Continuing our historic bars series, we take a look at the Slippery Noodle Inn, a well-known yet still genuine local bar in Indianapolis.
The ceiling of the front bar is made of pressed tin and was installed around 1890. The "tiger oak" bar and the bar in the back are more than 100 years old as well.
"When a tourist comes to Indianapolis and asks where to grab a drink, they'll probably be told to go to the Slippery Noodle," says Sara Etherington, office manager of the historic Indiana watering hole.
With live music seven nights a week, a loyal constituent of thirsty locals, and the distinction of being the longest continuously operating bar in Indiana, "the Noodle" boasts a unique mix of having a well-known status and a consistent down-to-earth reputation.
"People like something local and unique," says Etherington. "It's one-of-a-kind."
Certainly the Noodle's famous breaded pork tenderloin, its half-priced Thursdays (a favorite among the locals, according to Etherington), and the every-night live music bring in the patrons, but the bar's appeal is rooted in something deeper than a savvy business model and a charming atmosphere: its history.... Read More →
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Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.