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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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"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!"

Down One Bourbon Bar

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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!)"

St. Charles Exchange

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"St. Charles Exchange. The[y] have the best Manhattans."

The Brown Hotel

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"Nothing wrong with the mint julep at the Brown Hotel"

The Silver Dollar

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"the Gold Rush at the Silver Dollar."

The Marketplace

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"The Apple Cider Manhattan at Marketplace"
"the 2300 Frankfort at Volare!"

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Decca

"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!"

Down One Bourbon Bar

"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!)"

St. Charles Exchange

"St. Charles Exchange. The[y] have the best Manhattans."

The Brown Hotel

"Nothing wrong with the mint julep at the Brown Hotel"

The Silver Dollar

"the Gold Rush at the Silver Dollar."

The Marketplace

"The Apple Cider Manhattan at Marketplace"

Volare

"the 2300 Frankfort at Volare!"