I visit Louisville at least 2 times a year. It’s a fun not so distant getaway from my home city of Indianapolis. When you make it here, check out:
Downtown Market Street
Okay. You have to visit 21C even if you decide not to stay there (And tell them how badly you’d love for Indianapolis to have one!). They have a museum on the first floor that is open to the public. There is a restaurant there called Proof that would be a great place for a meal, source local. And/or a cocktail. Great bourbon flights! The first time I popped into this spot, they were hosting MadMen viewing parties on Sundays, dress up to participate.
Market Street East / NuLu
Pop into The Louisville Beer Store. You can drink beer at the liquor store and open any of their over 500 of unique craft bottle offerings to enjoy and share in the store. They will have a mean selection to enjoy and to bring home. On this visit enjoyed the Baciami Lipsia (Kiss My Lips) from Birrificio Del Ducato (Italy) on draught. My first time enjoying a brew that had been salted. Official description: Italian Sour Ale aged in wine barrels and brewed with pink salt.
Also, Dine at The Garage Bar. Check out The Green Building. Have to work while you are here? Check out Please and Thank You for a variety of coffees, teas and pastries and a vinyl listening box.
Stayed at the NuLu Pearl property this round a wonderful airbnb find.
The BEST beers on Tap in Louisville will be at The Holy Grale. And it’s an old converted church. (Good Dining Option as well.) The space and vibe is wonderful. There are some great Local Louisville Shops up and down Bardstown if you wanted to browse for locally made products or Love The Ville type products.
Oh and you’ve got to pop into O’Shea’s . And well, it’s like 5-10 degrees warmer in The Ville. If you happen to get a beautiful afternoon…There’s a cigar shop along Bardstown, J Shepherd Cigars, in the area of O’Shea’s worth checking out…and a nice hill to just perch and enjoy…
Cumberland Brewery for your Beer Flight.
Quill’s Coffee – Local coffee roaster; Great yogurt parfait’s for breakfast!
Not connected to an area for browsing…but everything is within driving range…maybe 15 minutes away from one another or from downtown.
Sergio’s is an experience as well. Will probably have the greatest variety of rare beers…Sergio’s has been bringing good beer to The Ville for a long time. The Louisville Beer store is the new kid with great offerings as well, maybe 4-5 year’s old. (They also own The Holy Grale and are opening a new bed and breakfast near that property and the new Gralehaus.)
Oh My…and The Monkey Wrench — Think young, hip, biker bar esq…like Indianapolis-based The Melody Inn…
And The Nachbar Dive Bar…Great beers on tap!
If you are in the mood for old school games and live music: Zanzabar. (Food’s Good Here Too.)
Fourth Street Live
There are only 3 places worth visiting on or just off 4th Street. Louisville caters to convention traffic so you will see familiar chains. Now, I would definitely say to visit this block during Derby weekend! The Three Places worth visiting: Marker’s Mark Lounge (to try rare small batch bourbon) and the Bluegrass Brewing Company (This is a restaurant/not the brewing facility – Food’s Good!). There’s also a coffee shop/cafe that is interesting there with a grocery store where you can buy locally made food products…like the basement of Goose The Market…Marketplace Restaurant. Near The Brown Hotel.
Oh and on the way out of Louisville by car, pop into the Liquor Barn in Springhurst. They will have 20 Taps, you can fill growlers to bring home if that suites your fancy. AND stock up on rare Bourbons : )
And stop off at a Heine Brothers to bring home some coffee to brew at home! (Many Locations)
Here’s the link to the Holiday Inn I usually stay at there. It’s right next to The Louisville Cardinals Football stadium.