Louisville Beer: A Top 10 Global Destination   

Louisville Beer: A Top 10 Global Destination   

Louisville has long been associated with bourbon, but another scene is starting to gain significant traction: beer. Louisville is home to a burgeoning brewery scene with new breweries emerging left and right.

Vine Pair Magazine recently named Louisville’s beer scene one of the top 10 in the world for 2018! Citing a virtual non-existent scene 10 year ago, to a thriving 15 craft brewery, and growing. Louisville is now on the map and is becoming a tourist destination for our unique draft flavors.

Brew and View – The Ultimate Beer Destination Airbnb

To support this growing tourist scene, themed Airbnb properties are starting to emerge. One of these is Brew and View – a renovated and thoughtfully expanded shotgun house on Barret Avenue in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. Brew and View is located in the heart of Louisville’s Brewery Scene and sits within walking distance of three breweries (Mile Wide Beer Co, Gravely Brewing, and Falls City Beer). They are just a short drive or bike ride to several others. Paristown Pointe, an entertainment district under development, plans to feature a beer garden and second Louisville location of Goodwood Brewing Co., and also within walking distance. Brew and View can accommodate 8 guests and offers great views of downtown Louisville from the two-story rear deck.

Popular Louisville Beer Destinations

Other popular Louisville areas to explore the beer scene are NULU, Downtown, Old Louisville, Germantown, and The Highlands. Each features unique local breweries, many of which serve food or are visited by local food trucks. Our favorite destinations include Monnik Beer Co in Germantown, Cumberland Brews in the Highlands, and Goodwood Brewing Company in NULU.

While you’re in Louisville checking out the brew scene, be sure to see the ponies at Churchill Downs and visit the bourbon distilleries in NULU and Downtown. There is never a lack of things to do in Louisville.

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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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Airbnb and City of Louisville Reach Tax Collection Agreement

Airbnb and City of Louisville Reach Tax Collection Agreement

A press release was sent out by the City of Louisville this morning announcing they have reached an agreement with Airbnb to collect and remit the 8.5% hospitality/bed tax on every guest reservation made through Airbnb. Under Airbnb’s current agreement with the state, taxes are added to reservations at checkout and paid by the guest. Airbnb remits to the State on the host’s behalf. 
The agreement with the City is expected to go into effect April 1st. Additional details will be made available as they are known. It is advised that everyone continue with current tax collection and remittance practice until further notified. And remember, this applies only to Airbnb reservations. No agreements are in place with other platforms (VRBO, Expedia, etc.) or direct placement guests. 
Here is the full release form the City of Louisville: 

Louisville Metro and Airbnb announced today the finalization of an agreement that will allow the company to collect and remit taxes on behalf of its hosts in Louisville and Jefferson County. Effective April 1, Airbnb will automatically collect and remit the Louisville Transient Room Tax (8.5%) for taxable bookings. The agreement allows Louisville to fully benefit from people visiting and staying longer through home sharing.

Collecting and remitting hotel taxes can be complicated, as the rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers and large hotel corporations with teams of lawyers and accountants.

That’s why Airbnb has begun partnering with governments throughout the world to collect and remit taxes, making the process seamless and easy for hosts to pay their fair share while contributing new revenue for local governments. These agreements are particularly impactful for a city like Louisville, where some homeowners may only be hosting visitors during a handful of large events such as the Kentucky Derby, and therefore are less likely to be aware of the applicable taxes associated with short-term rentals.

“I am delighted to see that the city has settled on an agreement with Airbnb. We have leisure and convention travelers requesting the option of an Airbnb. We have a growing number of Airbnb Hosts in Louisville – this will put them on the same playing field as our other accommodations in paying the transient room tax,” said Karen Williams, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention Bureau.

“We are always looking for opportunities to better serve taxpayers,” said Louisville Metro Revenue Commission Director Angela Dunn. “This agreement advances that goal by streamlining the local tax process for hosts.”

