With five breweries and an uncountable number of restaurants and pubs, there are a lot of places to get a beer in Louisville. However, the following ten restaurants and bars offer an unparalleled selection of beers to satisfy any palate.
There's a reason why this spot is on our list of Louisville Breweries. Against the Grain serves six house beers at a time and has a kitchen offering brisket and pulled pork along with vegetarian and vegan items. The brewery is open all year round, but their location within the Slugger Field complex.
Located in MidCity Mall, it's a central stop for a beer before or after a movie, or when you are simply strolling The Highlands neighborhood. Drinks, pub grub and pool tables. And there is a friendly staff to boot.
Bluegrass Brewing Company (BBC) is a local brewery with two locations: one in St. Matthews and one Downtown. This award-winning brewery offers a great selection of their own brewed beers from a menu that changes with the seasons. BBC also has a large selection of tasty bar food items like appetizers and sandwiches that more closely resemble the menu at O'Charley's than it does the menu at a typical bar.
Cumberland Brews, as is evidenced by its name, is a bar and brewery with delicious and interesting beer choices that can't be found anywhere else in Louisville. It also has a fantastic location – if you're sitting outside it's almost a guarantee that you'll see someone you know. If you're looking for a quiet place to drink and talk, you'll want to check out the top floor where the light music sets the tone for an intimate and relaxed evening.
Flanagan's has one of the largest selections of bottled beer in Louisville and the best fries in town. During the week, Flannigan's is a laid-back and quiet place to spend an evening having conversation with friends or getting to know someone better. On the weekend, however, dance music blasts through the speakers and you can find people dancing and drinking in areas of the bar that you might have never known existed if you'd only ever been there during the week. Servers during all hours of the night mean that you can avoid standing at the bar for the most part, and a fenced-in outside area is a lovely place for drinks on warm summer nights.
Hideaway Saloon is characterized by its claim to be a hidden treasure among the sprawling stylishness of Bardstown Road – the hidden treasure at Hideaway is that the bar is anything but a treasure. With narrow hallways, creaky stairs, and pool tables placed on barely-even floors, Hideaway Saloon embodies the definition of a hole-in-the-wall perfectly. However, there is a great selection of beer behind the bar and the prices are really reasonable. There's occasionally a live band and sometimes a cover, but these things just seem to happen whenever they happen as opposed to happening with any regularity.
The Nachbar is one of those Germantown bars that has evolved into a popular hangout among the young professionals of the neighborhood, UofL students, and first-time homeowners that live, work, and study close to Germantown. Cheap prices on beer and cocktails as well as a great deck bar make Nachbar a great low-key place to get a good beer in Louisville.
ZA's Pizza Pub is a laid-back restaurant on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. The pizza at ZA's is so good that even the healthy pizza is fantastic, and it's even better when paired with a beer from ZA's large selection. If you were a fan of getting pizza and beer at Pizza Hut back when it was more of a restaurant than a fast food joint, you'll love sharing pizza and beer with your friends at ZA's.
Also called Mag Bar, Magnolia Bar and Grill is a neighborhood rock and roll type joint. On some nights there is live music in the back room. While no food is served—despite the grill in the name—there is a pizza place next store that sells pizza by the slice.