Chatham Tap - Mass Ave

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Type: Bar, Eatery

719 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-1608
United States

(317) 917-8425 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2008

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

On a recent trip to Indianapolis to watch the Pacer's miserably blow a 20-point lead to the Philadelphia 76ers, I had the opportunity to head out to Mass Ave. and share a couple drinks with some fraternity brothers who live in Indianapolis post-graduation. Seeing as it was already past 1 and we had actually missed the last call at Scholars (don't know why, but they closed early that night), we opted for the Chatham Tap, an english style "football pub."

Inside, the pub is a English footballer's dream: the walls are covered with scarves from just about every Premiership team: Arsenal, ManU, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle, etc. There are about a dozen television screens throughout the pub, each on fixed on european sports channels showing football and, occasionally, rugby: SKY Sports, BBC, Setanta Sports, GolTV. This really is quite the atmosphere to take in a football match. Seeing as it was in the wee hours of the morning, not many people were paying attention to the replay of an FA Cup game that was on the pub, but my friend had informed me that he visited one afternoon about 3pm after a rough day of class and the place was bonkers with football fans clad in jersey cheering and chanting. Quite the atmosphere. If anything, the atmosphere was the best aspect of the entire pub - I can't think of a better place to take in a football match.

As for the beer list, it was passable, although not particularly oriented to craft. And when you think about the nature of the establishment - a British-style Pub, it would be a bit harsh to expect a huge selection of craft beer. That being said, all the European usual-suspects were present: Newcastle, Guinness, Stella, Heineken. They also had Hoegaarden on tap, as well as some selections from Fuller's and Boddingtons. Their British list was most extensive (obviously), but nothing really caught my eye as unique except for the Skullsplitter Ale from Scotland. What American craft they did have amounted to basic selections from Bell's and Goose Island, and even Three Floyd's AKPA - and Indiana favorite. Price-wise, the beers weren't overly expensive, but I did fork over $5 for a pint of Hoegaarden on tap.

I didn't try any of their food because of how late it was, but they seemed to have a decent selection of appetizers that you would expect to find at most bars, so I'll just say the food choices are average at this time. Did have fish and chips listed, however, so I guess that makes it a legit British pub on paper. Next time I'll try out their selections and update.

The service was friendly and the waiter took care of our table by timely bringing out fresh rounds. The bartender seemed fairly knowledgable about the beers they had on their list, but seeing as he was working double duty fixing mixed drinks, I didn't get much chance to pick his brain.

All in all, I had a good evening at the Chatham Tap. Definitely a place I would visit again, especially to take in some mid-afternoon Champions League fixtures and a pint of British beer.

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Chatham Tap - Mass Ave in Indianapolis, IN
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 26 ratings