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Three Day Bourbon Experience

Day One

Breakfast- BLUE DOG BAKERY - Tables are always at a premium at this popular Crescent Hill breakfast and lunch spot. And its artisanal bakery continues to produce hearty European-style breads that have set a gold standard on restaurant tables and in better grocery stores around town.

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- 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.

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.

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.

Lunch - DERBY CAFE EXPRESS at the Kentucky Derby Museum - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-The Derby Café Express features grab-and-go & made-to-order breakfast and lunch items, such as sandwiches, salads, sides and deserts.

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.

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. 

Happy Hour - BRENDON'S CATCH 23 - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail Brendon’s bar program is exemplary, with more than 100 of Kentucky’s finest bourbons, consisting of the most rare and allocated offerings which includes Brendon’s own personalized blended Woodford reserve. There are also many hand-crafted one of a kind cocktails that amaze along with a sommelier-driven wine list.  At the bar, there’s truly a drink for every occasion and every mood, from the Brendon’s 1081, our riff on the classic Old Fashioned, to a rare and allocated reserve wine list. 

Dinner - THE MARKETPLACE RESTAURANT* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Located in the old Kentucky Theater in historic Theater Square, Marketplace Restaurant serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients as well as the highest quality seafood & meats.

Nightlife - THE OLD SEELBACH BAR* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Opened in 1905, the Seelbach Hotel has hosted gangsters, politicians, and celebrities for generations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Seelbach’s gilded-era luxury served as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for The Great Gatsby, and the hotel’s Oakroom restaurant was a favorite hangout of Al Capone.

Day Two

Breakfast- NORTH END CAFE* - You’ll know you have arrived at Garage Bar when you see the head-on collision out front. Kick off your breakfast with a breakfast shandy (the working person’s mimosa) or a spicy Bourbon Bloody Mary to complement your poached eggs and regional country ham with a side of Wiesenberger grits. And order some beignets to take with you!

MINT JULEP EXPERIENCES- Offering custom and public Bourbon distillery tours and is the only dedicated tour company focused on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. 

Dinner - 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. 

Nightlife - 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 refurbished 1920s-era radios, where privacy is found behind inconspicuous cupboards and where "miniature reveals" are designed into every inch of the underground space. 

Day Three

Breakfast - DISH 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.

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.

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.

Lunch- BISTRO 301* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-The bar at Bistro 301 was spotlighted in the beginning of Bill Murray’s hit 1981 movie “Stripes”. Locally owned and operated featuring fresh, local and regional foods served in a friendly and relaxed environment.

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.

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.

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. This immersive experience shows Bourbon in a much broader light, spotlighting this booming product as the icon that it is, and sharing the people, places and events that have made Bourbon the Spirit of Kentucky. Interactive exhibits and immersive digital displays will display all aspects of Bourbon’s history and culture, from the farming community and pioneering distillers to today’s Bourbon Barons, their families and everyday distillery workers.

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.

Happy Hour - MOMMA'S MUSTARD, PICKLES & BBQ (St. Matthews)* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Though known for being one of the Top 100 BBQ restaurants in America, Momma’s is also home to impressive array in their downstairs bar. 

Dinner - VOLARE* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Located in the heart of Frankfort Avenue, Chef Josh Moore presents farm-to-table menus of modern Italian cuisine served with Southern Hospitality that celebrate the season’s bounty from locally sourced products and produce from his own, 10-acre farm in Taylorsville, KY. While waiting for your table, grab a seat at the large rectangular bar and explore the bourbon and wine menus.

Nightlife - PROOF ON MAIN* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Located in downtown’s 21c Museum Hotel, Proof on Main features a diverse selection of Kentucky’s finest bourbons. Named one of three American “New Whiskey Temples” by GQ, Proof offers a library of small batch and single barrel bourbon as well as proprietary bourbon selections.


2019 Derby

Kentucky Derby

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