September is Bourbon heritage month, what with the annual Bourbon Festival coming up in Bardstown Sept. 12-18. The consortium of restaurants and bars who belong to the Urban Bourbon Trail (which has been on ongoing feature in Food&Dining magazine) is marking the occasion with a series of events, as well as the expansion of the UBT to 36, with the recent addition of 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Eatery, above the Hilton Garden Inn at 301 W. Chestnut St.
The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, which originated the Urban Bourbon Trail concept, and several participating UBT members are offering monthlong specials and events. A few of those have already been happening, such as 8UP’s kick-off party last week. Upcoming events include a Sept. 20 talk by Bourbon author Bernie Lubbers at Sidebar from 6-8 p.m., an event that includes a tasting of Heaven Hill Bourbon flights. Sidebar is located at 129 N. Second St.
On Sept. 22, Silver Dollar, 1761 Frankfort Ave., will offer a “historical” Bourbon flight tasting, led by Bourbon historian Michael Veach.
Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 E. Market St., is offering daily happy hour specials and bourbon “in the rocks” tastings throughout the month.
Bourbon Raw at Fourth Street Live has discounted flights each week, including a Friday Flight Fest for $5.
And Down One Bourbon Bar, 321 W. Main St., offers bourbon-inspired specials including Manhattan Mondays, Try Rye Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays and Friday Flight Nights.