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the ball & biscuit
331 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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venue type: Bar / Nightclub
venue style: Unique
catering: Onsite Catering (Restricted Vendor Selection)
max venue capacity: 80
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Venue Description

The ball & biscuit is a bar and lounge set amidst the cultural corridor of downtown Indianapolis’ Mass Ave neighborhood.

True to its eclectic surroundings, the biscuit, a 21 and over venue, has a vibe that is all at once vintage and modern, laid back and sophisticated. Our aim is for unassuming simplicity, but with attention to detail. From the 150-year-old quarter-sawn wood floor to the distressed leather chairs; to the exposed brick walls, tin ceiling and the tungsten-filament bulbs that diffuse light across the copper-top bar. The biscuit is a neighborhood bar at heart, a back-to-the-basics gathering place for downtown dwellers, workers and visitors.

The ball & biscuit’s menu features craft beers, boutique wines and unique cocktails that range from pre-Prohibition classics to original modern-day concoctions. The biscuit also offers bar fare that has more in common with a Lost Generation brasserie than your average sports bar’s fryer. And with no TVs, the biscuit is characterized by its choice of music and relaxed setting which, together with the smoke-free policy, create an atmosphere suited to the simple pleasures of exceptional food, drink and conversation.

We welcome you for post-work gatherings, late-night rendezvous and everything in between. The ball & biscuit is open 7 days a week from 4 p.m. until 3 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings are a great time for your next private function, with the greatest flexibility for a total or partial buyout. The venue may also be available on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings depending on timing. For more information about specific areas in the bar, please see the Snappening spaces tab.
The ball & biscuit is available for an entire bar buyout for any private function. Pricing and availability are largely dependent on the day of week, time of day and duration of the planned event. Other factors may play into our availability such as sporting events, city-wide conventions and other neighborhood happenings.  For specific pricing on a ball & biscuit bar buyout package, we recommend you contact us via the Snappening contact form or phone our establishment directly and speak with Zach. We are glad to do our best to accommodate your group.
Take your ball & biscuit experience to a new level with our semi-private south lounge area. Notify our team in advance of your plans and we'll make our best effort to accommodate you and your group. Our sophisticated style and nostalgic ambiance is perfect for any party, celebration or other private event.  The south lounge is the larger of our two available areas and can be reserved during normal operating hours.  Pricing depends on similar factors to those indicated above in our bar buyout package. We have the greatest event flexibility in the lounge area on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The ball & biscuit also has a separate bar area which can be reserved if required.  We typically reserve our south lounge area first and keep our bar area open for regular patrons, but spillover is a possibility and something we can accommodate if requested.  Availability is largely dependent on day of week, time of day and our normal business crowd size.  We will make every effort to help you with your group the best we are able.
The ball & biscuit is an excellent venue for various types of events such as:
  • Birthday parties
  • Bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Receptions
  • Happy hours
  • Bridal showers
  • Incentive award programs and entertainment programs
  • Corporate receptions
  • Holiday parties
  • Professional or personal gatherings

Venue Specifications

Handicap Accessible Yes
Smoking No
Liquor License Yes
Insurance Yes
Vendor Requirements Partial
Food & Beverage Minimum No
Tables & Chairs Provided
Tables & Chairs No Rental Fee
Linens Not Provided
Linens No Rental Fee
Silverware Provided
Silverware No Rental Fee
Glassware Provided
Glassware No Rental Fee
Parking Options Free Parking, Paid Parking, Street Parking
Distance From Airport 13
Support Personnel
Onsite Planning Consultant Yes
Venue Support Staff Yes
Venue Cleaning Staff Yes
Venue Security Staff No
Attendee Age
Attendee Age 21 and over

Venue Amenities

Facility Information
Onsite Catering
Wheelchair Accessibility
Room Features and Guest Services
Venue Accessible By

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  Saturday, September 01 2012 1:42 PM

Fantastic space & service

Event Type: Galas & Fundraisers
"I've held two events at Ball & Biscuit, a planning retreat for 30 and a private speaker w/ 100. In both cases, Zach, Trevor and the entire BB team catered to our every need, were flexible and open to anything we needed. Awesome atmosphere, super-unique in Indy to have such a great spot."
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  Tuesday, September 04 2012 9:08 AM

Great venue for organizational events

Event Type: Private Parties
"Our firm has hosted several events at the Ball & Biscuit ranging from groups of 30 people to over 100 attendees. We have always been more than satisfied with the atmosphere, service, and great help we receive in planning our events. Terrific job B&B - keep it up!"
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  Tuesday, September 04 2012 9:16 AM

The space for a party.

Event Type: Special Events
"I've held several events at the B&B and it never gets old. Great vibe, awesome libations, delicious food - your guests will not be disappointed. Zach and his staff provide the epitome of professional service. So glad to have this one of a kind spot in Indy!"
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Map and Directions

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From North: Take US-31 S. Take slight left onto Keystone Pkwy. Continue onto Keystone Ave. Take I-70 W. Exit at Michigan St (Exit 83A). Keep right at the fork and merge onto N Davidson St. Turn right onto E Michigan St. Take a slight left onto Massachusetts Ave. Your destination will be ahead on the left.

From South: Take US-31 N. Continue onto S East St. Continue on to Madison Ave. Continue onto S Delaware St. Turn right onto Massachusetts Ave. Your destination will be ahead on the right. 
From East: Take I-70 W towards Indianapolis. Take Michigan St (Exit 83A). Keep right at the fork and merge onto N Davidson St. Turn right onto E Michigan St. Take a slight left onto Massachusetts Ave. Your destination will be ahead on the left.
From West: Take W Washington St towards Indianapolis. Continue onto W Maryland St. Turn left onto S Delaware St. Turn right onto Massachusetts Ave. Your destination will be ahead on the right.