Owing its moniker to the mile-long avenue with the same name, Mass Ave features many of Indy’s most well-known establishments and attractions. Art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and bars punctuate this cultural district, one of the closest neighborhoods from the heart of downtown. Home to just over 1,600 residents, this commercial and retail destination focuses on local charm and art. Spend an entire afternoon strolling the avenue, discovering your next favorite Indy coffee shop or local boutique, and enjoying dinner with a refined ambiance in one of the districts’ eateries.
Find the Vibe
ARTSY. INDEPENDENT. Mass Ave puts a whole new angle on excitement, one that promises to be 45 degrees from ordinary. Known as the Arts and Theater District, a free-spirited and friendly mood spills from the many venues sprinkling the Avenue.
- Angled northwest from the heart of downtown, the district’s tagline is “45 Degrees from Ordinary”
- The newest retail center in Indy, the Bottleworks District, is located on the northern end of Mass Ave
- Bust a move with the digitized Ann when you check out “Ann Dancing,” an original artwork from Julian Opie.
- Frequented by Indy Locals Justin Sears-Watson, Aissatou Balde, Michael “Alkemi” Jordan
Bottleworks District includes a The Garage Food Hall, Living Room Movie Theatre, Pins Mechanical for bowling and entertainment, Woodhouse Day Spa, Bottleworks Hotel, and more.
With an Egyptian facade and unique decor, this intimate and charming theater is located in the Mass Ave cultural district.
This perpetually-moving electronic artwork, installed on Massachusetts Avenue in 2008, was created by artist Julian Opie (whose artwork was part of a temporary citywide exhibition in 2007).
Home to the oldest restaurant in Indianapolis, The Rathskeller, a historic theatre, and local coffee shop, this 19th-century building was constructed with German architectural influence.
Find your next date-night fit, styles for work, and styles for working out. Each section of merchandise is paired with a local non-profit, with proceeds from departments like jewelry, shoes, athleisure, and dresses directly benefitting local organizations.
Selling pieces from more than 200 North American artists/crafters, products include jewelry, stationery, apparel, artisanal foods, florals, bath/body care, housewares, and more.
How to Get There
- Driving: Approximately 7 minutes via car from downtown Indy via New York Street
- Indianapolis Cultural Trail: This 8-mile walking, running, and cycling trail connects many Indy cultural districts together. Mass Ave is a 20-minute walk from the heart of downtown Indy.