Chumley’s Beer House | Indianapolis, Indiana
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Chumley’s Beer House
Good based on 9 ratings
Type: Bar

838 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana United States 46220 [ print map ]
317 466 1555

Taps: 50 | Bottles: 100

Chumley’s Beer House

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9 reviews for Chumley’s Beer House
 Ambiance  60%
 Service  60%
 Selection  72%
 Food  65%
 Value  74%
 Overall  67%
 Rating  71%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
WolfsBlood84  (4) Indianapolis, Indiana | January 15, 2013
I’ve been here many times. Fratty/Sports bar atmosphere. This is your best option for reasonably priced "real" craft beer on the strip if it’s past 11 or midnite. Do not go here earlier in the nite, because it can be very crowded and full of frat boyz swilling Lite. Also, if it’s eariler - you have many better options within a few minutes walk. As a previous reviewer mentioned - their selection is not as good as it used to be a few years ago. There were some very nice, rare Founders/Stone/Floyds on draft here at one time. Still though, to be able to buy a pint of Founders, Bells, Floyds, Triton, etc. for a reasonable price, on a weekday at 2:30 AM - this is your best bet on the strip. Tuesdays and Thursdays are "Pint Nite," but the drafts are very reasonable every nite. Food is typical bar food, nothing special. Music usually sucks. I always hit this bar last (late) to ensure I sit at the bar and get good service and to ask about what’s on draft. Bartenders are actually usually fairly knowledgeable about draft beers as well.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 11/20
Beerpirate26  (5) , | January 13, 2012
Beer selection lacking compared to recent years. Good be way better then what it is.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Justibone  (9) Indianapolis, | January 10, 2011
The ambiance is total party bar, and there are always people having a good time at Chumley’s. The service is spotty when it’s busy, but then again, it’s busy, so lay off, right? ;) The selection is not amazing, but they focus on pouring BMCs down the throats of hot college chicks, so that’s what Chumley’s is for. I’ve never eaten the food there, but they do have it, I hear. (Jimmy Johns is right across the street, eat first, then go drink.) The prices are pretty good, because they work on volume, and overall this is a great place to hang out and have fun in the summer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (653) Denver, Colorado | September 15, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
This is a very typical sports bar with baseball all over the place, pool tables, and top 40 on the jukebox. I was asked for two forms of ID to enter which was a little different. I had a great time here though. The tap list is huge with most of the focus on beer from Indiana so it’s a great place to try something new. We had only IPA’s and pale ales and everything seemed very fresh. The bartenders were attentive and overly helpful. Tuesdays and Saturdays they offer $3.25 Indiana pints which includes 3 Floyds among many other excellent options. Since it was a Tuesday, my bar tab was most agreeable. I had some of their hottest wings to go. They’re breaded wings and the sauce has a great pepper flavor. Only so much you can say about wings. I would go back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99  (515) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 12, 2010
Middle for the block on Broad Ripple Ave. with street and lot parking all around. Patio in front and long narrow bar against back wall. Freindly people with good knowledge of beers on tap. Football Saturday mid-afternoon so it was busy but found a seat at the bar. $3 Indiana pints. Very good selection of beers. Did not have food. Broad Ripple sports tap bar.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
MacAnUltaigh  (4) Tampa, Florida | April 21, 2008
I have been to Chumleys more times than I can count... at night, and for the macro swill that the rest of the ’Rip is known for. But when I was dragged there for a late lunch I found that they actually serve good pub food. I have to say I was surprised. My sisters all said they had good grub but I never thought anything of it because there’s a hundred other places in Broad Ripple that I would think to eat at before Chumley’s. Anywho, the reason I even care to write the review is the fact that they had Bare Knuckle Stout on draught. And it tasted clean too, no handfull-of-pennies taste that you get with most stouts at sports bars. Good people watching/taunting out front and big enough screens inside to see the fear in Jimmy Clausen’s eyes with every snap.
WabashMan  (35) Noblesville, Indiana | November 1, 2007
If you’re unlucky enough (which I always have been), this place is, at best, crowded with swill drinking college kids (nothing against them...I used to be one!) and, at worst, a true clusterf@ck. It can take forever to get a drink, for which the staff is hardly to blame, due to what MUST be a violation of the fire code, but all the same it leads to a less than wonderful atmosphere. And that’s not even mentioning the noise.
atpayne  (28) Zionsville, Indiana | February 12, 2006
Lots of taps, with some good beers available. Unfortunately 10+ of them are divoted to macro beers and this place is usualy frequented by a younger college crowd simply looking for the best bargin on light beer. Several pool tables and a good amount of TV’s, this place is always full on a weekend, often times to the point where it can take you 10-15 minutes to get to the bar. The three major advantages are the seats looking out on the street, if you’re lucky enough to get them, a farily nice selection of taps, and in the summer they have Cubs games every time they are on. Choose your visit time carefully because you may unwantingly stumble into a crowded macro fest if you show up on a weekend night.
julrey  (22) Austin, Texas | December 9, 2005
I wandered in here one Saturday afternoon as the last of the Indy multi-tap pubs that I hadn’t tried yet. Unfortunately it was the Saturday that Notre Dame was playing USC, so every loud frat daddy cliche I’d been told about the place was fully on display. I have to score low on the service since I couldn’t get the time of day of any of the waitresses. I’m sure this was because I was flying solo and the rest of the tables were all pretty packed; they probably thought I wasn’t worth the tip by comparison. Nonetheless, this is poor service by any stretch of the imagination. Looked to me like around 50 taps, but there was still a dearth of micros that weren’t overfamiliar. I respect the fact that most of the Indy pubs give a lot of draught space to local and regional beers but the net effect is that it seems you find the same things everywhere you go. The usual Bell’s amber, Oberon, etc. Maybe Upland’s Wheat or Dragonfly, etc. Three Floyd’s Alpha King, Robert the Bruce, etc. Kinda dampens the mood for exploration a bit. Overall this seemed like a good place to bring a large, rowdy party but it’s certainly no chill out spot, and the atmosphere doesn’t lend well to, say, perusing the taps or getting a good whiff of your beer.

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