Scotty's Brewhouse - Downtown

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Scotty's Brewhouse - DowntownScotty's Brewhouse - Downtown

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1 Virginia Ave
Ste 100
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-3616
United States

(317) 571-0808 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2009

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by jisom123:
Photo of jisom123
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

The only reason I keep coming back is because this place is across the street from my work.

When you enter, you are greeted by a door girl and 4 more staff at the register who are usually doing nothing at all. At first this seems nice, but will make way too much sense when you see your bill.

Over the past 3 years, the Downtown location has slowly gone downhill, regarding beer selection. They offer the 10 standard big lights plus blue moon, Killian's, Sam Adams +SA seasonals. They also offer a variety of the entry level pale ales and light beers from the local self-distributed breweries.

If you are a fan of medium tasting light beers, this is the place for you. Go no further.

They used to have tappings here. They used to have beer trained staff. They used to have Founders specialty releases. They used to have Stone Specialty doubles. They used to have a cellar-worthy bottle beer selection in the fridge.
When asked "What happened to all the good beer", I get one of three answers from the staff:
1. Oh, we fired the good beer guy.
2. We make plenty of money from the sporting events next door to meet our budget. Go somewhere else if you want good beer.
3. Blue Moon is VERY GOOD, have you tried it?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tdeloer
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Benjhilmer
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of neckbracesub
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Soloveitchik
3.41/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of caffeinateme
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of gentryka
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of RBardes
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cmrillo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

My friends and I checked out Scotty's before going to the Michigan v. Kentucky basketball game. The place was packed due to the NCAA basketball games going on at Lucas Oil Stadium a few blocks away. We had a couple beers outside on the patio while waiting to be seated. The patio was spacious with ample seating. There was a fire as the centerpiece. It was a nice outdoor facility.

We were seated a lot faster than we expected. The inside was brick with oak tables and bar. It had more of a sports bar feel. I had a couple Thr3e Wise Men beers since they were local. There coffee porter was great. There were plenty of beers on tap to choose from.

I ordered the Cajun blue cheese mac and cheese. It was great. My friends all seemed to enjoy the food and beer. Our waitress was great. She was efficient and courteous. I had a good time and would recommend catching a game and a pint.

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Photo of cambrennan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zimm421
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Spent about 4 hours here during B1G Championship weekend. Arrived right as they opened, and got a booth. The place went from completely empty, to filled to the max in the matter of a couple hours, but every place in town was like this that day. The atmosphere was great for me, very relaxed and laid back, with a good number of TV's, but nothing overwhelming. The booth we were in had a personal TV, which was nice as well. The place was well kept, clean and looked great.

The service we received was excellent. We made friends with our server very quickly and he paid great attention to us the rest of the day. Knew the menu very well, and offered suggestions for food and beer every time we were ready for something new. The burgers we had were excellent, as well as all the different appetizers we ordered.

The beers selection was great, but didn't blow me away. They had many different options from Thr3e Wise Men, which is an affiliated brewery. There were also other great local options as well, but not a huge variety. Overall, it was a great place to spend a few hours before going out to party hard for the game. Got great service, good food, and great beer. Definitely worth stopping in.

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Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The whole Scotty's chain has gone downhill the past year in my opinion, and downtown is no exception. Granted, most recently I was there during a Pacers' Eastern Conference Finals game, so my expectations of timely service were fairly low with how busy it was, but the service was friendly and slow.

Drink specials here really aren't very special, with a decent drink on special still costing at least $4-$5 for a beer. Decent enough selection of beer, but nothing really special or from smaller, harder to get, breweries.

Everything is clean and well kept, and servers are decently informed on food, not so much about the beers. Food ranges from good to ok. Tenderloin is my go-to, it's good, but not quite hand breaded quality, and their burgers and chicken sandwiches/wraps are ok. Hard to get any sandwich for under $10.

Overall, Scotty's is a decent attempt at a beer bar that has turned very commercial and close to mass-produced over the past year or two. Go here if someone you know thinks Blue Moon is craft and slightly above average sandwiches is their thing.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

A: It is a standard looking 'brewhouse' with your typical beer pub decor.

