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Urban Bourbon Trail

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Whether a bourbon connoisseur or amateur, you’ll delight in Louisville’s rich bourbon culture and the inspired food & cocktails on the Urban Bourbon Trail. And if you’re not a bourbon enthusiast… well, you will be after these 48 hours in Louisville.

DAY ONE

Morning

  • Dish on Market – Dish serves one of the most classic breakfasts on the Urban Bourbon Trail: The Presidential – Truman’s daily breakfast of one egg, toast, fruit, bacon, milk and a shot of Old Grand Dad Bourbon.

Afternoon

  • Kentucky Derby Museum – horses and bourbon have a long history together (mint juleps & the Kentucky Derby - you can’t have one without the other) and the Kentucky Derby Museum showcases the best of the best. The Urban Bourbon Trail exhibit presented by Four Roses is a must see.
  • Ramsi’s Café on the World – Head on up beautiful Eastern Parkway to the hip Highlands Neighborhood for a lunch that will take you on a culinary trip around the world.

Evening

  • Proof on Main – nestled into a contemporary art museum and boutique hotel, Proof is a wildly unique place to imbibe America’s Native Spirit. Their knowledgeable staff of mixologists will happily guide you through bourbon flights or introduce you to one of their innovative bourbon cocktails. And did we mention the food? Out of this world.
  • Stay/night cap – Louisville’s two historic hotels both have bourbon ties (and great bourbon bars) so stop by for a nightcap or stay over.
  • The Seelbach – Order the Seelbach’s signature cocktail at the authentically restored, early 1900’s Old Seelbach Bar.
  • The Brown Hotel – home to the iconic Hot Brown, the Brown Hotel has been catering to its bar going guests since the 20’s. Ask your bartender at the beautiful lobby bar for the story.
  • The Galt House – Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar boasts over 150 bourbons in their selection and was named one of Whiskey Magazine’s “Best Bourbon Bars in the World”.

DAY TWO

MORNING/AFTERNOON

  • Harvest Restaurant – like our Bourbon, we find that things that come from Kentucky just taste better. At Harvest 80% of the ingredients come from within a 100 mile radius and are artfully and deliciously prepared with a contemporary twist on traditional southern comfort food.
  • NuLu – after brunch take a stroll down East Market Street to browse unique shops, galleries, and antiques. Grab a latte and a record at Please & Thank You and be sure to stop by Ghyslain’s for chocolates that are almost (just almost) too pretty to eat.

EVENING

LATE NIGHT

  • Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Haymarket has live music almost every night, vintage arcade games, a huge selection of bourbon in addition to a stellar craft beer list – all with a great “upscale dive bar” atmosphere.