The Sinking Ship

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 13 reviews )

4923 N College Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 46205

Serves meat, vegan options available. Hockey-centric beer bar offering an eclectic pub menu with several marked vegan choices: seitan wings, hot dog, taquitos, kielbasa, seitan gyros, among others. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-3:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

13 Reviews

First Review by ReidMeFirst

More fun than food. - Edit

A unique place... eclectic, with standard bar fare and good beer and drink selections. If the priority is diversity in vegan choices that offer somewhat healthy alternatives, find another venue. Remember, it is a pub first... unique, but a bar nonetheless. I did enjoy the fried pickles.

Pros: diverse menu for a bar

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My favorite vegan place in Indy - Edit

I've never had a bad time here. The food is insanely good, and vegan items are clearly marked. The vibe is very laid back with good beer on tap too. Keep in mind this is a bar though, so 21 and up only!

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Delicious vegan bar food - Edit

This place saved us after arriving in Indianapolis late at night after a long day of driving. Their kitchen is open until 2:30 am. There are a lot of vegan options clearly marked on the menu and we had a hard time deciding what to try. We had the taquitos, brats, pickle chips, and seitan wings. Everything was really delicious! We were there on a Wednesday night so it was pretty quiet, but it is definitely a bar so I imagine it could get noisier on weekend nights.

Pros: yummy vegan food, lots of vegan options clearly marked, late hours

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Awesome Vegan Bar Food - Edit

Menu clearly labels multiple vegan options
Seitan wings and the seitan gyro are my go tos!

Pros: Excellent craft beer selection, Good atmosphere , Great patio

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Killer menu - Edit

Lots of vegan options accurately labeled. Reminder it is a bar. Sack of Balls and a meatball sub are what's up.

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avoid the black bean patty - Edit

I love vegan hamburgers. the black bean Patty was horrific. Would not go again. Except that the mac and cheese vegan style was incredible. maybe just for the mac and cheese

Pros: mac and cheese

Cons: yecky

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21+ - Edit

the staff are really nice and the food is very good! you need to be 21 to go inside tho.

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Luuurrrrve - Edit

I effing love this place. First, do not expect to eat healthy here: Go to SoBro Cafe or Ezra's for that. If you want to stuff some greasy vegan bar food down your gullet, The Ship is your place. Things I have eaten and wanted to put more of in my mouth: vegan chili dogs, sack of balls (VEGAN DONUT BALLS!!!), seitan gyro, thai seitan salad (I know, I said nothing healthy here, but I wouldn't call this salad healthy), and seitan wings. They also have brunch from 11-3 or something on Sundays. They have vegan biscuits and gravy (amazing), vegan french toast (have not yet tried), and this thing called vegan loggers hash which combines star tots, vegan sausage (maybe tofurkey), with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic, and bbq sauce... so freaking good! Other things on the menu I've had but don't typically choose them over the other things I could put in my mouth: meatball sammy, BLT (tempeh bacon), black bean burger, corn fritters. I have not yet tried a newer menu addition, vegan mac n cheese because something must be wrong with my head.

Oh yeah, they are also a bar, so 21 and up only. They have a rotating tap last and lots of bottles of beer. And if you want to watch hockey, this is a good place for that.

Pros: all the vegan foodstuffs, sack of balls, beer

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The Catnip Diaries - The Sinking Ship - Edit

Cat Hair Day loves to go out on dates. Nat is vegan, so we are limited to where we can go out to, but that’s part of the fun – finding vegan-friendly places to eat in Indy. And trust us, we don’t starve! We seem to find ourselves at the Sinking Ship on a weekly basis for a couple of reasons, it is right down the street and we love their wings!

The Sinking Ship is located in SoBro at 49th and College. While it is known for being the only hockey bar in Indy, they also serve lunch and dinner, and even have a Sunday brunch. We were excited to find out on our most recent visit to the Sinking Ship, that they had just unveiled a new menu with even more vegan options! One of the greatest perks of The Sinking Ship, is that it is one of the more vegan-friendly restaurants we have found in Indy, with nearly half of the menu options being vegan. Unlike many restaurants, where you have to “special order” non-vegan options to make them vegan, The Sinking Ship has many options that are already vegan. Vegan options at The Sinking Ship include appetizers, sides, entrees, and burgers.

Our favorite appetizers are the Sack of Balls (cinnamon sugar donut balls with a fruity sauce) and Vegan Chili Dogs. Our favorite go-to entree is their Seitan Wings with Korean BBQ; try them – we promise you won’t regret it! The Thai Seitan Salad is another delicious lunch or dinner option, and one of the healthier menu items. Their vegan sides include Mac N’ Teese and Vegan Chili. Another option worth mentioning is their variety of vegan sauces, including vegan ranch and vegan mayo. But the best day of all to visit the Sinking Ship is on Sundays when they have Vegan Biscuits and Gravy. We could eat their biscuits and gravy every week and never get tired of them. Seriously, they are so delicious!

Vegan Friendly: 4/5

Tastiness: 3.5/5

Decor: 4.5/5 (Nat); 4/5 (Amy)

Staff Friendliness: 5/5

Cost: $$/$$$$$

Overall Feeling: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5


-Nat & Amy

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Awesome Bar! - Edit

This place is pretty cool. It's pretty laid back inside. They have a bunch of beer selections including Sun King and other local beers. On the menu they have clear marked vegan items. In all I would say they have about 10 vegan items which was nice. We had the vegan corn fritters as a starter with vegan ranch sauce and it was so good. For my main mea I had the vegan meatball sub with fries and it tasted great! Will definitely be back again.

Pros: Pretty good selection of vegan items , Fast service, Giod prices

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What I Wanted - Edit

So a lot of the time I hear people tell me, "Oh, well, that's unhealthy vegan food." Hey, when a restaurant has anything vegan on their menu that is more tasty than a bland salad or just fries, I jump for joy.
This place was perfect! I wanted a burger and fries. They did one better. A vegan meatball sub! And a jackfruit "pulled pork" sandwich. And star-shaped tater tots. Delicious! Friendly staff and good prices.

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Nice to have vegan bar food - Edit

I agree with the previous reviewer. This place serves greasy bar food, so if that's your thing, then you'll be pleased as punch to eat at Sinking Ship. Their tots are everything you want in a tot and I enjoyed their seitan wings.

That said, I wasn't blown away by the food. However, in a city with limited vegan options, it's nice to be able to eat bar food with the masses :)

Pros: Vegan options, Greasy bar food

Cons: A bit unexciting

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Yummy greasy bar food - Edit

If you're in the mood for a bar, bar food, and some vegan dining options, look no further.

The Sinking Ship serves the standard veggie burger, veggie nachos, vegan chili. They also have Seitan Hot Wings made by Chef Ian of Indianapolis. They post their full menu on their website. Lots of veggie choices and quite a few vegan choices for a bar.

Pros: Bar food, Dive Bar Vibe (if that's your thing)

Cons: Dive Bar Vibe (if it isn't your thing)

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