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We love the Red Key because of the character and atmosphere, also the best burgers in Indy for only $5. We hope they continue to be a Broad Ripple staple for many more years!
Slow horses and fast women will ruin your life.
We've been coming here for years. We've seen Russ stick a dollar bill to the ceiling. We celebrated our son's 30th birthday here-nine years later we gathered with his friends for his wake. Although we live 30 minutes away - it's our "neighborhood" bar. All that is good has remained unchanged here.
Firing up early for St. Patty's Day! Representing 8fifteen!
Come for a beer, stay for the photography.
Two Miller Lites, please.
This place is an institution. Best Burgers in Indy! Best Manhattans and burgers. I feel like I will see my Grand Dad when I walk in, and he has been dead for 47 years.
Continually falling in love...with Red Key!
Happy 21st to Duncan! Celebrating where his parents met with the "grown ups" who played and important role in his life from his birth to today.
Happy Birthday Creny! We love you! One more chardy party!
When we were asked "you kids want to be on a website?" and we said "yes"
Wonderful way to spend an afternoon at the Red Key! Tracy and Eric
Jenni the Greatest, Tammy, Kim and Becky. Good food, good drinks, good times with friends. Love Dollie! Can't wait to come back.
Hanging out at the Red Key while our kids hang out with their grand parents
On their way to Mumford and Sons. Stopped at the Key for a burger and libation. They say, "The The Red Key - Family, Neighborhood & Community. We love to be a part of the Red Key history and family! The bake sale is our favorite!"
Jim and Christine made their way to the Red Key for the first time. Jim says, "To new friends, old drinks and future memories!"
Bob and Kevin, hanging at the Key after work. It's a great place to hang after a hard day in the office.
This is the place where we can getaway and always find good food and friends!
Four former Indianapolis TV Broadcasters! Tracy Horth, WRTV. Derren Yerks, WISH. Nicole Misensik, WTHR, Leslie Olsen, WiSH
We love to come to the Red Key! And we love to bring Bob Kessing on Thursday nights when Dollie's homemade potato salad brings in the crowds. Bob Kessing, 90, had his first drink here at the Red Key in September of 1948, right before his senior year at Notre Dame. He is a St. Joan of Arc grad too. He loves to come here on Thursdays.
I first started coming to the Red Key in the 90's after MKNA board meetings. Then I brought my book club, and Russ and Dollie let me bring in my homemade pecan and lemon meringue pies for desert as long as Russ got a piece...Lemon Meringue, his favorite. One night i was lucky to meet Dan Wakefield here and he agreed to talk to my book club about his books at the Key. We had 24 people! Lots of people belong to country clubs, but I belong at the Red Key. It's like a neighborhood "Living Room"!
Our"Friday Before The Race Gathering" began with 8 people in the early 1980's. Now 30 to 35 notices go out about 3 weeks in advance! We've had as many as 40-45 people!!!
Jeramie Frazier (just turned 21) says," First time at the Red Key and everyone has been so generous to me. I'm very thankful and glad that my Mom Anne-Marie considers this place a second home and everyone in it family. I got that feeling as soon as I walked through the door."
Tim, May, Jude and Terry. Tim- A welcoming place in a welcoming town...with great tunes. May-Loved this place the first time I came here over 30 years ago and I love it still...Rules and all! Jude-Twice in 31 years and it is still the same great place. Terry-The pours are as great as the burgers!
Sara and Alex met 6 months ago due to their shared love of Kurt Vonnegut. They say, "On a whim from Minneapolis and after 9 hours of road time, the first place we stopped in Indianapolis on our self guided Vonnegut tour was the Red Key Tavern. Hoping for some ambiance and a cold beer, we found much, much more. We've managed to meet Kurt's extended Indy family and are leaving with so much more than we naively intended." And that we got to have a drink with Kurt's friend, author Dan Wakefield!
John and Jolene Ketzenberger. John says, "The Red Key is me." Jolene says, "The Red Key has one of the best burgers in town!" She should know. She runs Eat Drink Indy! Click the link to know more
Emily, Liz and Erica. First time at the Red Key Tavern...BLAST!
I'm a dancin' fool. -Frank Zappa Neon light is flashin. Welcome, come on in. Feeling good, feeling good again. -Joe
Author Dan Wakefield and Evan West (Executive Editor, Indianapolis Monthly) hanging with their new Vonnegut Fans from Minneapolis. Just another night at the Red Key!!
Canaan says, "Unbeknownst to most...there never was a shotgun. The Red Key is not a staple,,,it's a nail in what is this great city."
Our home away from home...the coziest spot in town!
This is our first time at the Red Key, but surely won't be our last. Cheers!
But soon to be regulars!
An awesome place to spend the evening...making new friends and embracing the old. In our hearts forever.
i didn't wear my reading glasses so I can't see what I'm writing! Tom I'm giving up the accounting world to become a male model...like Zoolander! Chris "Hefner"
Rachel, John, Michael, Josh, Jake, Abigail, Brandy and Kathryn. "Quit trying to make fetch happen!" Must be some mean girls.
And he made it on the photo page of one of the greatest taverns in the world! Taken June of 2014. Old "patio" and old friends. Gotta love the Red Key.
...imagine the conversations they have at the Red Key. Anne says, "Full moon, good burger and even better stories with my friend Dan Wakefield at the Red Key. (He's a storyteller, you know.) (And you CAN go home again.)"
Friends, fun, good times at the Red Key
Brandon says," Dim lights and neon bulbs, I can always find a few seats for the Lady and me at the Red Key. My kind of place." Megan says," Brandon and I come here in the afternoon on our days off together. Usually we're here alone and it's really lovely. He pulls out the chair for me every time. It's a place for gentlemen."
"In 1989 I moved into the house right behind the Red Key. At that point I was 23 or 24....maybe 25 and I had no idea there were "rules". Not knowing the rules, I seemed to always draw Russ's attention but not in a good way. For several years he and I would argue and he'd eventually ask me to leave and I never really knew why. Today in 2016, it finally makes sense, there really were/are rules and I'd always break them...but not on purpose.
They are Russ's rules and they live on. It was always about respect for interesting people.
it's their Meet and Neat at the Red Key! Maybe you should join them. Click on the link to learn more.
Not quite Bob Carol Ted and Alice. Bob says," I'm old enough to need a haunt like the Red Key." Kathy says," Best Burgers Ever!" Michelle says," Love the Art!" Mike says," Popped my cherry. First time at the Red Key! Great vibe!"
Lauren says,"Here's to Red Key on National Grilled Cheese Day, a place where a girl can feel like a Real Mike!" Mike says,"April showers bring grilled cheese."