Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon, which may shape my rating of the atmosphere a bit, as it was big...but dead. Looks like a restaurant/group party eatery too. Selection is decent, but the draft lineup could be more selective, and I worry about the turnover of the bottles. There’s a full bar on site too. I didn’t eat, but the menu online looks good if you’re into Grman fare. Service was solid. In the middle of my beer (amongst slow Sunday music you’d expect to hear), Cypress Hill’s "Insane in the Brain" came on, which was pretty dope. Definitely odd though with all the white linen around in the dining room. It was $6 for a pint of Optimator on a Sunday aft noon, which I perceive as neither good nor bad. My guess is this place is much cooler when it’s busy (or at least when I’m not the only customer), and I’ll revisit my review in the future when it is.
(Visited 04/2012): Rathskeller is located in downtown Indy on Michigan. Street parking is abundant in the surrounding area.
The interior of the historic building is spacious with multiple rooms, including a reception room and cavernous beer hall with a high ceiling that holds one of a couple of bars. Lots of brick, stone, animal heads, flags, and chandeliers.
The selection at Rathskeller consists of around 50 bottles, with an emphasis on German and other European brewers. As for the tap selection there are 12 with breweries like Spaten, Warsteiner, and Bells represented, plus a "Rathskeller" house beer brewed by Sun King.
Service at Rathskeller is pretty good. The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.
The food menu at Rathskeller is fairly extensive but all I had was a pretzel appetizer which was very tasty.
Overall this spot is a worthwhile stop in Indy, as the atmosphere and decent beer selection make for a memorable evening.
There was NOTHING I did not like here. Atmosphere, service and food were top notch. Being foodies and craft beer enthusiasts I always give extra credit when a server knows her menu and she did. VERY knowledgeable on the beers.
Beer menu heavily German as I would expect but they had some other fine offerings as well. I had a Matilda, and we also tried the Sun King Amber. Both were delightful.
The food was outstanding. The best French Onion soup I have ha din decades. The spicy mustard was nose clearingly good!
And the spaetzel was Awesome. I would so come back here frequently if I lived here.
Historic building in downtown Indy - restaurant and pub sections. Has a good selection of German, Belgian and domestic beers. Food is outstanding and authentic German cuisine but is on the pricey side. Biergarten open during the summer. Great place - definitely worth a stop especially if you enjoy German food and beers.