Louisville’s bourbon bars are worth the buzz
Many Louisville restaurants could be considered full-on whiskey bars in most cities with at least 20 different varieties behind the bar, but in Bourbon City, it takes at least 60 to be part of the popular Urban Bourbon Trail.
Add to that the several distilleries that are now offering cocktail experiences of their own, and there seems no end to where meeting and event planners can get a sip of Bourbon Country’s unique culture.
For example, southern hospitality is in full swing at the Garden & Gun Club on the grounds of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. The venue offers exclusive tastings of Blade and Bow 22-year-old bourbons, as well as an elevated bar menu with modern takes on classic southern fare.
North of Bourbon, known for specialty bourbon cocktails, brings Bourbon Street in New Orleans to Louisville’s Bourbon City in an “unapologetically Southern” way, which also serves as inspiration for the bar’s decor and food menu.
Just a short gallop from Louisville brings visitors to the 600-acre Hermitage Farm and the newly opened Barn6 for bourbon tastings, cocktail classes and special events. Guests can sip high-end bourbon flights while enjoying the company of Future Prospect and Dubious Miss, retired thoroughbreds who still call the barn home.
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