Bourbon Review

Bourbon Review picks top 55 bourbon bars, many in Louisville

Shocker, right? A bunch of bourbon bars in the Ville are on the list of The Bourbon Review’s Top 55 Bourbon Bars list. We know ours are the bourbon bomb!

But if you’re like us, you probably can’t say you’ve hit them all, or if you have, you likely haven’t hit some other great ones in nearby towns.

In case there are some stops missing from your local list, here they are for your easy look-up, served with a few comments if we’ve visited:

  • Jonathan’s at Gratz Park (Lexington): Very cool, Old School place, clubby; perfect place to go if you won at Keeneland, perfect place to avoid if you didn’t.
  • Bluegrass Tavern (Lexington)
  • Paulie’s Toasted Barrel (Lexington)
  • Arcadium (Lexington)
  • Parlay Social (Lexington)
  • The Silver Dollar (Louisville): so totally cool for much more than bourbon; only joint in town we’re aware of that serves mezcal; great food, too
  • Down One Bourbon Bar (Louisville): a truly fresh spot
  • Old Seelbach Bar (Louisville): classy, classy, classy
  • The Brown Hotel Bar (Louisville): sophisticated and has the most comfortable drinkin’ furniture in town
  • Proof on Main (Louisville): vibrant see-and-be-seen scene
  • St. Charles Exchange (Louisville): arguably the coolest physical bar in town at which to perch and sip
  • Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar (Louisville): great bourbon list and an amazing wine list
  • The Miller House (Owensboro): one of the best basement bars anywhere; a classic retreat in an historic home; it’s a great southern restaurant in an a rapidly emerging social scene
  • The Old Talbot Tavern (Bardstown)
  • The Rick House (Bardstown): if you don’t live in Bardstown, it could take you years to sip all the bourbons here
  • Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge (Louisville): a beautiful wide-open space; great hotel lounge for sipping