Ivy’s is one of Esquire’s top gay bars in America

English Ivy’s in Indianapolis has just won a great distinction.

St. Joseph’s late-night bar and restaurant, which declares itself a “gay-thering place”, has been named one of the best gay bars in america by Esquire magazine.

The look at LGBTQ+ spots covers “the carefree, open-air spaces of West Hollywood to the neighborhood pub of downtown St. Louis,” according to the magazine.

English Ivy’s, serving brunch, dinner and craft cocktails at 944 N. Alabama St., is the only Indianapolis representative among the 32 bars listed.

Co-owner Sam Scott described the bar as a “Happy cheers,” with regulars representing 80% of its clientele.

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Esquire contributors seem to agree with the assessment.

“If you want to get away from the typical gay bar scene at Olly’s and Gregs Our Place,” the entry says, “English Ivy is a great place to meet friends: mature enough for a proper Ladies Lunch (or brunch or a dinner.) And for those of us who visit the coasts, the portions and prices of locally sourced food and drink are mind blowing.”

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