One Day Bourbon Experience
Breakfast - 8UP ELEVATED DRINKERY & KITCHEN* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- Begin the day with views of Downtown Louisville, where you can choose from a variety of dishes like the 8up Benedict or the Malted Belgium Waffle.
JIM BEAM URBAN STILLHOUSE - In the heart of Fourth Street Live, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse gives visitors an understanding about Bourbon without leaving the city limits.
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.
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.
Lunch - BRISTOL BAR & GRILL* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- In addition to listing Bourbons by distillery, the extensive Bourbon list selected by the Bristol’s Executive bourbon stewards show known mash bills, age statements and proofs. Winner of more “Best of Louisville” awards than any other local restaurant.
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.
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.
MICHTER'S FORT NELSON DISTILLERY - Michter’s is home to a legendary historic distillation system. Here you will learn about all of the extra steps Michter’s takes throughout the whiskey production process to pursue their goal of producing the greatest American whiskey, from barreling at a lower entry proof, to toasting their barrels before charring and heat cycling their warehouses.
Happy Hour - SIDEBAR* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- Located in historic Whiskey Row in a, Sidebar is the place to begin your evening after a day of touring Louisville’s urban bourbon scene.
Dinner - MERLE'S WHISKEY KITCHEN* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-This toe-tapping, honky ton highlights an award-winning menu of Southern/Soul cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and live music.
Nightlife - GOODWOOD BREWING COMPANY - Located in the heard of downtown, Goodwood is dedicated to making beers that have been touched by wood; whether in reclaimed oak casks once used to house bourbon, red wine, or brandy. Located in a 200-year-old building with a fully renovated taproom, Goodwood is conveniently located on the edge of NuLu, and is the perfect blend of historic, industrial and cool!
*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.