If you were to ask my husband and me our favorite shots, I would hands-down say Woodford Reserve and he would immediately answer Don Julio.
So it should come as no surprise that as soon as I found out about Agave & Rye’s newest location — it’s first in Indianapolis — I knew I had to visit during opening week.
The chain, which has 15 locations primarily in Ohio and Kentucky, serves up an elevated version of traditional Mexican street fare. It also boasts over 70 varieties of tequila, whiskey, and bourbon at each restaurant. Obviously, this means the cocktail menu is to die for.
Open at 11 a.m. for lunch, Agave & Rye is much more than a bar. Decorated like a modern art gallery, it caters to the entire family during the day, while morphing into an epic spot for cocktails all evening.
Our recent lunch at the new Indy location was also marked by some of the best service I’ve ever received at a restaurant. I can’t provide enough positive feedback about the team. Our waitress expressed genuine interest in Paw Patrol, and that’s enough to make my girls want to go back immediately.
The food itself was also delicious. My best friend ordered the Yoda taco [above] — all Agave & Rye tacos include both a soft shell and a hard shell — and I had a customized burrito bowl that was absolutely delicious.
Our favorite part, though? Chips “as big as my face!” (Lilly was obsessed, as you can see).
As I mentioned, Agave & Rye is more than just a restaurant. It’s an ode to colorful modern artwork. The decor is fantastic, with graffiti-inspired paintings and murals on every wall, and unique animal sculptures on nearly every surface.
We were particularly big fans of this blue and white French bulldog. This will come as no surprise if you follow me on Instagram where our Frenchie, Winnie, makes regular appearances.
No feature has been left untouched. Even the exposed pipes on the ceiling have gotten the graffiti treatment.
I was also a big fan of the way the team behind Agave & Rye incorporated local culture into the art.
For example, visitors will find a painting of legendary Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning [above] and a mural featuring late night TV icon — and Indy native — David Letterman [below].
As if the artwork isn’t enough visual stimulation, Agave & Rye also has an arcade area featuring vintage arcade games for kids and adults alike to enjoy.
Both of my daughters loved trying the old-school video game machines, though they might need a little more practice to master Marvel vs. Capcom.
Whether you’re looking for a new spot to go out on the town after dark or you want a one-of-a-kind spot for a family lunch, Agave & Rye is worth a visit.
Maybe we’ll see you there!
Have you been to any of Agave & Rye’s locations?
Agave & Rye is located at 336 Delaware St Suite D, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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