• Visit the bar that’s topping critics’ lists across the country
  • Ask for by-request-only cocktails
  • Snack on hearty bar bites

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