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Readers Vote: Louisville's 7 Best Bourbon-Based Cocktails

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Last week, in preparation for the whiskey gentry descending on Louisville for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, Eater Louisville asked what's Louisville's best bourbon-based cocktail?. The traditional mint julep was mentioned just once. (Of course, connoisseurs know bourbon's best straight, or maybe with a little water added.)

Here are seven of your responses, in map form, with sample comments thrown in. Have another suggestion? To the comments you should go.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Decca

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812 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 749-8128
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"Decca's Waysider! Yum." "I have to side with Decca. The waysider is the drink of Louisville today. Mint juleps are about as enjoyable as it was to eat at Lynn's Paradise." "Third vote for decca's waysider. Awesome spring/summer cocktail!"

2. Down One Bourbon Bar

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321 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 566-3258
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"Down One Bourbon Bar makes a tremendous Manhattan. It even has a real maraschino cherry in it (not the ones you get from a jar in the ice cream aisle!)"

3. St. Charles Exchange

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113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 618-1917
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"St. Charles Exchange. The[y] have the best Manhattans."

4. The Brown Hotel

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335 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 324-1389
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"Nothing wrong with the mint julep at the Brown Hotel"

5. The Silver Dollar

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1761 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 259-9540
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"the Gold Rush at the Silver Dollar."

6. The Marketplace

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651 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 625-3001
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"The Apple Cider Manhattan at Marketplace"

7. Volare

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2300 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 894-4446
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"the 2300 Frankfort at Volare!"

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1. Decca

812 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206
"Decca's Waysider! Yum." "I have to side with Decca. The waysider is the drink of Louisville today. Mint juleps are about as enjoyable as it was to eat at Lynn's Paradise." "Third vote for decca's waysider. Awesome spring/summer cocktail!"
812 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206

2. Down One Bourbon Bar

321 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
"Down One Bourbon Bar makes a tremendous Manhattan. It even has a real maraschino cherry in it (not the ones you get from a jar in the ice cream aisle!)"
321 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

3. St. Charles Exchange

113 S. 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
"St. Charles Exchange. The[y] have the best Manhattans."
113 S. 7th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

4. The Brown Hotel

335 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
"Nothing wrong with the mint julep at the Brown Hotel"
335 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

5. The Silver Dollar

1761 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
"the Gold Rush at the Silver Dollar."
1761 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

6. The Marketplace

651 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40202
"The Apple Cider Manhattan at Marketplace"
651 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202

7. Volare

2300 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
"the 2300 Frankfort at Volare!"
2300 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206