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Text below is an edit from June 2009

In the heart of the heartland, Indianapolis mixes a big-city arts and cultural scene with small-town charm. Known for the Indianapolis 500, held every Memorial Day, the city pulls in millions of visitors every year for the famous car race and other diversions.

The gay scene in Indianapolis is fun, and folks here aren't timid about walking up and saying hello. Most of the gay bars and restaurants are scattered around a 10-blocks area just north of downtown, so it's easy to visit them all.

Bloomington, home to Indiana University, has another lively gay community. It's just 52 miles to the south, so it can be an entertaining side trip.

Next time your travel plans call for visiting Indianapolis, look forward to enjoying some Hoosier hospitality.

Getting around
For getting around the city, IndyGo sells daily bus passes for $4. See Indygo.net.

Local media
The Word is an excellent gay newspaper serving Indiana. Nuvo is the local alternative weekly. Blooming Out , a weekly gay radio show, can be heard from 6 to 7pm every Thursday on 91.3 FM.

Stone Soup Inn (1304 Central Ave; 866- 639-9550) lovely Victorian home, gorgeous decor, in-room massages.

Bars & clubs
501 Eagle (501 North College) cruise bar, underwear and uniform nights, pool tournaments, bare-chest contests.
Cosmos (243 North State Ave) east of downtown, neighborhood crowd, free pool, 'pianoke.'
Downtown Olly's (822 North Illinois) video and sports bar, big-screen TV, friendly crowd.
English Ivy's Restaurant (944 North Alabama) charming pub, stools around long bar, lively conversation.
Gregs (231 East 16th) dance club, outdoor patio, popular Friday night, draws cowboys, leathermen, bears.
Metro Nightclub & Restaurant (707 Massachusetts) grand bar, affable crowd afternoons and evenings, flat-screen TVs, lottery games.
Talbott Street (2145 North Talbott) weekend disco, cocktail lounge, guest DJs, cabaret shows.
Ten (1218 North Pennsylvania St) dancing, shows, mostly women.
Unicorn Club (122 West 13th) young male strippers nightly, Sunday amateur try-outs, Monday and Thursday drink specials.
Varsity Lounge (1517 North Pennsylvania) local pub, friendly bartenders and patrons make you feel at home.
Zonie's Closet (1446 East Washington) drag shows, local and national entertainment, buckets of beer daily.

Both Indy bathhouses have modern, immaculate steam and dry saunas, fully equipped gyms, outdoor patios, and video lounges. They are open 24 hours daily for men 18 and over and have secure parking, in/out passes and special events.
Club Indianapolis (620 North Capitol Av) near downtown gay clubs, tanning beds, hot tubs, clothing- optional heated pool, personal trainer.
Works (4120 North Keystone) room-to-room phones, newly renovated facility.

Abbey Coffee House (825 North Pennsylvania) young, alternative crowd, vegan and veggie meals, rich desserts, free wi-fi.
Agio (635 Massachusetts Av) tasty Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Creation Cafe (337 West 11th St) coffee and espresso bar, large assortment of pastries and breakfast sandwiches.
Downtown Olly's (822 North Illinois) gay Indy's most popular Sunday brunch, 11am to 2pm.
English Ivy's Restaurant (944 North Alabama) American cuisine, late menu, weekend brunch, nightly specials like pot roast.
Metro Nightclub & Restaurant (707 Massachusetts) Sunday buffet brunch, dinner nightly.
Varsity Lounge (1517 North Pennsylvania) restaurant with booths, weekend buffet brunches.

Circle Center Mall (49 West Maryland St) shops, restaurants, cinema under one roof, downtown Indy.
Metropolis Gift Shop (6929 Hawthorn Park Drive) leather and club wear, erotic clothing, lubes, cards, magazines, open nightly.
Out Word Bound Bookstore (625 North East St) gay books, magazines, cards, DVDs and CDs.
Southern Nights Videos (3760 North Commercial Dr) adult videos, DVD rentals and sales.
Works(4120 North Keystone) gay videos, sexual accessories.

Getting here
Indianapolis International Airport has a shuttle bus service to downtown, as well as Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington and Lafayette. For details see Indianapolisairport.com.
IndyGo's Green Line express buses run between 5am and 9pm from the airport to most major hotels. Tickets are $7. Bus 8 provides slower local service for $1.75. See Indygo.net.

Pride Day
Indy Pride
Tours, skating, parties, dances and concerts fill a week of events. The parade and festival are June 13. June 6-14.

Indiana Black Pride
Annual festival for the African American community. Aug 7-9.

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