Two Day Bourbon Experience
PLEASE & THANK YOU*- Start your day with a locally baked pastry in the NULU district. This hip coffee/music shop combo is known for its chocolate chip cookies, pastries, and wide selection of vinyl records.
KENTUCKY PEERLESS DISTILLERY-The first Peerless whiskey went into barrels in the 1889, and in 2015, Peerless Whiskey was revived by 4th & 5th generations of the family almost 100 years later. 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.
FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM-Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits, hands-on learning opportunities, and seeing history come to life through costumed actors who bring visitors face-to-face with some of the events and people who changed the world. The Frazier History Museum is also home to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, a perfect place to learn the history of bourbon and Kentucky.
ART EATABLES-The world’s first bourbon certified chocolatier. Creators of the genuine small-batch bourbon truffle.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY-You cannot miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. See how the famous bats are made, hold bats used by baseball’s superstars, and experience what it is like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball. You even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you!
EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE-Situated on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row” featuring an artisanal distillery, tours, and tastings. Celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams-- Kentucky’s first distiller, this immersive experience brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit.
MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER–Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn about Ali’s incredible life that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” Step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, discover the story behind his infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and see the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
CORNER RESTAURANT AT ALOFT LOUISVILLE DOWNTOWN*-On the corner of 1st and Main Streets, Corner Restaurant & Bar, at the Aloft Louisville Downtown hotel, features over 60 bourbon selections and locally inspired pairings like the jerky + bourbon special. Relax on the open-air patio or one of the indoor spaces.
OLD FORESTER DISTILLERY-Returning to Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” 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. (temporarily closed)
TASTE OF KENTUCKY-Traditional Kentucky foods & crafts, quality souvenirs. (Downtown location temporarily closed)
JIM BEAM URBAN DISTILLERY-In the heart of Fourth Street Live, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse gives visitors an understanding about Bourbon without leaving the city limits. (temporarily closed)
THE OLD SEELBACH BAR*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Opened in 1905, the Seelbach Hotel has been host to gangsters, politicians and celebrities for generations such as providing the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and being a favorite hangout of Al Capone’s. Be sure to try the Seelbach Cocktail—created in 1917 but lost during Prohibition and rediscovered in 1995.
MARKETPLACE RESTAURANT*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail—Southern comfort food meets Italian flair with live jazz in this eclectic atmosphere housed in the old Kentucky Theatre on 4th
Street. Marketplace Restaurant is also home to the “Best Manhattan” by Esquire Magazine and Woodford Reserve.
THE BROWN HOTEL LOBBY BAR*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-This treasured landmark features breathtaking turn-of-the-century architecture, an opulent hand painted ceiling and the hotel’s signature dish, the world-famous Hot Brown, within what Southern Living Magazine describes as “straight from a 1930’s movie set.”
SWAY*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- Based on the farm-to-fork concept SWAY brings Southern fare inspired by the rich heritage of the region. Seasonal menu combining flavors of Southern kitchens and American favorites with the freshest of ingredients from local farms, dairies, and butchers.
BULLEIT EXPERIENCE AT STITZEL-WELLER-One of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry. Originally opened the day of the 1935 Kentucky Derby, Stitzel-Weller is now home to Bulleit, Blade & Bow, IW Harper, and Orphan Barrel.
KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM-Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track to see the famous track up close.
KENTUCKY DERBY CAFÉ*-Official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Offering an array of Kentucky Proud food items and Kentucky’s finest Bourbons to complete its dishes. Offering a wide variety of contemporary and traditional Kentucky fare.
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. (Tours temporarily suspended, but gift shop open and tastings available on a first come, first served basis)
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. From grain to bottle, inside Rabbit Hole, you will witness the creation of modern spirits. (still closed)
COPPER & KINGS AMERICAN BRANDY DISTILLERY–Based in Butchertown making American-style brandy. Tour this modern distillery where they will show you how they sonically age the brandy with music each day. Enjoy your brandy tasting at the end of the tour or head up to ON3 to enjoy a cocktail that includes views of downtown Louisville.
BUTCHERTOWN MARKET-A one-stop-shop for a little retail therapy. Check out Cellar Door Chocolates to pick up some of their famous Bourbon truffles. And do not forget to explore Bourbon Barrel Food’s offerings from bourbon smoked spices to small batch soy sauce aged in Bourbon barrels and specialty bitters.
LA BODEGUITA DE MIMA-The newest restaurant along East Market Street, La Bodeguita de Mima transports you back in time to Cuba in the 1950s with delicious aromas filling the air, tantalizing food to enjoy, and delicious cocktails to experience.
TAJ LOUISVILLE*-In the heart of the Nulu district is a bourbon bar that is part speakeasy/part rustic hideaway. Taj Louisville is located in building dating back to the 1840s, is only 15-feet wide and features parts of Louisville’s history from Edison bulbs and local art.
Fall Event to Check-out:
JACK O'LANTERN SPECTACULAR (Oct. 1-Nov. 1)–See over 5,000+ pumpkins along a 1/3 of a mile walking trail through one of Louisville’s parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Once the sun goes down, the trail illuminates each night lights, music and more, transporting guests to a magical place with themed vignettes along the walking trail.