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The Eagle's patio occupies a vibrant corner of Mass Ave and is a favorite for those seeking southern cooking and city vibes. Jason Lavengood Photography
The Bottleworks District is an art deco revival that is Indy's hottest entertainment district Cliff Ritchey Art
The mural of Indianapolis poet Mari Evans looms over visitors to Mass Ave Dauss Foto

Mass Ave

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.

Fast Facts

  • 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 

Mass Ave Attractions

The Bottleworks District is an art deco revival that is Indy's hottest entertainment district Cliff Ritchey Art

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.

Score free tickets concertsat venues like Old National Center Phierce Photography

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.

Floor to ceiling windows give you something extra to look at while you try some cleverly-named brews like Sanctuary Saison and the award-winning Confessional IPA.

This speak-easy style hub for prohibition cocktails with a small tapas menu kicks off the nightlife scene on Mass Ave's south end.

Offering American entrees, craft cocktails, weekend brunch, tasty treats, and Instagram-worthy plates.

A local eatery and fresh juicery serving seasonally influenced and locally sourced food and cold pressed juice.

Mass Ave Shops

From independent smaller brands to more well-known larger brands, Francis & Fern features something unique for each customer.

Clothes With A Cause is a roomy and expansive store that offers customers the opportunity to make an impact in the world with their purchase.

Discover breezy and relaxed fashion finds while you’re exploring one of Indy’s most vibrant cultural districts.

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.

Whether you are looking for handmade silver jewelry, modern home decor, or quirky fun gifts, Silver in the City is your destination for gift-giving.

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. 

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