Hot Shotz Ale & Grill

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4.38 w/ 10 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

4705 E. 96th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46246
United States

(317) 818-9510

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Cask conditioned beer sometimes offered on weekends.

Added by Indybeer on 02-15-2007

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my must stops on the way through town. Located in a strip mall it's easy to miss, but make sure that you find the place it's well worth it.
One of the most impressive aspects of this place is it's focus on craft beer and quality over quantity. They don't have a lot of space and are limited by the number of taps they have, but everytime I've been here it's been a tough decision on what to drink because there are so many offerings that I could drink. All the local breweries are well represented. Three Floyds, Upland and Barley Island. The food is better than average as well. Super friendly and accomodating help as well. Wish I had more time to spend there on my way through town instead of just a brief stop to get back on the road.

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Photo of Rainne
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is one of the reasons I miss living in Indy. It's just a little out of the way place but it's what's on the inside that counts as they say. These people are dedicated to real craft beer. There isn't so much more than other places have, but everything they have is a great brew. Not only that but the food is really good. Put the two together and you've got a fine meal. Definitely a place to sit down and enjoy a full meal with a few great beers. It's also comfortable and relaxed even for its small size. The staff has always been friendly and they know what your asking. There also pretty quick with food and drinks and to see how your doing. This is really a good place to take your friends family b/f g/f whoever and just enjoy.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

After an unpleasant experience earlier in the year, the wife and I went back here. My main complaint from last time, the service, seems to have been fixed. The service was exceptional, the beer was great, and the food was simply amazing. The roast duck cigars were out of this world, and the NY strip steak was a thing of beauty. The ribs are the best I've had in Indy. The rowdy sports-bar atmosphere has been toned down, which in my opinion is an improvement. They still have tv's showing sports, but you can now have a conversation with your dinner companion without trying to outshout the commentators. :-) Overall, a great turnaround. Thank you to Hans for asking me to give the place another shot.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went the other night to try a local beer from a firkin. Met the owner, who offered up some tastings on the house. Limited but fantastic tap selection, with quality over quantity and a great variety of beer rotating on and off depending on season, etc. Didn't try any bottles, but again, high quality and variety despite only a handful of offerings. Live music on certain nights and rumored to have some of the best wings on the northside of Indy. Quickly becoming my exclusive local pub to frequent.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hot Shotz is a relatively new establishment on the North side of Indianapolis, at the corner of 96th and Gray Rd. The atmosphere is casual and inviting, reminiscent of a sports bar, plenty of TV's around the bar area.

Service is excellent, due mostly in fact to their bartender and fellow beer guy Hans, (beer advocate id Sephiroth) who makes sure there is always an outstanding lineup both on-tap and bottles. The last evening I stopped in there was Brooklyn IPA, Barley Island Black Magic Java Stout, FFF's Pride and Joy, Tripel Karmeliet, Stone's Arrogant Bastard, and a few others, too many bottles to list. Their impressive beer selection only seconded by Hans' beer expertise.

Their menu has a creative mix of both spicy sauce items, accompanied with upscale pub fare. I've had the Indiana Fish Fry, breaded catfish and fries, welcome Hoosier twist on the more traditional Fish and Chips. The building was formerly a Dick's Bodacious BBQ, so the kitchen still has some smoking equipment available, and a few menu items reflect that fact.

I've been to Hot Shotz on 96th Street three times now, and have never left disappointed. Stop in for a beer and grab a bite to eat while you're there. We have a great beer community here in Indianapolis, support this bar to keep good beer on tap locally.

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Photo of marksto
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by recently while in town for the Microbrewers festival. What really impressed me most about Hot Shotz was the service. Both the owner and tender introduced themselves as I sat down even though they did not (yet) know I was a fellow beer geek. Was lucky enough to be served by Hans who is the main beer guy at the bar. He seemed really in touch with the local beer scene and was familiar with what was going to be featured at the festival. We hit it off well as kindred spirits in beer - he even dug out a sample of cask conditioned Two Hearted and another unusual bottle to share as the evening wore on (many thanks!).

