Prepare for a full evening of refined revelry.

Now that you’ve decided to spend some time at the Midwest’s premiere venue for cabaret entertainment, learn more about the world-class experience that awaits you, including dinner service, a well-stocked bar and meet and greets with your favorite artists.

Food and Beverage

Our newly expanded dining menu, created by our friends at the Jazz Kitchen, was designed to suit the refined tastes of our patrons, and features everything from small plates and shareables, to full entrees and gourmet desserts. Our new facility also features a gorgeous, full-service bar with craft cocktails, curated wine lists, and more.

Be sure to arrive early so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy food and libations (doors typically open two hours before show time*). If you plan on dining with us, we recommend arriving at least one hour prior to showtime. If you find yourself in need of a cocktail or a nibble mid-show, don’t worry, full food and beverage service will continue throughout the performance.

*On two-show nights, doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to the second performance. The Cabaret asks that all patrons are seated at their tables 30 minutes before showtime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park?

In addition to the ample street parking around the Metzger Building, you’re welcome to park for free in the designated Buckingham Companies lot (located at Meridian & St. Joseph). If you’re feeling especially fancy, valet parking is available for $10. Download a parking map here.

Where do I pick up my tickets?

The Cabaret doesn’t use physical tickets. When you arrive for the performance, you will check in with The Cabaret host using your last name. One of our friendly ushers will show you to your table. Doors open two hours prior to 7pm and 8pm performances, and approximately thirty minutes prior to 9:30pm performances.

Is there an age requirement to attend The Cabaret?

The Cabaret is a nightlife destination that can be enjoyed by any mature young person. Some shows do contain adult (raunchy and/or political) content, which will be indicated in the description for the show.

Is The Cabaret ADA accessible?

Yes, The Cabaret complies with all ADA requirements. Please call us with any specific concerns at 317-275-1169, and we will be happy to accommodate you.

What time do doors open?

The Alley at Library Square 
Seating Begins at 5pm

The Cabaret 
5 PM performances: doors open at 3 PM.
7 PM performances: doors open at 5 PM.
8 PM performances, doors open at 6 PM.
9:30 PM performances: doors open approximately at 9 PM.
7:30 PM performances: doors open approximately at 7 PM.*
*Doors open at 5:30 PM for Andre De Shields’ Sunday, August 15 performance.

For best service, we suggest patrons arrive one hour prior to each performance.

Is seating determined by what time I arrive?

No, seating is pre-assigned by The Cabaret staff based on order of purchase. Current 3 and 6-show subscribers, as well as donors of $250+ receive priority preference regarding seating.

For more information regarding subscriptions, click here.
For more information on becoming a donor of $250+, please click here.

Could I be seated with my friends/family?

We will always do our best to accommodate any seating requests.

If you would like to request to be seated with another party, please call us at 317-275-1169 or email info@thecabaret.org.

Is food available?

The Alley at Library Square
Beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.

The Cabaret
Our newly-expanded menu, created by our friends at the Jazz Kitchen, includes small plates, full entrees and desserts, and includes accommodations for most dietary restrictions. Our new facility also features a gorgeous, full-service bar with craft cocktails, curated wine lists, and more. As luck would have it, you’ll pass it on the way to your table.

We recommend arriving at least one hour before show time if you plan on dining with us. however, if you find yourself in need of a cocktail or a nibble mid-show, don’t fret. Full food and beverage service will continue throughout the performance.

There are no food & beverage minimums at The Alley and The Cabaret 

What should I wear?

We’ll take you as you are, but attire at The Cabaret typically ranges from business casual to cocktail.

Coat Check

Unfortunately, at this time, coat check facilities will not be available. With reduced capacity, there should be ample space for coats on the backs of chairs because of reduced seating capacity.

When and where are Meet & Greets with artists?

Meet & Greets follow most performances in the beautiful Gallery 924 (also located in the Metzger Building).
Meet & Greets will not occur after the first show on a two-show night (e.g. after the 7 pm performance if there is a 9:30 performance).

Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, meet & greets have been canceled until further notice.

  • “One of the best environments for serious music fans in town!”

    Cabaret Guest
  • Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy

    The beauty of the Cabaret lies in the spontaneous nature of each show. Unlike well-known musicals, with cabaret, audiences never know what to expect next. Artists can choose to sing old standards or an original number. They can share personal stories or make jokes with random people in the crowd.

    Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy
  • “Best in class. A truly delightful experience - over the top!”

    Cabaret Guest
  • "This space is truly what a cabaret is meant to be... an intimate setting of hightops and enclosed booths help the audience feel special and a lone piano with small, personal stage complete the picture."

    Broadway World
  • "Attending a cabaret show can feel like you're part of a (very stylish) secret society. It's you, the audience, seated at tables, sipping wine or a cocktail, with the vocalist, perhaps fresh off of Broadway, just a few feet away on stage."

    Indianapolis Monthly
  • “The Circle City’s swanky new cabaret space is Broadway’s latest buzz.  Old Hollywood meets urban chic in a softly lit chandelier-filled room that holds 190 people—no seat in the house is more than five rows from the stage—it feels like Lea Salonga is giving her life story for you.  Stick around for a meet and greet after the spellbinding serenade."
    Indianapolis Monthly
  • “Awesome venue! I tell everyone I know about The Cabaret and encourage them to see a show.”

    Cabaret Guest
  • “Indy's posh landing pad for Broadway stars on Pennsylvania Street.”

    Indy Star
  • “We looked at the many places where we could spend our money for entertainment and realized there was no venue that came close to The Cabaret. The venue and staff simply make this venue the best in Indianapolis.”

    Cabaret Guest
  • “My favorite thing in the world is to connect with people, break the fourth wall, improvise, make people laugh, and talk directly to the audience. Cabaret is basically everything I like to do, all in one.”

    Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti


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