Three Day Bourbon Experience
EGGS OVER FRANKFORT*-Start the day with a homestyle breakfast like omelets and pancakes served in a cozy setting with country accents.
BOURBON BARREL FOODS-The maker of gourmet food products that reflect the rich heritage of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. Home to the only soy sauce microbrewery in the US.
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.
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. (temporarily closed)
ROYAL’S HOT CHICKEN*-The best Nashville hot fried chicken in Louisville, Kentucky with scratch made sides, boozy milkshakes, and craft beer.
AKASHA BREWING COMPANY-Stop by the East Market taproom to relax and enjoy a pint of two from the 24-tap draft wall like Fehr’s XL that dates back to the 1880s Southern Exposition.
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.
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.
CIAO RISTORANTE*-Opened in 2016 in the Irish Hill neighborhood, Ciao Ristorante is your go-to for authentic Italian cuisine where you will be greeted by friendly smiles and memorable aromas reminiscent of the Chef’s grandparents’ hometown of Cantanzaro, Italy.
PROOF ON MAIN*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Inside of 21c Museum Hotel, Proof on Main that has a diverse selection of Kentucky’s finest bourbons, including small batch and single barrel options. Named the No. 3 Best Hotel Bar in the U.S. by USA Today Travel and 10Best readers, Proof on Main is where you can rest, relax, and recharge for one more day of touring the Louisville bourbon scene.
TOAST ON MARKET*-This lively restaurant in NULU serves classic and inventive breakfast dishes like “The King” French Toast that would make Elvis proud or the lemon souffle pancakes.
JEPTHA CREED DISTILLERY-Owned and operated by a dynamic mother-and-daughter team, Jeptha Creed sits on 64 acres of farmland, where they grow the Bloody Butcher Corn used for all their products. Jeptha Creed uses old fashioned methods to meet today’s demanding modern tastes.
BLUEGRASS INDOOR KARTING-Determine who is the fastest in the group at Bluegrass Indoor Karting. Experience speeds up to 40-mph on this 1000’ indoor go-kart track.
PARKLANDS OF FLOYDS FORK–One of the largest metropolitan park projects in the nation, you can explore four parks linked together by an urban trail system that features a hiking trails, multi-use paths, playgrounds, road biking and mountain bike trails, guided hikes, and canoeing/paddling opportunities.
DOWN ONE BOURBON BAR*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- With a selection of more than 160 Bourbons, named one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s “Best in the World: Must-See Places”. Make sure to visit the “Get Splashed” wall, a great place for a photo op during your trip.
BOURBON’S BISTRO*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Offering more than 130 Bourbons, as well as a selection of antique expression whiskeys that you won’t find anywhere else.
ODEON LOUISVILLE-Butchertown’s newest speakeasy-style bar and music venue exudes a timeless mid-century vibe within the Butchertown neighborhood.
J. GRAHAM’S CAFE AT THE BROWN HOTEL*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Home to the classic Louisville Hot Brown, the Brown Hotel & J. Graham’s Café have delighted generations of Louisvillians with a warm atmosphere and casual a la carte menu.
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)
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. (still closed)
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.
BRISTOL BAR & GRILLE DOWNTOWN*-An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-This Louisville original opened on Bardstown Road in the heart of the Highlands in September 1977, and it quickly became a favorite local dining destination and a favorite place to drink fine bourbon. Be sure to place an order of the Green Chili Wontons, a local favorite!
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.
MICHTER’S FORT NELSON DISTILLERY-In the historic Fort Nelson building on Main Street, you’ll 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. (still 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. (still 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.
8UP ELEVATED DRINKERY & KITCHEN*-Enjoy unparalleled views of the city while dinner al fresco on the outside deck or in the all glass dining room. 8UP offers a myriad of drinking and dining experiences designed to please the sophisticated palates and celebrate the spirit of fun that defines Louisville.
HELL OR 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.
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.