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“"Duck Fat Fries" "Bacon Flight"”

The Libertine Liquor Bar
Ranked #288 of 2,410 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pennsylvania Street
Transit: Public Transportation stops are conveniently located directly in front of our building on Washington Street.
Description: Http://www.libertineindy.com/
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Libertine may call itself a bar, but I would definitely go for the food. Had the fish special--Striped Bass cooked as well as any piece of fish I have ever had, with crispy skin and moist delicious flesh. Duck Fat Fries went well as a side. Very nice wines by the glass. Found this pace by accident when I told the Nav system on my phone to find a wine bar. So lucky. The second night I had the Trotter Cakes, tender, sweet pork (pulled) served with greens and a hint of vinegar. Better than anything I've had in the Carolinas or MidSouth in recent years. Ate solo at the bar, where the service was relaxed and enthusiastic at the same time. Dessert was some sort of ice cream sandwich that was fabulous.

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Thank TrippinOutofTown
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

If you've never had "duck fat fries," you need to try them. Of course I wouldn't expect French fries that look like fast food; these were not. In fact, it is the first time that I have seen one that is a golden brown all over--and evenly.

That aside, it IS a trendy bar that brings in some that believe THEY are the only ones there. The ones next to us were very rude to the wait staff. NOT the way to get service. It was obvious these "rudies" had booked a small reservation then tried to squeeze extras in--then complain. Squeezing eight people that can handle 4-6 just doesn't work.

Bacon Flight. If you have never had three kinds of bacon (one is lamb bacon!) served with three sauces--cracked pepper, maraschino cherry sauce, and a chocolate sauce--this is a must-try also.
Keep in mind it a long narrow affair. Bar on one side (with real "mixologists") and small tables lining the other.

The food is a la the good Chicago places. Meals that are prepared by culinary school graduates and Zagat winners--not short order cooks.

The menu is not cheeseburger and fries bar food. You can snack or dine, but you must be one that wants to taste food. (I read one review elsewhere that complained that it took 20 minutes to get the food served. What? It is NOT arches, BK steakhouse, nor Arby's!!) These are all fresh ingredients prepared professionally.

If you want to go beyond "Bud and Burger" when downtown Indianapolis, this is one of the spots.

Yes, they were out of a few things. But, it was because a librarian convention had passed through and hit them hard. "Partiers" (who'd have thought?). I was told.

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Thank seth r
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

All too often I get a drink prepared by some 21 yr old bartender who thinks he is Tom Cruise from Cocktail, but couldn't bartender his way out of a paper bag - let alone make a cocktail that includes anything besides "some spirit and coke". The Libertine is a refreshing haunt reliving the days when creative mixologists worked in bars and served up their latest concoction to eager patrons.

The menu of available drinks is long enough to find something that will tickle your taste buds, yet approachable enough to digest without needing a degree in Spirits Distillation. The best part is if you are up for some adventure and you belly up to the bar - they'll make you something unique based on what flavor profiles you usually enjoy.

The only minor downside to this place is they seem to have the mentality of, if you've heard of a liquor brand, it must be bad, so we don't carry it. (i just dont believe that some guy making whiskey in his bathtub can do it any better than the big guys, especially if you are going to mix it in with many other spirits to form a cocktail) This is where the creativity can border on slight arrogance, but as long as the drinks are great and the bartenders are friendly, I'll put up with it. (To be fair - this is a general mixology trend, not just at the Libertine)

Overall - great bar vibe, great cocktails and good company.

Full disclosure - this review is for the bar only, we did not eat. Though we did spend 3 hours here!

1  Thank eschuetz
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Libertine seemed to have everything I wanted; great mixed cocktails, warm and engaging staff, a cool and hip crowd (for Indianapolis-ahem), and a great lounge food menu. Unfortunately, the execution of the kitchen was so poor, that most of the menu was simple uneatable. Of course, the bacon flight was incredible which made my disappointment towards the other menu items worse. The ubiquitous duck fat fries were soggy, even after I requested "extra crispy." The salmon burger was tasteless, piled with stuff that made the sandwich too messy and grandiose to eat comfortably. A wedge salad usually is a "no brainer", but the blue cheese dressing did not have any flavor and the tomato, onions, bacon etc. were all missing. Iceberg lettuce with a bland dressing does not define a "wedge salad." This was all rather depressing, along with the decor which was too dark and morose in my opinion, especially if you're not sitting at the bar.
On "the bright side of the planet," the drinks were good and strong with the bartenders being helpful and warm. I will be back, but I will stick with cocktails and eat tons and tons of bacon.

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1  Thank Philip G
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Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

We stopped for a drink after a show downtown.. Real bartenders ... Not like the kids behind so many bars

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Thank Daveandshirley
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