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Broad Ripple, Indiana

A suburb of Indianapolis. I almost didn’t mention this one, except you’ve listed Bloomington and that is a MAJOR college-party city, and Broad Ripple is the same way with all of the bars. I can tell you, though, that there are a plethora of vintage stores all in a row and there is also a Magic Bus and a Grateful Threads. There are a lot of ethnic restaurants to fit all budgets, a lot of local bands come play, there is an annual art festival in the warmer months and there is a nice little picnic park an a hill on the river.

The Monon trail- popular walking/riding trail that goes through much of central Indiana, goes right by the Ben and Jerry’s, and there is a nice health food store with lots of organic fruits to eat while you’re out and about. This place is used to meeting and seeing “hippies” and they are very welcome, along with anyone else who comes along. An ideal place for a sunny day.

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32 Responses to Broad Ripple, Indiana

  • I agree, ive been to broad ripple and GRATEFUL THREADS (bought 2 shirts from them, good store). It is a very welcoming and open minded area. Good Place for hippies.

  • In Indpls. Broadripple is the place for art, music, people, a lot
    of bars, diverse places to eat and music from piano, Jazz, punk
    DJ, and a variety of clubs to crawl from basement to outside patio.
    I am forty and as soon as I turned 21 I got to know most places.
    Great Place in the summer as the streets are filled with all types
    from all ages. What else is there? Nov. 2003
    Of course Downtown cannot go without a mention.
    There is all of that and Historical buildings, Museums.
    I love Downtown as much, their Just complete different experiences…

  • As an older hippie, I would agree with the reviews here and add that it is a very ecclectic place that is great for all ages. The health food store is one of the best I’ve seen in the midwest – family owned and operated. Food is great – by far THE best neighborhood in Indianapolis. Check out the ducks beside the canal. Great place to hang out. And, if you are looking for vintage clothing…there are many places.

  • Steve’s my boy @ the magic bus…150 ft.from the Broadripple High School. He’s all “Hello Friend”…Support this store for all your hippie needs.I’ve been buying from these mugs since the old store.If there were more people like this in the world…Kick ass glass and always hotties in the place

  • Broad Ripple rocks!!! Besides all the stuff you mentioned, Broad Ripple puts on some amazing events throughout the year. The Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market is the BEST MARKET EVER. It sits right along the Monon Trail by the new ArtsPark at the Indianapolis Art Center. Tons of great home-grown and organic food. The local community association also puts on the Taste of Broad Ripple in June and the Broad Ripple Blues Fest in July. There are a couple of gallery tours and other really cool events scattered around too. You have to check Broad Ripple out!!!

  • Jennifer,

    Check out Indy CD & Vinyl on Broad Ripple Avenue. Rick Z. is really cool and loves to pimp anything that anti-big bro.

  • what the address?

  • check out 20 past 4 and more…in the ripple. they got some salvia for sale.

  • What is the address for 20 Past 4?

  • Man, I was in 20 past 4 and more today. I bought a real nice spoon for $20 bucks. Prices there kick ass and the lady that works there is cool as hell. They have some crazy shit there that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Way better than Magic Bus in my opinion. Also, it’s easier to get to than Day Dreams. 20 past 4 is down the street from Day Dreams I believe at the inter section of College. I’m not sure the exact address but its in the corner of the strip mall with the pub thingy.

  • I am new to the area. Can anyone help me out with a way to full my bowl?

  • Does any1 know if any of the places are selling blunt rollers yet?

  • For several years, I lived in Ripple, and loved it…the Stone Mug Tavern, the vintage clothing stores, the rest of the bars, and clubs…as an older, leftover, and now executive hippy, the BR community is ideal, regardless of your age. You can find a $300 dollar a month apartment, or live on the top floor of a highrise for only $800 per month.

    You can fit right in at the American Legion (the best food, lowest drink prices & cutest bartenders on earth!) Or, you can hit the clubs, and realize just how old you are, while still having a great time. The steak special at the Corner Wine Bar is the best deal in food in the city…

    Don’t miss T at Day Dreams…it’s a little off the beaten track, but if you miss her, and the many businesses in the upper village, you’re going to loose the whole thing thats cool about the Rip!

    Enjoy, BR, if you love music, or play well, see Chris at FX, check out Tubby…(well, he ain’t in the rip anymore), hate the local Kroger, boycott the starbucks, hit the Monon, say hi to everyone you pass, and be glad you have visited…by the way, there is one or two places to get a hell of a hairdo…LOL!!!!

    Wishing all my friends in the rip the best!


  • I’m a young guy (only 21) and I love BR. It’s amazing the contrast between the two halves, once you cross that bridge it’s a totally different town.

    I had a great time at the BR Vintage (I had an excellent conversation w/Stephanie Cater on the elequence of Jim Morrison), Back on the Buss is one of my new favorite headshops, and the bars were small, but not so much so that you were ass to elbow.

    I love this town and I’m sure I’ll be bringing a few friends next time we’re on the road going to a music festival.

