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Breakfast - PLEASE & THANK YOU* - Kick off your day with a locally baked pastry in the NULU district. This hip coffee/music shop combo is known for its chocolate chip cookies and wide selection of vinyl records… and is a favorite place of Teddy Abrams—the young, hip Music Director/Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.
COPPER & KINGS AMERICAN BRANDY - Based in Butchertown, Copper & Kings is making dynamic American style brandy. Tour this modern distillery, where guests will learn about the brandy distilling process. Visitors will also tour the 75% underground, naturally climate-controlled brandy cellar where the barrels are sonically aged through music.
RABBIT HOLE DISTILLERY - Distilling is baked in Louisville’s culture. Rabbit Hole is at the city’s creative heart, the NULU district, the nexus of old and new, where artists and entrepreneurs pursue their vision without budgeting for regret. From grain to bottle, inside Rabbit Hole, you’ll witness the creation of modern spirits.
ANGEL’S ENVY DISTILLERY – Opened in 2016 along historic Whiskey Row, Angel’s Envy offers visitors a fully operational urban distillery experience unlike any other. See the distillation process from beginning to end, with the tour ending in the Finishing Room with a tasting of Angel’s Envy.
Lunch - THE HALL ON WASHINGTON* - Situated on the backside of “Whiskey Row,” the Hall on Washington pays homage to the German population who once lived and worked in Louisville in the early days. The Hall creates a unique spirit of an open-air German Beer Hall that includes German and American beer on tap and German inspired food. The Hall is located in a historic building that has seen a varied history from a meat packing house to a textile warehouse of “Kentucky Jeans” to the Old Kentucky Distillery.
OLD FORESTER DISTILLERY - Old Forester harkens back to the heritage and authenticity of America’s First Bottled Bourbon in a state-of-the-art facility that celebrates Old Forester’s origins, and the role of bourbon in Louisville’s history.
EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE - You’ll continue along “Whiskey Row” until your reach the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller through an immersive experience that takes you back to Louisville in the 1700s by bringing to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit. After your tour, enjoy a tasting of the Heaven Hill/Evan Williams products in one of the themed tasting rooms that are directly across the street from the spot where Evan Williams began distilling in the late 1700s. Now Open: 0N3 Bar.
FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM - In partnership with the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, the Frazier Museum is home to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Spirit of Kentucky exhibit. Located on the first floor of the museum, the Welcome Center is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Spirit of Kentucky, located on the third floor, provides an educational primer on the history of the Kentucky Bourbon industry showcasing Bourbon in a much broader light, spotlighting this product as the icon that it is, and sharing the people, places & events that have made Bourbon the Spirit of Kentucky. While you’re there, enjoy the 32-minute breathtaking movie narrated by Ashley Judd that stars the people, places, culture, and music of the beautiful and fascinating state of Kentucky.
KENTUCKY PEERLESS DISTILLERY - The first Peerless whiskey went into barrels in the 1889, and in 2015, Peerless Whiskey was filling barrels for the first time since Prohibition in 1917. The 4th & 5th generations of the family have revived Peerless Whiskey in downtown Louisville, in 2017, their first brown spirit in 100 years under the Peerless name was bottled. Stop by for a tour of this state-of-the-art facility to discover by Food Network’s Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio lists Kentucky Peerless Rye among one of his favorites.
Happy Hour - BRISTOL BAR & GRILLE* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Winner of more “Best of Louisville” awards than any other local restaurant, the Bristol is a great stop for a happy hour cocktail before heading to dinner.
Dinner - DOC CROW'S SOUTHERN SMOKEHOUSE & RAW BAR* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Located in the historic Whiskey Row of downtown Louisville, Doc Crow’s offers the freshest flavors of American Southern cuisine. The traditional menu celebrates classic seafood favorites from the coastal areas and diverse barbecue styles found throughout the interior regions. This Southern institution pays homage to its Whiskey Row location with a wide selection of the world’s great whiskies and a focus on America’s Native Spirit, bourbon.
Nightlife - GARAGE BAR - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-As you cruise down to Garage Bar, be on the lookout for the cars that are part of an art installation that simulates a slow crash in front of the restaurant, the light-up ping pong table and the furniture that looks like hedges! A nod to its roots as a historic saloon, Garage Bar serves up ice cold draft and bottled craft beers, Kentucky Bourbons, seasonal cocktails, and wine. P.S. If you’ve seen the movie Elizabethtown, Garage Bar’s former life as a service station is showcased in one of the scenes between Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.
*Restaurants listed are recommended based on location in relation to the itinerary stops before and after meals and relation to theme of itinerary. For more dining ideas, search by cuisine or neighborhood. Click here.
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