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Part of the 21c museum, this bar is staffed with knowledgable bartends, stocked with more than 75 different bourbons and filled with curated art. An extension of the museum, the quirky space is eclectic and exhilarating, making is a conversation in and of itself. They also make balanced cocktails and serve from a wonderful selection of wines.
This design-forward space is minimalist and chic. The bar serves handcrafted cocktails and sodas as well as wine, sake and beer. The menu is as whimsical as it is classic, so there is something for everyone at this downtown joint.
This rustic-chic hole-in-the-wall will make you feel as though you have stumble into a great secret. The neighborhood bar is very dog-friendly and serves a mean cocktail as well as craft brews. Take a seat and admire the reclaimed wood, exposed brick and window shutters on the ceiling.
On hot nights, order a Ben: fresh watermelon, lime, simple syrup and your choice of liquor, though bourbon is never wrong in Kentucky.
This stylish yet industrial bar has everything. There are great drink deals at both happy hour and later in the night, pool tables, a dance floor, outdoor seating and even great Southern food.
A cosy interior, strong mixed drinks and one of the dance scenes in town have made this one of Louisville’s best dives. The crowd changes from neighbourhood locals to a sea of partying young adults as the night goes on. Expect fast service from a great staff.
Mag Bar, or Magnolia Bar, has been around since 1962. The quirky watering hole features deals like $1.50 PBR on Thursdays as well as powerful mixed drinks. Bring quarters for the arcade games–or better yet, the best jukebox in town.
Zanzabar, otherwise known as Z-bar, is just one of several Louisville staples like The Back Door. It’s been around since 1938, and now holds vintage arcade games and a long list of beers to choose from. Settle in and listen to whatever live music is on tap for the night.