  • I am currently living in Richmond Indiana. I’m trying to pack up and move to Broad Ripple to finish massage school … does anyone know of a way to find small apartments for rent at a good price (online, phone number or place to call… ??

    Peace, Love and all that good stuff !!!:)

  • eat pizza at Luca

    Puke at CT Peppers

    mmmmm pizza

  • How could you almost skip this town? Aside from Haight Ashbury, Broadripple is the hippiest town i’ve ever seen man! From the public grafitti walls to the numerous head shops, and yes the vintage shops etc.. All i’m sayin is this place should not be changed nor forgotten.

  • My name is Aggy. Does anybody remember Zaps Joint in Broad Ripple? It was in the early 70’s. I used to own the place. I moved to LA and worked in the TV and Movies for a few years. If you remember you can e-mail me at elvis-aggy@hotmail.com

  • Another hippie-friendly head shop in Broad Ripple :

    Back on the Bus @ 6358 Guilford Avenue

    It’s located between Good-Earth and Three-Sisters restaurant, downstairs from Grateful Threads clothing. That makes it a good two-fer to visit!

  • Anyone know of a place I might find a didge to purchase? (AKA: didgeridoo, yirdaki, aboriginal musical instrument, etc.)

  • I live near Broadripple and I absolutley lovvvve it! I pretty much live there, and theres great head shops((i prefer back on the bus to magic bus..cuz they dont check ID or anything :)) and Broadripple vintage is just amazing. Just the other day i found a great Bob Marley shirt && a Ramones one((both much better than the remakes of today)) The guy who owns it is one of the coolest guys i know((and the only grown man i know who wears pig tails-lol)) and he even gave me and my friend 20% off forever cards, since we came there so much! and the best part is…they play non-stop Doors, and I always seemed cheered up once i leave 🙂

    im still tryin to figure out where the heck 20 past 4 is..ive heard the commercial a milllion times on the radio, but i always seem to miss the adress…can anyone help me out

  • I’m Looking for a natural item for menopausal symptoms
    “Rainbow Light”….What’s the store bythe canal that has the upstairs full of herbs, vitamins, and downstairs as well? I’ve been there, but want to check before traveling from Ft. Wayne.
    Joan RM

  • This may be a bit too late for the girl who is moving to BroadRipple- but there are apartments at 65th & Keystone called Lakewood Lodge. Great area, next to everything, on a bus line if that matters…. They run GREAT specials- I ended up with a TWO bedroom deluxe lakeside for $453 gas included…. totally unbelievable… I looked for a year and ONE bedroom’s usually start around $550!! I don’t know if they’re still offering those rates… (It was newly purchased and they were trying to fill vacancies) but I absolutely love it!!!

  • Jacob Coil founded Broad Ripple and i am related to him but i’m from Minnesota. I thinks its kinda cool i will have to check out Broad Ripple sometime

  • What are some good, close, and cheap hotels near the night life of Broadripple???

  • hey me and my wife and young child are trying to relocate to a town that is more like a peace oriented hippie so to speak we come from a back round of being squatters and train hoppers

  • I grew up in Broad Ripple. Moved away. Then returned. I grew up around the arts, the theatre and music. Broad Ripple is more than just a few bars and vintage stores. It’s culture. I’ve never met a person to this day that would say anything too negative about Broad Ripple Village. You might hear a story about puking the alley after leaving the Alley Cat. You might hear that Connor’s was a bit to crowded on a Sunday night, (which it is!! and that is why I LOVE IT).

    I’m working on a promotions foundation for the Indianapolis area and Broad Ripple is where we’ve decided to start. We want the starving artists, the lone glass blowers and the odd photographer. Broad Ripple is all of that and more. much love!! ♥

  • Broad Ripple, like most of Indianapolis, is a commercial nightmare. It was built on the revenues of the local nascar industry. Although there are tiny tiny tiny pockets of historical buildings, these are all sandwiched between miles of urban sprawl. The public transit system is aweful and everything is spread out so that you always have to travel quite a distance to get anywhere. I lived there for three miserable years and I did not meet anyone who I would classify as progressive or layed back. These days, if I ever have cause to have to go to Indy, I ALWAYS send someone else. Perhaps the worst town in the world, with the exception of Dallas, TX.

  • I listen to Evil Luvis and the 420 Production ( google it) while walking thur the alleys ways that lead you to the White river, the monon is the best place to smoke out before you pass out at Mug Shots (65 & College ) just 4 doors away from 20 past four and more head shop where I have picked up several cool glass pipes, and than it over to the bridge to look for some more good smoke – the best smoke is from Broad Ripple and the girls here are the coolest sexist little honeys in the great U.S.A. –
    LUVIS –

  • oh my gosh
    i live in broad ripple and im in love with all the vintage shops, cool restraunts and fun art fairs (: this is such a good placee

  • Does anyone know of a good head shop in BR that doesn’t card?

  • twenty past four is kinda hard to find. its in a corner of some stores and through a bank area. its next to mugshots, i think is what its called, and its across the street from teepot just before the art school/ museum place. its kinda hard to find how to get in there but it’s really cool

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