The drive out to Indianapolis is best described as eventful. I got stalled out on three separate occasions due to traffic accidents. Here's the worst of the three, pictured below.
|Miles Long Tie Up|
|Part of the Problem|
|Left Lane Close - Merge Right|
I passed one more accident just outside Indianapolis. Thankfully on the Eastbound side. Three or four cars had been involved in a sideswipe wreck. The cars were pulled off to the side, and four police cars had the entire highway blocked off. I passed several miles of traffic in the Eastbound lanes, all at a dead stop, waiting for officialdom to conclude its investigation of the obvious and give the hoi polloi the green light.
Mike managed to get reservations at the Conrad Indianapolis, no small feat when you consider that everything, and I mean everything, is booked due to GenCon. Mike was busy destroying the world (Nuclear War Tourney) but Doc let me in. Mike was quick to join us and we headed out to dinner at St. Elmo's Steak House.
|Famous Shrimp Cocktail|
|Grouper - Excellent!|
|Common Sight in Downtown Indianapolis|
Our first stop on the old pub crawl is Plat 99, which is actually part of a luxury hotel.
|WL Emery and French Absinthe|
Here are Mike and Doc in the background, ruining my shot of the mixing station at Plat 99. The mixologist at Plat 99 are not your average bartender. They tend to specialize in exotic drinks of various kinds that you won't get anywhere else. In particular, they have dry ice which they serve in a few specialty cocktails.
|Mixing Station at Plat 99|
|Custom Made Bitters|
|Steady, now. Steady...|
|Now we add the smoke...|
|Plat 99 Patio|
|45 RPM Records|
|The Souce - A Portable Victrola|
|Spoke and Steele|
I decided to continue my newly found penchant for unusual cocktails, and so ordered an Aviation.
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Maraschino liqueur
1/4 oz Crème de violette
3/4 oz Lemon juice
|Spoke and Steel|
We didn't eat at the Spoke and Steele, but given another opportunity I'd do so. The chef decides when the meat has been aged enough, and selects the perfect cut.
|Spoke and Steel Meat Locker|
|Here's What I Remember Most|
To everyone who read this lengthy post to the end, my thanks.