On the corner of South Meridian Street and West South Street in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, you can find a one of a kind establishment. Below you can find the very interesting history of the location (taken from their website-www.slipperynoodle.com). January 2012
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In later years the name was changed to the Germania House. It remained the Germania House until the start of World War I at which time German associations were to be avoided so the owner, Louis Beck, changed the name to Beck’s Saloon. Prior to Prohibition, Walter Moore purchased the saloon and named it Moore’s Beer Tavern. During Prohibition it was renamed Moore’s Restaurant (although beer was still made in the basement). After Prohibition ended in 1935, it was renamed Moore’s Beer Tavern. In the late 1940’s Boris Petercheff purchased the saloon. Another side note, Boris’s son piloted the helicopter for President Lyndon B. Johnson when he came to town for the ground breaking of the downtown Post Office. He was killed shortly thereafter while test piloting an experimental jet. Boris ran the tavern until early 1963 when Emelia Finehout, the property owner, took over. She found out all too quickly that she did not enjoy running a tavern, and promptly put the business up for sale.Harold and Lorean Yeagy (Hal’s parents) bought the bar in late 1963, taking final possession on December, Friday the 13th. The “Slippery Noodle Inn” was named by Hal’s dad after a lengthy family debate (Hal was six years old). Names were thrown out for the family to vote on and at about 5 a.m. “Slippery Noodle Inn” sounded pretty darn good. The Noodle has remained in the Yeagy family since that time. Hal took over the bar in 1985 after his father’s death and since that time it has grown from a one room lunch counter into the Midwest’s premiere blues club.
The “Inn” has been used in all types of activities. In the Civil War years it was a way station for the Underground Railroad. Later years saw a bordello open in the once luxurious Inn. It remained open until 1953 when a patron was killed. Two customers of the bordello got into an argument over one of the women, one killing the other and leaving the bloody knife on the bar. During Prohibition the Brady & Dillinger gangs used the building in back, originally built as a horse stable for the Inn, for target practice. Several of the slugs remain embedded in the lower east wall. In addition to liquor and beer being distilled in the building, cattle and swine were slaughtered and butchered in the basement. The meat hooks and water lines can still be found in the basement.
The ceiling in the front barroom is made from pressed tin. It was installed circa 1890. The “tiger oak” bar and back bar are well over a 100 years old and believed to be original. The trough at the edge of the bar was used as the cash register in the olden days. The “honor” system worked or else the colt 45 did! The Noodle is the oldest commercial building left standing in Indianapolis and the Tremont House sign painted on the north side of the building dates back to the 1850’s.
Musicians who have played at the Slippery Noodle include Luther Allison, Magic Dick, Jay Giles, John Mayall, Albert Collins, Buddy Miles, Charlie Musselwhite, Jr. Wells, Rick Derringer, Rare Earth, Edgar Winter, Savoy Brown, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Jim Schwall, James Cotton, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Yank Rachell, Larry Crane, Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard, Country Joe McDonald, Ronnie Earl, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Sugar Blue, The Nighthawks, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Johnny Clyde Copeland to name a few.
Celebrities to visit the Slippery Noodle include Harrison Ford, Dave Matthews, The Blues Brothers Band, John Entwistle, Greg Kinnear, Bruce Smith, Matt LeBlanc, Jason Priestly, Billy Joel, Brett Favre, Anthony Edwards, Patrick Dempsey, Alyson Hannigan, Jerry Stiller, Niel Diamond, Oasis, Steve Howe, Alan White, Robert DeNiro, Vince Neil, Hootie & the Blowfish, Cheap Trick, Jeff Healy, Greg Allman, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Stills, Johnny Rivers, Joe Ely, Carmen Appice, G.E. Smith of Saturday Night Live fame, Antone Figg (drummer for Paul Shaffer’s band), Harry Connick, Jr., Spike Lee, Edgar Winter, Larry Drake, David Hasselhoff, Ernest Borgnine, Keb Mo’, John Mayall, Commander Cody, Walt Willy (Jack Montgomery from All My Children), Kevin Call, Big Al, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Parsons, Sr., Dean Biasucci, Bobby Rahal, Ron Stark, Bill Cowher, Ron Myer, Digger Phelp and the list goes on and on.
The Slippery Noodle has received numerous awards through out the years, including:
2008, Best Of Citysearch, “Best Bar”
2008, Best Of Citysearch, “Date Spot”
2008-2001, Best Of Citysearch, “Best Live Music Venue”
2008-1992, Nuvo Magazine Readers Poll, “Best Blues Bar”
2003, KBA (Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive), Blues Club of the Year
2002, Indianapolis Monthly, Best Wholesale District Hangout
2001, DocBluez’ Blues Lounge, “Blues Venue of the Year”
2001-1999, Indianapolis Monthly Readers Poll, “Best Bar”
2001, 1994 & 91, The Jazz and Blues Lovers Guide to the U.S.,
“The oldest bar in Indiana is also the Best Blues Bar in Indianapolis”
1998 Rolling Stone’s Top Blues Venues
1998 & 95, Indiana Department of Tourism, 4 Vista Awards
1997, 96 & 95, Nuvo Magazine Readers Poll, “Best Bar”, “Best Blues Bar”
1996, Blues Revue, 1 of the Top 20 Blues Venues Nationally
1995, Governors Award For Excellence In Recycling
1993 Details Magazine, 1 of the best 300 clubs in the U.S. and 1 of 19 blues bars listed
In 1993, to commemorate the Slippery Noodle’s 30th anniversary, Live from the Slippery Noodle Inn, Vol. I was recorded. That was the
beginning of the Slippery Noodle Sound recording label, and since that time, Live from the Slippery Noodle Inn, Vol. II and Volume III
have been released in addition to recordings by Dave Morgan, the Cooler Kings, Blue Lou & the Accusations, Gene Deer, Gordon
Bonham, Jimmy Ley and the legendary Yank Rachell.