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With a long tradition including various ways to dodge around Prohibition, Louisville maintains many, many fine bars and restaurants happy to serve up a beer or cocktail in just about any part of town. As we expect both locals and visitors may be looking for a libation, Eater has assembled a cross-section of high, low and in-between spots that serve adult beverages around the city. Drink responsibly, and have a happy Derby!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360
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There's a limo covered in glitter outside, "exploding seagulls" in the restaurant and an apple-offering Pan perched on the corner of the bar. Even without the delicious craft cocktails, it's like you're already drunk.

2. St. Charles Exchange

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113 S 7th St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 618-1917
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The monumental bar at St. Charles Exchange has to be at least 18 feet high and probably twice as long. This ebony, booze-bedecked behemoth, along with leather-padded chairs and benches and some amazingly tall mid-19th- century windows make this an exceptional place to enjoy a craft cocktail. Fortunately, St. Charles Exchange offers plenty.

3. Meta

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425 W Chestnut St
Louisville, KY 40202
This penny-floored, posh-wallpapered cocktail emporium occupies what was formerly a speakeasy, then a strip club, and continues the clubby, somewhat salacious traditions of both.

4. Down One Bourbon Bar

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321 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 566-3258
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This downtown spot has more than 100 bourbons, sorted "first generation" (1792 to Prohibition), "second generation" (post-Prohibition to 1980) and "the modern era" (1981 to today). It's fun for the whole (legal drinking age) family!

5. Wild Rita's Mexican & Tequila Bar

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445 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-7482
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This recently opened restaurant/tequila dispensary from the inventors of Wild Eggs has over 100 different tequilas along with Mexcian-inspired dishes and something called a "were-jaguar."

6. Against The Grain Brewery

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401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 515-0174
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Craft beer, Bloody Marys and bacon on a stick, all housed adjacent to a beautiful ball park. Definitely not the worst place in the world to enjoy a drink.

7. Garage Bar

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

8. Louisville Beer Store

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746 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 569-2337
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Eight rotating taps, a huge number of bottled beers on hand. Drink in, take out or just stand there and marvel at the amount of beers in the world.

9. The Cure Lounge

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1481 S Shelby St
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 365-3369
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This Schitzelburg stop says it's "simply elegant with a generous dose of edge" and offers a "full bar...food menu...goodtimes!"

10. Four Pegs Beer Lounge

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1053 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 634-1447
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This Germantown "beer lounge and social eatery" has many fans, both for its selection of craft beers and its chicken and waffle sandwiches.

11. 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. The place may seem kind of dive-y, but it does have a world of beers, and it's almost never closed.

12. 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." As the crowds show, many locals agree.

13. 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 a welcome home for those who worship beer.

14. Big Bar

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1202 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 618-2237
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Small space, sort of gay, but mostly a comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar that welcomes everyone.

15. El Camino

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1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 454-5417
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This surf punk/tiki bar mashup has creative drinks, a great outdoor patio and some the city's best Mexican cuisine.

16. Great Flood Brewing Company

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2120 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 457-7711
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A rotating menu of eight beers on tap, with at least four brewed in house at this Bardstown Road establishment. Enjoy the art while sipping a cold one.

1. Proof on Main

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
There's a limo covered in glitter outside, "exploding seagulls" in the restaurant and an apple-offering Pan perched on the corner of the bar. Even without the delicious craft cocktails, it's like you're already drunk.
702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

2. St. Charles Exchange

113 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40202
The monumental bar at St. Charles Exchange has to be at least 18 feet high and probably twice as long. This ebony, booze-bedecked behemoth, along with leather-padded chairs and benches and some amazingly tall mid-19th- century windows make this an exceptional place to enjoy a craft cocktail. Fortunately, St. Charles Exchange offers plenty.
113 S 7th St
Louisville, KY 40202

3. Meta

425 W Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202
This penny-floored, posh-wallpapered cocktail emporium occupies what was formerly a speakeasy, then a strip club, and continues the clubby, somewhat salacious traditions of both.
425 W Chestnut St
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Down One Bourbon Bar

321 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
This downtown spot has more than 100 bourbons, sorted "first generation" (1792 to Prohibition), "second generation" (post-Prohibition to 1980) and "the modern era" (1981 to today). It's fun for the whole (legal drinking age) family!
321 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

5. Wild Rita's Mexican & Tequila Bar

445 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
This recently opened restaurant/tequila dispensary from the inventors of Wild Eggs has over 100 different tequilas along with Mexcian-inspired dishes and something called a "were-jaguar."
445 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202

6. Against The Grain Brewery

401 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Craft beer, Bloody Marys and bacon on a stick, all housed adjacent to a beautiful ball park. Definitely not the worst place in the world to enjoy a drink.
401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

7. Garage Bar

700 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
This hip/posh pizza joint attracts a crowd regardless of the weather, but when it's warm and the garage doors are open, it's one of the hottest drinking spots in one of the city's hottest neighborhoods.
700 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202

8. Louisville Beer Store

746 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202
Eight rotating taps, a huge number of bottled beers on hand. Drink in, take out or just stand there and marvel at the amount of beers in the world.
746 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202

9. The Cure Lounge

1481 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40217
This Schitzelburg stop says it's "simply elegant with a generous dose of edge" and offers a "full bar...food menu...goodtimes!"
1481 S Shelby St
Louisville, KY 40217

10. Four Pegs Beer Lounge

1053 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217
This Germantown "beer lounge and social eatery" has many fans, both for its selection of craft beers and its chicken and waffle sandwiches.
1053 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217

11. 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. The place may seem kind of dive-y, but it does have a world of beers, and it's almost never closed.
1605 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

12. 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." As the crowds show, many locals agree.
1761 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

13. Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
With a connoisseur's selection of 26 regularly changing drafts, this converted Unitarian church is a welcome home for those who worship beer.
1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

14. Big Bar

1202 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
Small space, sort of gay, but mostly a comfortable, cozy neighborhood bar that welcomes everyone.
1202 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

15. El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
This surf punk/tiki bar mashup has creative drinks, a great outdoor patio and some the city's best Mexican cuisine.
1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

16. Great Flood Brewing Company

2120 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291
A rotating menu of eight beers on tap, with at least four brewed in house at this Bardstown Road establishment. Enjoy the art while sipping a cold one.
2120 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40291