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Two Day Bourbon Experience

Day One

BreakfastATLANTIC NO. 5* - Located along Museum Row in Downtown, Atlantic No. 5 is a great place to start your day with a light breakfast and cup of coffee or tea.

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. 

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.

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

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & 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.

Lunch - BRISTOL BAR & GRILLE* - 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. Urban Bourbon Trail Cocktail: Grand Larceny.

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 - 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.

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 HourTHE 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. Southern Living Magazine describes this stop as “straight from a 1930’s movie set.” Urban Bourbon Trail Cocktail: The Ali Smash.

Dinner8UP ELEVATED DRINKERY & KITCHEN* - This dazzling rooftop restaurant offers unparalleled views of the city as you wind day our bourbon experience. Whether lounging al fresco or enjoying the dining room, 8UP offers you a myriad of drinking and dining experiences that celebrate the fun that defines Louisville. Urban Bourbon Cocktail: Bourbon & Coke.

Nightlife - BRENDON’S CATCH 23* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Brendon’s bar program is exemplary, with other 100 of Kentucky’s finest bourbons, including their own personalized blended Catch 23 Woodford Reserve.

Day Two

BreakfastDISH ON MARKET* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- Built in 1904 as the first motion picture theater in the city, the building eventually became a coffee saloon (that’s code for bar). Known for such entrees as the Truman’s Breakfast (named after the former President, who preferred a shot of Bourbon with his daily egg) and for having the No. 1 burger in the city, according to LEO.

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.

LunchBUCK’S* - Official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-For 25 years, Buck’s has been a hidden gem in the historic Mayflower building in Old Louisville. As you walk through the front door, you are whisked away to another time with “Moon Gardens” of all white flowers welcoming you. Urban Bourbon Trail Cocktail: Kiss of Kentucky.

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.

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.

Happy HourTROLL PUB UNDER THE BRIDGE* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-This unique, underground experience located in the historic Whiskey Row building on the corner of Second & Washington streets. With more than 80 Bourbon behind the bar, try their Urban Bourbon Trail signature cocktail, The Ramsey’s Manhattan and grab a seat in the hidden room behind the bookshelf to enjoy your cocktail.

DinnerDOC CROW’S SOUTHERN SMOKEHOUSE & RAW BAR* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Around the corner from Troll Pub is Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse that offers the freshest flavors in American Southern cuisine with a traditional menu that celebrates both seafood favorites and barbeque styles. 

Nightlife HELL OF HIGH WATER - Deep within a historic building in downtown Louisville is a bar built on mystery, where the modern world dissolves into red velvet booths and one-of-a-kind cocktails. OR FOUNTAIN ON FOURTH ICE CREAM LOUNGE - Sometimes the best things in life come in unexpected combinations like ice cream and bourbon! Stop by to enjoy these spirited desserts with celebrate the taste of Bourbon Country.

*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

2019 Derby

Kentucky Derby

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