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Louisville is the perfect escape for anyone seeking to break away. There’s a million and one things to do here, but only one thing you should do: whatever you want. From Bourbon tours to giant skate parks, the “city of art and parks” has something for everyone. Where shops open early and close late, there’s plenty to get into. Scroll through the list below for a list of bars, restaurants, and attractions handpicked by our very own Captain, plus a few from our own Louisville residents, thanks to Yelp’s 2014 resident survey results (denoted with *).

Food, Drink, & Other Attractions

  • 21C Museum and Boutique Hotel*

    North America’s first museum devoted solely to art of the 21st century.

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  • Against the Grain Brewery

    Louisville's premiere brewer-owned and -operated brewpub with a fresh and local approach to smokehouse fare.

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  • Bluegrass Brewing Company

    Bold, unique, hand-crafted beers and quality affordable food, in a warm and comfortable, family friendly atmosphere.

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  • Carmichael's Bookstore*

    Carmichael’s has been in business for more than 30 years. They are actively committed to Keeping Louisville Weird and spreading the word about buying from locally-owned businesses.

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  • Churchill Downs*

    Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, United States, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually.

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  • Decca Restaurant

    East Market Street restaurant committed to locally farmed and small production ingredients.

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  • Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar

    Located in the historic Whiskey Row of downtown Louisville, Doc Crow’s offers the freshest flavors of American Southern cuisine.

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  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience*

    Located on Louisville's historic "Whiskey Row," this downtown distillery experience features tours, tastings, and more!

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  • Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot*

    The Beer Depot is not a fast food restaurant, they're a GOOD FOOD restaurant.

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  • GAME

    Burgers, burgers, and more burgers - featuring a variety of meats that include Wagyu, Kangaroo, Bison, and more.

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  • Garage Bar*

    Craft beers and wood-fired pizzas, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

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  • Hammerheads*

    Burgers, tacos, and Southern classics - all with a contemporary Louisville twist!

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  • Harvest

    Regionally inspired, seasonal “farm-to-table” cuisine. 80% of Harvest's ingredients are sourced locally from within a 100-mile radius.

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  • Havana Rumba*

    Havana Rumba is a celebration of the culinary genius of the island of Cuba brought to life by a team of passionate people.

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  • Holy Grale*

    A variety of ever-changing beers from all over the world and a seasonally-inspired menu, all housed within a historic church-turned bar and German-style beer garden.

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  • Jack Fry’s

    Established in 1933, Jack Fry's is a staple of the Louisville scene with its generous servings of classic and modern Southern cuisine.

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  • Joe Ley Antiques*

    Two acres of treasures fill the 1890 schoolhouse with a vast array of styles and merchandise sure to fit anyone’s taste.

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  • Louisville Beer Store

    Louisville’s first and only store dedicated to specialty craft beer.

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  • Matt Anthony’s Record Shop

    Voted Louisville's "Best Place to Buy Vinyl," Matt Anthony's features the best in all genres and generations on vinyl, cd, & 45rpm.

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  • Mayan Cafe

    Authentic Mayan cuisine with an emphasis on local and seasonal menu items.

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  • Meta

    Downtown cocktail bar in a cozy, speakeasy setting.

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  • Milkwood

    Chefs Kevin Ashworth and Ed Lee explore the boundaries of Southern cuisine with influences from the world over.

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  • Muhammad Ali Center

    A multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

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  • Mussel and Burger Bar*

    An Italian spin on some of America's favorite dishes.

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  • Nachbar

    Off-the-beaten-path dive bar with lots of local beer on draft and bottle.

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  • Please & Thank You

    P&TY happily serves up coffee, treats & records. What could be better?

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  • Proof On Main

    Located in downtown Louisville’s acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel with a commitment to local farming and flavor.

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  • Revelry Gallery

    A unique boutique and gallery offering local accessible original art and inspired goods in the heart of Louisville's Original Highlands.

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  • Rye

    Capitalizing on the unrivaled products of local farms, RYE provides you with a fresher, cleaner, more flavorful cuisine.

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  • Sidebar

    Bourbon, Burgers, and Beer: all located inside Downtown's beautiful and historic Whiskey Row Lofts.

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  • Taco Punk

    Quick service gourmet tacos featuring tortillas, fillings, salsas, and toppings all made by hand daily.

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  • The Leatherhead

    Leather goods store located in the Louisville Highlands and featuring a wide variety of highest quality leather merchandise.

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  • The Silver Dollar*

    100+ Kentucky bourbon & rye whiskeys, made-from-scratch Southern food, & classic honky tonk music.

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  • Toast on Market

    Breakfast and brunch staple featuring a wide variety of toasted, delicious cuisine.

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  • Urban Bourbon Trail

    Bourbon is more than a drink, it’s a lifestyle. Urban Bourbon Trail. KY Bourbon Distillery tours. All things Bourbon.

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  • Why Louisville (and Why Lou 2 in NuLu)*

    Locally designed shirts and accessories, art prints, books, cards, unique gifts and general curiosities.

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  • Wild Eggs*

    "Louisville's best breakfast" where you can expect the same level of preparation, presentation and service that guests can receive at an upscale dining experience.

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  • Zanzabar*

    A top-notch menu, with over 60 different beers, huge selection of vintage arcade games, a large heated patio, and WI-FI inside and out!

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