MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar
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Taps: 14 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BAbaracus:
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
So what exactly distinguishes a Scottish pub from an English or Irish one, you ask? James Bond pictures, apparently. However, this isnt to imply that Macnivens is just some faceless chain pub knockoff by any means. It has the typical Brit pub favoritism for dark wood and a cozy ambience not overtaken by a blaring jukebox or dozens of TVs. The dozen or so taps are well chosen, with the current prize being the Hebrew 9, a tasty NY concoction representing 9 different malts and 9 different types of hops. Also represented are taps from Tennants, Bells, Uplands and the usual Brit pub fare (Guinness, Bass, etc). The bottled selection is really where its at. Macnivens has a full four panel menu printed up of their bottled selection with prices and a brief description of each. Overall the bottled selection favors imports, with both UK & Belgian beers getting equal props, but there are also a wealth of good US micros. Service was knowledgable and attentive, but Ive come to take that for granted in a US Brit-style pub; its one of the reasons I frequent them to the inclusion of, say, sports bars for instance. All in all a fine addition to the downtown Indy beer scene.
05-24-2006 20:45:56 | More by BAbaracus
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A- decent sized bar with a good table selection as well. Nicely lit and open. Appeared to be very clean. Some Scottish/English paraphernalia on the walls.
Q- the beers we had were of great quality and served at the right temperature and in correct glassware. I had a Three Floyd's Gumballhead (x2) and my wife had a Weinzeskaner Hefe.
Service-We were greeted right away upon sitting at the bar. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuine.
Selection-Above average selection. I knew I wanted a Gumballhead so I didn't do a lot of looking through the selection but they appeared to have a good mix of American and European beers.
V-we had 3 beers total for a price of $16. Not too bad but not somewhere to go if you plan on drinking a lot as it could get a bit pricey.
O- I will be returning to MacNivens on my next trip to Indy. I hope to try some of their food and maybe a few more beers. Very nice place overall.
08-30-2013 03:38:05 | More by barrett61
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A: Walking in, there is a large bar area with ample seating. There are some tables in a separate area for dining. The bar is a little tight and could be tough to navigate if it got crowded. Nice exposed brick gives it a nice scottish feel.
Q: The beers appear to turnover quickly but each new brew on tap tastes nice and fresh.
Ser: The bartenders were prompt, efficient and knowlegable about the brews. The one bartender was explaing the 'hand pump' to another customer.
Sel: The tap selection is not overwhelming, but it covers a good amount of styles. They also have a decent amount of bottles. On tap they Founders, Brooklyn, Three Floyds, Bellhaven and Sun King. They also had a brew on the hand pump.
O: This is a solid choice if in Indy. You will get a good flavor of 'local' Indiana brews on tap in a nice setting at reasonable prices.
02-11-2012 18:38:10 | More by IronCitySteve
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Macniven's is a nice place to go for a wide beer selection and some pretty delicious. It can get pretty loud and stuffy on weekends, but what downtown bar doesn't? Their prices are reasonable. My only complaint is that there is smoking allowed in the bar area, which is connected to the other half of the restaurant without much separation. If you go to Macniven's you absolutely HAVE to try the scotch eggs. Service has always been good when I've been there. All in all, this place is a great place for BAs to go for tasty beverages and food.
11-19-2011 13:23:07 | More by mdbailey00
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
My friend, a fellow Ba, and I hit this place up a couple days ago and though it wasn't my first time going to Macniven's, it was the first time I have went since I became re-obsessed with beer.
The night we went they had some amazing stuff on tap. Sunking Grapefruit Jungle (an excellent beer by one of our best local breweries by the by), A quadrupel (sp?) that I cannot remember the name of but it was authentic Trappist stuff, The DFH/FFF Poppa Skull, as well as some other great local stuff. They also had a great bottle selection, including some DFH which is rare since they pulled out of our area a while back.
The bartender was excellent and really helpful. He poured us both a Left Hand Milk Stout/Crooked Tree IPA black and tan as per our request (a great combo if you ever feel the urge). I wish I could remember the guy's name to give him a shout out..
You can smoke at the bar and, although I did not eat this go-round, I have always been pretty fond of their food. A great scottish style restaurant that also caters to Beer Lovers.
All in all, a great experience.
10-21-2011 05:05:40 | More by DONA812
MacNiven's Restaurant & Bar in Indianapolis, IN
93 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.