A Weekend Getaway in Louisville, KY

Although I really miss living in Austin, one of the things I love most about our move to Ohio is how centralized it is in location to a lot of fun things. In Texas- you could drive for 9 hours and still be in Texas. In Ohio, you could drive for two or three hours and be in Columbus, or Kentucky or Indiana- a little further and you can go to Cleveland or Tennessee. There are so many great options to explore for a weekend within driving distance, which is something I’m not used to. 

Our first weekend trip since moving to Cincinnati was Louisville. We have so many places we want to visit, but the pandemic is surely putting a restriction on that. We were able to explore Louisville over the summer and hit some really great spots for Bourbon, Beer and snacks. There is a lot to do in Louisville, we conquered a lot on this list but we will definitely have to go back!

Eat:

Biscuit Belly- Literally, the best biscuits you will ever eat
Cafe Beignet- Old fashioned NOLA coffee & beignets
Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse
El Taco Luchador
Harvest
Hi-Five Donuts- These donuts were amazing! You can choose a pre-made donut from the case OR build your own! I built a Bourbon Maple Cinnamon Toast Crunch Donut and it was incredible.
Homemade Ice Cream Pie & Kitchen- This place was dessert heaven!
La Que
Louisville Cream 
Luvino Highlands
Mayan Cafe
Mussel & Burger Bar
Pearl Street Tap House (Technically in IN)
Please & Thank You- Great coffee selection, I chose a Matcha Tea Latte with Oat Milk and Honey- I highly recommend.
Proof on Main
Quill’s Coffee- A modern coffee shop with a huge space, on the same street as Hi-Five Donuts
Ramsi’s Cafe
Royal’s Hot Chicken- I am a Nashville Hot Chicken Connoisseur
Side Bar at Whiskey Row
The Brown Hotel- A gorgeous hotel, you must have a drink at the bar. And a “Hot Brown” sandwich!
The Hub
The Post- Seriously, the biggest pizza I have ever seen… this photo doesn’t do it justice.
The Silver Dollar
Toast on Market
V-Grits- A vegan bake shop inside False Idol Independent Brewers
Wild Eggs

Drink:

Angels Envy Distillery
Bardstown Road- Seriously, the whole street, plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, many have outdoor seating!
Brown Hotel Lobby Bar
Bulleit Distillery
Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery– This distillery is huge!
Evan Williams- They have a speakeasy!
False Idol Independent Brewers
Four Roses Distillery
Garage Bar- Just what it sounds like, a bar in an old garage. They were dog friendly!
Gravely Brewing Co- An eclectic musical themed brewery
Havana Rumba
Heaven Hill and Bourbon Heritage Center
Holy Grale- An awesome brewery in a church, beautiful stained glass windows!
Jim Beam Distillery
Kentucky Peerless Distilling
Mitchell’s Distillery
Old Forrester Distillery
Prohibition Craft Spirits Distilling- A gorgeous distillery, they make a variety of their own spirits, you can go on a tour or order drink at their beautiful brick bar.
Proof on Main
Rabbit Hole Distillery
Silver Dollar 
The Barrett Bar- They have a gorgeous patio, perfect for outdoor dining!
Troll Pub
Under the Bridge

Do:


Big Four Bridge
Cherokee Park
Churchill Downs- Home of the famous Kentucky Derby
Downtown 4th Street Live- A huge section with bars and restaurants!
Iroquois Park
Kentucky Derby Museum
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum
Louisville Walking Bridge
Main St. Worlds Biggest Louisville Slugger- It’s a right of passage, you have to check it out!
Muhammad Ali Center
Old Louisville- Check out the mansions!!
The Flea Off Market
The Highlands– This is the part of town we stayed in, there were plenty of food and beverage options within walking distance. There are way more options on Bardstown Road, just a short drive from here.
The Parklands
The Seelbach Hotel
Waterfront Park
Whiskey Row

That’s the list! Louisville is in no short supply of fun- for all ages! Whether you’re a bourbon lover, traveling with pets or children or looking to party, there’s something for everyone! I’m personally motivated to eat as much good food as possible that I won’t be able to find at home, there were so many great places, we definitely need to go back soon!

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