1801 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 +1 502 749 5275
Located across Bardstown Road, the Bard's Town is a local restaurant that is popular amongst one and all. What sets it apart from the rest is the fact that it serves artisan food and even the names of the dishes are symbolic, savor the Julius Ceasar Salad or simply order Mushroom of Venice. Right from the dishes to the events held here, everything is in sync with the theater theme of the restaurant. Happy hours, live music concerts and similar events are a regular feature at the Bard's Town. That's not it, there is another surprise awaiting you on the second floor, the Bard's Town Theatre of the restaurant. This theater showcases works of new play-writers and stages innovative plays. Truly, Bard's Town offers a great mix of entertainment and tasty food.
1578 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 +1 502 459 4373
Bardstown Road is Louisville's most famously vibrant strip, and it appears much of that vibrancy is fueled by the coffee at Ray's. The place opens early, catering to the denizens of this happening neighborhood, trafficking in responsibly sourced, often organic coffee and other goodies. Vegan options abound. For later in the day, there's an impressive selection of draft and bottled microbrews. At every hour, there's a true feeling of community at this place, stemming from the ownership and the staff, all actively involved in using Ray's Monkey House to better the city at large.
1576 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 +1 502 458 8727
On one of the most bustling blocks of the always-bustling Bardstown Road corridor, Cumberland Brews serves up tall pours of craft-brewed beer and healthy helpings of Southern-fried comfort food. Brews range from traditional English-style classics to decidedly experimental stuff like a pale ale spiced up with a hit of Yerba Mate. To eat, fried fish sandwiches and cheeseburgers go great with a side of fried green tomatoes. Enjoyment of all of the above is amplified by the fast-paced street scene out front viewable through big picture windows (or through your own two eyes if you grab a table out on the sidewalk).
116 East Main Street Louisville, KY 40202 +1 502 583 3772
Petrus is the equivalent of a night-long party in Old Louisville as this club plays on until the wee hours making sure that everyone's having the time of their life. The DJ belts out hip hop through most of the night while the clientele consists mainly of 18 year olds so if this scene doesn't appeal too much, head someplace else. Call for details and timings.
1164 South 3rd Street Louisville, KY 40203 +1 502 585 2233
Third Avenue Cafe is a corner eatery catering to neighborhood folk in need of healthy grub at a fair price. Sidewalk seating is available, which is nice on a warm weekend morning. The kitchen pays special attention to its numerous vegan and vegetarian offerings, so expect a high level of quality, particularly since everything on the menu is absolutely homemade. See website for menus and more.
1398 S 2nd Street Louisville, KY 40208 +1 502 637 9052
While much of Old Louisville can be exactly that -- OLD -- Mag Bar takes a step (albeit a baby step) in the direction of the new. That means in a neighborhood full of bed and breakfasts trafficking in chamber music and merlot, this place offers rock and roll and Miller High Life. Not cutting edge exactly, but welcome respite from the mothballs around the corner. The bar's facade is made up of big plate-glass windows, so the sun shines in warmly right up to the bitter end of Happy Hour. Good conversation, cold beer, and good music. This is Mag Bar.
1489 S 4th Street Louisville, KY 40208 +1 502 635 6660
On seemingly every corner of historic Old Louisville, there's an establishment of some kind competing for your business: bars, restaurants, cafes. Old Louisville Coffeehouse just might be the most no-nonsense of the bunch. Coffee is the star of the show, and they do it well enough to keep locals coming back day after day. Other refreshments and snacks are available, but the real draw is the sense of comfort one feels upon entering this humble community gathering place.
1080 Amphitheater Road Iroquois Park Louisville, KY 40214 +1 502 574 5000 /+1 502 368 5865
Located inside the vast Iroquois Park, Iroquois Amphitheater is bustling with several art, dance and music events throughout the year. It is the official amphitheater of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and plays host to many of the city biggest events. Many popular bands, singers and musicians have come alive on this stage. Events here also include youth orchestras, dance performances, art exhibitions and so on. Famous bands like Wilco and U2 are also said to have performed here. Thus, this modern state-of-the-art place is a haven of sorts for many music and art lovers.
930 Baxter Avenue Louisville, KY 40204 +1 502 742 6129
Enjoy a cup of freshly roasted and brewed coffee at this flagship coffeehouse of a small, independent chain in Louisville. Initiated by the enthusiastic coffee-lovers Nathan and Amy Quillo, the focus, here, is on serving fresh, handcrafted coffee sourced from farmers that practice healthy farming. Sip on your favorite latte or cappuccino while you relax in a casual atmosphere of the bar. Live music events are also scheduled occasionally to liven up the atmosphere of the cafe. Visit their website for more information.
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