Favorite Louisville Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Favorite Louisville Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Old Louisville

North Lime Coffee & Donuts
1228 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40203

Very delicious, and more savory than sweet, these unique doughnuts go down easy. Located on the Edison Center campus at 7th and Ormsby, the owners of this Lexington, KY donut brand took great care to restore a centuries-old building into the landmark it is today. Enjoy a traditional glaze, funkfetti, or blueberry cake donut alongside a delicious coffee from local roaster: Good Folks Coffee


Bar Vetti (a non-tipping establishment) – CLOSED SUNDAY
800 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40203

Wednesday – Thursday 11am – 2pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 2pm

Located on the first floor of the 800 Building, a 1960’s-era residential tower and Louisville icon, Bar Vetti is a small, upscale, light-filled restaurant, with a big city feel. Their inventive brunch menu is for the more adventurous breakfast palate. Enjoy authentic Italian pizzas, sandwiches, bowls and crostinos, most with a breakfast influence.



605 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Open Monday – Friday. 7 AM – 4 PM

Atlantic No. 5 is a Main Street eatery and general store offering a selection of homemade sandwiches, biscuits salads, desserts and grab-to-go meals. A great place to start your weekday excursions through downtown Louisville’s bourbon and art scenes.

Order online during the week for convenient pickup.


DISH on Market
434 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Open Monday – Sunday starting at 8 AM

A breakfast restaurant sure to please everyone in your group. Try the Presidential Breakfast, which includes a shot of Old Grandad Bourbon.


J Grahams Cafe (at the Historic Brown Hotel)
335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
Entrance on 4th St

If you are looking for history, then you must try the legendary Louisville Hot Brown at the place it was invented…J Graham’s Cafe. In the 1920’s hundreds gathered each weekend for dancing at the Brown Hotel. The Hot Brown was created as a change from the traditional ham and eggs that were typically served.


Nancy’s Bagel Grounds

Nancy’s New York-style bagels are made fresh in house daily. Order at the outside window and enjoy at a nearby table or park bench outside. Great for when you are on-the-go. Try the everything bagel with jalapeno cream cheese schmear.

Proof on Main
702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Wild Eggs (Superb! Potential for wait)




Lydia House


Lower Highlands / Phoenix Hill

Gralehaus (Local Favorite!)

The Cafe

Wiltshire Pantry Bakery & Cafe


Upper Highlands

Highland Morning

North End Cafe

Safai Coffee Shop

Twig and Leaf (Historic diner/greasy spoon)


NULU / East Market District

Garage Bar (Sundays Only)

Toast on Market (Superb! Potential for wait)




Crescent Hill / Upper Frankfort Ave

Blue Dog Bakery (Superb! Potential for wait)

Eggs Over Frankfort
2712 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206


Clifton/Lower Frankfort Ave

Con Huevos

North End Cafe

Silver Dollar (Sundays Only)


Churchill Downs / UofL


Wagner’s Pharmacy

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Downtown Louisville – What To Do

Downtown Louisville – What To Do

Downtown Louisville Things to do.

A comprehensive list of things to do and see in Downtown Louisville Kentucky.

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Bold Listing = Locally Owned
P – Great patio
B – Open for breakfast/brunch

Birracibo (L,P) – Italian
4th St. Live
(502) 915-8113
445 S 4th St, 40202
Half-price Wine Wednesdays
Mon – Sat: 11 AM – Close
Sun: 4 PM – Close

Bourbon Raw (B,L)
4th St. Live
(502) 568-9009
446 S 4th St, 40202
Mon – Thu: 11 AM – 11 PM
Fri – Sat: 11 AM – 1 PM
Sun: 11 AM – 11 PM – $2 Bloodys and Mimosas

Brazerios Brazilian Steakhouse (L)
4th St. Live
(502) 290-8220
450 S 4th St, 40202
Lunch: Tue – Sun: 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Mon – Sat: 5 PM – 10 PM
Sun: 3 PM – 9 PM

Brendan’s Catch 23 $$$ (Seafood)
Try the warm crab in butter appetizer
(502) 909-3323
505 S 4th St, 40202

Gordon Biersch (P)
4th St. Live

Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse (P)
4th St. Live
(Try the grilled Okra)

Hard Rock Café
4th St. Live

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse $$$$

Manny and Mearle’s $$ (American food)
(Try the tacos)

Milkwood (An Edward Lee Restaurant)
Below Actors Theater

Morton’s Steakhouse $$$$

Proof on Main $$$

Mussel and Burger Bar $$

The Fudgery
4th St. Live
(Try the milkshakes)

Wild Eggs $$ – (B) Great for Brunch!