Ser: Fast and friendly. Nothing great, nothing disappointing. Very typical service you would expect.

Sel: The selection for a 'brewhouse' is rather mediocre. Lots of macros in bottles and on tap. Not much in the way of craft brews. There was a Three Floyds and Goose Island on tap. For bottles there were some Founders. Everything else was your standard macro.

F: Food was your typical pub fare. It was tasty and just fine. No complaints.

O: It is not a bad place, but if you are going for the craft beer selection, you should look elsewhere. The selection is disappointing. I would think a 'brewhouse' would have lots of craft beer. That was not case. But overall, my time here was fine, would not make this my first choice to visit again though.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The brewhouse is a mainstream sportsman with some high profile craft beers to expand the tap selection. It looks like every other contemporary sportsman, trimmed with flat screens. The drink specials emphasize macros and mixed drinks. Really, I'd rather hang out at a BW3s. There's nothing special here other than a disingenuous name. It's too bad. The location is nice, near the conseco field house and down town. The staff is civil and attentive. The place just lacks a certain beer advocacy. Or really anything remarkable. its a slice of Ohio in Indy. There is evidence of a mug club, but its just baffling. I'm surprised that they don't serve beers from the sister brewpub.

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Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Decor wise, this is very similar to the Scotty's in West Lafayette. It's like a less chintzy, more sports oriented Applebee's. It avoids the ersatz soulessness of other sports-themed bar/grill chains, (place like Buffalo Wild Wings), but it doesn't exactly feel comfortable or genuine.

Vibe wise, it's a bit fancier than the one in West Laf. The crowd wore business attire, the building it was in had much nicer architecture, and the wait staff was more attractive (though they made the bar tenders wear skimpy outfits, which I hate. I know I'm probably in the minority here but I don't like mixing my overt objectification of women with my beer bars. You want to oogle tits, go to Hooters.)

The selection was tight: about two dozen taps, 18 of which weren't BMC. There's a beer for every mood, and FFF and Sun King were very well represented.

The prices were higher than in Lafayette, but not egregious, especially for a bar downtown in a major metropolitan area.

Most importantly, though: This place is like three blocks away from Conseco Fieldhouse. It is therefore an *essential* pregame destination if you're going to watch the Pacers.

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have mixed feelings about the various Scotty's Brewhouses I've visited. This one in particular is expensive for what you're getting. The food is good. The beer selection is great, bordering on excellent, especially with regard to in-state breweries.

The atmosphere is great. It's like an upscale sports bar, but one you'd feel equally comfortable taking a date or even your parents to.

I know a person who was a server here, and they have to take classes and an exam over their beers, even if they aren't old enough to drink them. They have to know what styles they are, where they're made and enough about how they taste to be able to make an informed suggestion to a customer if asked. That said, it seems many of their servers forget what they're tested on pretty quickly, because you ask questions and the answers aren't always correct.

Lastly, my biggest issue came about three months ago when I went during happy hour. They had a domestic pitchers special. I ordered Sun King, which is a local Indianapolis brewery. When the bill came, they had charged me regular price. I asked what happened, and they explained a "domestic" pitcher is only the usual BMC suspects. When I asked what category Sun King falls under, I couldn't get an answer. They did change my bill to charge me the special rate.

Anyway, I'd recommend this place if you want to sample a wide variety. The waitresses are rather infamously attractive, and the service is usually really good. Just expect to spend some money.

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Photo of phisigben
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been to the Muncie, Downtown, and 96th street Scotty's of the three the downtown has the best tap list and Munice has the worst. Its nice to go and watch a game there are plenty of TV's around the service is usally good I have never had a complaint about them. The selection isnt bad but its not the most diverse selections I have ever seen. I my book if you have Two Hearted, Gumballhead, Stone stuff, and Sun King stuff you have a pretty good selection of beers. IMO what sets them apart is their food their fried dill pikcle chips and burgers are amazeing.

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