was very good. This place is known for their burgers, and I had the Mac-n-Cheese Burger, which was delicious! Prices were resonable, paid like $8 for the burger and beers were $4-5.

All in all, this place is worth it for the beer and food alone. Service was friendly, just a few minor mishaps. I would definietely go again.

JToad, Nov 02, 2010
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