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Five of the best views and brews at Indy’s rooftop bars

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Rooftop Garden Cocktail Lounge

The Rooftop Garden in Fountain Square overlooks downtown at sunset. (Photo provided/The Rooftop Garden)

1105 Prospect St.

Open every day, 6-11 p.m. (1 a.m. on Fri. and Sat.)

Located in the heart of Fountain Square, the Rooftop Garden offers an array of appetizers, cocktails, wine and draft beer for those looking for a view of the city.  Open now for the spring and summer seasons. Small bites feature kimchi pulled pork sliders and vegan walkin’ tacos. For more information, visit fountainsquareindy.com or call 317-687-4157.


720 N. College Ave.

Open every day, 4-10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fri. & Sat., 9 p.m. on Sun.)

Restored from a building from the 1890s, Livery brings the flare of Latin American food and spirits to its two-story casual rooftop lounge and dining spot. The drink menu heavily features tequila but also displays a large selection of wines, margaritas and beer. Rooftop seating open year-round. To make a reservation or view the menu, visit livery-restaurant.com/Indianapolis.

The Cannon Ball Lounge

141 E. Washington St.

Open Mon.-Sat., 4-11 p.m. (12 a.m. on Fri. and Sat.)

The newest addition to Indy’s rooftop scene, the Cannon Ball Lounge is the city’s only indoor-outdoor rooftop bar. It seeks to embody the spirit of its namesake, Erwin ‘Cannonball’ Baker, a motorcyclist who raced his bike in the Indy 500 in the early 1900s. As such, the lounge pays tribute to local icons like Baker through their menu, which is littered with locally inspired cocktails, craft beer and shareable bites. It also sports a zero-proof section. For more about the Cannon Ball Lounge’s menu and story, visit cannonballindy.com.

Plat 99

333 S. Delaware St.

Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.

Fri and Sat. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Plat 99, located in The Alexander hotel, is easily seen by passersby in downtown Indy.  Floor to ceiling windows filled with colorful glass pendant lamps decorate the space. The rotating cocktail menu and selection of spirits, wine and craft beer fulfills their motto of fresh and flavorful fare. Open for breakfast in addition to their evening hours. For more information about Plat 99 or the other amenities The Alexander has to offer, visit thealexander.com/dining.

Plat 99’s colorful pendants decorate the space. (Photo provided/Plat 99)

Pins Mechanical Co.

856 Carrollton Ave.

Open Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m. to close

Sat. and Sun., 12 p.m. to close

The pinball machines in Pins Mechanical CO. are a crowd favorite. (Photo provided/ Pins Mechanical Co.)

A family-friendly outing located in the Bottleworks District, Pins Mechanical Co. transforms from an all-ages game and activity center to a 21+ social gathering scene once the clock strikes 9 p.m. Duckpin bowling, pinball, bocce, foosball and giant Jenga fill the space, offering something for every family member. With a rotating seasonal cocktail menu and the ‘OG favorites’, Pins also offers daily specials, ranging from tequila Thursdays to Tito’s Tuesdays. Visit pinsbar.com to learn more about their selection of games, cocktails and more.

Contact Staff Writer Hanna Rauworth at 317.762.7854 or follow her on Instagram at @hanna.rauworth

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