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Evansville is the largest city in Southern Indiana. It is the county seat of Vanderburgh County and the regional hub for the Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois tri-state area. Evansville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Indiana and the largest city in Southern Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 117,429. In 2008 a population estimate put the Evansville Metropolitan Statistical Area at 350,261. Settled in 1812, the city is situated on a gentle horseshoe bend on the Ohio River and often referred to as "River City." One of the most popular attractions in the region is Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casino in the state of Indiana. Evansville is also home to both the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. The broad economic base of the region has helped to build an economy which is known for its stability, diversity, and vitality. In 2004 Evansville was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League. In 2008 it was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work, and play" by the readers of Kiplinger, and in 2009 the 11th best. (less...) (more...)
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Points of Interest in Evansville
- Evansville Riverwalk - Sometimes called the "front door to the city", the riverwalk follows the Ohio River and connects the Casino Aztar entertainment district to the downtown area and Sunset park.
- The Pagoda Visitor Center - Located off of the Riverwalk with an easily recognizable and memorable design, the Pagoda offers a wealth of information about Southern Indiana.
- Historic Lamasco - Franklin Street paves the way through the Westside area formerly known as the town of Lamasco. This area is home to the locally famous Gerst Haus restaurant, several popular bars, and one of Evansville's two historic Carnegie libraries (the other is on the east side of town).
- Bosse Field - Bosse Field is the third oldest baseball stadium behind only Chicago's Wrigley Field, and Boston's Fenway Park. The stadium once played host to the AAA Evansville Triplets, but now is home to the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. Evansville Otters
- Ford Center - This newly opened arena seats 11,000 and hosts the University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball teams and the Evansville IceMen, AA affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the ECHL.
The River City is known for its southern-style hospitality, economic vitality, and proud German heritage. Evansville's culture is a combination of Midwestern charms and Southern family values, and fairly distinct from the culture of Indiana's other major cities (South Bend, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne) likely as a result of being isolated from them geographically without a major highway to connect them. The strong economic base provided by giant Toyota and AK Steel plants has allowed the city to thrive in the face of the nationwide recession. Additionally, the vibrant growth of the University of Southern Indiana (established in 1965) has resulted in a strong youth presence and an active and enjoyable nightlife.
- Casino Aztar - A $200 million entertainment facility that includes a 2,700 passenger riverboat casino, a 250-room hotel, several restaurants, shops, and riverfront pavilion. A new entertainment district featuring several bars and restaurants opened in the fall of 2006. It is a must do when visiting Evansville. Casino Aztar
- Fall Festival - The second largest street festival in the United States.Games, rides, bands, talent shows, and food booths line the street during the first full week of October. The festival is best known for offering unusual cuisine such as the signature Brain sandwich.
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- The Acropolis - Greek food. Authentic menu, wide selection of known Greek favorites. Their Three Bean Salad, served as a side dish, and lamb dishes are their specialty. Well decorated, seating ranges from cozy, intimate booths to tables to seat a large family. Generous portions.
- Gerst Haus - German restaurant that reflects the towns heritage.
- Indian Garden - Authentic Indian food.
- Shyler's BBQ - Evansville's Best BBQ since 1991. (Note-- this is currently closed for remodeling.)
- Yen Ching - Voted Best Chinese Restaurant by Evansville Living Magazine three times in a row.
- Deerhead Cafe-222 East Columbia-live music, famous for double decker pizzas. Live jazz in the evenings (home of saxophonist Monty Skelton).
- Peep Hole: A nice, chill bar that often draws a good crowd after-work and late night. Located downtown within walking distance of Casino Aztar and the new Ford Center Arena. 201 Main St, Evansville, IN 47708 (812) 423-5171
- Show Me’s: A trashier, but more fun version of Hooter’s. One dollar Keystone Light drafts draw in a college crowd, especially to the West Side location as it is one of the closest bars to the University of Southern Indiana. West Side: 5501 Pearl Dr , Evansville, IN (812) 402-7100. East Side: 1700 E Morgan Ave, Evansville, IN (812) 401-7469
- Hammerheads: Popular bar with a large dance floor in the basement. Saturday nights are 80s themed and draw in a huge college crowd. 317 Main St, Evansville, IN (812) 421-8492
- Fast Eddie’s: Located across the street from Casino Aztar, Fast Eddy’s draws in a healthy crowd Thursday through Saturday night with live music and a dance floor. The club has something of a reputation for being rough at times. Somewhat interestingly the bar was a defendant in a famous case (FAST EDDIE'S v. HALL) that is now taught in law schools across the country. 1614 S Kentucky Ave, Evansville, IN (812) 424-5982
- Scores/Rockyard: Strip club with an attached night club. Surprising popular even among females. 201 S Fulton Ave, Evansville, IN (812) 422-6998
- Brickhouse: A somewhat quieter GLBT bar. 201 W Illinois St, Evansville, IN (812) 421-0024
- Someplace Else: The most popular GLBT bar in the area. 930 Main St, Evansville, IN (812) 424-3202
- Bullock’s: One of the local centers for counter-culture, often featuring metal bands and fire performers. The owner was recently involved in a local scandal which has slightly changed the bar’s atmosphere. 401 Edgar St, Evansville, IN, (812) 422-2800
- Fred’s: Across the street from Deaconess Main Hospital, Fred is there almost every night serving up beer and the best burgers in town. A neighborhood favorite. Cash only. 421 Read St , Evansville, IN (812) 423-8040
- K C Time Out’s Lounge: The best place to go on Sunday nights. Located and thriving in the nearly deserted Washington Square Mall. 1121 Washington Sq, Evansville, IN 47715 (812) 437-9920
- Ri Rah’s: A large Irish pub that often features live music as well as a top floor that converts to a dance floor on the weekends. Located in the Casino Aztar Entertainment District. 701 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN
- Sportsmen’s: A pool hall that is also quite popular with the bar crowd. 2315 W Franklin St, Evansville, IN 47712 (812) 422-0801
- Stoney’s: A country-western themed nightclub with the largest dance floor in the area and a mechanical bull. Located in the Casino Aztar Entertainment District. 701 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN (812) 402-9912
- Frontier Liquors, 865 S Green River Road, ☎ +1 8124774107. 7am-10:30pm/ Midnight weekends. Best stocked liquor store in the city
- Downtown Walkway
- Eastland Mall
- Northpark Shopping Center
- Washington Square Mall
- Local groceries: If you're lucky enough to be in for a celebration (or simply hanging out with friends), be sure and look for two unique party favorites: Grippo's barbecue flavored potato chips, Ski citrus soft drink. While neither of these is produced exclusively in Evansville, locals will invariably try to convince you they are. These delicious storebought staples simply aren't sold in most cities and can't really be compared to anything else. Caution: Grippo's are unnaturally spicy. Using sour cream as a dip is recommended.
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