We just spent a few days at the Bottleworks Hotel in downtown Indianapolis and were blown away – what an incredible experience! If you are coming to Indianapolis (or nearby) for any reason and need a place to stay, we’d highly recommend the Bottleworks. It’s unique, upscale, hip, has a great location, and so much more!
The building was originally home to the largest Coca Cola bottling plant in the world. It was renovated over the past several years and the attention to detail and finishes are incredible. We also loved the original tiles that they’ve incorporated into the rooms and hallways. The pop of color and ode to the past is a fantastic touch. You almost have to pause every few feet just to take it all in. It’s a lot to look at, and it’s all beautiful.
There are huge black and white photographs throughout, pristine rooms and hallways that are decorated in such a tasteful and almost ‘thought provoking’ way. If you’re into art, fashion, photography, architecture, etc – this would be a great place to stay.
It’s as if you’ve walked into a jazz themed, high fashion, Gatsby esque party in the heart of central Indiana. We’ll be back for sure!
The location is great for a ton of different food options and activities. A lot of it is walkable, and the rest is a quick drive away. Located at the top of Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave) you are minutes away from a ton of restaurants and pubs. You can walk all the way to Monument Circle which is the center of downtown in about 20-25 minutes.
Indianapolis Zoo/White River State Park – 10 minute drive
Children’s Museum – 10 minute drive
Lucas Oil Stadium – 10 minute drive
Downstairs at the Bottleworks is a fun nail bar, the Woodhouse Day Spa & coming soon, a Drybar salon. So many great options if you need a little pampering! Eloise got a little manicure at the W Nail Bar and loved it!
Where we Ate:
The Garage – This food hall is across the street and it absolutely has something for everyone. There are tons of different food options: pizza, lobster rolls, brazilian steakhouse, Indian, a taco bar, oysters, poké, among many others. (the Taco place is my favorite spot in the garage – called La Chanita Poblana). There are also a few different bars with great beer, wine and cocktails. In the center of the building there’s a huge projection screen where you can watch the Colts game on Sunday and on other nights they have a live DJ. It does get busy at night, but there’s a ton of seating and lots of space.
Louvino – We had brunch here previously, and it was so good (and close to the hotel – 10 minute walk) that we decided to go back. We started with mimosas (obviously) and the biscuit board that comes with 4 different spreads to choose from. Bryan loves the pimento cheese spread, I never miss the pancake tacos & Eloise loves their pancakes and bacon kid’s meal. It does get busy, so make an open table reservation if possible.
Forty Five Degrees – This was some of the best sushi we’ve had since we moved! It’s a couple of blocks down the street from the Bottleworks and was delicious! The place was packed, which we always take as a good sign, and the menu is packed with tons of our favorites. We ordered a bottle of sauvignon blanc and tried four different rolls: Spider, California, Indy, and the Forty Five. Sunday is half price sushi so we went on the perfect night!
Blue Collar Coffee – Located on the first floor of the hotel, this coffee was a great way to start each morning. The coffee is very good and they have a bunch of food options to get your day rolling!
Pins Mechanical Company – We actually didn’t eat here, there is no food (you can doordash or bring in any food that you want), but we bowled and had a beer. This is old school duck bowling with a full pinball arcade, bocce ball courts, ping pong and several other fun games that will keep your group occupied for as long as you’d like them to be. No kids allowed after 7 PM. Go early and put your name in. We went around 1 PM on Sunday and it was about an hour wait.
Overall, it was hands down one of the coolest hotels we’ve every stayed at! If you are coming to the Indianapolis area, definitely think about staying at the Bottleworks and enjoy the area around it. So fun!