49 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN | Directions 4620439.765659 -86.159026
Neighborhoods: Central Indianapolis
Sports restaurant-bar draws fans who love the food as much as the game. – In Short
Using their original burgers-and-beer joint in St. Paul, Minn., as a base modl, this sports-themed chain is now a popular hangout for all ages nationwide. The memorabilia-loaded space is crowded with families and friends chatting over chili cheeseburgers, bourbon-glazed pork chops and large orders of soups and salads. On major game nights, the shiny wooden bar area is packed with small groups eyeing the monitors above while cheering or grumbling into their pints and fries.
Fun atmosphere, good food – Food is very good, much tastier than you would expect at a "sports bar". Kind of noisy but that should be expected, service is decent
Great service – The food isn't world class -- or even Indy class (though large portions), and pricey, and the drinks probably the most expensive downtown ($4 for domestic bottled beer, $5+ for imports and not a large selection). The Rock Bottom across the street, and Ram down the street, have better food and less expensive drinks. But why do I keep going to Champps? The service is the best! I happened onto Champps last year to watch football, won a $50 gift certificate in a contest and spent it. My server was soooo nice, and seemed to be interested in me. I got $35 worth of food and drinks and tipped her the rest of the $50 certificate. She told me that was one of the best percentage tips she ever received and told me to come back. I did the next week, ran a $30 tab and tipped $20. I kept going back, and after about the 5th time we exchanged phone numbers and we became each other's best friend. So if you go to Champps ask for Meghan to serve you and be sure to tip her well.
Not as good as the Northside location – I don't like the vibe in this location as much as the northside one. Last time I was there it was very busy, and the waiter barely payed any attention to our table (all two of us). My dinner (steak) was cold and my friends wasn't even that great.
Last year I went to this place with couple friends when we were there for the USGP, and I have to say the double bacon pepperjack cheeseburger was the best I had in United States. Also the atmosphere of the downtown area is just great.
This year, four of my friends and I went to Chicago, and we made a long stop in Indianapolis so we could go downtown and eat at Champps again. I again was not disappointed. The burger is just awesome. Big, tender, tasty, just great. Definitely need to try it if you're ever in the area.
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