Carmel Bars: From Trendy Clubs to Casual Dives

Carmel, Indiana is an upscale, up and coming suburb of Indiana state capital Indianapolis, located on its north side. Historic and growing downtown Carmel is full of Carmel restaurants, Carmel bars, and other Carmel businesses that are fun places to go for a few beers and a few laughs. There are a wide variety of Carmel bars, from the historic confines of the Old Town Tavern (the so-called best dive bar in Carmel) to the stately, cozy interior of the Fox & Hound Pub. In Carmel, you can watch Indianapolis sports on a big screen, try a wide range of cocktails and martinis, or catch up with your friends over a pitcher or a pint.

Video of live music at Bar Louie in Carmel, Indiana


Below is a short list of several bars in Carmel. You’re sure to find a place that will ease your thirst in all the right ways.

Fox and Hound Pub & Grille – One of the best Indianapolis bars, the Fox and Hound Pub & Grille is the definition of an “entertainment restaurant.” An elegant yet casual environment, a sumptuous food menu with both comfort food favorites and a few more unique dishes, and its proximity to Broad Ripple Village make it a favorite spot for Carmel nightlife.
Exterior of the Old Town Tavern in Carmel, Indiana Old Town Tavern – Both the oldest bar in Carmel and the reputed best dive bar in Carmel, the Old Town Tavern can serve up a night of sports, friends, and fun with its outdoor patio, pool tables, and laid back environment.
Woody’s Library – Run by one of the most prominent people in Carmel, Kevin Rider, Woody’s Library is a delicious Carmel restaurant with a fully functional bar inside. The upstairs area of the building represents some of the best fine dining in Carmel, while the downstairs portion is a cozy pub for the 21+ crowd.
Mickey’s Irish Pub – Similar to Claddagh Irish Pub in Indianapolis and Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub in Fishers, Mickey’s Irish Pub is a haven for Indianapolis music. Featuring local and national music, including some of the best artists in Carmel music, Mickey’s Irish Pub is a great place to bring your dancing shoes.
Bar Louie – A hip and trendy bar in Carmel, Bar Louie is a great hotspot of Carmel nightlife. Doubling as a Carmel restaurant, Bar Louie has an effortlessly modern interior coupled with a delicious menu full of giant sandwiches, locally brewed beers, and more.
Yorkshire Rose Pub – More a steakhouse and restaurant than a Carmel bar, the Yorkshire Rose Pub features a cozy atmosphere and freely flowing drinks. A great hangout for the residents of both Carmel and Indianapolis.


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