(4.20) Indy's best buzz spots


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You don't have to tell us that nothing compares to a relaxing night at home, smoking a bowl, eating pizza, watching tv, getting a little sumpin' sumpin' from the boy/girl of your choice and then falling asleep pretty much wherever the smoking, eating, watching, and/or boning took place. We wrote that playbook, Rookie.

But one can't stay indoors all year-round, and now that winter has gone and spring is beckoning us back outdoors, we've started thinking about favorite places around Indy to enjoy while high, other than our own humble abodes and the NUVO office.

The research was grueling, but we somehow managed to tour the city from one end to the other looking for the best locations to enjoy fully lit. From high art to hog calling, with just about every other aspect of Hoosier life in-between, Indy abounds with the buzz-worthy. After extensive debate, mostly because we kept forgetting to write down our choices and would have to start all over again, we were able to settle on the following list of ten.

Of course, smoking marijuana is illegal in Indianapolis, as it is throughout the state of Indiana. Therefore, keep in mind that one of the worst places to visit while high is County Jail. Not as bad as Chuck E. Cheese, but horrible and costly nonetheless.

Crown Hill Cemetery
Want to slip into another world without leaving Center Township? Pass through the gates of Crown Hill Cemetery just off 38th Street and find yourself transported, with or without chemical enhancement, to one of the most scenic and historic sites within city limits. This is the final resting place of the city's most famous and infamous residents; browse the headstones and names like Dillinger, Tarkington, Harrison, Kittle, Irsay, Ayres, and Vonnegut should all sound familiar. 'Crown Hill' itself is the highest point in the city and location of poet James Whitcomb Riley's grave monument. You don't have to dig on the dead to enjoy it here, however. The flora and fauna of the nearly 600-acre grounds provide a wonderful escape from the city with more than 150 native plant species and hundreds of white-tailed deer very much alive and kicking within this urban retreat. Take a picnic, download a map of famous graves and spend the day enjoying the circle of life.

Downtown Canal Walk
Oh, sure. You'll find runners, joggers, cyclists and other sporty types crowding White River State Park's Downtown Canal Walk at times. But luckily the path is wide enough for all, even those cruising at a little slower pace and who may or may not have their heads in the clouds. Wander the 3-mile loop, take in the public art and urban architecture, stumble upon a concert at the History Center or festival in Military Park, cross bridges, throw a penny in a fountain, admire the extensive landscaping, or simply sit on a bench and contemplate existentialism. Want something funkier? Rent a Segway. More romantic? Take to the water in a gondola, just like it was Venice. Canal Walk is one of the most beautiful places to admire the city, day or night, particularly when you're feeling all warm and fuzzy with the help of herbal enhancements.

Everyone knows that video games and weed go together like beans and weenies, so it just makes sense to pay homage while high to America's favorite pastime with costumes, contests, exhibits, parties and lots of product demos at GenCon - the world's largest gaming convention. For one weekend each summer (this year it's Aug. 4-7) the streets of downtown Indy are flooded with gamers, geeks and ganja lovers who can't get enough of holding a joystick. Even if you don't play the games yourself, this is still one of the best places to be in Indy when you're high. Head downtown, find outdoor seating at a restaurant and enjoy the parade of vampires, vixens, wizards and wookies flooding the streets as many of the 30k costumed-GenCon attendees go all out in the role-playing department. Seriously fun. Seriously trippy.

While we've got some great stoner cinema recommendations this week for watching movies at home, sometimes nothing beats an overwhelming cinematic experience to truly rock your buzz. Lucky for all of us, the city now boasts several IMAX 3D theaters where bigger and multi-dimensional is always better (plus, it's really funny to see your friends in those stupid glasses). For the more Discovery Channel type of IMAX 3D, the Indiana State Museum at White River State Park (650 W. Washington Street) has screenings seven days a week, final showing at 7:15 on Wednesday-Sunday. A little further south, the AMC Showplace 17 (4325 S. Meridian Street) also has an IMAX 3D screen. Here you'll find Hollywood blockbusters, like the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, May 20, and Fast Five on April 29.

