English Ivy’s is back and better than ever – Indianapolis Monthly

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English Ivy's is back and better than ever - Indianapolis Monthly

Under new but known ownership, the waterhole in the neighborhood is coming out of the pandemic strongly.

A classic plate of fish and chips at English Ivy’s.Photo by Tony Valainis

Regular guests at the Pub in the city center English ivy refer to their cozy watering hole in the neighborhood as Indy’s “gay cheers”. This description has a particularly inviting ring to it as the LGBTQ-friendly home is celebrating its first Gay Pride Month under the supervision of new owners Sam Scott and Jeff Roberts. “Jeff has been a bartender there since 1999,” says Scott. “He’s pretty much the face of English Ivy.” Both men can still be seen behind the bar pouring Jeffs Cherry Colas and Bloody Marys with grenadine tones made with horseradish vodka. Scott and Roberts have also expanded the bar menu to include items like scallops and steak tacos, adding outdoor tables in time for this month’s celebrations. “During Pride, it’s huge to sit outside,” says Scott. But customers can party the LGBTQ community all year round – maybe during the weekend Big Gay Brunch or by playing a round of Bag Lady Bingo with Indy’s famous drag queen brigade on the last Saturday of each month. 944 N. Alabama St., 317-822-5070, englishivys.com