My best friend and I will be staying in downtown Louisville in mid-September, near the 4th Street Live area. Our aim is to cover as much of the Bourbon Trail that we can in 3 days, but also to walk and dine the downtown area. All of the threads here are several years old, so I thought I'd ask for current recommendations?

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I got a response from my friend who lives in Louisville.  He suggested three restaurants:  Holly Hill Inn, Jack Fry's and Germantown Bakery.   There is also a steakhouse, Jeff Ruby's which is the best steakhouse in Louisville, but is a small chain and not Louisville based.

In regards to Bourbon visits, he suggested Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve and Rabbit Hole  

thistlintom posted:

I got a response from my friend who lives in Louisville.  He suggested three restaurants:  Holly Hill Inn, Jack Fry's and Germantown Bakery.   There is also a steakhouse, Jeff Ruby's which is the best steakhouse in Louisville, but is a small chain and not Louisville based.

In regards to Bourbon visits, he suggested Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve and Rabbit Hole  

This is helpful.  I'm in Louisville staying at The Galt House and Jeff Ruby's is in a street view retail spot housed by The Galt House.  I might walk over one evening.

Jack Fry's is also a short 2.5 mile Uber from here.

A friend that used to live here also recommended Lilly's, Proof on Main, 610 Magnolia plus another friend Doc Crow's.

 

 

thistlintom posted:

I got a response from my friend who lives in Louisville.  He suggested three restaurants:  Holly Hill Inn, Jack Fry's and Germantown Bakery.   There is also a steakhouse, Jeff Ruby's which is the best steakhouse in Louisville, but is a small chain and not Louisville based.

In regards to Bourbon visits, he suggested Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve and Rabbit Hole  

Thanks! We love steakhouses, & will definitely check it out. Haven't heard of Rabbit Hole, but since it appears to actually be in town, we may have to see it. It would be interesting to try some spirits that aren't normally available in WA.

Just a quick note on Jeff Ruby's.  It is a good to very good steak house.  It is not a great or perfect steak house in my opinion.  Really nice bar with excellent bourbon selection and prices.  Good, solid raw bar.  It fell a little short in two areas in my opinion.  First up every person at my table except my self ordered a dry aged steak (all are bone in) and I was the only one that ordered a wet aged steak (no bones) and my steak counter to intuition was easily the best steak on the table.  Moist, juicy, well seasoned, perfectly cooked to order, rock solid steak.  Every person at the table that got a dry aged steak had a "one minor complaint" that it lacked flavor.  I saw two out of four that ordered dry aged reach for the salt shaker.

The other thing is the pricing.  It is definitely up there.  We're talking CUT in Vegas kind of pricing.  Most the dry aged steaks were $70 plus or minus.  Kind of pricey to be reaching for a salt shaker while eating it.

Not dissing the place necessarily just go in with full knowledge it'll be expensive and may not roll your socks down then back up.

[Quote]The other thing is the pricing.  It is definitely up there.  We're talking CUT in Vegas kind of pricing.  Most the dry aged steaks were $70 plus or minus.  Kind of pricey to be reaching for a salt shaker while eating it. [/Quote]

At least no catsup

 

I provided Jeff Ruby understanding it was the best steakhouse in Louisville, I have never been but I hope I didn't lead you astray.   I am not a steakhouse person in general as I would rather have a chef provide an interesting dish rather than hope on getting a really good steak.  I hope you had a good enough time.  I feel better about the other restaurants I provided, not sure if you have the time to visit.  Hopefully you enjoy some bourbon tastings in Louisville.

 Just saw this thread. Some of the recommendations are good choices. As far as bourbon distilleries to visit I highly recommend going to Willett in Bardstown. Another good restaurant worth checking out is 211 Clover Lane. From downtown it is about 10 or 15 minutes away.  The tour at Angel‘s Envy in downtown Louisville is worth checking out.  Avoid doc crows. It is not half as good as it used to be.  610 Magnolia is excellent.  Holly Hill Inn that was mentioned earlier is not in Louisville. It is in Midway Kentucky about 40 minutes away.  If you do go take a look at the three vintages (07, 12, 13) of Andrew Geoffrey diamond mountain cab on the wine list.  Check out Sidebar restaurant next-door to the KFC Yum center. Good bourbon list and good cocktails.  Jeff Rubys is excellent and has the best shrimp cocktail in the city. Decca  restaurant in NuLu is also a good spot.  What hotel are you staying at?  Send me an email if you want to get together for a drink. Justinhome at msn dot com

IW

Check out Bourbon Bistro. Would not recommend Proof on Main. Jack Fry is ok steakhouse. I agree with IW on Willett. Buffalo Trace is a good 45 -60 minutes from downtown in Frankfurt but worth the drive. Woodford is not far from BT. Down One whiskey bar is worth checking out. If they have reopened Jockey Silk have a drink there. 

longboarder posted:

Check out Bourbon Bistro. Would not recommend Proof on Main. Jack Fry is ok steakhouse. I agree with IW on Willett. Buffalo Trace is a good 45 -60 minutes from downtown in Frankfurt but worth the drive. Woodford is not far from BT. Down One whiskey bar is worth checking out. If they have reopened Jockey Silk have a drink there. 

Jockey Silk was still closed for renovations as of a couple of weeks ago.

Just got back last night, and we had a blast! The people in Louisville are just incredibly friendly and awesome.

As to tours, we walked around downtown Louisville the first day. Our hotel was the Embassy Suites downtown, right next to the "Fourth Avenue Experience", sort of like Fremont Street in Vegas. We hit Evan Williams, Michter's Fort Nelson, and Rabbit Hole. All were different and interesting. On the tours we did, they end up with a tasting, and most of the time the tour guide imbibed with us. Wish I could get a job like that! 

Second day, drove down to Bardstown and hit Maker's Mark in Loretto, (aka: the middle of nowhere), and Jim Beam on the way back. Tried to see Four Roses, but we just missed it; they closed at 3pm. Way too early for bourbon lovers, imo.

Third day, headed east to Buffalo Trace and Woodford's Reserve. (Note: I always thought the word "Reserve" was related to the product, but it turns out it references the land it is located on, aka "Woodford's Reserve".)  I bought a bottle of bourbon there, and for an extra $10, they inscribed our names in gold lettering. (Should have waited until after the tasting, as we both liked their double wood bottling even more.)  Woodford's was absolutely gorgeous horse pasture country, and Buffalo Trace was so big, the grounds could easily pass for a small company town. We agreed that we enjoyed the BT tour the most, which also happened to be the only one that was free. Then we motored thru Lexington, which was interesting, but we agreed, not as genteel as Louisville. Had a few drinks at a place called Oscar Diggs, and were mildly amused to see Transylvania University.

As to food, between the time that we booked the trip and when we left, my friend was, shall we say, between positions. So we decided to skip Jeff Ruby's, and ate at the Seelbach (fantastic Hot Brown's!), Bob's Steak and Chophouse at the Omni (excellent steak meals there, too), and Whiskey Dry. Imbibed in town among other places, at the Old Seelbach Bar, and the Brown Hotel Lobby Bar.

(On a strange footnote: the last night, I was thumbing thru one of the tourist magazines and came across a listing for the Neeley Family Distillery, in Sparta, KY, which happens to be my last name. Unfortunately, it was out of our way, and I didn't have time to visit.)  But we had a wonderful time, and both agreed that this won't be our last visit to Louisville. 

(Sorry Italianwino, I forgot to email you. Next time!)

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