When you dream about the perfect patio to spend a summer or fall evening, it probably looks like this. A place where the locals are regulars, but newcomers are welcome. A dreamy string-light patio with fire pits to stay warm on cool nights. Local bands entertaining with live music. And most importantly, local beer on tap.

This place doesn’t just exist as a figment of your imagination. This is Union Brewing Company in Carmel, Indiana.

 


Union Brewing Company

Union is tucked off the Monon Trail in Carmel, just north of the Palladium. You know you’ve arrived when you hear live music and chatter and see bicycles leaning against the wood picket fence. Belly on up to the bar and read the classic green chalkboard to see what’s on tap and what’s on cask. Union makes their own beer but serves up local favorites, too.

While they don’t serve food, you’re welcome to bring your own. Luckily, its right next door to Jamaican Reggae Grill, a local restaurant that serves up some of the best jerk chicken outside of Jamaica. Grab a beer and some rice and beans and enjoy it al fresco on the patio. This place is a popular hangout, so it may be hoppin’ on a Friday or Saturday night.

Union is also dog and kid-friendly, so bring the whole family.


Nightlife Nearby

If you want to keep the night going, there’s plenty of spots open late in Carmel within walking distance of Union Brewing Company. Head north to the new Sun King Spirits, a new rooftop bar serving up alcoholic slushies, craft cocktails and good eats from four different vendors in the food hall. Or check out 3UP Rooftop Bar, coming soon to the southwest corner of Main Street and the Monon Trail above Anthony’s Chophouse. Or if you’re looking to keep it casual, visit Scotty’s Brewhouse, The Pint Room or Muldoon’s, all in the Carmel Arts & Design District.


Biking the Monon Trail

Bike to your brews and download the Zagster app and rent a bicycle from one of the sharing stations around Hamilton County for just $3/hour. The Monon Trail spans 20+ miles and connects north to Westfield and Sheridan and south to Broad Ripple and Indianapolis, making it the perfect way to spend an afternoon with plenty of pit stops along the way, like Grand Junction Brewing Company.

 

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