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LOUISVILLE'S URBAN BOURBON TRAIL

44 LOUISVILLE BARS & RESTAURANTS THAT EXCEL IN BOURBON. BOURBON FLIGHTS, BOURBON COCKTAILS, BOURBON-INFUSED FOOD AND GREAT BOURBON CONVERSATIONS.

After a day of exploring Louisville & Kentucky’s greatest distilleries, it’s time to put your new knowledge to the test on the Urban Bourbon Trail®. This collection of bars and restaurants have a significant knowledge of Bourbon and are eager to share their favorite beverage with you.

To start, pick up an Urban Bourbon Trail® Passport at our Louisville Visitor Center (4th & Jefferson Streets Downtown) or at any one of the 44 participating bars & restaurants. You can find all participating establishments below!

Your goal? Get six stamps! (Note: Any purchase at these establishments will earn you a stamp – you don’t have to be a Bourbon drinker!) As soon as you collect six, redeem your passport at the Louisville Visitor Center – or send it by mail – and receive the annual edition of the Urban Bourbon Trailblazer T-Shirt.

URBAN BOURBON TRAIL FAQ

Is the Urban Bourbon Trail a collection of distilleries?

  • No, the Urban Bourbon Trail was created back in 2008 before Louisville had any distillery experiences! It is a collection of bars and restaurants with a significant Bourbon culture. 

What’s the difference between the Urban Bourbon Trail and the Urban Bourbon Experience?

  • We thought you might ask that! We made a little infographic to help explain. Basically, the Trail = bars & restaurants. The Experience = bars, restaurants, distilleries (open now!) & events.

Can my establishment join the Urban Bourbon Trail?

  • Maybe! Are you a bar or restaurant? Do you have a significant Bourbon culture, with more than 50 Bourbons? If so, feel free to review the current criteria (subject to change by the next go-around). Enrollment is only open from March to May each year and the annual UBT passport is released September 1. Contact us here

Are you the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

  • Nope! But some of Louisville’s distilleries are part of it. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail covers all of Kentucky and is managed by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association. They work with distillery partners to create a state-wise Bourbon visitor experience! More info here: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

HISTORY

After a day in Bourbon Country visiting the distilleries or an afternoon enjoying Louisville’s new Urban Bourbon Experience, it’s time to test your newfound knowledge on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Louisville has been home to many distillers since Evan Williams marketed his first whiskey in the city in 1780. Until the 1920’s, a portion of Main Street was known as “Whiskey Row” when as many as 50 distilleries were active. As the distillery experiences continue to grow in Louisville, you can celebrate the city’s bourbon heritage at some of the world’s best bourbon bars.

Morning, noon or night, bourbon can be found in its natural environment…the Louisville bars and restaurants serving up America’s only native spirit in drinks and innovative dishes from mint julep pancakes to bourbon barrel smoked salmon or a bourbon ball milkshake. All of the stops will have their own version of Louisville’s two signature drinks. The Old Fashioned, created here in the 1880’s at the Pendennis Club, is Louisville’s Official Cocktail. And of course, the Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938.

The establishments on the Urban Bourbon Trail vary from historic hotel properties that once served Kentucky Whiskey to the likes of Al Capone and F. Scott Fitzgerald to cosmopolitan “scenes” where urban trend-setters are making retro drinks such as the Old-Fashioned and Manhattan in vogue again. Six are in downtown hotels, several have been internationally recognized as the “world’s top whiskey bars” and most also feature bourbon-inspired dining. All offer bourbon flights, special bourbon cocktails and have at least 50 different bourbon labels on the bar with trained staff that can explain the nuances and tasting notes in the varied offerings from Jim Beam Black to Elmer T. Lee.

The “Urban Bourbon Trail” mark is being used with the permission of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, its member distilleries and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau ask that you please enjoy Kentucky Bourbon responsibly. You must be 21 to participate in the Urban Bourbon Trail passport program.

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Garage Bar
NuLu

Garage Bar

Garage Bar is housed in a former auto service garage in downtown Louisville’s vibrant East Market or NuLu neighborhood. A nod to its roots as a historic…

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Harvest
NuLu

Harvest

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Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Downtown

Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Haymarket Whiskey Bar is a great place to imbibe. Located on East Market Street between NuLu and downtown Louisville, Kentucky and just steps from the YUM Center…

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JB’s Pub
South

JB’s Pub

We are a restaurant and pub in South Louisville specializing in craft burgers and amazing pizza. We also offer 30 beers on tap and at least 65 bourbons.

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Lilly’s - A Kentucky Bistro
Bardstown Rd./Baxter

Lilly’s - A Kentucky Bistro

For a casual yet upscale dining experience, Lilly’s Bistro in the historic Highland Neighborhood exudes warmth and style. Fresh and seasonal ingredients…

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Marketplace Restaurant
Downtown

Marketplace Restaurant

Chef Zac Young at The Marketplace Restaurant offers a unique blend of Southern Style comfort food with an Italian flair paired with an eclectic and interesting…

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Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen
Downtown

Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen

Welcome to Merle's Whiskey Kitchen! We are located on the corner of Main and Second Street. Your new destination stop in Whiskey Row, Merle's Whiskey Kitchen…

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North End Cafe
Frankfort Ave.

North End Cafe

Since opening in April 2003, North End Cafe has gained a reputation as one of Louisville’s premier restaurants. Our menu highlights traditional items made with…

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Patrick O’Shea’s
Downtown

Patrick O’Shea’s

Patrick O’Shea’s, centrally located downtown by the new arena, resides in a beautiful historic building built in 1870, which housed several distilleries, the…

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Porch Kitchen & Bar
Downtown

Porch Kitchen & Bar

The Porch is more than just a restaurant; it is a destination, and an energized place for locals and visitors to gather & socialize. Our name comes from the…

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Proof on Main
Downtown

Proof on Main

Proof on Main features modern American food with Tuscan influences, celebrating artisan products and sustainable farming. A Spirits of the America's collection,…

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Ramsi’s Cafe On The World
Bardstown Rd./Baxter

Ramsi’s Cafe On The World

So much beauty exists in the diversity of people, flavors and colors on this planet. How could we choose between them? We could not, nor would we. We preferred…

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Recbar
East End/Hurstbourne

Recbar

Recbar is the ultimate homegrown bar experience. Two lifelong Louisvillians set out to create a concept that delivers top-notch service in a relaxed atmosphere.…

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RYE on Market
NuLu

RYE on Market

At RYE, we believe food should be approachable yet challenging. Something that pushes the senses and comforts the soul. Founded on the conviction that our most…

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Kentucky Derby

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