Wiskey Dry by Ed Lee $$
4th St. Live

Just outside downtown…and worth the drive

610 Magnolia ($$$$) – Fine Dining
James Beard Award Winning Chef – Reservations Required
(502) 636-0783
610 W Magnolia Ave, 40208
Wed – Sat: 6 PM – 9 PM
CLOSED Sun – Tues

Bar Vetti – Italian
Reservations Suggested. Hospitality Included (no tipping)
(502) 883-3331
800 S 4th St, 40203
Breakfast: Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 11 AM
Lunch: Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 2 PM
Dinner: Mon – Thurs: 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 11 PM


A Taste of Kentucky

Block Party Handmade Boutique

Craft{s} Gallery

Duluth Trading Company

KMAC Gift Shop


Just outside of downtown…and worth the drive

Butchertown Market

Blofish Unisex Clothing


21C Museum Hotel – FREE
(Contemporary Art Exhibits)

Angels Envy Distillery

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
(Bourbon Experience)

Farmers Market at Fourth St Live
Wednesdays, May – October, 11 AM – 2 PM
(Free Parking in the 4th St Live Garage –
on 5th between Muhammad Ali and Jefferson St)

Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse
(Bourbon Experience)
4th St Live

Louisville Science Center and IMAX
(Science Center – Family Friendly)

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
(Daily Tours – Family Friendly)

Just outside of downtown…and worth the drive

Speed Art Museum – $8 – $12 – FREE on Sundays
(502) 634-2700
2035 S 3rd St, 40208
Wed – Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM; Sun: 12 PM – 5 PM
CLOSED: Mon – Tues
FREE ON SUNDAYS (thru March 2021)

Nightlife, Activities, and Bars

Howl at the Moon
(Dualing Piano Bar)
4th St Live

Mercury Ballroom
(Music Event Venue)
2 Blocks South of 4th St. Live

Sports and Social Club
4th St Live

Tavern on Fourth (Table Games and Sports Bar)
4th St Live

The Palace Theater
(Venue for National Touring Acts)

Just outside of downtown…and worth the drive

Play Louisville
(Gay Bar/Drag Shows/Dance floor)

Groceries and Convenient Stores

(1 Block South of 4th St Live)

Falls City Market – Full gourmet grocery
Omni Hotel

Salon, Spa, and Grooming

Beards and Beers
Men’s Salon and Facial services

Mokara Salon and Spa at the Omni
Omni Hotel – 3rd Floor

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Old Louisville – What To Do

Old Louisville – What To Do

Old Louisville – What To Do

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A complete list of restaurants, events, and things to do in Old Louisville.

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Old Louisville Restaurants –

610 Magnolia ($$$$) – Fine Dining
James Beard Award Winning Chef – Reservations Required
(502) 636-0783
610 W Magnolia Ave, 40208
Wed – Sat: 6 PM – 9 PM
CLOSED Sun – Tues

Amici Cafe – Italian
50% off Bottles of Wine – Tuesday Nights
(502) 637-3167
316 W Ormsby Ave, 40203
Lunch: Mon – Sun: LUNCH 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Dinner: Mon – Fri: 5 PM – 9 PM; Sat – Sun: 5 PM – 10 PM

Bar Vetti – Italian
Reservations Suggested. Hospitality Included (no tipping)
(502) 883-3331
800 S 4th St, 40203
Breakfast: Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 11 AM
Lunch: Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 2 PM
Dinner: Mon – Thurs: 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 11 PM

Buck’s Restaurant ($$$) – Fine Dining; Live Piano
(502) 637-5284
425 W Ormsby, 40203
Lunch: Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 3 PM
Dinner: Mon – Thurs: 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 5 PM – 11 PM

Burger Boy Diner – Comfort Food, Burgers, Late Night
Dive Restaurant
(502) 635-7410
1450 S Brook St, 40208
Open 24/7/367

Comfy Cow Ice Cream – Ice Cream
(502) 409-5090
339 Cardinal Blvd, 40208
Sun – Sat: Noon – 11 PM

Dizzy Wizz – Burgers, Fast Food
Cash Only Restaurant
(502) 583-3828
217 W St. Catherine, 40203
Mon – Thurs: 6:30 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 6:30 AM – 11 PM; Sun: Noon – 9 PM

Griffs – Sports Bar
(502) 939-3535
323 W Cardinal Blvd., 40208

Homerun Burger – Burgers, Fast Food
(502) 708-1818
303 W Cardinal Blvd, 40208
Sun – Sat: 11 AM – 9 PM

Jimmy Johns
(502) 634-3334
341 W Cardinal Blvd, 40208
Sun – Sat: 11 AM – 12 AM

Noodles and Company – Pasta, Gluten Free Options
(502) 632-2846
319 W Cardinal Blvd, 40208
Mon – Wed: 11 AM – 9 PM; Thurs – Sat: 11 AM – 10 PM

North Lime Doughnuts (COMING SOON)

Old Louisville Pizza Company – Pizza
(502) 635-6960
1201 S 1st St, 40203
Sun – Sat: 5 PM – 10 PM

