Posted by: Jessie | October 5, 2011

Urban Bourbon Trail


Louisville has something they call the Urban Bourbon Trail.  There are 14 bars that have huge bourbon selections and really good food.  You can pick up your Bourbon Country Passport at any of these bars.  Get it stamped at 6 bars and then take it to the Louisville visitor center for a T-shirt.  You don’t have to drink at all 6 bars, you can just walk in and get a stamp.  In fact, I did.  We found out about the Urban Bourbon Trail on Saturday, and we had dinner reservations at Proof, so we did not have much time to visit 6 bars.

Friday night we had dinner at the Maker’s Mark Lounge.  We were starving.  We had the Goat Cheese Skillet for an appetizer.  It was big enough to be an appetizer for 4 – 6 people, but we were so hungry we ate it all.  It was a hot skillet like fajita would be served on, covered in goat cheese (mixed with something to make it extra creamy) with some bourbon smoked tomato chutney in the middle and plenty of pita bread to dip.  I had bourbon salmon for dinner.  Wow.  Yummy.

After dinner we wandered around 4th Street Live for a little bit.  4th Street Live is a two block long Party Zone.  There are several dance clubs and bars on either side of the street.  They block off the street and set up bar tables and bar stools and garbage cans.  There are security guards who check people’s ID’s, you have to be 21 or you can’t walk down that street.  Did I mention that there is a roof over it?  Several of the bars have those outside heat lamps.  You can take your drink outside, as long as you stay in the blocked off block.  There is a comedy club.  The next show was not until 11:00 pm.  We thought about getting tickets, but I was already feeling tired.  I was afraid that by the time the show started I would be too tired to enjoy it.

Next we wandered a few more blocks down the road to check out the historic Seelbach Hotel and their historic bar.  I had a Seelbach cocktail, which has both bourbon and champagne in it.  Yummy!

It wasn’t until Saturday, after touring the Glass Works that I found out about the Urban Bourbon Trail and the passport.  So Saturday afternoon we decided to try to get 6 stamps.  Many of the places on the Urban Bourbon Trail were within a few blocks of each other.  We went back to the Maker’s Mark Lounge and picked up a passport and got it stamped.  Then we walked to the Seelbach, told the afternoon bartender that we had drank there the night before, and got a stamp.  We walked by Z’s Fusion on the way back to the hotel, stopped in and got a stamp.  Z’s has a fun atmosphere and an interesting menu.  It is definitely on the list of places to try next time we go to Louisville.  We walked through the convention center and across the bridge designed by Louisville Glass Works.  We wandered through the park outside the Galt Hotel, and went inside to the Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar for a stamp.  Unfortunately we did not have time for a drink.  The bartender was getting ready for a cocktail competition and he was mixing some yummy looking things!

Then we went back to the 21c hotel to shower and change clothes for dinner at Proof.  We would get our last two stamps later… one at Proof, and another at the Brown Hotel on Sunday morning.

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