Make it a Double: Bourbon Driving More Expansion in Louisville
A whirlwind of recent Bourbon tourism projects are soaking Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2023) – A whirlwind of recent Bourbon tourism development projects are soaking Louisville’s Whiskey Row and adjacent areas. Log Still Distillery will add a fine dining and tasting room venue near the KFC Yum! Center on Whiskey Row. The brand has a large presence on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and is eager to add an attraction in Bourbon City. The venue, which will be called Monk’s Road Boiler House, is scheduled to open in the spring.
Additionally, a new boutique hotel and bourbon experience is planned downtown featuring 20 Airbnb-style units. Derby City Lofts is slated to offer the units alongside a bourbon experience, and is working with Marianne Eaves, the first female master distiller in Kentucky, on a bourbon concept for the bourbon build-out, which could include a speakeasy or tasting room. Plans will be finalized soon, and construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
Louisville is seeing a myriad of additional recent bourbon development projects including:
Angel’s Envy has announced a second planned expansion to its downtown headquarters, This one will add 60,000 sq ft across the street from their Main Street flagship headquarters, complete with a proposed pedway connecting the two buildings. Their first expansion, which they just completed in 2022, added five tasting rooms and doubled their annual guest capacity
The Last Refuge, Heaven’s Door branding experience co-created by Bob Dylan will open in two phases, including a bar, restaurant, music venue and art gallery. Phase one consists of the $2 million transformation of the over 150-year-old church and is expected to open in early 2024. Phase two includes opening the accompanying art experience in the Zephyr building 18-24 months later. It will showcase some of Dylan’s artwork, multimedia displays and curated work by other Kentucky artists.
Bourbon Pursuit has introduced a new bourbon experience to help guests feel like ‘insiders’ by tasting various barrels to select and fill their own bottle. Featuring a speakeasy-style basement bar they will house a podcast studio and offer whiskey releases, bourbon education and various events.
Along with Louisville’s bourbon distillery attractions, guests can also partake in the Urban Bourbon Trail®, a cocktail and culinary experience that highlights Louisville’s most celebrated Bourbon bars, restaurants and culinary creations.
While planning a trip to Louisville, guests can download a copy of Louisville Tourism’s annual Visitor Guide
to see the city's top attractions, culinary hotspots, and bourbon distilleries. Visitors also can get additional city attraction, lodging and dining assistance at gotolouisville.com.