With the amount of consumer traffic coming through Castleton Mall, the neighborhood features plenty of dining options for its residents. Chain restaurants represent the norm for the area, but a few hidden treasures still remain. Despite being largely commercial, Castleton manages to feature a wide mix of ethnic restaurants in addition to the American staples.
When it comes to independent restaurants, Ichiban Noodles acts as one of the neighborhood's best-kept secrets. This family-owned Japanese restaurant serves some of the best sushi in Indianapolis.
Diners love the Louis roll, but the bento box provides the most variety with a choice of sushi rolls, fried rice, and meat. The prices remain very reasonable, and the ambience resembles that of a small-town noodle house in Japan.
Though the neighborhood lacks a venue specifically dedicated to live music, residents can still occasionally catch a show. Castleton Grill has been known to feature local musicians on weekends. The AMC Castleton Theater attracts a large crowd every weekend looking to catch the latest film on the big screen.
If you're looking for a place to grab a drink, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a place that suits your fancy. Blend Bar with Davidoff Cigars appeals to those who crave the finer things in life, such as classic Cuban cigars, classy cocktails, and aged whisky. Although this bar welcomes smoking, Blend's state-of-the-art ventilation system keeps the smell from lingering on patron's clothing. Overall, the ambiance suits those looking for a post-dinner hangout to bring a date or to host a business event.
Those looking to break out their dancing boots should check out Saddle Up Saloon & Dancehall. With cheap drinks, a mechanical bull, and country line dancing all night, Saddle Up provides plenty more to do than just grab a beer. On Wednesday night, ladies get in free, and Thursday night features free mechanical bull rides on Unitas, Indy's favorite mechanical animal.