Three Day Bourbon Experience
Breakfast- 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- 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.
Lunch - NORTH END CAFE* - Highlighting traditional items made with healthy approach using the freshest ingredients possible. feature a wide selection of vegan/vegetarian, and gluten-free items as well.
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.
Happy Hour - THE THIRSTY PEDALER* - A party to go! A unique tour of Louisville on an authentic Dutch 15- person bicycle. Pre-arranged tours that stop at two or three bars on route that you can select!
Dinner - CIAO RISTORANTE - Opened in 2016 in the Irish Hill neighborhood, Ciao Ristorante is your go-to for authentic Italian cuisine where you’ll be greeted by friendly smiles and memorable aromas reminiscent of the Chef’s grandparents’ hometown of Cantanzaro, Italy.
Dinner - PROOF ON MAIN* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Inside of 21c Museum Hotel, is Proof on Main that has a diverse selection of Kentucky’s finest bourbons, including small batch and single barrel options. Enjoy a flight of Bourbon and rye, or one of the innovative carefully crafted cocktails. 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.
Breakfast- 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.
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.
SOUR MASH TOURS - Sour Mash Tours is Louisville’s only guided, walking bourbon tasting experience. We offer an expansive and interactive tasting experience that no single distillery can provide, all while getting you acquainted with Louisville neighborhoods known for their unique bars and restaurants. Each bourbon tour features samples of at least nine brands across stops at three of Louisville’s finest establishments for bourbon and whiskey lovers, all within easy walking distance. Or MINT JULEP EXPERIENCE, which offers custom and public Bourbon distillery tours and is the only dedicated tour company focused on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Happy Hour - 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.
Dinner - 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.
Nightlife - ODEON LOUISVILLE - Butchertown’s newest speakeasy-style bar and music venue exudes a timeless mid-century vibe within the Butchertown neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.
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 - BRISTOL BAR & GRILLE DOWNTOWN* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- This original Bristol Bar & Grille 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- 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. 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.
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.
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 - 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. Gilded era luxury that served as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for The Great Gatsby.
Dinner - 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.
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 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.