Travel the Trail

Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail

Explore Louisville's Top Bourbon Bars and Award-Winning Culinary Scene

A day in Kentucky’s Bourbon Country is not complete without taking in Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail®. This curated collection of local bars and restaurants were created to complement a day of touring distilleries. Staff at each of the stops have a wide knowledge of whiskies, some of the city’s largest collections of Bourbon and in most cases even Bourbon-infused cuisine.

Use the list to simply help navigate the city’s finest Bourbon cocktail and culinary experiences or check-in at least six participating locations to earn yourself an official Urban Bourbon Trailblazer t-shirt. A Louisville Visitor Center Representative will contact you via email to verify your mailing address to ship your t-shirt. Please allow 2 weeks for shipping.

The establishments on the Urban Bourbon Trail vary from historic hotel properties that once served the likes of Al Capone and F. Scott Fitzgerald to cosmopolitan “scenes” where urban trend-setters are making retro drinks such as the Sidecar and Manhattan in vogue again. All stops offer bourbon flights, special bourbon cocktails and have at least 60 different bourbon varieties 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.


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