Old Louisville Tavern – Local Restaurant, Sports Bar, Late Night
(502) 409-6281
1532 S 4th St, 40208
Mon – Thurs: 11 AM – 11 PM; Fri: 11 AM – 12 AM
Sat: 12 PM – 12 AM; Sun: 12 PM – 11 PM

Pizza Donisi – Pizza
Nextdoor to Mag Bar. Thin Crust Pizza. Delivery until 1 AM!
(502) 213-0488
1396 S 2nd St, 40208
Mon – Sat: 12 PM – 2 AM; Sun: 1 PM – 2 AM

Qdoba Mexican Grill – Fast Casual Mexican, Burritos
(502) 442-0201
1832 S 3rd St, 40208
Sun – Sat: 10:30 AM – 10 PM

Sabor Latino – Latin American, Dive
Order Online/Delivery
(502) 276-4954
1273 S Brook St, 40203

Seafood Lady ($$) – Seafood
As seen on Food Network
(502) 210-9381
103 W Oak St, 40203

Shirley Mae’s Café – Southern, Cafeteria
Award Winning Fried Chicken
(502) 589-5295
802 S Clay St, 40203
Thurs – Sat: 11 AM – 9 PM; SunL 11 AM – 11 PM
CLOSED: Mon – Wed

Southern Soul Food Express
(502) 963-1719
418 W Oak St, 40203
Sun – Sat – 11 AM – 10 PM

Toonerville Deli – Deli, Sandwiches
(502) 635-6960
1201 S 1st St, 40208
Mon – Sat: 8 AM – 4 PM

(270) 300-2195
103 W Oak St, 40203
Mon, Wed, Th: 5 PM – 12 AM; Fri – Sun: 12 PM – 12 AM
CLOSED: Tuesday

Old Louisville Bars

Magnolia Bar (Mag Bar) – Local Dive Bar, Live Music; Late Night
(502) 637-9052
1398 S 2nd St, 40208
Sun – Sat: 3 PM – 4 AM

Old Louisville Brewery
(502) 498-5434
625 W Magnolia Ave, 40208
Mon, Wed, Th: 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri: 5 PM – 11 PM
Sat: 12 PM – 11 PM; Sun: 3 PM – 8 PM
CLOSED: Tuesday

Old Louisville Activities

Asia Institute – Crane House
(502) 635-2240
1244 @ 3rd St, 40203
Art, Education, Lectures

Caldwell Calderson House – Historic House Tours – $6 – $10
(502) 636-5023
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun – Tours at 1 PM and 3 PM; Sat: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM
Apr – Sept, 3rd Thursday, Twilight Tours: 5 PM and 7 PM

Central Park
1340 S 4th St, 40208
Daily: 6 AM – 11 PM
• Walking paths
• Tennis Courts,
• Playground
• Events

Filson Historical Society
(502) 635-5083
1310 S 3rd St, 40208
History of Louisville on display

Old Louisville Walking Tours – $20 – $25 per person – Seasonal
March 15 – November 15 –
• Daily Architecture Tours at 11 AM and 1 PM
• Daily Haunted History Ghost Tours at 7:30 PM
October (Halloween Week) –
• Victorian Ghost Walk every 30 min from 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Planetarium at the University of Louisville – $6 – $8
(502) 852-6665
Shows Friday nights, Saturday afternoons, and 1 Sunday per month
Weekday shows available, please call in advance.
Arrive 15-20 minutes in advance for tickets

St. James Court – Self-guided walking tour
Beautiful, Historic Street

Speed Art Museum – $8 – $12 – FREE on Sundays
(502) 634-2700
2035 S 3rd St, 40208
Wed – Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM; Sun: 12 PM – 5 PM
CLOSED: Mon – Tues
FREE ON SUNDAYS (thru March 2021)

Old Louisville Events

Garvin Gate Blues Festival – Free Admission
 Annual, Second weekend in October
 Located on Garvin between Oak and Ormsby
Old Louisville Garden Tour - $20 per person
 Annual, Second weekend in June
 Tour Old Louisville hidden gardens
Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour - $30 per person
 First weekend in December, Annually
 Tour Old Louisville Mansions decorated for Christmas
 Tickets can be purchased at the Woman’s Club: 1320 S 4th St, 40203
 (502) 939-4084
Shakespeare in the Park – Free Admission
 May 30 – August 4
 Various Dates…see the calendar (http://kyshakespeare.com/sicp/)
 Central Park Amphitheater
St. James Art Festival – Free Admission
 Annual, the first weekend in October
 St. James Court and surrounding streets
Spring Fest
 Annual, Third weekend in May
 Between the 1200 and 1300 Blocks of 1st Street at Ormsby
 Music, Artists, Street Food, Live Music, Kids Activities

Nearby Restaurants

Bean (Germantown) – Coffee Shop, Small Fare
(502) 785-4079
1138 Goss Ave, 40217
Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 5 PM; Sat: 8 AM – 4 PM; Sun: 9 AM – 4 PM

