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9 Bars in Fort Wayne That You Should Check Out

Fort Wayne, Indiana, is one of the most beautiful cities in Indiana. It is well known for its zoo and incredible museum, but it’s also home to some of the best bars in the state.

thirst-quenching summer cocktails at Fort Wayne Indiana bars

After visiting Fort Wayne, I came up with this list of the best bars in Fort Wayne, Indiana, so that you can go straight to the best ones when you’re wondering where to get a drink.

Deer Park Irish Pub

1530 Leesburg Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Phone: (260) 432-8966
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If you’re looking for a genuine Irish pub experience, go to Deer Park Irish Pub. The bar is cozy and inviting, with dark wood accents, Irish flags, and live music on the weekends.

The beer selection makes the pub the number one craft beer bar in Indiana, with both domestic and imported options.

My favorite item to order with a specialty beer is firestick pretzels.

The Brass Rail

1121 Broadway St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 267-5303
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The Brass Rail is a dive bar with dim lighting and live music almost every night. The drinks are cheap, and the food is also affordable bar fare.

The best part about The Brass Rail is the atmosphere. Everyone feels welcome, and you can quickly start a conversation with someone new.

Check out their website for the latest schedule of upcoming shows and artists.


814 Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 423-3595
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Dash-In is a bar and restaurant with eclectic decorations. They have live music, trivia, and open mic nights. The drink menu is diverse, with a mix of craft cocktails and local beers on tap.

My favorite thing about Dash-In is its food menu. They have various options but are best known for their soups and sandwiches.

My favorite, the Cuban, is the best in Fort Wayne.

Laycoff’s Tavern

3530 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: (260) 482-1122
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Laycoff’s Tavern is a cozy neighborhood bar with great drinks and food. The atmosphere is low-key, with comfortable seating and TVs for sports games, making it a fun place to get drinks with your friends.

I highly recommend the sausage roll at Laycoff’s. The wings and pizza are also incredible.

Conner’s Rooftop

223 W Jefferson Blvd Suite 750, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 467-1638
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Conner’s Rooftop is a rooftop bar with incredible views of downtown Fort Wayne and the ballpark. The vibe is chic and modern, with outdoor seating and fire pits.

The food selection at Conner’s Rooftop is not the largest, but the snacks are all delicious and are the perfect accompaniment to the signature cocktails.

Henry’s Restaurant

536 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 426-0531
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Henry’s restaurant is a modern bar and restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere. The drink menu is diverse, with craft cocktails and local beers on tap.

My favorite thing about Henry’s is their happy hour specials. They have a great selection of discounted drinks and small plates, including nachos and fried pickles.

Club Soda

235 E Superior St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 426-3442
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Club Soda is a trendy bar and restaurant. There is live jazz on several weekly nights, and the performers are always outstanding.

The best thing about Club Soda is the food. They have unique menu items, like smoked gouda dip and stuffed chicken breast. The burgers are also a favorite.

Trouble Brewing

2725 Broadway St, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Phone: (260) 267-6082
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In addition to being one of the best bars in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Trubbel Brewing has one of the most unique names of any brewery I’ve visited.

The beer selection at Trubble Brewing is diverse and constantly rotating, with a mix of classic styles and more experimental brews.

The menu has typical bar snacks and more unique options like Cheese nerds.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co

2002 Broadway St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 426-2537
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Mad Anthony Brewing Co is a famous brewery in Fort Wayne with a large taproom and outdoor seating. The vibe is laid-back and casual, with a food truck often on-site.

I recommend trying the Crazy 8s IPA or the Nut Brown Ale at Mad Anthony Brewing Co. The brewery also offers growler fills and beer for those who want to take some of their delicious beer home.

Final Thoughts

Fort Wayne has some fantastic bars for a great night out. Whether you’re looking for craft cocktails or local beer, there’s something for everyone.

I hope you check out all of the best bars in Fort Wayne, Indiana. What is your favorite bar in Fort Wayne, Indiana? Let us know in the comments below.

Best Bars in Fort Wayne, Indiana

  1. Deer Park Irish Pub
  2. The Brass Rail
  3. Dash-In
  4. Laycoff’s Tavern
  5. Conner’s Rooftop
  6. Henry’s Restaurant
  7. Club Soda
  8. Trouble Brewing
  9. Mad Anthony Brewing Co
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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