"What's astonishing is, while other Midwestern cities continue to struggle, Indianapolis has become a worthwhile destination while still being surrounded by Indiana," Solomon said. "It's not anything like Muncie. Not anymore."
Several downtown bars offer a good time, Solomon said, including Nicky Blaine's for its "prime" cigars and "honest" drinks. Lump in St. Elmo and other local favorites, and a visitor receives the "needed 'yes, this is Indianapolis' wake-up slap."
"There's a buzz in Indy these days, and these nights, even when the race cars aren't in full vroom."