Where to Find Speakeasies in Louisville
As the largest city in the state of Kentucky, Louisville is home to surprising culture, restaurants, shops, distilleries, and so much more. It is a town with a ton of charm and hospitality. Now get your appetite ready and let’s explore the best eateries in Louisville.
For a quick breakfast, check out Hi-Five Doughnuts. Louisville’s first female-owned and operated doughnut food truck and storefront. This eclectic doughnut bar allows you to create your own doughnuts with the glaze and toppings of your choice. Try one of their delectable signature creations such as the Breakfast Donut Sandwich with bourbon caramel glaze topped with bacon and chocolate chips.
To explore the city, skip using a standard transportation service. Instead, opt for using an electric scooter from Lime Scooters. The super fun scooters are an easy way to zip around the city without breaking a sweat or the bank. It’s a great bargain and very convenient to download the app and locate the scooter nearest you. All you’ll have to do is go to the location, unlock the scooter and take it for a fun ride.
After you fuel up on some sweet treats, go right next door to scope out the home décor shop Stag + Doe and the fun shop Louabull. Both shops are filled with great finds & gifts to take back home. Another can’t miss shopping experience is the Butchertown Market, which is home to a collection of local shops – Work the Metal, Cellar Door Chocolates, Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection, and Bourbon Barrel Foods. This shopping mecca features handmade goods, Louisville souvenirs, keepsakes, clothing, and accessories. It really is everything you could hope for in one place!
Now onto the heart of downtown, venture underground to the notable Bavarian-style Rathskeller speakeasy, decorated with rare Rookwood Pottery. This hangout is known for notorious patrons such as Al Capone and author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Next, enjoy a cocktail and small plates at the Old Seelbach Bar. Try the popular “Seelbach Cocktail,” made with Old Forester Bourbon, Cointreau bitters and sparkling wine. It is simply amazing!
Later, head over to Butchertown Grocery and delight in simple, but elevated cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu is loaded with an array of decadent options such as blueberry scones, chicken noodle soup, chicken & waffles, and gnocchi. Top it off with a refreshing cocktail such as the Grapefruit Mimosa or the Angel’s Envy Spritz. The plates offer plenty of opportunity for sharing, so order one of everything and indulge in the unique flavors of this gem.
For evening cocktails, the speakeasy-style bar Hell or Highwater is a must visit. The unassuming storefront doesn’t seem like much, but once you step behind the secret entrance, you are transported to the 1930s underneath Whiskey Row. A reservation is recommended as it can get busy and you will want time to enjoy the delicious cocktails and atmosphere. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about the spirits and cocktails, so tell them your preference and they can steer you in the right direction.
When you are ready for dinner, head next door to The Hall on Washington Street, a German-style beer hall that is a great spot to grab some authentic German eats while watching a game. The location has comfortable seating with plenty of TVs and a delicious menu centered on their love of “Steins, Sausages & Spirits!”
While Louisville might be known as Bourbon City, there is so much more depth and culture within the city. So, make sure to explore all the adventures, eats, and entertainment. It is time to get you off and racing on your next trip to Louisville.