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One of Louisville's original neighborhoods, Portland.
Located near the Ohio River on the western edge of downtown, Portland’s history is deeply tied to the river. Early on, it was an independent river city that served as a port for the boats transporting goods and people around the Falls of the Ohio. Portland’s bustling commercial activity attracted many new residents including Irish immigrants. Today, Portland is again attracting new businesses and residents.
For your first stop, drop by McQuixote Books & Coffee for your latte fix. For lunch, try The Table Café. Everyone has a place at the table where you pay what you can afford. Run by volunteers, the non-profit restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday. The collard greens, fried chicken and smothered pork chops await you at Irma Dee's.
Portland’s tradition of independence is exemplified in three beverage makers that call the neighborhood home – Kentucky Peerless Distilling, Falls City Brewery and Old 502 Winery. All are within minutes of the western edge of Whiskey and Museum Row. Kentucky Peerless Distilling is again producing Bourbon after 100 years. Take a tour to see each step in the Bourbon making process. In addition to Bourbon and rye, it’s also bottling Lucky Kentucky Moonshine.
The Portland Museum is a magnet for history buffs. Housed in a 1852 Italianate mansion, the museum tells the story of the former river town. During your tour, you’ll learn about the Falls of the Ohio, Portland Wharf and how the canal was built.
Tim Faulkner Gallery is home to a 5,000-squarefoot contemporary art gallery, artists studios, 2,500- seat performance space and McQuixote Books & Café. Readers will delight in the book selection at McQuixote Books & Café, including classics, hard-to-find titles and first editions. In the café, you’ll have a choice of drinks, pastries and sandwiches off of the rotating menu. After hours, you’ll find a full bar, and the performance space hosts community events, concerts and more. McQuixote is home to the monthly Portland Poetry Series, author readings and acoustic music shows.