Indiana State Fair
After a certain age (say 21), the Indiana State Fair may not hold the same allure for you that it once did (say when you were six), or the allure it will again (say when you are 60).For those in-between years, nothing makes the heat, humidity and hundreds of thousands of other Hoosiers more bearable than burning a blunt before you go.With hours worth of barn meandering, tractor admiring, amusement ride sharing and fried food indulging, it's the perfect way to spend a blissful afternoon or evening. Make time to take in the rooster crowing contest, browse award-winning eggplants, marvel at men with more tattoos than teeth operating the Midway rides, and by all means – bring enough money to win your girl one of those roach clips with obligatory feathers. This year the fair runs from Aug. 5-21 and elephant ears, corn on the cob, tenderloin sandwiches and deep-fried Twinkies should be available throughout.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Depending on your level of paranoia and how well you handle your high, one of the most enjoyable afternoons imaginable in our fair city is one spent wandering the galleries of the IMA in an altered state of mind. If you're feeling mellow and have the urge to lose yourself in intricate brushwork, mythology, mania and masterpieces, head on over to 4000 W. Michigan Road. The Contemporary Collections of the IMA are particularly refreshing and rewarding, though we've also been known to stand for prolonged periods in front of the Modigliani and Matisse that take up a favorite corner of the European Collection. If the quiet and the guards freak you out, head outdoors and wander the amazing 100 Acres of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Here you'll discover newly installed art among one of the city's oldest pockets of urban wilderness.

Jazz roots
While marijuana has been around for millennia, it enters the American cultural narrative in the jazz clubs of New Orleans just a little over 100 years ago. According to historian Ernest Abel, "Unlike booze, which dulled and incapacitated, marijuana enabled [jazz] musicians whose job required them to play long into the night to forget their exhaustion. Moreover, the drug seemed to make their music sound more imaginative and unique, at least to those who played and listened while under its sensorial influence." For those who'd like to experience the historical sensorial influence of jazz while enjoying the historical sensorial influence of being high, head either to the Chatterbox downtown (435 Massachusetts Ave.) or Jazz Kitchen in Midtown (5377 N. College Ave.). While Chatterbox is the more traditional jazz venue, Jazz Kitchen's more experimental and contemporary line-up is usually buzz-worthy as well.Make your experience even more authentic with a little Creole cuisine from Yats - with convenient locations near both the jazz venues on Massachusetts and College Avenues. (High and Hungry? Check out the 420 Indy dining picks by Harry Cheese).

Mousetrap Bar & Grill
NUVO readers vote the Mousetrap (5565 N. Keystone Ave.) best hangout for hippies nearly every year, and, let's face it – 'hippy' is really just a euphemism for pot-smoker. With a good dose of live music nights, mostly local, as well as pool tables, big screens, darts and a dance floor that occasionally gets pretty crowded, the Mousetrap is a favorite hangout of those who smoke for good reason. The locals who frequent the Mousetrap are generally a mellow, laid-back bunch, as is the overall vibe.Plus they host cool events like the 4.20 party featuring 20 performers on two stages! (Peep our slideshow of photos from the 4.20 party).

Saraga International Grocery
It can often be a disastrous idea to head to the grocery store when stoned, particularly when you are in pursuit of a particular item or trying to stick to a strict budget.If time is not an issue, however, and you're feeling daring in the taste bud department, then take an epicurean adventure surprisingly close to home and browse the aisles of Saraga International Grocery on Lafayette Road ( For more than five years, this locally-owned store with the name that means 'life' in Korean has been introducing new tastes to Indy natives and providing a bit of home to our newest neighbors with imported foods from around the globe including Africa, China, India, the Middle East and Caribbean. Open your mind and your mouth to all the possibilities Saraga has to offer.

SpaceQuest Planetarium
Going to the Indianapolis Children's Museum high can be tricky and, generally speaking, we don't recommend it. While there's a chance you can indulge your inner eight-year old and enjoy the museum with the aid of weed, there's an equal chance all of those screaming, snot-nosed and seriously under-parented kids will get on your nerves within the first five minutes and completely wreck your high. What we do recommend, however, is bypassing the bulk of the museum and settling with your buzz into the SpaceQuest Planetarium, where you can "peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe; witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered." Dude. You had us at 'wondrous nebulae.'


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