If you’re attending events at the Grand Wayne Convention Center that run late, don’t worry. There are a number of places nearby where you can still grab a late night bite or drink. Here are 5 places you can try on your next visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Dining Near the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana

O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant

301 W. Jefferson Blvd; Suite 130
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Open daily from 11am to 3am

Within walking distance from the convention center, O’Reilly’s is a great place to grab both a late bite and drink. They are open daily until 3am, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy yourself in Fort Wayne.  In addition to their Guinness, they have a variety of menu options, including burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and some Irish specialties.

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Copper Spoon                          

301 W. Jefferson Blvd; Suite 100      
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Kitchen Hours: Mon-Thursday 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sunday: 4pm-11pm
Bar is open until last call

Near O’Reilly’s is another great place for late-night food and drinks. Copper Spoon features deluxe entrees, great wines, and cocktails. They also have cheese and meat platters served on boards, mirroring Old-World appetizers. Its Tuscan-style interior is a must-see.

If you’re visiting during the summer, you can enjoy Tiki drinks and more traditional bar food at the Sidecar, located on the outdoor patio and open seasonally. You can reserve a table online, but for parties of 5 or more, it is best to call. They even have private rooms with a large HDTV that can seat parties up to 18 people, perfect for business gatherings.

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J.K. O’Donnell’s

121 West Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Monday-Thursday 11am-11 pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-12am

Beer lovers will enjoy the many brews this beautiful pub has to offer, and it’s only a 6 minute walk from the convention center. Founded by an Irish couple, JK’s is decorated with dark hardwood floors, barstools, and tables. With soccer games playing on its television screens, and the lively chatter from other bar-goers, this place will make you feel as though you are truly in a pub in Ireland.  JK’s offers a variety of brews and its menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, and a few Irish recipes.


814 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Monday & Tuesday: 7am-4 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7am-11 pm
Friday: 7am-1am
Saturday: 9am-4 pm & 6pm-1 am
Sunday: Closed

This cozy establishment is popular among Fort Wayne millennials and is about a 6-minute walk from the convention center, as well. In addition to the craft beers, they offer a variety of soups, salads, Paninis, burgers, and other entrees. If you like comfort food, you’ll love any of the 5 specialty grilled cheese sandwiches. Enjoy the artwork hanging on their walls, or take a piece home-- you can purchase pictures and paintings to support local artists.

Conner's Kitchen + Bar

1150 S. Harrison St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Monday-Thursday: 6 am-11 pm
Friday: 6am-12 am
Saturday: 7am-12 am
Sunday 7am-11pm

This restaurant and bar is located right across the street from the convention center in downtown Fort Wayne. If you’re in Fort Wayne on business and you’re solo, there’s no reason to dine alone in your hotel room. You can enjoy various appetizers, burgers, and other bar favorites..

Note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.