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Breakfast- NORTH END CAFÉ* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-For more than a decade, North End Café has been Louisville’s fine diner. The restaurant strives to provide friendly service and wholesome food along with an amazing bar that offers more than 60 Bourbon’s.
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.
SOUR MASH TOURS - As Louisville’s only guided, walking bourbon tasting adventure, Sour Mash Tours offers and expansive and interactive tasting experience that acquaints you with Louisville neighborhoods know for their unique bars and restaurants. Your tour will include stops at three of Louisville’s finest establishments for bourbon and whiskey lovers, all within easy walking distance.
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 - SWEET PEACHES* - Style Blue Print notes that “dining at Sweet Peaches is akin to going to a family member’s house for lunch.” Sweet Peaches is a family restaurant that features a menu full of classics like the BLT to fried chicken. Experience what puts “sweet” in the name of the restaurant with one of the homemade desserts.
PORTLAND MUSEUM - Founded in 1978 by elementary school teachers, the museum grew from a single classroom to its present location on the old road connecting Louisville and Portland. Portland Museum tells the history of the area and how the it came to be an important freight shipping route along the Ohio River, especially for the boats carrying Bourbon.
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.
Happy Hour - RAMSI’S CAFÉ ON THE WORLD* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Son of the only female liquor store owner in Jerusalem, Ramsi brings his international perspective and world flavors to Bourbon Country. In the center of the quaint, yet hop, Highlands neighborhood is Ramsi’s Café on the World, a local favorite for more than 20 years. Urban Bourbon Cocktail: The Dizzy Ginger.
Dinner - LILLY’S* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Reflecting the original flavors of the Bluegrass state, Lilly’s has supported local farmers for more than 25 years by using locally and regionally grown products.
Breakfast- GARAGE BAR* - 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.
KENTUCKY ARTISAN DISTILLERY - Where distilling is still an art. The Kentucky Artisan Distillery is a very unique place in the craft distillery world and is currently home to three different brands including Whiskey Row Bourbon—a pre-prohibition style bourbon that is only available in Kentucky.
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 - COALS ARTISAN PIZZA* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Ranked by Thrillist as “the best pizza in Kentucky,” Coals is the perfect combination of artisan, handcrafted foods that pair well with Kentucky’s finest Bourbons. Fun fact: Each pizza is named for a different Louisville neighborhood. Urban Bourbon Cocktail: Strawberry B&B.
Nightlife - WAYLON’S FEED & FIREWATER* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-This honky-tonk Bourbon bar hosts live music three nights a week showcasing local, regional and national artists. You’ll feel right at home surrounded by Bourbon Barrel heads of your favorite spirits and hand-painted murals showcasing Kentucky’s Bourbon heritage. Urban Bourbon Cocktail: Movin’ On Up.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Happy Hour - BOURBONS BISTRO* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Situated in Frankfort Avenue’s Restaurant Row in the historic Clifton neighborhood, check out some of the 130 Bourbon offerings and antique expression whiskey. Explore the historical Bourbon industry photos on display throughout the restaurant or enjoy a cigar with your Bourbon next to the patio fireplace.
Dinner - Varanese* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail - Once home to a service station in the 1950s, Varanese has been renovated into an upscale, casual restaurant featuring New American cuisine and farm-to-table specials. Be sure to try the award-winning Country Fried Apple Mint Julep—winner of the Four Roses Mint Julep contest.
Nightlife - VOLARE* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail-Finish up your weekend with a cocktail toast to a great time with Volare’s Urban Bourbon Trail signature cocktail the Brooklyn.
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