Who doesn’t love a visit to a southern Indiana “hole in the wall”, unglamorous, local bar known for cheap drinks (schooners included) & great food? You know, the kind where all patrons sitting at the bar turn to see who just walked in the door…these hidden gems are known for their unique character and not necessarily for their curb appeal. Be sure to have cash along just in case they don’t accept cards and be ready to use all your quarters to play those classics on the jukebox all night long.
1. ROSIES TAVERN in St. Anthony
Formerly known as “Arnies”, Rosie’s Tavern is a local hot spot known for all you can eat fish specials on Friday nights. Weekend nights can get crowded as seating is limited but grab a beer (no liquor available) & catch up with great company. Daily plate lunches with large portions at a great price are offered Monday-Friday! Evening specials through the week include stroms, bone-in hot wings & pizza. Be prepared and bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards.
2. WOOPENHEIMER’S in Haysville
Big crowds are popular on weekends, so reservations are appreciated at Whoopenheimers, AKA (Also Known As) “The Woop” in Haysville, just north of Jasper on highway 231. Open Tue – Saturday, make a trip to this one-of-a-kind local restaurant & bar known for the fall off the bone ribs on Saturday nights and many other fan favorite homestyle meals! A full service bar is available to grab a drink with your friends to relax & “shoot the shit” as locals would say.. Checkout their facebook page for their weekly specials!
3. BUNGALOW in St. Henry
Known for their homestyle cooking, The Bungalow, located on the outskirts of Ferdinand, offers delicious plate lunches along with evening and weekend specials including smoked pork chops, wings, brisket dinners and more. If you pass the church, you’ve gone too far! Looking for a breakfast option to start your Sunday off to a good start, the first Sunday of each month they offer a delicious Bungalow Breakfast.
4. KELLY’S in Celestine
After a long day on Patoka Lake, make a pit-stop at KELLY’s, located off State Road 164, you can’t miss it, just after the Celestine Water Tower overlooking the small-town community. Kelly’s is known for their traditional American cuisine and celebrates the smaller holidays, but the most fun in a bar atmosphere, (St. Patrick’s Day & Mardi Gras). There’s a family room in the back for those capping off a day at the lake with their family.
5. OASIS in Ferdinand
As the locals refer to, “The O”, is located on Main Street in Ferdinand (technically this is not off the beaten path), just down the hill from the grand castle-like structure called the Monastery Immaculate Conception. On most days, you can find a Harley or two sitting along the curb offering bikers to take a break and indulge in the delicious American cuisine available. The Oasis has pool tables available for any wannabe pool sharks and hosts regional live bands on the weekends that bring crowds in to enjoy.