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Eater Louisville Heatmap: Where To Drink Right Now

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The question is a common one in a city renowned for its bourbon: where should I drink right now? Drinking connoisseurs (as opposed to flat-out alcoholics, or maybe just in addition to them), want to know what's new, what bar has the latest craft beer, which mixologist just devloped a new concoction. Thus, we offer the Eater Drinkin' Heatmap, which will change to highlight where the Louisville booze aficionados are flocking to at the moment. (These spots are listed not by rank, but in the order in which this editor got around to finishing their descriptions.)

Added: Nowhere Bar
Removed: Churchill Downs, St. Charles Exchange


Eater Louisville Drinks Heatmap History

·April 29, 2013: Initial Eater Louisville Drinks Heatmap
·Aug. 29, 2013: Added Nowhere Bar; Removed Churchill Downs and St. Charles Exchange

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Holy Grale

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1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 459-9939
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With a connoisseur's selection of 26 regularly changing drafts, this converted Unitarian church is the city's go-to spot for beer.

2. The Silver Dollar

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1761 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 259-9540
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GQ named this Bakersfield-influenced juke joint one of the "Ten Best Whiskey Bars in America."

3. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360
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If you're seeing giant penguins, it's not because Proof's craft cocktails or deep wine list got you Billy Madison-level drunk; they're part of the art.

4. Big Bar

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1202 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 618-2237
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The crowds here make you wonder how the Highlands of all neighborhoods was without a hip gay bar for so long. Or maybe it's the bourbon slushies.

5. Garage Bar

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700 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 749-7100
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This upscale pizza joint attracts a crowd regardless of the weather, but when it's warm and the garage doors are open, it's the hottest drinking spot in the city's hottest neighborhood.

6. Four Pegs Beer Lounge

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1053 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 634-1447
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Germantown is synonymous with beer, and this 2011 opening has become synonymous with Germantown.

7. Down One Bourbon Bar

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321 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 566-3258
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Opened for just two months, this downtown spot has more than 100 bourbons, sorted by age: first generation (1792 to Prohibition), second generation (post-Prohibition to 1980) and the modern era (1981 to today).

8. Against The Grain Brewery

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401 East Main St
Louisville, KY
(502) 515-0174
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Never mind the "Where do chef's eat?" question: you want to know where they drink. And that's at this brewpub.

9. Louisville Beer Store

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746 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-2337
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Sample a flight or two from its eight rotating taps before picking up an assortment of bottles.

10. Sergio's World Beers

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1605 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 618-2337
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Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the tasting bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.

11. Nowhere Bar

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1133 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 262-1086
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Nowhere's patio has proven to be one of the places in Louisville for outdoor drinking.[Photo: Courtesy Facebook/Nowhere Bar]

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1. Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
With a connoisseur's selection of 26 regularly changing drafts, this converted Unitarian church is the city's go-to spot for beer.
1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

2. The Silver Dollar

1761 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
GQ named this Bakersfield-influenced juke joint one of the "Ten Best Whiskey Bars in America."
1761 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

3. Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
If you're seeing giant penguins, it's not because Proof's craft cocktails or deep wine list got you Billy Madison-level drunk; they're part of the art.
702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Big Bar

1202 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
The crowds here make you wonder how the Highlands of all neighborhoods was without a hip gay bar for so long. Or maybe it's the bourbon slushies.
1202 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

5. Garage Bar

700 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
This upscale pizza joint attracts a crowd regardless of the weather, but when it's warm and the garage doors are open, it's the hottest drinking spot in the city's hottest neighborhood.
700 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202

6. Four Pegs Beer Lounge

1053 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217
Germantown is synonymous with beer, and this 2011 opening has become synonymous with Germantown.
1053 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217

7. Down One Bourbon Bar

321 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Opened for just two months, this downtown spot has more than 100 bourbons, sorted by age: first generation (1792 to Prohibition), second generation (post-Prohibition to 1980) and the modern era (1981 to today).
321 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

8. Against The Grain Brewery

401 East Main St, Louisville, KY
Never mind the "Where do chef's eat?" question: you want to know where they drink. And that's at this brewpub.
401 East Main St
Louisville, KY

9. Louisville Beer Store

746 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202
Sample a flight or two from its eight rotating taps before picking up an assortment of bottles.
746 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202

10. Sergio's World Beers

1605 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the tasting bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.
1605 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

11. Nowhere Bar

1133 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
Nowhere's patio has proven to be one of the places in Louisville for outdoor drinking.[Photo: Courtesy Facebook/Nowhere Bar]
1133 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204