Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life
Dec11

Downtown Living: 10 Truths About City Life

At first I wasn’t sure what to say about downtown living that you wouldn’t already know. After all, unlike some parts of the city, you probably drive through my ‘hood on a daily or weekly basis. And yes, living in the heart of the city has its perks. Lots of them. But like any neighborhood, life as an urban dweller also comes with unexpected – and sometimes unwanted – realities. After more than four years of calling the 46802 home, I think I’ve gotten a taste of it all – good, bad, awesome and otherwise. In some cases, the biggest benefits also come with unexpected bummers. If you’re considering moving to the middle of it all, here’s what I love (and don’t) about downtown living. 1. You can walk or bike to your favorite watering holes. (And to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga classes, juice bars, a movie theater and everywhere else.) Feeling like a late nightcap? Walk a few minutes to your favorite pub. Want to catch the latest indie film? Cinema Center is right around the corner. Out of coffee? Run down the way for a double latté. As for dinner, the options are endless. When you don’t feel like cooking, you can grab carryout and sip an apéritif while you wait. If you live downtown, you’ll be on a first-name basis with your favorite bartenders and bar rail “regulars.” And if you end up a wee bit over served, no worries. You’ll have to pay the tab, but you won’t have to pay for an Uber (or a lawyer). 2. You’ll never need to search or pay for parking. There’s long list of events that beckon people downtown. Baseball games. Wedding receptions. Concerts. Comedy shows. Races. Festivals. As the poor suburbanites feed the meter and circle the block 12 times to find a spot, you will be blissfully strolling by on the sidewalk. Even on foot, you’re almost guaranteed to get there faster – and you’ll get a little fresh air and exercise in the process. 3. You can get (almost) anywhere in 15 minutes or less. Since I moved downtown, I’ve worked in five different Allen County zip codes. But no matter what, I’ve always been able to get to work in 10-20 minutes. Sure, the 6 p.m. rush hour sometimes slows down the commute home. But in my mind, creeping down a city street is better than braving the suburban insanity of I-69. 4. You’re likely to be perennially renting. But you’ll enjoy the benefits of low-maintenance living. Downtown real estate options are growing, but so are the price tags. You’ll see an occasional “For Sale” sign, but...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Best Dive Bars
Nov09

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Dive Bars

We have all had those night outings where just one drink turns into ten drinks and a few Snakebite shots. For this installment, your friends at LFW have compiled a list of the best dive bars to venture out to on those unexpected wild nights. These are your famous local “hole-in-the-wall” bars that you may stumble into after midnight. Let LFW guide you to having the best night you can remember for a lifetime…hopefully.   Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Cheers bar with cheap drinks, a great jukebox, and longtime friends –have a seat. The Shady Nook is an addicting local favorite for young and old.   Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair Little by little, O’Sullivans, or O’s, as we affectionately call it, has become sort of like Cheers for me and my group of friends. We know most, if not all, of the bartenders and often they know our favorite drink before we even order it. It’s the sort of atmosphere where you can have a fun night out partying Saturday night or a casual drink during the Colts game Sunday afternoon. I wouldn’t necessarily call O’s my favorite dive bar- I’d just call it my favorite bar.   Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor On Fridays, I like Curly’s Village Inn for Karaoke – or as I like to call it, “Curlyoke”. But of course, The Brass Rail will always hold a special place in my heart, my wallet, and my music collection.   Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair More of a friendly, neighborhood bar, the Trion Tavern is one of the oldest bars in Allen County, according to its website. The Trion has an awesome mahogany main bar with a selection of imported and domestic drafts and craft beers on tap. Browse the Trion’s interactive daily tap list while checking out their awesome burgers and cracker crust pizza. As someone who only occasionally partakes in alcohol, I’ve always been comfortable with the atmosphere here at this friendly bar in New Haven.   Courtney Bell – Technology Chair My top dive bar is Arena Bar and Grill. It is located on the corner of Dupont and Lima so it is a convenient stop after a dinner or movie up north, and features great karaoke on Thursday nights. This bar is packed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and has pretty decent food. Be sure to try the bacon cheese fries and pizza!   Sarah Pine – Social Media Assistant Deer Park Irish Pub is by far one of my favorite dive bars in town! It is an eclectic little “hole in the wall” pub...

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