Eiderdown (Germantown) – German, Comfort Food
(502) 290-2390
983 Goss Ave, 40217
Tues – Thurs: 4 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sun: 4 PM – 11 PM
CLOSED: Monday

Four Pegs Beer Lounge (Germantown) – Gastropub, Burgers
(502) 634-1447
1053 Goss Ave, 40217
Sun – Mon: 11 AM – 2 AM (Kitchen open until 12 AM)

Hamerheads (Germantown) – Gastropub, American, Dive
Limited Seating, No call ahead, entire group must be present to seat.
(502) 365-1112
921 Swan St, 40204
Mon – Sat: 5 PM – 10 PM
CLOSED: Sunday

Lydia House (Germantown) – Breakfast/Brunch
(502) 718-6002
1101 Lydia St., 40217
Tues – Thurs: 10 AM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 10 AM – 11 PM; Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM
CLOSED: Monday

Morels Café (Phoenix Hill/Highlands) – Vegan
(502) 409-5916
619 Baxter Ave, 40204
Tues – ThursL 11 AM – 8 PM; Fri – Sat: 11 AM – 9 PM; Sun: 11 AM – 7 PM

Monnik Beer Company (Germantown) – Brewery, Gastropub
(502) 742-6564
1036 E Burnett Ave
Mon – Thurs: 11 AM – 12 AM; Fri – Sat: 11 AM – 1 AM; Sun: 11 AM – 10 PM

Proof on Main (Downtown) – American Fare, Bar
Modern Art Gallery
(502) 217-6360
702 W Main St
Breakfast: Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 10 AM; Sat – Sun: 7 AM – 10 AM
Brunch: Sat – Sun: 10 AM – 1 PM (continues in the bar until 3 PM)
Lunch: Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 2 PM (continues in the bar until 3 PM)
Dinner: Sun – Thurs: 5:30 PM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat: 5:30 PM – 11 PM
The Bar is open later than the restaurant

Sarino (Germantown) – Italian
1030 Goss Ave
Tues – Thurs & Sun: 5 PM – 12 AM
Fri – SatL 5 PM – 12 AM

The Post (Germantown) – Pizza
(502) 635-2020
1045 Goss Ave, 40217

The Table (Portland) – Traditional American, Sandwiches
Pay what you can. Local ministry.
(502) 708-2505
1800 Portland Ave, 40203

Nearby Activities

21C Museum Hotel – Contemporary Art Gallery – Free Admission

4th Street Live
• 12 Restaurants, including Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse
• Nightlife
• Live music events
• Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

Bourbon Experiences
Angel’s Envy Distillery
Bulleit Frontier Wiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller
Copper and Kings Distillery
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse
Kentucky Peerless Distilling
Michter’s Micro-Distillery (COMING SOON)
Old Forrester Distillery (COMING SOON)
Rabbit Hole Distilling (COMING SOON)

Cave Hill Cemetery 

Churchill Downs – Historic Horse Racetrack, Home of the Kentucky Derby

Climb NULU (Indoor Rock Climbing)
1000 E Market St; (502) 540-0072
M W F: 11AM – 10PM; T & Th: 6:30am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 10AM – 9PM

Frazier History Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum 

Kentucky Science Center – Great for kids!

KMAC – Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Palace Theater
Event Venue. Various artists and programs.

Mercury Ballroom – Live Music
Event Venue. Various artists and programs.

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NULU – What To Do

NULU – What To Do

Looking for something to do? Check out this calendar of events:


Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse (B,L,P)
401 E Main Street, 502-515-0174
M -Th: 11am – Midnight; F – Sat: 11am – 2am; Sun 10am – 10pm (Brunch Menu 10-2:30)
(Kitchen closes nightly at 10pm)

Butchertown Grocery (L,B)
1076 E Washington St, (502) 742-8315
M – Sun: 11AM – 10PM; Sat – Sun Brunch: 11AM – 4PM

Butchertown Pizza Hall (L)
1301 Story Ave, (502) 384-8528
Sun – Th: 11AM – 10 PM; F – Sat: 11AM – 12 AM

Butchertown Social
1601 Story Ave, (502) 890-3892
M -Sat: 4PM – 2AM (Happy Hour 4P – 6P); Closed Sunday

Decca (LM,P)
812 E Market St, (502) 749-8128
M – Sat 5:30PM – 10p; Closed Sunday

Feast BBQ (Try the Bourbon Slushy)
909 E Market St, 502.749.9900
T – Th: 11am – 10pm; F – Sat 11am – 12am; CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY

Galaxie (Try the guacamole and Spicy Margarita)(LM)
732 E Market St, 502.690.6595
T – Th: 3PM – 1AM; F – Sat: 12PM – 3AM

Garage Bar (wood-fired pizza, Ham, Oysters)(B,P)
700 E Market St; (502) 749-7100
M – Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 11am – 11pm; Sun: 11 am – 10pm

