News at The Columbia Club

February 6, 2017
The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS) announced that North Pennsylvania Street, from Vermont Street to New York Street, will close beginning on or after Monday, February 6, 2017 and will reopen Thursday, February 16, 2017.

During the closure, the following detour route will be posted:

Traveling Southbound on Pennsylvania Street: Turn right to head west on Michigan Street; turn left to  head south on Capital Avenue; turn left to head east on New York Street; turn right to continue heading south on Pennsylvania Street.

For additional information about the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, please visit:

January 17, 2017
The Columbia Club welcomes Molly English as our Membership Coordinator.  Molly will be assuming the role previously held by Sarah Henry who will be relocating back to her "hometown" of Chicago, IL and finalizing her wedding plans.  We wish Sarah the best of luck on all her future endeavors and thank her for her previous 3 years of service to our Members.  We are excited to have Molly on board who recently graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Communications degree.  She played four years of collegiate golf and has worked in country clubs the past few years as outside services and golf shop attendant.  She is anxious to begin her role in the membership department, meet our Members and learn more about the "city club" life.

November 28, 2017
Tami Cumpston joins the Columbia Club staff as the new Communications Director.  This is a newly developed role within our management team and we are excited to have her on board.  She has an extensive background in the private club industry, having spent over 20 years in both private city and country club environments.  

October 26, 2016
Columbia Club House Rules were updated. To view the updated House Rules, login to the web site and select the Governance page.
October 25, 2016
On October 23rd one of the Club’s richest traditions continued as we celebrated the 124th Annual Beefsteak Dinner. The Beefsteak Dinner recognized three individuals and our 25 year and 50 year members. Congressman Todd Young was the keynote speaker and received the Benjamin Harrison Medallion for the Public Sector, Philip A. Terry received the Benjamin Harrison Medallion for the Private Sector and Bruce B. Melchert was recognized as the Columbian Of The Year. Next month’s Columbian will feature a full write-up on the event along with photos.
October 24, 2016
Come experience Chef Rino's new lunch menu today.

Here are just a few new items...
fresh avocado and applewood smoked bacon, char-grilled chicken breast topped with asiago cheese, tomato, avocado, lettuce, and pesto mayonnaise
fresh tender chicken breast, lightly breaded and fried, topped with melted mozzarella and marinara, served on a toasted rustic roll
baby spinach topped with seasonal berries and finished with candied pecans served with warm white balsamic dressing
italian classic penne pasta tossed with extra virgin olive oil, asparagus, roasted garlic, artichokes, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms, white wine, basil, parmesan

Click Here to download the menu
October 21, 2016
The Columbia Club will host the 124th Annual Beefsteak Dinner this weekend. 
October 16, 2016
For the past few weeks the Club collected coats and children’s gloves for the Salvation Army’s 30th Annual Coats for Kids coat giveaway at the State Fair. The 2016 Coats for Kids Helped 2,500 area children stay warm. Since the beginning The Salvation Army with Tuchman Cleaners and WTHR have distributed more than 100,000 new and gently used coats.

September 26, 2016
Farewell to the Cabaret 

We would like to inform our members that the Cabaret has decided to move to a larger venue in 2017.
During their six year tenure here at the Columbia Club, the Cabaret and its audience has seen tremendous growth. Recent performances are near 100% capacity and shows have sold out six months in advance. As a result, the Cabaret is seeking a larger venue.
The Columbia Club has a rich history of supporting the arts in Indiana, and we have enjoyed our partnership with the Cabaret. We have been happy to have been part of their resurgence.
Please join me and the Board in wishing them continued success in the future.
William Butler                             Jim Rentschler
President, Columbia Club           General Manager & COO


September 15, 2016
The 6th Annual Monument Circle Oktoberfest presented by the Columbia Club will be held Friday, September 16th. Oktoberfest has quickly become a staple event here in Indianapolis over the past few years, as it offers Hoosiers a truly unique experience where eating, drinking and enjoying live entertainment on the Circle is encouraged for all. Best of all, this citywide celebration is free and open to the public.
To accommodate all of the thousands of guests who partake in the celebration, the entire north half of Monument Circle is closed to pedestrian traffic and transforms into a lively and festive authentic Oktoberfest. Like any proper Oktoberfest, the event features an assortment of authentic German fare, entertainment, and plenty of beer to go around.
Guests can expect a plethora of authentic German foods from the Club’s Master Chef Simon Gosling, including sauerkraut, bratwurst, soft pretzels, Bavarian bean smoked pot and rubbed and smoked loin of pork sauerkraut sandwich, and more. Those who prefer American food are also in luck, as there will be plenty of other foods available as well including grilled hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and elephant ears. Of course, there will also be an extensive biergarten featuring local, domestic, and imported beers for your enjoyment. The biergarten even includes a variety of wines and a cigar bar this year.
“Oktoberfest has become one of the premiere events in our city. The Columbia Club is proud to host such a spectacular evening for all of Indianapolis to enjoy, “ says Jim Rentschler, General Manager of The Columbia Club. “We are also very excited to bring Indiana’s beloved Polkaboy back for a free concert on Monument Circle from 7:00pm-11:00pm.”
The food court and biergarten open at 4:00pm, and Polkaboy will be rocking the Monument with live music starting at 7:00pm. Oktoberfest prides itself on being open to the public with no admission charge, encouraging all interested community members to partake in the festivities. The event will continue throughout the evening until 11:00pm.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Indiana War Memorial Foundation, which includes funding for the recent repairs and restoration work done to The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument as well as the many other war memorials throughout the city. 
Oktoberfest would not be possible without the overwhelming support from local businesses. Please join us in thanking Platinum Sponsor, Sysco Foods, as well as sponsors J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Linen Services, Markey’s Audio Visual, Noble Consulting Services Inc., Sun King, Halstead Architects and Caldwell VanRiper.




The Columbia Club

121 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204

General Manager & COO
James B. Rentschler
(317) 761-7503

Assistant General Manager
Stephanie Longerich
(317) 761-7518