Old Point Tavern

Old Point Tavern
Pentax ES II, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar
Kodak Ektar 100

I worked Downtown in 1995-1996, within walking distance of Massachusetts Avenue, which had only barely begun its revitalization then. Today, this avenue is one of Indianapolis’s shining stars, a destination for food, drinks and fun. In 1995, there were lots of vacant storefronts.

But in those days many longtime businesses still dotted Mass Ave. I lunched at the Old Point Tavern many times back then. Turns out it’s the second oldest tavern in Indianapolis, in operation since 1887.

Most of those old businesses have given way to of hip, cool bars, restaurants, and clubs in what is now a high-rent district. A few holdouts remain, including the Old Point Tavern. Today it’s well known for its delicious beef-and-bean chili. I also like to stop in for a whiskey these days — not because their selection is extensive, but because it’s the least expensive pour on Mass Ave. It’s not only the rents that have gotten expensive here.

Unfortunately, the Old Point will soon close. The current owners have had enough after 25 years. They also own the building, and will continue to own it as they lease this space to a restaurant operator who will open something else in this spot.


4 responses to “single frame: Old Point Tavern”

  1. Joshua Fast Avatar
    Joshua Fast

    Awww…I hadn’t heard that they were closing. We always make this a stop when we are mass ave. Their loaded chicken nachos and drink specials are worth the trip alone.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Those nachos are awfully good. Yes, this will be a real loss, probably the last old-Mass-Ave place.

  2. SilverFox Avatar

    Hopefully the new management will understand the history retain the current name and staff.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s not impossible.

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