Belle’s Cocktail House, Lexington, KY: New to Lexington’s downtown scene, Belle’s offers its patrons close to 75 Bourbon and well over 100 American whiskies. The “Hunt Club” upstairs regularly host events with Master Distillers like Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell and Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge.
Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Louisville, KY: This former coffee house turned Bourbon Mecca is the perfect venue if you want over a 100 Bourbons to choose from, while listening to live music that ranges from indie-rock to bluegrass. If you look up dive-bar in the dictionary, chances are there’s a picture of this place being showcased.
Proof on Main, Louisville, KY: The only thing that outshines the vast selection of premium-Bourbon at this bar is the contemporary art that spills over from the 21c Museum Hotel in which Proof is connected to. You might need an “open mind” to appreciate the art at times, but the Bourbon (whether neat or in a cocktail) and cuisine they serve are consistently nothing less than superb.
The Old Talbot Tavern, Bardstown, KY: Originally built as a stage coach stop in 1779, the tavern still serves as a place of reprieve for visitors in the Bourbon Capital of the World. Sample one of the Bourbons from their vast collection in the same building that has seen Abraham Lincoln, Jesse James and General George Patton pass through.
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