Posted on January 22, 2024 by Dina Miller
Whether you are looking for a special night out with your Valentine, or just in search of some late winter indoor fun, Indiana’s Cool North has award-winning food experiences perfect for pairing with our many concerts and shows — everything from professional acts to small intimate performances in quirky settings or bars.
Artisan – Artisan a AAA Four Diamond Award winner. Elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine draws raves from diners at stylish Artisan, where “A warm and inviting modern American restaurant … delivers an uncommon hospitality experience.” Watch their website for upcoming tastings.
The Lerner Theatre – has been carefully restored to its original luster and beauty, and the year-round performances of theatre, comedy, orchestra, dance, and more make this a theater that declares “life is a performance.”
Where: Porter and Portage
Wagner’s Ribs (Porter) – A long-time favorite for the most award-winning, fall-off-the-bones ribs in Indiana. There are also over 75 beers to choose from. You must be over 21.
Emagine Portage (Portage) – A movie-going experience like no other. Enjoy the magic of movies complete with advanced ticket sales, plush power recliners and/or premium rockers, and expanded concessions.
Where: Michigan City
📸: Fish Camp
Fish Camp – winners of the South Shore Chefs of Steel contest, it is located in the historic Michigan City Yacht Club; their waterfront dining offers the region’s largest and freshest selection of seafood. There may even be live music in the house!
Where: Hammond and Gary
Byway Brewing – The menu boasts chef-inspired cuisine paired with meticulously crafted beers. Utilizing only the freshest ingredients, everything is made in-house, even down to the homemade ketchup!
After your meal head 4 miles down the road to the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, where there is live music every weekend at Hard Rock Cafe & Council Oak Bar.
Where: South Bend
LaSalle Grill – You’ll know exactly why this upscale bistro is Indiana’s only restaurant to receive a four-diamond rating for 20 years in a row when you take your first bite of a juicy wood-fired steak.
Morris Performing Arts Center – Just around the corner is the largest historic theater in the region, in South Bend, presenting Broadway touring shows, concerts, and symphony.
Where: Winona Lake and Warsaw
The Boathouse Restaurant – Lakeside dining year round where you can enjoy an extensive menu of award winning food, including Steaks, Seafood, Ribs, Chops, Pasta, & Gourmet Sandwiches in a casual upscale setting.
Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw features Broadway-quality theatrical productions in an intimate threater-in-the-round setting, plus concerts and performances by well-known entertainers.
Blue Gate Restaurant known for their famous “Family-Style” dining – an all-you-can-eat dinner with from-scratch Amish favorites such as fried chicken and ham. There’s also buffet or menu dining, complemented by a selection of over 20 delightful pie varieties.
Blue Gate Theatre – Music abounds in both theatrical performances and concerts by top entertainers in either the Blue Gate Music Hall or the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center.
Where: Culver and Plymouth
Lakehouse Grill, Culver – Quirky and fun, with lake memorabilia, including a sailboat hanging from the ceiling and nautical decor. Enjoy delicious steaks and burgers in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.
Wild Rose Moon in downtown Plymouth is a place where singers could sing, dancers dance, poets recite, actors act and musicians mingle and weave these magical threads together. Programming includes feature performance series, artists who are actively touring, an Open Mic program, and Moonitics comedy improv classes.
Venturi – The only certified Neapolitan restaurant in Indiana, Venturi was recently voted the 15th “Most Life-Changing Pizza” in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine blog readers. Every pizza undergoes wood-fired cooking at a scorching 900 degrees, resulting in a uniquely delicious old-world flavor.
Goshen Theatre – Just a few blocks away, experience the charm of a recently refurbished historic 600-seat live performance venue and ballroom, originally built in 1907. Situated in the bustling Arts District downtown, relish in live music, theater, dance, events, and timeless cinematic classics!