Hot Shotz features about a dozen taps, approximately 8 were micros and 3 were good imports. The micros were rarer types including such brews as BBC alt and FFF Gumbalhead. They also have a decent bottle menu. Was taken aback a bit at first when I saw a sign advertising Miller pitchers, but then I saw them pouring the Miller from a cobra tap and realized it is not normally taking space on one of their draft lines. Apparently they were just trying to compete with a nearby sports bar who was having a similar special. Was told their draft lines are constantly rotating and they also sometimes feature firkins on the weekends.

Didn't have any food but did scan the menu. Seemed kind of odd that much of the menu listed food not usually assoctiated with hot and spicy despite the implication with the name. No matter, perhaps I'll try the food when when in town again but will definitely go back for the beer and the company.

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The best place in Indy for the beer geek and the wing expert.
The food selection is phenomenal. The wings are smoked before any sauce is added. They come in varying degrees of hotness with a huge selection of sauces to select from off the back wall.

Although the food is great, the real reason to visit HotSHotz is for the beer selection. 11 taps are available on a rotating basis. You can go in each week and find a new quality craft beer on draft. Not to mention the firkin that will appear every so often. The bottle beer selection is also terrific, but a little pricey compared to the draft beer.

The service is great and the servers and owner obviously know their beer. A great place to go to hangout with the guys or stop for a nice beer on the way home from work. Not often crowded during the week. And many specials are offered Mon-Wed to entice people to visit.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. The inside is kind of a sports bar environment with a high industrial ceiling. On the back wall is the selection of various hot sauces that are somewhat amusing to glance at while waiting for your food.

The selection of 11 taps was quite nice. Among the list were Weinstephaner hefe, New Holland Mad Hatter, 2 Bros. Hop Juice, Barrellhouse Red Legg, and Breckenridge summer I believe. The bottle list was very nice as well, and covers most styles so everyone should be able to find something. The cooler full of bottles seemed a bit empty, but still a good amount to choose from.

Our service was very friendly and helpful. Proper glassware was used at times, but not others. Not that big of a deal. Our server was quick to point out that everything is made fresh, and it showed. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was nice, especially with the house BBQ sauce. My wife had a burger, which was good, and she stated that the cloe slaw was very good, and tasted fresh.

All in all, a good stop if you are on that side of town.

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Photo of Duster72
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch. All food is made from scratch in house and the menu offers enough variety to impress. Pork tenderloin was excellent and my wife's salad was passable. They brought out some soup samplers and they were all very tasty. They told me they had 11 craft beers on draft and I got a Bell's Two Hearted. Apparently I had missed the firkin the night before, but they told me to check the website for each weekend's special.

Nice place. Not crowded on a Saturday afternoon, but I hope their business picks up.

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Photo of zerk
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went to Hot Shotz last night, and talked for a while with Hans ... the beer guy / bartender. Hans (who is also a BA, although for the life of me, I can't remember his id) knows his stuff, and has catered the beer selection to the beer geek. All 11 taps had craft brew on, including Bell's Two Hearted, Hercules Double IPA, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Piraat, and Upland Wheat. They are also planning to offer casks (starting on St. Patrick's Day) on weekends, assuming the beer sells well enough. They also have a good selection of bottles, and Hans tried to talk macro-lager drinkers into bottled Goffel Kolsch before serving them what they ask for.

The food is pretty good... although we only ordered appetizers. They have a bit of an upscale pub menu, with items like (smoked) chicken wings, fillet medallions, and chili & cheese pie. There are several items on the menu which come in 3 spice levels... "Feel The Burn", "Playing With Fire", and "Stupid Hot." They add different levels of habanero powder to the dish or batter. The "Stupid Hot" could be a little hotter if you ask me, but it was tasty nonetheless.

I love that this place is so close to my house... and think I'll be spending a lot of time there! It's nice to get a quality beer bar on the North Side of Indy again... this in many ways fills the void left by the loss of Marvin at Chalkies.

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Hot Shotz Ale & Grill in Indianapolis, IN
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