The Libertine Liquor Bar may be showing up on the “hottest bar lists," but not many outside the city limits have the intel on the Captain’s List, a set of off-the-menu cocktails. Well, until now, that is. This subterranean watering hole, a 20-minute walk from the Conrad on Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave), isn’t so hard to find. However, the concoctions in the under-lock-and-key diary created by in-house mixologists are by request only. Like any juicy read, many drinks tell a tale, say, of a broken heart or a lost weekend. The best strategy for sussing out a cocktail and its origin story is to take a seat at the bar and chat up one of the vest-clad bartenders. Ease into things by ordering the beet-pickled deviled eggs or herb-seared beef carpaccio from the gastro pub-style menu. Once you’ve established yourself as a kindred spirit, drop word of the Captain’s List and make your play for a super-secret tipple. Welcome to the club.
The Libertine shares an entrance with Pizzology on Massachusetts Avenue, just north of North Street. It’s a 20-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the hotel (ask your cab driver to take Delaware to North Street and avoid traffic on Mass Ave).
THE LIBERTINE LIQUOR BAR: 608 Massachusetts Ave.; 317-631-3333; libertineindy.com