What Is the Urban Bourbon Trail?

Sip at a Louisville establishment and choose from over 50 bourbons

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Wondering what about the Urban Bourbon Trail? Curious if it is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? Well, you've come to the right spot. The Urban Bourbon Trail is a way to enjoy many Kentucky bourbons without leaving Louisville.

For example, if you have completed the Kentucky Bourbon Trial, which requires visiting counties outside of Louisville, you may be looking for opportunities to test your newly acquired bourbon knowledge within the city limits.

Enter the Urban Bourbon Trail, bars offering bourbon flights and specialty cocktails and having a minimum of 50 different bourbons in stock.

How does the Urban Bourbon Trail work?

Participants use a passport, just like on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. There are printed booklet style passports and electronic versions. Download an electronic passport with your iPhone or smartphone. If you want a hard copy, stop by the Louisville Visitors Center (you will find it at 4th and Jefferson Streets in downtown Louisville) or ask for one at any of the participating bars and restaurants.

The passports are free and the only money you'll need to spend is on purchasing food and drink along the trail. Of course, you need to be 21 or older to participate in the Urban Bourbon Trail passport program. There is no time limit for completing your experience either.

Purists can start with the founding members of the Urban Bourbon Trail, or jump around to any of the newer stops.

Wherever you see the "Urban Bourbon Trail" mark, know that it is being used with the permission of The Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Cheers!

Urban Bourbon Trail Founding Members

The Bar at BLU
280 W. Jefferson St. • (502) 671.4285

Bourbons Bistro
2255 Frankfort Ave. • (502) 894.8838

Brown Hotel Lobby Bar
335 W.

Broadway • (502) 583.1234

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge
446 S. 4th St. • (502) 568.9009

The Old Seelbach Bar
500 S. 4th St. • (502) 585.3200

Proof on Main
702 W. Main St. • (502) 217.6360

More Urban Bourbon Trail Bars and Restaurants

Asiatique
1767 Bardstown Rd. • (502) 451-2749

Bistro 301
301 W. Market St

Bourbon Raw
446 S. Fourth St.
Located downtown in 4th Street Live!

Bristol Bar & Grille – Downtown
614 W. Main St. • (502) 582.1995

Bristol Bar & Grille – Highlands
1321 Bardstown Rd. • (502) 456.1702

Buck’s
425 W. Ormsby • (502) 637-5284

Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge
1903 Embassy Square Blvd. • (502) 491.1184

Derby Cafe: at the Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Ave. • (502) 634.0858

Dish on Market
434 W. Market St. • (502) 315.0669

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
127 W. Main St. • (502) 587.1626

Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant
321 W. Main St

Harvest
624 E. Market St. • (502) 384.9090

Haymarket Whiskey Bar
331 E. Market St. • (502) 442.0523

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar
140 N. Fourth St

Lilly’s
1147 Bardstown Rd. • (502) 451.0447

Manny & Merle
122 W. Main St.

Marketplace Restaurant
651 S. 4th St. • (502) 625.3001

Momma's Mustard, Pickles & BBQ
102 Bauer Ave.

North End Cafe
1722 Frankfort Ave.

O'Shea's Downtown
123 W.

Main St.

Ramsi’s Cafe on the World
1293 Bardstown Rd. • (502) 451-0700

Rye
900 E. Market St

Seviche
1538 Bardstown Rd.

Sidebar at Whiskey Row
129 N. Second St

The Silver Dollar
1761 Frankfort Ave. • (502) 259.9540

Sway at the Hyatt
311 S. Fourth St

Troll Pub Under the Bridge
150 W. Washington St

Varanese
2106 Frankfort Ave. • (502) 899.9904

Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant
150 S. 5th St. • (502) 580.1350

Volare Ristorante
2300 Frankfort Ave. • (502) 894.4446

While bourbon distilleries are now peppered throughout the state, Louisville has long been a hub to distillers, ever since Evan Williams first brought his whiskey to the city in 1780. (If you are interested in learning more about Evan Williams, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street is worth a visit.) In fact, up until the 1920s, Main Street was known as “Whiskey Row," a logical name as over 50 distilleries were then active on Main.

There has been a renewed interest in bourbon, so it should come as no surprise to know that bourbon distilleries are now back in downtown Louisville.