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Eater Louisville Heatmap: Where To Drink Right Now

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The question is a common one, but during Derby week, it's louder than a bugle blowing the call to post in your ear: 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.)


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Holy Grale

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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.

The Silver Dollar

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GQ just named this Bakersfield-influenced juke joint one of the "Ten Best Whiskey Bars in America."

Proof on Main

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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. Also, the current installation's topless photos mean no reason to rush home for nudie magazine day.

St. Charles Exchange

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The confidence of bar master Colin Shearn: Grubstreet New York includes its Divine Lorraine in in an article on "outstanding drinks from all 50 states and he releases a new cocktail menu where its not even listed.

Big Bar

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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.

Garage Bar

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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.

Four Pegs Beer Lounge

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Germantown is synonymous with beer, and this 2011 opening is quickly becoming synonymous with Germantown.

Down One Bourbon Bar

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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).

Against The Grain Brewery

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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.

Louisville Beer Store

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Sample a flight or two from its eight rotating taps before picking up an assortment of bottles for your hotel room (or to smuggle into Churchill Downs in your brassiere).

Sergio's World Beers

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Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the tasting bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.

Churchill Downs

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Any other week, the Twin Spires doesn't make this list. But with 120,000 mint juleps, 40,000 Oaks lilies, and 425,000 cans of beer about to be served this weekend, it's as much of a lock as a win bet on a pony in a one-horse race.

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Holy Grale

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

The Silver Dollar

GQ just named this Bakersfield-influenced juke joint one of the "Ten Best Whiskey Bars in America."

Proof on Main

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. Also, the current installation's topless photos mean no reason to rush home for nudie magazine day.

St. Charles Exchange

The confidence of bar master Colin Shearn: Grubstreet New York includes its Divine Lorraine in in an article on "outstanding drinks from all 50 states and he releases a new cocktail menu where its not even listed.

Big Bar

The crowds here make you wonder how the Highlands of all neighborhoods was without a hip gay bar for so long.

Garage Bar

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.

Four Pegs Beer Lounge

Germantown is synonymous with beer, and this 2011 opening is quickly becoming synonymous with Germantown.

Down One Bourbon Bar

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).

Against The Grain Brewery

Never mind the "Where do chef's eat?" question: you want to know where they drink. And that's at this brewpub.

Louisville Beer Store

Sample a flight or two from its eight rotating taps before picking up an assortment of bottles for your hotel room (or to smuggle into Churchill Downs in your brassiere).

Sergio's World Beers

Think you're an expert on beers? Hit the tasting bar, chat up Sergio and find out otherwise.

Churchill Downs

Any other week, the Twin Spires doesn't make this list. But with 120,000 mint juleps, 40,000 Oaks lilies, and 425,000 cans of beer about to be served this weekend, it's as much of a lock as a win bet on a pony in a one-horse race.