Grind Burger Kitchen(P)
829 E Market St; 502-213-0277
T – Sat: 11am – 10pm; Sun: 11am – 8pm; Closed Monday

Harvest (Locally Sourced Ingredients) (B)
624 E Market St; (502) 384-9090
Dinner – T – Sat: 5PM – 10PM; Brunch: F – Sun: 10AM-2:30PM; Closed Monday

Hi-Five Doughnuts
1011 E Main St; (502) 409-5584
W – F: 6:30AM – 2PM; Sat – Sun: 7am – 2pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday

Macaron Bar
707 E Market St; (502) 513-4303
M – Th: 11am – 7pm; F – Sat: 11am – 9pm; Sun: 10am – 4pm

The Mayan Cafe (L)
813 E Market St, (502) 566-0651
M – Th: 4pm – 11pm; F: 4pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Closed Sunday
Lunch: M – F: 11am – 2:30pm

Muth’s Candy Store
630 E Market St; (502) 585-2952
T – F: 8:30am – 4pm; Sat: 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday

Pho Ba Luu – Saigon Street Food (L,P)
1019 E Main St; (502) 384-6822
Lunch: M – Sat: 11am – 3pm; Dinner: M – Sat: 5pm – 9pm; Closed Sunday

Royal’s Hot Chicken (P)
736 E Market St, (502) 919-7068
T – Th: 11:30AM – 10PM; F – Sat: 11:30AM – 11PM; Closed Sun & Mon

900 E Market St; (502) 749-6200
T – Sat: 5PM – ?; Closed Sunday and Monday
(Bar open Late)

Toast on Market (B,L)
620 East Market Street, 502.569.4099
T – F: 7AM – 2PM; Sat – Sun: 8AM – 2PM

Weekly Juicery
632 East Market Street, 502-882-2822
M -F: 7:30AM – 6:30PM; Sat – Sun: 10PM – 5PM

Wild Eggs (B,L)
121 South Floyd Street, (502) 690-5925
M – F: 6:30AM – 2:30PM; Sat – Sun 7:00AM – 3:00PM

Wild Rita’s (L)
445 E Market St. (502) 584-RITA
M – TH: 11AM – 10PM; F: 11AM – 11PM; Sat: 4PM – 11PM; Sun: 4PM – 9PM

Wiltshire on Market
636 East Market Street, (502) 589-5224
Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 5pm – 11pm; Sun: 5pm – 9:30pm

B = Great for Brunch
L = Open for Lunch
NF = No Food
LM = Live Music (call ahead or visit website)
P = Great patio or outdoor space


Galaxie (Try the guacamole and Spicy Margarita)(LM)
732 E Market St, 502.690.6595
T – Th: 3PM – 1AM; F – Sat: 12PM – 3AM

Garage Bar (wood-fired pizza, Ham, Oysters)(B,P)
700 E Market St; (502) 749-7100
M – Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 11am – 11pm; Sun: 11 am – 10pm

Haymarket Whisky Bar (Top whiskey bar)
331 E Market St, (502) 442-0523
Sun – F: 4PM – 2AM; Sat: 2PM – 2AM

Louisville Beer Store (NF)
746 E Market St, (502) 569-2337
M – Th: 3pm – 10pm; F: 1pm – 12am; Sat: 12pm – 12am; Sun: 1pm – 7pm

Lola at Butchertown Grocery (Reservations Preferred on Weekends) (NF,LM)
(Upstairs at Butchertown Grocery)
1076 E Washington St, (502) 742-8315
Sun – Th: 6PM – 11PM; F – Sat: 6PM – 2AM

Nouvelle Wine Bar
214 S Clay St
M – Th: Noon – 10pm; F – Sun: Noon – Midnight; Sun: Noon – 8PM

The Taj (P, NF)
807 East Market, 877-825-6858
M – Sat: 4pm – 4am; Sun 12pm – 4am


Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse (B,L,P)
401 E Main Street, 502-515-0174
M -Th: 11am – Midnight; F – Sat: 11am – 2am; Sun 10am – 10pm

Akasha Brewing Company
909 E Market St; (502) 742-7770
(Allows outside food. We recommend Feast BBQ)

Goodwood Brewing Company
636 E Main St; 502-584-BREW
M – T: 4pm – 9pm; W – Th: 4pm – 10pm; F: 4PM – 11PM; Sat: 1PM – 11PM; Sun: 12PM – 6PM

Coffee Shop

Please & Thank You “Mark”
800 E Market St; (502) 553-0113
M – Sat: 7am – 7pm; Sun: 8am – 4pm
“Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the City”

802 E Main St; (502) 742-6129
M – F: 6:30AM – 9PM; Sat: 8AM – 9PM; Sun: 8AM – 6PM

Entertainment & Activities

Angels Envy Distillery (Tours Available)
500 E Main St; (502) 890-6300
M – Sat: 10am – 5pm (No Tours Tuesday); Sun: 1pm – 5pm
Tours by RESERVATION only

Big Four Walking Bridge (Old Railroad Bridge – Crosses Ohio River)
River Road at Clay St.

