I was looking for somewhere to have an early, light dinner along trendy Massachusetts Avenue when I stumbled upon Tavern at the Point. Housed in a wedged-shaped building, with ample outdoor seating and plenty of seating at tables and along the black-and-white steaked granite bar inside below the tin ceiling, the tavern dates back to 1887, when the bar, then called Old Point Tavern, received its first liquor license. That makes it the second-oldest bar in Indianapolis (the oldest is still in business, too). Today, it’s a friendly, laid-back neighborhood tavern to pop into for a drink and some tasty, contemporary gastropub food.
Try This: Start with a Blood Orange Sparkler cocktail—Tito’s Handmade Vodka, blood orange liqueur, lemon, and bubbles. I chose a filling and tasty salad with barbecued bacon, turkey, romaine and iceberg lettuces, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, red onion, white cheddar cheese, BBQ aioli, and a Champagne vinaigrette. That made sure I was still hungry enough for dessert: a slice of the special orange dreamsicle cheesecake with vanilla bean cream.
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