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Butchertown was Louisville's original meatpacking district with butcher shops dominating the area in the 1800's.
These days, though one large meatpacker anchors the area, Butchertown is in the middle of a renaissance and is being spruced up with chic boutiques, the city’s first brandy distillery and more options for shopping, dining and having fun.
Etched on the front windows of Butchertown Grocery is just an inkling of what is in store for diners – gnocchi, rotisserie, burgers and beignets – but that’s not the whole story. The fine dining restaurant, that takes up residence in a historic 1800s building that was the site of a grocery store, offers American cuisine with a twist. After dinner, head upstairs to the intimate lounge and performance venue. Try one of the strikingly named cocktails such as the Peeping Tom of Butchertown.
Whet your whistle at hops-lover’s cult following Sergio’s World of Beers with more than 1,000 options or stop by nextdoor at Louis’s the Ton for a hand-crafted cocktail.
And the area’s hard-working meat packers know where to start their day – on the biscuts and gravy at one of Louisville’s surviving old-school diners, Hall’s Cafeteria.
Before you discover the attractions of the neighborhood, take in the architecture of the Butchertown Historic District, including St. Joseph Catholic Church built in 1866. The Greek Revival and Shot-gun homes on Washington Street and others put the neighborhood on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Butchertown is home to Bourbon Country’s only brandy distillery, Copper & Kings. Take a tour and enjoy a sampling of its spirits in the rooftop tasting room, which boasts gorgeous views of downtown.
The Louisville Extreme Park is the place to go for skateboarders. It features 40,000 square feet of outdoor, concrete skating surface, as well as a 24- foot full pipe and a wooden vert ramp.
Experience the area’s rich history at the Thomas Edison House, where you’ll be enlightened about the inventor’s inspirational time spent in Louisville. Or, stop by Hadley Pottery for an inside look at how the iconic stoneware is made.
Play Dance Bar may be a new kid on the block, but it is the place to be for drag shows and dance parties.
Butchertown Market is a one-stop-shop for a little retail therapy. Cellar Door Chocolates is known for its delicious gourmet chocolates and Bourbon Balls. Moss Hill makes handcrafted lotions, soaps and candles with specialty scents like Bourbon and Mint Julep. At Bourbon Barrel Foods, you can pick up Bourbon barrel smoked spices, small batch soy sauce aged in Bourbon barrels and specialty bitters. You’ll also find locally crafted artwork and jewelry at Work the Metal, along with clothing, handbags, home décor and other one-of-a-kind gifts.