Copper & Kings Distillery
1121 E Washington St; (502) 561-0267
Book a Tour

Extreme Park (Skateboard Park)
531 Franklin St

Flying Axes (Indoor Axe Throwing)
146 N Clay St; (855) 538-7293
T -Th: 2pm – 10pm; F: 2pm – Midnight; Sat: Noon – Midnight; Sun: Noon – 10pm
Book a Session

Garage Bar (Great Outdoor Evening Spot)
700 E Market St; (502) 749-7100
M – Th: 5pm – 10pm; F – Sat: 11am – 11pm; Sun: 11 am – 10pm

Hyland Glass (Blow your own glass)
721 E Washington St; (502) 384-2569
$65 per person

Louisville FC Soccer
401 E Main St; (502) 384-8799
Watch for 2018 Season Schedule

Louisville Slugger Baseball
401 E Main St; (855) 228-8497
Season Schedule

Rabbit Hole Distilling
711 E Jefferson St

Thomas Edison House (Historic House Tour)
729 E Washington St; (502) 585-5247
T – Sat: 10am – 2pm
*Please note – all guided tours are led by volunteers, it is suggested to call ahead and confirm operating hours.
$5/adults; $4/seniors 60 & over; $3/students and free for children 5 & under

Play Nightclub (Dance, Drag)
1101 E Washington St; (502) 882-3615
F – S: 9pm – 4am (check website for weekday schedule)

Waterfront Park (on River Road)
401 River Rd
M – Sun: 6am – 11pm

Exercise & Fitness

Climb NuLu (Indoor Rock Climbing)
1000 E Market St; (502) 540-0072
M W F: 11AM – 10PM; T & Th: 6:30am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 10AM – 9PM

Crossfit in the Ville
721 E Main St; (502) 235-4545

Yoga @ Climb Nulu
1000 E Market St; (502) 540-0072


Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art
642 E Market St; (502) 303-7259
W – Sat: 1pm – 6pm and by appointment

The Green Building Gallery
732 East Market Street, Third Floor; (502) 561-1162
M – F: 9am – 5pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday

PYRO Art Gallery
909 E Market St # 400; (502) 587-0106

Swanson Contemporary Gallery
638 E Market St; (502) 589-5466
(See the rear sculpture garden)

Zephyr Gallery
610 E Market St; (502) 585-5646
Th – Sat: 11am – 6pm


– Clothing

BLoFISH Clothing Co. (Unisex)
714 E Market St; (502) 727-2007

Mabel & Moss (Women)
350 W Chestnut St (inside Hilton Garden Inn)

– Antiques, Furniture, and Home Furnishings

Barry Wooley Designs
835 E Main St; (502) 569-7101

High end furniture and accessories
731 E Main St; (502) 584-6349

Jason Cohen Wood Artisan (Bourbon Barrel Furniture)
218 S Shelby St; (502) 553-9663

Joe Ley Antiques
615 E Market St; (502) 583-4014

Louisville Antique Market
845 E Jefferson St; (502) 217-0085
M – Sun: 10AM – 6PM

Mellwood Antique Mall
1860 Mellwood Ave; (502) 895-1306
Sun – Th: 10am – 5pm; F – Sat: 10am – 6pm

Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave; (502) 895-3650
Several shops and artist galleries/workspaces

– Gift Shops and Boutiques

1015 E Main St; (502) 883-3040
M – Sat: 11am – 7pm; Sun: 12pm – 5pm

806 E Market St; (502) 785-4534
T – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Sun: 11am – 4pm
Flowers, candles, and small gifts

Peace of the Earth
801 E Market St; (502) 690-5707
M – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 12pm – 3pm

Red Tree
701 E Market St; (502) 582-2555
M – Th: 10am – 5pm; F – Sat: 10am – 6pm; Sun: 10am – 4pm

817 E Market St; (502) 365-4222

Revelry Boutique Gallery
742 E Market St; (502) 414-1278
T – Sat: 11am – 7pm; Sun – M: 11am – 5pm

720 E Market St; (502) 584-8989
M – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 11am – 3pm

Taste Fine Wines and Bourbons
634 E Market St; (502) 409-4646

Personal Care

Bays Boutique
214 S Clay St; (502) 413-0256
High end skin care boutique

Dollface Brows & Beauty
207 S Shelby St; (502) 303-4476

Cobalt Hair Lab
748 E Market St; (502) 589-0002

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Things to do in Louisville

Things to do in Louisville

Arts & Culture

Distillery Tours

When in Bourbon Country, why not indulge in the very thing that put the city on the map … bourbon! For those who are bourbon enthusiasts, a tour along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail might be just the thing for you. Grab your passport at any participating distillery and have fun visiting all the breweries in the region, sampling their distinct barrels, learning about their history and collecting stamps in your passport along the way. Then travel across the bridge into Indiana and spend a day at Huber’s Orchard and Winery.

