As the weather gets cooler and the occasional snow falls in Louisville, yummy bourbon-forward eats and drinks will help keep you stay warm this holiday season. From caramels to pies and chocolate delights, you’ll find bourbon-infused goodies throughout the city. Here are a few local spots showcasing “America’s Native Spirit” on their menus this holiday season (with a few being year-round spots to check out).
Bourbon’s Bistro | 2255 Frankfort Avenue
Nothing ushers in the holidays more than eggnog. For a limited time from November 22 through December 23, stop by Bourbon’s Bistro to enjoy a glass (or take home a bottle) of this famous eggnog that is made in-house with a Kentucky Bourbon.
80/20 @ Kaelin’s | 1801 Newburg Road
There are over 20 rotating milkshakes and malts to choose from at the Malt Shoppe attached to the restaurant known as the “birthplace of the cheeseburger.” Currently included in the rotation is the Bourbon Apple Butter flavor that is perfect for your milkshake or malt.
North of Bourbon | 935 Goss Avenue
Break out your best Hawaiian shirt for a holiday experience like no other. North of Bourbon has transformed into the Sippin’ Santa, a Christmas-themed tiki bar with a drink menu sure to make you feel as though you have drifted off to a tropical island for the winter.
Ten20 Douglass Loop | 2200 Bardstown Road
Sip on this Old Fashioned with a twist. Ten20 Douglass Loop is serving up this traditional cocktail featuring Old Forester bourbon that has topped with a cold brew coffee caffeinated kick. Or enjoy their other bourbon-forward wintery cocktail, the Lavender Gold Rush, that sparkles like the snow with a dash of edible snow mixed in.
Hauck’s Corner | 1000 Goss Avenue
Serving as the community hangout for more than 106 years before being listed for sale, Hauck’s Corner was revitalized by the new owners while still paying homage to its past. This holiday season, Hauck’s is all aglow with lights and décor for their first-ever Christmas pop-up bar—Nakatomi Plaza—in honor of the holiday classic, Die Hard, complete with a fun seasonal cocktail menu.
Morning Fork | 1722 Frankfort Avenue
No brunch menu is complete without adding waffles. Morning Fork’s Liege Waffles come with a special twist-- a bourbon caramel topping option that will take your brunch experience to another level. Between December 14 and 18, reserve your spot at the special holiday brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus, which features a menu full of favorite dishes.
Buck’s Restaurant | 425 West Ormsby Avenue
Tucked inside the historic Mayflower Building in Old Louisville, enjoying lunch or dinner at Buck’s is an experience. Before you wrap up your meal, be sure to place an order of the bread pudding drizzled with bourbon caramel.
Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar | 127 West Main Street
Once used as a distiller’s warehouse, Doc Crow’s pays homage to its bourbon past with a vast bourbon selection that compliments the menu, especially desserts options that are infused with bourbon like the bourbon-soaked raisins in the bread pudding, the bourbon ball ice cream, the bourbon chocolate sauce atop the cheesecake, or the bourbon-chocolate drizzle on a traditional chocolate walnut pie
Porch Kitchen & Bar | 280 West Jefferson Street
There is no rule that says you cannot begin a meal with dessert first. And Porch’s bourbon butter cake with a side of vanilla ice cream is just the place to break that rule before diving into the amazing dinner options!
The Comfy Cow | 1301 Herr Lane, Suite #118 or 2221 Frankfort Avenue
Using bourbon from Old Forester, the world’s first bottle bourbon, Comfy Cow’s incorporates bourbon ball candy, chocolate chips, and bourbon ice cream to create the award-winning Bourbon Ball ice cream.
Louisville Cream | 632 East Market Street
Founded in 2014, this small batch gourmet ice cream company has been mixing it up ever since unique flavors featured throughout the year, including the bourbon baklava ice cream, the bourbon smoke pecan, and the coffee with bourbon cream flavor.
Bae’s Baekery | 1164 South Brook Street or Logan Street Market
If cookies are more your jam, head to one of the Bae’s Baekery locations to stock up on one of their specialty cookies inspired by a bourbon ball aptly titled Bourbon Ballin’.
If you have ever wondered what it is like to be in a snow globe, check out these “igloo-minating” dining experiences around town for the holidays.
8Up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen | 350 West Chestnut Street
With six distinctively themed igloo’s to choose from, you’ll enjoy a dinner party with culinary eats and drinks in an intimate setting for up to eight people.
The Old Seelbach Bar | 500 S. 4th St.
Located in one of Louisville's most historic hotels, the Old Seelbach Bar is the place to go for the festive Seelbach Cocktail, a decades-old libation invented at the property. Made with Bourbon and champagne it is a popular choice among locals during the holiday season. Stop by the lobby to see its festive decorations and to ask the front desk if there are any upcoming hotel tours.
Parlour Jeffersonville | 131 West Chestnut Street (Jeffersonville, IN)
What can be better than enjoying pizza, pints and Parlour Nachos with a sriracha bourbon sauce in a heated igloo with friends at Parlour Pizza in Jeffersonville at the base of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge.
Huber’s Orchard & Winery | 19816 Huber Road (Borden, IN)
Bringing a little bit of the North Pole to Southern Indiana, enjoy sipping wine (a fan favorite is Pop’s Reserve or the Double Barrel Pop’s Reserve) or Starlight Distillery bourbon with up to 6 friends or family members in the brand-new igloo experience at Huber’s Orchard and Winery.
These are just a few of the fun holiday-themed ways to enjoy your bourbon, but you can enjoy it year-round along Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail. Download your passport today and start your culinary and cocktail journey at any of the participating locations.
For suggestions of holiday-themed events taking place around town, check out our holiday events blog.