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Looking for a bar to root for Colts? If you can’t attend the game in person, here are the 10 best Indianapolis Colts bars in Indy and where to watch the Colts play in the company of other Colts fans in sports bars several other cities.
UPDATED FOR THE 2020 NFL SEASON!
Colts Team History – From Baltimore to Indianapolis
Founded in 1953, the football team played in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1984, when they moved to their current home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Baltimore Ravens were established in 1996 as an expansion team.
Members of the NFL since they were founded, the Indianapolis Colts were one of three teams to switch to the American Football Conference (NFC) after the American Football League (AFL) merged with the NFL in 1970.
While in Baltimore, the Colts made it to the playoffs 10 times, winning the NFL championship in 1958, 1959, and 1968.
The Colts made it to the Super Bowl twice while playing in Baltimore, losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, while defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.
The Colts moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1984. Since then, they have made it to the playoffs 16 times, winning two conference championships and one Super Bowl championship against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
Best Indianapolis Colts Bars in Indiana
The following sports bars are considered to be friendly to fans of the Indianapolis Colts. While some of these watch bars are full fledged Indianapolis Colts hangouts, others attract lots of Colts fans on game day.
However, sports fans sometimes migrate to other sports bars. And sports bars sometimes go out of business. Also, sometimes bars are booked for private parties or they decide not to broadcast the game.
Therefore, always check in advance to make sure that the game you want to watch will be shown.
- Coaches Tavern – 28 South Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Basey’s Downtown Grill & Spirits – 419 South West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- High Velocity – 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- George’s Neighborhood Grill – 6935 Lake Plaza Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Kilroy’s Bar N’ Grill – 201 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Moe and Johnny’s – 5380 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Ale Emporium – 8617 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Average Joes’s Sports Pub and Grub – 816 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Bradley’s Bar and Grill – 605 West Broadway Street, Loogootee, Indiana.
- Ram Restaurant & Bar – 140 South Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- The Tap – 306 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Where to Watch the Colts Play in Other Parts of the Country
While not necessarily exclusive Indianapolis Colts hangouts, the following sports bars often attract Colts fans on game day. But always call ahead to make sure the game with will broadcast – and that there will be sound!
- Keat’s Bar – 842 – 2nd Avenue, New York, New York.
- Four Shadows Tavern & Grill – 2758 North Ashland, Chicago, Illinois.
- Fado Irish Pub – 273 Buckhead Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Bus Stop – 1901 Union Street, San Francisco, California.
- Field House – 1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Timbers Bar and Grill – 6330 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Rooster’s Restaurant – 7370 West Atlantic Blvd, Margate, Florida.
- Public House – 1740 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
- Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden – 700 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas.
Lucas Oil Stadium – Home of the Indianapolis Colts!
The NFL Indianapolis Colts play home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, which is located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
Opening in 2008, the stadium played host to Superbowl XLVI in 2012, which saw the New York Giants upset the heavily favoured New England Patriots by a score of 21 to 17.
With one of the most unique designs in the country, the brick-clad stadium can seat up to 62,421 football fans. It can be expanded to hold up to 70,000 people.
The retro styled architecture looks right at home with existing structure the vicinity.
Your Input on Indianapolis Colts Bars Wanted
If you have patronized any of the above-mentioned Indianapolis sports bars, please leave comments on them (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.
You can mention the ambiance for Indy fans, the visibility of TV screens, the quality of the sound, the food, the service – whatever!
Also, please let me know if any of these Colts watch bars have closed – or if Indy fans are no longer watching Colts games at them.
Your own recommendations on where to watch the Indianapolis Colts play will also be greatly appreciated!
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