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Discover Louisville’s Bourbon Paradise: A Guide to Whiskey Row

Discover Louisville's Bourbon Paradise: A Guide to Whiskey Row
Discover Louisville's Bourbon Paradise: A Guide to Whiskey Row

## Whiskey Row: A Comprehensive Guide to Louisville’s Bourbon Destination

### Introduction

Louisville has emerged as a thriving tourism hotspot, largely attributed to its burgeoning bourbon industry. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of Whiskey Row, a vibrant stretch of Main Street that embodies the city’s bourbon heritage, offering an array of distilleries, restaurants, hotels, and hidden gems.

### Part 1: The Best Whiskey Destinations

**Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.**
* Location: 120 N 10th St.
* Highlights: Small-batch distillery, award-winning rye and bourbon, distillery-only bottle releases

**Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery**
* Location: 801 W Main St.
* Highlights: Legacy Tour includes tasting of 20-Year Single Barrel Bourbon and barrel-filling experience

**Bardstown Bourbon Company Louisville Tasting Room**
* Location: 730 W Main St.
* Highlights: Introduction to Bardstown Bourbon Company’s whiskeys, coveted bottle releases, premium cocktails

**Buzzards Roost Whiskey Row Experience**
* Location: 624 W Main St.
* Highlights: Focus on secondary maturation, whiskey and chocolate pairing courses, master blender experiences

**Evan Williams Bourbon Experience**
* Location: 528 W Main St.
* Highlights: Whiskey shop, museum, micro-distillery, charcuterie and whiskey pairing, hidden bar

**Castle & Key 502**
* Location: 400 S 2nd St. Suite I
* Highlights: Cocktails and pours in plastic cups, convenient location in OMNI Hotel, bottle shop

**Old Forester Distilling Co.**
* Location: 119 W Main St.
* Highlights: On-site cooperage, tour showcasing whiskey-making process, Nothing Better In The Market Tour with rare Bourbon tasting

**Angel’s Envy Distillery**
* Location: 500 E Main St.
* Highlights: Fully working distillery and warehouse, immersive tours, whiskey and chocolate pairing, bespoke cocktails

**Rabbit Hole Distillery**
* Location: 711 E Jefferson St.
* Highlights: Modern and expansive distillery, interactive tour experience, Over Look bar with five-dram tasting

### Part 2: Best Food & Drink on Whiskey Row

**Repeal Oak-Fired Steakhouse**
* Location: 101 W Main St.
* Highlights: Superb steaks, award-winning wedge salad, cold-fermented dinner rolls, seafood menu

**Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen**
* Location: 122 W Main St.
* Highlights: Classic Midwest-meets-Southern dishes, fried chicken, barrel picks from Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace

**The Bar at Fort Nelson**
* Location: 801 W Main St.
* Highlights: Expert bar staff, custom ice cubes, relaxed atmosphere, rare Michter’s expressions

**Hell or High Water**
* Location: 112 W Washington St.
* Highlights: Hidden speakeasy, plush library ambiance, unique whiskey bottle list, My Oh Mai! cocktail

**Third Street Dive**
* Location: 442 S 3rd St.
* Highlights: After-hours bar, bands, karaoke, inexpensive drinks, dive bar atmosphere

### Part 3: The Best Hotels on Whiskey Row

**The Grady Hotel**
* Location: 601 W Main St.
* Highlights: Boutique hotel with historical aesthetic, well-appointed rooms, speak-easy-lite bar with free bourbon tastings

**21c Museum Hotel Louisville**
* Location: 700 W Main St.
* Highlights: Art-focused hotel, rotating art exhibitions, bespoke rooms, Proof on Main restaurant

**Hotel Distil, Autograph Collection**
* Location: 101 W Main St.
* Highlights: Attached to Repeal, convenient location, free bourbon tastings in the lobby, bar cart with rare whiskey bottles

### Part 4: The Hidden Gems of Whiskey Row

**Justins’ House of Bourbon**
* Location: 101 W Market St.
* Highlights: Extensive bottle shop, hidden whiskey tasting room, expert staff, dusty bottles

**Doc’s Bourbon Room**
* Location: 129 W Main St.
* Highlights: 60-page whiskey menu, largest collection in Kentucky, undisclosed whiskeys

**Evergreen Liquors Tasting Bar**
* Location: 720 E Market St. Suite 200
* Highlights: Bar in a liquor store, extensive whiskey selection, barrel pick releases, take-home bottles

Written by Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis has been writing about spirits for over 10 years. He is a frequent speaker at whiskey festivals and events around the country and has been a judge at several international spirit competitions. He is passionate about educating people about the history and culture of whiskey and bourbon and loves to share his knowledge with others.

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