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Downtown Indianapolis
Pub, American, Bar, British, Scottish
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339 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Different and fun

We've only been here once but the food was delicious! We shared potato skins - been a while since we had those. They were wonderful - crisp but full of potato and fixings. Then we each had a sandwich and shared onion rings. Literally these are 4 or 5 inches wide. But crunchy and just the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Speedway, Indiana
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Saskatoon, Canada
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141 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

MacNiven's was having a quiet night when we visited. The menu was fairly standard pub grub with a UK flavour. You could actually order haggis - one of our party did - it was a sort of Americanized version but fairly tasty. Burgers and fish & chips were good. All in all, OK on the food front. Where MacNiven's stood... More 

Thank Roger P
Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We came in for drinks after arriving in Indianapolis late afternoon. Lots of locals were in enjoying the Indiana game. It was a relaxing atmosphere and the service was great!

Thank AmyJo_ISU_12
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116 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Thankfully they are open on Sunday afternoon for lunch. This restaurant had a large food menu, full bar and an extensive list of craft beers. Although we only sampled the Scotch eggs and loaded potato skins. We were pleased with the preparation and flavor and look forward to a return visit. Perhaps stew on a cold winters day!

Thank IndyGuyontheGo
Speedway, Indiana
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We've only been here once but the food was delicious! We shared potato skins - been a while since we had those. They were wonderful - crisp but full of potato and fixings. Then we each had a sandwich and shared onion rings. Literally these are 4 or 5 inches wide. But crunchy and just the sweetest onions! I had... More 

Thank PackerGirl1952
Framingham, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

We stumbled across this place while exploring the Mass Ave district on our first trip to Indy. We have been to Scotland many times and are usually disappointed with restaurants here that purport to offer authentic Scottish cuisine. Not so at MacNiven's. I had the sausage rolls and my wife ordered the Scotch eggs, both at least as good as... More 

Thank rube1950
Indianapolis, Indiana
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Visited here for lunch with a client. The bar food that I had (Fish and Chips were excellent but overpriced.

Thank Jeff R
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch on a rainy Sunday and the place was not busy at all. Ordered the Sausage Roll (1 is all you need) with onion rings instead of fries. The sausage tasted like butter - so good! And the onion rings were the best I've ever had. I would definitely come back next time I'm in town.

1 Thank Elizabeth A
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140 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Scottish eggs are really good. Also has haggis on the menu plus other typical pub foods. Nice broad beer selection. Great alternative if/when Bakersfield is packed across the street. Sitting in window my favorite.

Thank brantjames
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We stopped in here purely out of necessity as all of the other eateries were jam packed. MacNivens was still plenty busy, but there were a few tab;es open and we were starving. It turned out to be a happy accident. We both ordered the battered chicken sandwich with spicy aioli sauce. The portions were not disappointing. I think we... More 

Thank Hawk044
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Excellent pub! Food and drinks so reminiscent of trips to Scotland and England! Where else can you get Pimms, haggis, and Scotch eggs in Indianapolis?!? The sausage rolls and steak pie were fantastic!


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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 339 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis>  > Downtown Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-632-7268

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub, American, Bar, British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?