This marks Airbnb’s third tax agreement in Kentucky. In September 2017, the company announced a statewide tax agreement with the Kentucky Department of Revenue that authorized the company to collect and remit the state sales tax on all Kentucky Airbnb bookings (including in Louisville Metro). And earlier this year, Airbnb and Lexington announced an agreement authorizing Airbnb to collect and remit Lexington’s local room tax.

“We believe this agreement will unlock significant new revenue for Louisville Convention Bureau moving forward, and we’re so thrilled to have finalized it well prior to the Derby,” said Laura Spanjian, policy director for Airbnb. “With clear, fair rules to regulate home sharing and now a tax agreement to bring in new revenue, Louisville has emerged as a national model for how cities can capitalize from the sharing economy.”

The agreement comes at a time of dynamic home sharing growth in the Greater Louisville area. In 2017, Louisville-area Airbnb hosts earned $10 million in supplemental income while welcoming over 78,000 guest arrivals to the city.

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Short Term Rental Moratorium

Short Term Rental Moratorium


Short Term Rental Moratorium

Many council members were in favor of the short term rental moratorium, as a way to give metro council time to see what recommendations will come from the Zoning Board next week in consideration of STR ordinance changes. Others were not in favor of the moratorium as it is taking away a mechanism for individual STR operators to become complaint with the laws and the timing being abrupt to many who are currently in the permitting (CUP) process. Additionally, there was concern for the message a YES vote would send to zoning and to the community because it could be inferred that council was against STRs, which is not the case.

Nevertheless, a relentless group of 12 individuals remained in the council chambers until the vote was complete. They held signs showing their opposition to the moratorium and gently providing answers to questions bill supporters were unable to address. It was an emotional evening. The vote did not occurr until 1 AM, following a 2.5-hour debate.

Why is this important?

The most interesting events of the evening were when one of the three bill sponsors (David James, Council President, District 6 – Old Louisville) reversed his position and voted AGAINST the very bill he supported.

This vote is notable as this is the first time metro council has met to debate the STR topic since the ordinance was first passed 3 years ago by the same body. The zoning board is expected to vote on their suggested ordinance changes next week, and submit to metro council for review shortly after the first of the year.

For information on how to register your short-term rental property with Louisville Metro government, click here

Here were the vote total from Friday Morning: Vote

DistrictPartyLast nameFirst NameSTRs in DistrictVOTE
2DShanklinBarbara0No Vote
13DAubrey Welch*Vicki0YES
25DYatesDavid1No Vote

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Louisville Short Term Rental Registration

Louisville Short Term Rental Registration

Registering your short-term rental property is a two (2) step process. 

 STEP 1 – Register Your Business with Metro Revenue Commission 

1) Register with the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission. This will provide you with a necessary identification number for filing. If you report self-employment tax in Louisville you may already have this number. You may call the Revenue Commission at (502) 574-4860 to obtain an existing number. 

Otherwise, follow these instructions to create a new number. 

  1. Go to: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/revenue-commission
  2. Select E-mints (new online tax portal)
  3. Select “register a new business”
  4. You will register as a single member sole proprietorship using your SSN
  5. The business start date is the date your CUP was approved or the date you plan to receive your first guest.
  6. Follow the prompts from there to complete. 

Once you have your Metro Revenue Commission number, you will need to complete the short-term rental registration process. It is best to print and complete the application, and mail it in with a check for $25. This will need to be completed annually. Louisville Metro may not send reminders, so please mark your calendar. 


STEP 2 – Register Your Short-Term Rental with the City 

To register with the city, please follow the link below:

  • Scroll to “Miscellaneous”
  • Select “Short-term Rental Annual Registration Form”
  • Complete, sign, and mail with a check for $25


ONGOING – Monthly Reporting and Taxes

Once registered, you will need to complete a submit this form monthly

Instruction for completing TR1M-S can be found here

Taxes are collected and remitted by Airbnb, but the property owner is responsible is responsible for remitting taxes on all rentals under 30 days in length rented through a source other than Airbnb. Key Source Properties can complete this process for you monthly for $20 per month. 

More information about short-term rental reporting and financial responsibilities can be found here.


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