Celebrating all things bourbon in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS 11) – In conjunction with Bardstown’s annual week-long Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September, Louisville restaurants, bars and the Louisville Visitors Center will be hosting various Bourbon-themed events open to the public to bring Bourbon drinkers and leisure travelers into the city. Starting August 30, here are some Bourbon Heritage Month highlights:

  • 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen at Hilton Garden Inn Downtown will host a Bourbon Heritage Month kick-off reception on August 30 in partnership with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Reception will be open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. and feature Bourbon cocktails and appetizers.
  • The latest Urban Bourbon Trail Passport will debut on Sept. 1. 8UP is the newest venue on the trail, which has grown to 36 stops and showcases Louisville’s best Bourbon bars and restaurants. Several UBT stops will have specials throughout the month of September, including the following:
  •  Daily happy hour specials will be available at Haymarket Whiskey Bar featuring their bottled-in-bond Bourbons and Bourbon “in the rocks” tastings.
  • Discounted Bourbon flights will be offered weekly at Bourbon Raw in 4th Street Live! Each Friday they will host a Friday Flight Fest offering $5 select flight boards with 3 flights each.
  •  Down One Bourbon Bar will have Bourbon-inspired specials throughout the week: Manhattan Mondays, Try Rye Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays and Friday Flight Nights.  
  •  Sidebar will host local Bourbon author Bernie Lubbers on Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. and feature Heaven Hill Bourbon flights and book signings. They will also have various educational sessions with local historians.
  •  Spots are available for an historical Bourbon flight tasting at Silver Dollar on Sept. 22. Event tickets can be secured by e-mailing Alyssa@whiskeybythedrink.com.
  •  The Urban Bourbon Trail will be running a Make It a Double! campaign that rewards visitors and locals with an extra prize for visiting six UBT stops during the month of September. Passports must be redeemed by Sept. 30 at the Louisville Visitors Center (4th and Jefferson streets) to receive an Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit, in addition to the UBT t-shirt.
  • •On Sept. 2, the Louisville Visitors Center will host a Bourbon Book Signing with local Chef Albert Schmid, author of “The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook.” Local distilleries and restaurants will also provide Bourbon tastings, cocktails and Bourbon-inspired food. Event is open to public from 6 to 8 p.m.
  •  Live music and Bourbon cocktails will be hosted by Larceny on Sept. 24 during Rye’s Back Porch Session.
  •  Churchill Downs will host a “Bourbon, Bets, and Bow Ties” event during their Downs after Dark horseracing event on Sept. 24.



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