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Two Day Bourbon Experience

Day One

Breakfast - 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 and wide selection of vinyl records… and is a favorite place of Teddy Abrams—the young, hip Music Director/Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.

KENTUCKY PEERLESS DISTILLERY - An old family brand that is four generations rich in history was resurrected after 98 years offering behind the scenes tours for an up-close look at how they craft the finest spirits, from grain to bottle – all under one roof. The urban distillery and vast family history are sure to make this experience one you won't forget.

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. 

ART EATABLES - The world’s first bourbon certified chocolatier. Creators of the genuine small-batch bourbon truffle.

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEM & FACTORY - See the world’s biggest baseball bat. Tour the factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats are created. Fun, interactive exhibits, rare baseball memorabilia, gift shop and personalized bats.

EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE - Located on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row” featuring an artisanal distillery, tours, tastings and more. 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.

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. During your tour, you’ll also get to experience the craftwork behind building a bourbon barrel & potentially see one charred right before your eyes. Now open: George’s Bar, named for Old Forester’s founder George Garvin Brown.

Lunch - 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.

MICHTER'S FORT NELSON DISTILLERY - Located in the historic Fort Nelson building on Main Street, this distillery 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.

TASTE OF KENTUCKY - Traditional Kentucky foods & crafts, quality souvenirs. 

JIM BEAM URBAN STILLHOUSE - Located in the heart of downtown Louisville at Fourth Street Live! giving visitors an understanding about Bourbon without leaving the Louisville city limits. 

Happy Hour - THE OLD SEELBACH BAR* - Situated on a corner across from Old Forester, Corner Restaurant & Bar offers classic Bourbon cocktails in a modern, fun atmosphere with more than 70 Bourbons behind the bar.

Dinner - 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.

Nightlife - THE BROWN HOTEL LOBBY BAR* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-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.

Day Two

Breakfast - 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 FRONTIER WHISKEY EXPERIENCE AT STITZEL-WELLER - One of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry. Originally opened in 1935, now home to Bulleit, Blade & Bow, IW Harper and Orphan Barrel. 

KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM- Bourbon and the Kentucky Derby are synonymous with the city of Louisville, two industries that have contributed to the history of the city and are part of its enduring culture. Whether you are from our great city or just visiting, your experience isn't complete without taking some knowledge back home.

Lunch - KENTUCKY DERBY CAFE* - 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.

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.

COPPER & KINGS AMERICAN BRANDY - Based in Butchertown making dynamic American style brandy. Tour a modern distillery, see the 3 copper pot stills & listen to the brandy sonically age to rock n’ roll music.

BUTCHERTOWN MARKET & CELLAR DOOR CHOCOLATES - a one stop shop for a little retail therapy. Cellar Door Chocolates is famous for its Bourbon truffles. At Bourbon Barrel Foods, you can pick up Bourbon barrel smoked spices, small batch soy sauce aged in Bourbon barrels and specialty bitters.

Happy Hour - 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. 

Dinner - RYE* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- Capitalizing on the unrivaled products of local farms, Rye focuses on sustainable, seasonal ingredients which allow the restaurant to offer fresher, cleaner more flavorful cuisine.

Nightlife - PIN & PROOF* - Look for the back-alley neon sign to discover the Omni Hotel speakeasy, and travel to a bygone era when alcohol and jazz flowed freely during Prohibition. Share cocktails with friends and compete on our four professional bowling lanes as you indulge in the opulent and mysterious atmosphere that alluring havens enticed patrons with decades ago. All the while enjoy a light bite menu reminiscent of the earlier days.

*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

2020 Derby

Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2020
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