No Colts in this year’s Super Bowl doesn’t mean Indianapolis can’t still enjoy all the perks of the sacred Sunday. Colts fans can watch the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles vie for the Lombardi trophy without stressing about the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.
Here are 20 places to enjoy the game, halftime show, and commercials during Super Bowl LII.
1. Stacked Pickle, 172 Melody Ave., Greenwood, stackedpickle.com/greenwood
One of six locations in and around Indianapolis, the Stacked Pickle Greenwood has the Super Bowl food spread covered. Start with jumbo wings tossed in buffalo, teriyaki, spicy garlic, Chinese peanut, or BBQ sauces. Or wash down the fish tacos with a sweet and savory Indiana Navel — a bacon-infused Stoli vodka and orange juice cocktail.
2. Trie and True Alehouse, 2800 Indiana 135, Greenwood, https://www.triedandtruealehouse.com/
With so many choices on the menu to please everyone's taste buds, Tried and True delivers winning food. With signature items like the horseradish guacamole & swiss burger, the pub-style fish and chips, or the chicken and waffle bytes, there are options out there for the foodies as well. Drink Specials include - Bloody Marys & Mimosas for $4 and 23 oz. Domestic Beers for $3.50.
3. Matt the Miller’s Tavern, 11 W. City Center Drive, Carmel, mtmtavern.com/carmel
Matt the Miller's is a comfortable, family-friendly restaurant with enough food on the menu to feed a football fan several times over. Enjoy drafts on tap and an extensive bottled beer selection, as well as wine and cocktails.
4. Mass Ave. Pub, 719 Mass Ave., massavepub.com
Hang out at this fun, laid-back neighborhood bar and watch the Super Bowl on one of six TVs. Toast to the game with small-batch and common spirits, and a host of craft beers and Super Bowl pint specials. Food specials feature $10 pizzas, any toppings. The staff is putting together a tip board so football fans can score T-shirts -- word is one big winner will receive an enviable grand prize.
5. Moe & Johnny’s, 5380 N College Ave.,moeandjohnnys.com
Located in the historic Butler Tarkington area, Moe & Johnny’s is one of those cozy neighborhood restaurants where everyone really does know your name. This old-school bar serves up Indiana craft brews including the Triton Sin Bin BPA and Railsplitter IPA and 3 Floyds Gumball Head and Alpha King.
6. Ale Emporium, 8617 Allisonville Road, ale-emporium.com
This well-loved Northside establishment, in its 29th year, will show the Super Bowl and NFL Sunday Ticket on 45 HDTVs and seven front-screen projectors.
7. Jockamo Pizza, 5646 E. Washington St., www.jockamopizza.com
Start the Super Bowl party early at Jockamo’s in historic Irvington with a wide selection of gourmet pizzas and draft and bottled beers including Indiana craft brew Sunlight. Warm up on game day with the roasted pepperdews stuffed with goat cheese appetizer. Take the Super Bowl party home with Jockamo pizza carry-out on Sunday.
8. Kilroy’s Bar N’ Grill, 831 Broad Ripple Ave. and 201 S. Meridian, www.kilroysindy.com
Downtown or Broad Ripple, Kilroy’s is a game-lover’s dream with more than 40 TVs. Choose from a $5 Stoli bloody Mary or Jim Beam whiskey drink and $15 Coors Light and Miller Light buckets. For a real party, try a 32-ounce Long Islands and a basket of Kilroy’s famous stuffed breadsticks.
9. High Velocity Sports Bar at the JW Marriott, 10 S. West St., highvelocityindy.com
Think vintage sports bar-meets-high tech. High Velocity is an upscale, family-friendly place with a multi-dimensional media wall and more than 60 HDTVs. Specials include $2 Coors Light bottle all day and $1 sliders and 25-cent boneless buffalo wings during game time.
10. Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave., trapindy.com
The Northside favorite has expanded its sport-bar accommodations to include more than 20 TVs, including two 120-inch and 140-inch high-def big screens. No visit to the Mousetrap is complete without tasting the famous stew or giant pork tenderloins. There are also pool tables, dart boards, a ping-pong table and board and video games for multi-tasking fans.
11. Casler’s Kitchen and Bar, 11501 Geist Pavilion Drive, Fishers, www.caslers.com.
Cozy up to the fireplace at this family-owned Fishers establishment and watch the game on the newly remodeled bar’s 37 HDTVs and 7 HD projectors. Super Bowl specials include one large, one-topping pizza and a 64-ounce Miller Lite or Coors Light pitcher for $17. There will also be small giveaways during the game.
12. Scotty’s Brewhouse, 1 Virginia Ave. and 3905 E. 96th St., scottysbrewhouse.com.
Scotty’s doubles the Super Bowl fun with locations in the Carmel/Fishers area and in downtown Indy, one block north of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Scotty’s is known for Sunday Funday, so why not keep the tradition strong with Super Bowl Sunday Funday? Belly up to Scotty’s handmade oak bars for specials on Thr3e Wise Men pints and table top taps, bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as $5 appetizers..
13. Moon Dog Tavern, 4825 E. 96th St., moondogtavern.com.
Take in the rock ’n roll décor and enjoy half-price pizzas and $8.50 buffalo wings. Drink specials include discounts on pitchers and $4 shots of Fireball cinnamon whiskey.
14. Coaches Tavern, 28 S. Pennsylvania St, coachestavern.com.
This lively Downtown sports bar was established in 2003 in honor of all the coaches out there, and they know who they are. Drink specials include $4 Captain Morgan and Jagermeister and $5 mimosas and Stoli bloody Marys.
15. Old Pro’s Table, 827 Broad Ripple Ave., oldprostable.com.
Billiards aren’t the only sportsy draw at the OPT. This Broad Ripple institution will serve up specials including tableside 100-ounce beer towers, pints of domestics, and chili cheese dogs. Watch the game by the barroom fireplace or the billiard tables on OPT’s 18 big-screen HD TVs and win prizes including free shirts and beer.
16. The Brockway Public House, 12525 Old Meridian, Carmel, thebrockway.com
This award-winning Dublin industrial pub in Carmel is known for its perfectly poured cold pints of Guinness; make sure to order the corned beef for good luck.
17. Front Page Tavern, 310 Massachusetts Ave., frontpagesportsbar.com
The Downtown will offer Budweiser and shot specials. Load up on appetizers including deep-fried pickles and the blackened quesadilla and pub classics such as fish and chips and a Philly cheesesteak.
18. Chatham Tap, 719 Massachusetts Ave., and 8211 E. 116th St., Fishers,, chathamtap.com
Chatham Tap will be business as usual on Super Bowl Sunday, meaning the party will be rousing. The National Football League will join the pubs’ sports programming mainstays, the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, World Cup, and European Championships for American football’s most celebrated game of the year. Try the portabella mushroom fries and specialty pizzas such as the Meaty Kuzola, specifically for its name.
19. Buffalo Wild Wings, various Indianapolis locations, www.buffalowildwings.com
With 15 locations in Indianapolis, BW3 covers the gamut of what the old-school Super Bowl fan appreciates: Sports, beer, and wings. In no particular order. And with 16 signature sauces including mango habanero and parmesan garlic, plus five options for seasonings, BW3 does the chicken wing justice. There are also, of course, a lot of TVs.
20. The Whistle Stop Inn, 375 S. Illinois St.
The Whistle Stop is known for its spirited atmosphere for tailgating before Colts games. Super Bowl Sunday at this friendly bar will top that. There will copious amounts of food and appetizers and $1 off any drink for guests.