Louisville's Best Live Music Bars

Photo of the Louisville Skyline at Night - Louisville KY
••• Photo by Dan Dry / Courtesy of the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Louisville has one of the biggest music scenes in the U.S. Bands from all over the country move to Louisville looking for a start. Residents are often lucky enough to watch some of the top bands in music in little hole-in-the-wall bars and clubs. If you're looking for a great place to listen to live music in Louisville, you'll definitely want to make these local bars and clubs among your first stops.

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    Highlands Taproom
    ••• Jessica Elliott

    The Highlands Taproom is a small bar on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, just across the street from the Mid-City Mall. There is both a downside and upside to drinking and listening to live music at The Highlands Taproom. The upside is that they showcase live bands that play solely original music every night of the week and never charge a cover. The downside is that the bar is tiny, and it's often extremely difficult to get to the bar to order a drink or to find a place to sit. However, in the summer when the deck is open, The Highlands Taproom is one of the best places to drink and listen to some of the best live music in Louisville.

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    Headliners
    ••• Michael Maupin
    Headliners Music Hall is an independently-owned local bar and music hall off of Lexington Road in the Highlands. The unique thing about Headliners is that they feature bands from nearly every genre, both local and national bands alike. You could go to Headliners one night and listen to a hip hop or rap act, and another night you could go to watch a metal band. Ticket prices vary depending on the act, as well as the age requirement to get into the show. Some shows are all ages, some are 18 and over, and some are 21 and older.
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    Louisville Palace Theatre

    The Louisville Palace
    ••• Mali Anderson

    This is a unique and historic theater in downtown Louisville. The Palace regularly books famous entertainers and the inside of the Palace is meticulously restored to its original Spanish Baroque style. They also screen classic movies throughout the summer months, if you are looking for another reason to step inside.

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    Iroquois Amphitheater
    ••• Concert at Iroquois Amphitheater. Courtesy of Iroquois Amphitheater

    Iroquois Amphitheater is a great concert venue! Outdoors, this spot has amazing views and great acoustics.