After spending some time in the Carmel area, it was time to check out the Castleton nightlife. Several choices were available however one location was chosen. After a short drive along Indianapolis’ well known, Interstate 465, we came across a venue located at the intersection of Allisonville Road and 86th Street. The location was the Ale Emporium and the parking lot was full. It was definitely time to see what the excitement was all about.
Once entering the establishment, located at 8617 Allisonville Road, it was obvious that we were in an upscale bar/restaurant. There was a nice bar with several beverage choices and a restaurant atmosphere complimented by nice wood tables. While walking toward the restroom area an entirely new world opened up. There was a hallway, which lead to anything but a traditional bar setting.
After walking through the doorway which lead to this new adventure it was clear what the excitement was all about it; the venue itself. The facility is extremely large with plenty of seating. A stage located at one end of establishment is perfect for enjoying live music, which will be featured throughout this spring and summer. Directly across from the stage at the other end of this particular area, is an attractive “Private Party Room” area. The attractiveness of this area was more than the nice furniture, fireplace, televisions, and poker area, it was clearly the price. The room can accommodate up to 20 people at a price of $250.00. This is ideal for celebrations, especially at base price of $12.50/person (based off a group of 20 people).
After seeing the VIP room and a collage of sports memorabilia throughout the facility, we found our way toward the pool table and more seating. The pool table is a traditional table with televisions viewable from nearly every angle. This is perfect for enjoying a game, during the halftime of the sporting events featured on the mirage of television screens located throughout the establishment.
In many establishments throughout the country, it’s hard to leave your seat during a close game, but with so many television screens, it’s nearly impossible to miss a moment of the action. This made it very easy to check out the back bar area, which is very impressive. Drink choices seem to be limitless, ranging from local beverages like Upland and Flat 12, to national microbrews like the Breckenridge Lucky U IPA. Prices are well within the budget, especially on Tuesday nights, where customers can enjoy a pitcher of Sun King Sunlight Ale for a little over $12.
After enjoying a nice glass of the Ranger IPA, we made our way to the shuffle board table, which was very well maintained. The table itself seemed to surpass all quality standards and is definitely worth enjoying a friendly game on.
It was now time to talk to customers and get their opinions of the establishment. When asking others why they chose to visit the Ale Emporium instead of other establishments in the area, two words were continually repeated; pizza and wings. One customer made a comment that was worth repeating; “If you get the deep dish, you’ll be full for three days”. After hearing that statement, it was time to meet one of the individuals behind the pizza and wings.
The man who introduced “the Hermator” decided to spend some time with us. Herman has spent over 20 years with the Ale Emporium and certainly knows his way around the kitchen. Along with the great pizza and chicken that the customers continually mentioned there is also “the Hermator”, which is a burger that will make you appreciate the word “spicy”. On the menu, there is a disclaimer regarding this particular burger, which states; “A burger infused with Herman’s own special spices. Warning, if you’re pregnant, have high blood pressure, or heart condition, we don’t recommend this ride. The name says it all”. If a burger requires a statement like that, you know it has to be good.
This spring and summer the Ale Emporium will be hosting live shows both inside and outside the facility. With an expanded patio section, outdoor concerts should be both relaxing and entertaining. With good local beer, good local food, close access to the interstate, with an entertaining environment, the Ale Emporium is certain Castleton’s Ultimate Experience.