In The Fountain Square neighborhood of downtown Indianapolis, there sits a bar on Shelby St. that would easily be at home on The Vegas strip in the heyday of The Rat Pack; The Brass Ring Lounge.
Low lighting and Bogart and Bacall on TV. Deep throaty voices, the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin croon over the speakers in heavy rotation, and a darkness that envelopes you even in the middle of the day. There isn’t a place in all of Indianapolis more befitting to The Brass Ring Lounge than Fountain Square.
Come in and grab a seat at the back of the bar, take quiet refuge from the day, or sit outside on the patio and watch the world go by. Come thirsty, and bring an appetite, as they also serve food.
While all this atmosphere is great, and a welcome respite for anyone, a bartender by the name of Lynda Trimble is what makes The Brass Ring Lounge even more worthy of a visit. Her friendly demeanor and willingness to make you a drink and even offer up a few of her own suggestions of expertly crafted cocktails. She truly loves what she does and it shows. So this time on Drinks With Indy we are featuring a Q&A session with Irvington native and IUPUI alum Lynda Trimble.
How long have you worked at Brass Ring Lounge?: It will be a year at the end of July.
Favorite cocktail?: Thats a hard one. I’m a seasonal drinker, however, will drink a dry red wine any day of the year. In the summer I like refreshing drinks, Jameson ginger ale with a lemon twist, Bulleit Bourbon, St Germain, squeeze of lemon topped off with champagne, or just about any vodka drink. In the winter I like to sip on bourbon.
Most requested cocktail at Brass Ring Lounge?: I’d say it is a toss up between a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Favorite part of the job?: Meeting people and socializing. I don’t know many people that can say they get paid to socialize and make friends! I have met the most amazing people while bartending and being in this service industry. My very best friends are people I work with or have worked with at a past bar.
Least Favorite?: Not having weekends to do things with those not in the industry…but then again I don’t have to be up at 7am to head to a boring desk job so it has a fair trade off.
What else do you like to do, passions, hobbies?: I love to dance, sew, cook, see movies, travel.
Are you surprised by all the changes that Indy has undergone in the last few years?: Yes, take Fountain Square, 5 years ago you wouldn’t think about coming into this area for a night on the town. Since then amazing restaurants have popped up, offering some of Indys best dinning and nightlife! The renovations they did during Super Bowl are great. We are finally becoming a destination spot for incoming conventions. Every convention that comes into town the visitors always repeat how wonderful our city is and how nice everyone is…we really know how to be a great hostess!
Any celebrities ever pop into the Brass Ring?: Not that I know of…but then again I’ve only been here for a year!
Favorite places to hang in Indy?: During the summer, like most, anywhere with a patio and good music. I do enjoy MacNivens, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about all my favorite drinks as well as beer!
Favorite Bartender: That’s a hard one. It’s hard to give just one person that label. I have my favorites that are still in the industry and those who have retired! Lets start with Dawn Burgin, I have learned everything I know from this amazing woman. She can hang with the best of them and probably out drink any man out of the park! She is personable, sassy, feisty, yet consistent. Every drink from her tastes just how it should….nothing worse than ordering a drink that tastes different each time. Tought me to smile when a customer is not being ideal…kill people with kindness….even when you are putting someone in their place smile, they will never know what’s coming to them. I have know Dawn for almost 12 years and each time I bartend I see myself resembling her in some small way, however, I could never hold a torch to her!
Max Campbel from MacNivens, Quick and efficient yet still finds the time in the busy hustle of his bar to have a chat with you. Always wearing a friendly face and I’m pretty sure I have never seen him get upset even to the most deserving patron. Total class!
Sheana (sorry I forget her last name) No longer in the industry but still a favorite. I don’t think she ever gets upset and even if she does she has a smile on her face. She holds her own with the faster male bartenders and looks amazing while doing it! I know I’m forgetting someone but, that’s all that comes to mine. Each of my favorites have their own special flare to the job and the drinks they make.
Are you single?: I am not! I am with an amazing man named Matt. He is the first guy to understand that my job is just a job. He doesn’t get jealous when I flirt a bit for tips because he realizes that I am coming home to him. I couldn’t be happier and so lucky to have such a great guy in my life as well as my sons life!
What is your favorite thing about Downtown Indy?: How as a community especially the service industry community we all look out for each other. Each restaurant and bartender/server will send business to other competing bars/restaurants. We help each other out…when there is a drunk patron that is causing problems we warn the other local bars, it is our lively hood and we all protect each other. I love how clean it is and no matter what day of the week it is there is something always going on. On my travels through other cities, I don’t see that. Most cities only stay open on weekends, not Indy we keep people going 7 days a week, including holidays! Never a dull moment!
The Brass Ring Lounge is located at 1245 Shelby, Indianapolis In 46203