Want to stay inside the Louisville Metro city limits? There’s no shortage of distilleries in downtown Louisville. Pay a visit to Angel’s EnvyCopper & KingsEvan Williams Bourbon ExperienceHeaven Hill Distilleries Inc.Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse or Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Happy bourbon trails to you!

Experience the Arts

Louisville is busting at the seams with culturally enriching arts and entertainment groups and venues. What we love the most about these groups is that they all collaborate and work together to put on outstanding performances in their genres. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts hosts myriad events each month ranging from concerts to plays to speaking engagements. The Louisville Ballet uses Whitney Hall inside the Kentucky Center as their home stage for all their performances. This season you can catch the dancers in performances such as Stravinsky!Giselleand of course the annual favorite, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. If you’d prefer taking in a show with dialogue, head over to Actors Theatre of Louisville to catch a performance. This season, they’ve got a stellar lineup of plays including Angels in AmericaDracula and David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries as well as the week-long Humana Festival of New American Plays. For a complete look at the 2017-2018 schedule of shows, click here. If you’ve got a taste for the classics, Kentucky Shakespeare might be more up your alley. Although best known for their outdoor Shakespeare in the Park festival, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a show inside on a rainy day, with performances of Titus Andronicus at Louisville Visual Art and Hamlet at The Kentucky Center. Finally, for those more musically inclined, there are two amazing options to enjoy a show: The Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Opera. Fill your music agendas with Friday night and Sunday afternoon songs from the Kentucky Opera and various performances ranging from the classics to coffee concerts from the Louisville Orchestra.

Museums and Galleries

A little rain in the forecast means you can finally make time to see Louisville’s best museums and art galleries, many of which delve deep into the history and culture of our city. Discover more about the life, legacy and mission of Louisville’s “Greatest” Muhammad Ali at The Muhammad Ali Center. Louisville’s history can also be found at historic Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. After learning about the history of the greatest two minutes in sports, head downtown and tour the museum and factory of the city’s other claim to fame, the Louisville Slugger. The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory offers valuable insight into the history of baseball, and you can even walk away with your own mini replica baseball bat. Once you’ve got your bat, walk across the street to KMAC Museum to enjoy their new exhibit “Victory Over the Sun: The Poetics and Politics of the Eclipse”, which runs now until December 3 with free admission.

If it’s art you’re looking for, make your way downtown to 21c Museum Hotel. Wander around the exhibits on the lower levels and get lost in a world of creativity. In honor of their 10th anniversary this year, the art installations in the hotel’s restaurant, Proof on Main, gives some insight into the lives of owners Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown. Another popular art spot is on the campus of the University of Louisville and just underwent a major renovationThe Speed Art Museum. This well-known art museum is welcoming to art aficionados as well as those who don’t know a Dali from a Degas. Once you’ve learned all there is to know about Louisville’s history downtown, venture over to the gorgeous Old Louisville neighborhood and tour the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum in St. James Court.

Other notable options to add to your list include Revelry Boutique GalleryAmerican Printing House for the Blind, Frazier History Museum and the Tim Faulkner Art Gallery.

Hands-On Art

Need something a bit more hands-on? Pay a visit to The Kentucky Science Center and engaging in activities that open your eyes to the amazing science that surrounds our everyday lives. SB Tip: You will spend the majority of your time trying to encase yourself in a human bubble. Kudos to you if you can get it all the way down without making it pop on the first attempt.

Not in the mood for science? Head to Louisville Glassworks to watch professional glassblowers create magical works of art. Your mind will be blown (pun intended) at the skill and finesse it takes to create sculptures, ornaments and figurines. You’ll find the most fun aspect of the trip comes when you step down and give it a try yourself. That’s right, the skilled glassblowers will assist you in blowing your own glass work. SB Tip: Not only is it fun for the whole family, but it also makes a great DIY holiday present.

If painting and pottery is more your speed, grad the kids and head over to Stoneware & Co. for a paint party. SB Tip: Ask for a tour of the factory for an opportunity to see the process first hand and get an up-close look at how your favorite Stoneware & Co. patterns are made. 

Live Music & Entertaining

If the rain is going to keep you inside, why not rock out while supporting the city’s local musicians?! You never know, you might stumble upon Louisville’s next big act, like Bryson Tiller. You can find a show for almost every night of the week at venues like Headliners Music HallThe Louisville PalaceThe Mercury BallroomTin RoofBaxter’s 942 Bar and GrillSullivan’s TaphouseGerstle’s PlaceFourth Street Live! and KFC Yum! Center. You’ll be happy to celebrate indoors at any of these local venues.

