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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 - BUCK'S* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Established in 1992 in the historic Mayflower and set among the stately Victorian mansions of Old Louisville, be one with the bourbon at the only bar adorned with bottles within arm’s reach. Feast on a continental menu while being surrounded by an indoor “moon garden” of all white flowers.

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 - 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.

Dinner - 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 - BROWN HOTEL LOBBY BAR* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Let your imagination take you back to another era as you sip an Old Fashioned in the lavish lobby bar of the Brown Hotel, which Southern Living described as “straight from a 1930s movie set.”

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!

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 - MERLE'S WHISKEY KITCHEN* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-This toe-tapping, honky-tonk along “Whiskey Row” features an award-winning menu of Southern/Soul cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, as well as live music from national act.

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.

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 - SIDEBAR AT WHISKEY ROW* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Home of bourbon, burgers and beer, Sidebar is located at a historic location in downtown Louisville. Sidebar sits on the site of the original Galt House Hotel (1835-1865), but the currently location of the restaurant is within a limestone structure originally built in 1877 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad to serve as their headquarters.

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 - OSTRA* - Ostra is the newest restaurant by Chef Adam Burress, recently featured on Food Network’s Chopped and the chef behind other Louisville favorites. Enjoy your happy hour cocktail in the restaurant’s Jungle Room Lounge, or enjoy the patio in warmer months.

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 - THE HUB* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Settled on one of Louisville’s premiere streets, The Hub offers crafted cocktails and an extensive bourbon list. Come hang out while shooting pool, watching folks go by while sitting out on the patio, or listening to live music.

2020 Derby

Kentucky Derby

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