For fans of women’s college basketball who will be in Indianapolis for the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four, there are sports bars downtown for the faithful of all four teams left in the tournament. Click on the hyperlinked restaurant names to reach their websites.
(NOTE: The author is a graduate of Texas A&M University who lives in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.)
The designated bar for Aggie fans is Scotty’s Brewhouse, located at 1 Virginia Avenue, just one block north of Conseco Fieldhouse, at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Scotty’s has no fewer than about eleventy-three bazillion high-definition TV’s throughout the place, including one at every table, all around the bar, and in the restrooms. They also have a nice big outdoor patio for those who’d like to experience spring in Indiana first-hand. (A word of warning to my Aggie brethren, though: wear layers. It’s just a smidge cooler here than you’re used to back in College Station.)
Take a gander at their beer menu and you will find, among many options, Shiner Bock! You read it right, Ags! The nectar from the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, is available here in the Circle City! They should probably just back the Shiner truck up to the front door.
Scotty’s will have no idea what hit it when Aggies start humpin’ it and whooping. Put on those Aggie rings, pack the house with maroon and white, and yell our Lady Aggies to victory! Gig ’em!
I’m guessing there may be one or two Notre Dame fans in town, since South Bend is just a few hours north of Indianapolis. Just a guess.
Irish fans, you’ll want to head on over to the Ram Restaurant and Brewery, located at 140 S. Illinois Street, near the intersection of Illinois Street and Michigan Street, about two blocks west of Conseco Fieldhouse. The Ram has a 120-inch (yes, ten FEET) high-def projection TV, along with six other high-def plasma TV’s on which to watch your beloved green and gold.
The food at the Ram is spectacular. I particularly enjoy the Ram Ribeye Steak and the Reuben. For the especially hungry, try the Behemoth Burger. Go ahead. I dare you. It’s over 5 pounds of meat with a ton of toppings. Survive it in one sitting and earn yourself a t-shirt!
The Ram brews its own beer, too. My personal favorite is the Ole St. Mick’s Irish Red, but order a sampler and find what you like.
Any UConn fans in the house? Your Lady Huskies have been the Final Four a time or two in the past, haven’t they? Fittingly, then, you folks should find your way to Champps Indy Downtown on 49 W. Maryland Street.
Champps offers 11 TV’s for your viewing pleasure, and you’ll be especially pleased with the cuisine there. Start with some Champpionship Rings (they’re clever folks there, aren’t they?) and then fill up on a full rack of Baby Back Ribs (or, I suppose, you could eat whatever you want on their menu, but I’m partial to the ribs).
Try a Firehouse Burger if you’re brave. Come on. Do it. I triple dog dare you.
You might want to have a Sam Adams or two close at hand, though, to extinguish the flames.
So the Cardinal is up against my beloved Aggies, huh? For you folks, we have a small piece of property out in central Nebraska………….
Oh, alright. I was just kidding. Stanford fans should check out Buffalo Wild Wings (you’re not cool unless you refer to them as B-Dub’s or BW3, though) at 7 W. Meridian Street. There are TV’s everywhere and plenty of adult beverages with which to wet your whistle.
B-Dub’s, as you might guess from its “official” name, is popular for its chicken wings. You can order them with bones or without and spruce them up with your choice of 14 sauces, ranging from the mild but tasty Sweet BBQ to the slap-your-momma-holy-mother-of-pearl-my-mouth-is-on-fire Blazin’.
Don’t feel restricted to just wings, though. BW3 also offers great salads, burgers, wraps, ribs, flatbreads, and desserts. You won’t go hungry here.
Good luck to all four teams (especially the Lady Aggies!), and enjoy your weekend in Indianapolis.
More articles by this author:
Finding tickets to the Women’s Final Four
Hotels in Indianapolis for the Women’s Final Four
Indianapolis sports bars
Special thanks to VisitIndy.com for their assistance with this article.