Active Options

Exercise Classes

Don’t let the grey skies keep you from getting that workout in. If the clouds have you feeling a little down, a quick sweat session will get those endorphins flowing and get that smile back on your face. A class at barre3 delivers not only a mind-body connection, but a workout accessible for all fitness and skill levels. After sweating out the rainy day blues, browse through their selection of high-end athletic apparel that will have you looking as good as you feel after powering through a challenging workout routine.

Bounce, Climb & Throw

Sometimes you need to escape the city to have a little fun, but luckily for us, we don’t have to venture too far. Louisville Mega Cavern is the place to go to experience the world’s only fully underground zip-lining course. In addition to zip-lining, the Mega Cavern also offers tram tours, which are a great opportunity to learn about geology, mining and recycling; a one-of-a-kind underground bike park; and the world’s only underground aerial ropes course.

The newest attraction to hit Louisville lets you test your target skills by throwing axes. That’s right, Flying Axes is essentially a spin on dart throwing. Games are offered for two players and group events like a birthday party, fundraiser or team building activities. Once you’ve thrown a few axes, walk down the street and climb some rocks. Climb NuLu is a bouldering gym that welcomes climbers of all ages to scale their walls without any ropes or harnesses over their padded floors.

Another option to get moving on a rainy day is to spend some time jumping at House of Boom. The ultimate extreme air experience allows you to bounce on trampolines, swing from rope to rope, and navigate an obstacle course all above a pit of foam pieces to catch you if you fall.

Retail Therapy

For the Fashionista

As long as you are adequately prepared for the elements — armed with an umbrella and decked out in rain boots — it’s the perfect time to discover Louisville’s boutiques. There are too many fabulous local shopping destinations to list, so we’ll direct you to our SB Guide or to download the SB App, where you can navigate the best shopping, restaurants and events near you.

Some notable places to check out include 6pm Outlet in Shepherdsville, for fabulous designer brand deals and steals; Merridian Home Furnishings, because it’s the Louisville interior designer’s best-kept secret for sourcing globally inspired decor and one-of-a-kind pieces; Stoneware & Co. to take home a piece of Louisville history and culture; and Water + Oak Outdoor Company to gear up for your next outdoor adventure once the rain has passed.

Update Your Vinyl or Book Collection

Enjoy a rainy day by exploring music, both old and new, from one of Louisville’s record stores, Mr. Friendly RecordsGuestroom Records or Better Days Records. Once you’ve updated that music collection, head over to Carmichael’s Bookstore to find your next great escape. You can always pay a visit to the downtown branch of the Louisville Public Library as well. SB Tip: Don’t leave Mr. Friendly’s without stopping into Please & Thank You for “Louisville’s Best Cookie.”

Pamper Yourself

If the weather can’t bring a smile to your face, we know what will: a little “me time.” Relax and unwind by way of a therapeutic massage from Elements Massage or Elements Massage Middletown, or give your hair a little TLC with an appointment at J Michael’s Salon and Spa or Omagi Spa and Salon.

Dining & Drinking

Coffee Shops

Louisville is known for our love of all things bourbon, but we’ve also got a soft spot for coffee shops. It seems you can’t venture too far in the city without running into a Heine Brothers’, and the others seem to be multiplying as well. Please & Thank You started with a flagship store on Market Street and has since expanded to Frankfort Avenue and Floyd Street. (The coffee shop and its loyal regulars affectionately refer to these locations as Mark, Frank and Floyd.) Quill’s Coffee resides on Baxter Avenue, but has since opened a new spot on Main Street near Angel’s Envy and Louisville Slugger FieldSunergo’s Coffee shops can be found on Preston Street, Fifth Street and Woodlawn Avenue. In the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, and arguably the most unusual coffee shop in the city, is Gralehaus. A residential home was renovated and converted into a working coffeehouse and cafe on the first floor, with bed and breakfast rooms on the second and third floors. How cool is that?

Other notable coffee spots are McQuixote Books & Coffee in the Portland neighborhood, Safai Coffee Shop in the Highlands neighborhood and Red Hot Roasters, a drive-thru coffee spot on Lexington Road.


Local Breweries

Bourbon may be booming in Louisville, but as hard as it is for some to believe, not all of us are enthralled by the mention of the word bourbon. Luckily for those who aren’t as keen on the brown libation, there are just as many local breweries to explore as there are distilleries in town, all of which provide a fun escape from the rain. Visit Against the Grain BreweryApocalypse Brew WorksGoodwood BrewingOld Louisville Brewery,  Monnik Beer Co. or Mile Wide Brewing Company for an afternoon of fun.

Grab Dinner & Drinks

Finally, if none of the above grabs your attention, a good meal always does the job. Luckily for you, you reside in a USA Today “Best Local Food Scene” city. The food scene in Louisville is honestly the city’s best-kept secret. There are tons of culinary destinations worth crossing off your bucket list around town. See our roundups of the newest eateries in Louisville here, visit our SB Guide or click here for all the latest dining destinations.

And there you have it  — there are countless ways to make up for washed-out plans. Get out and explore Louisville!

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