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Guidebook for Louisville

Food Scene
Margaritas are great, tacos are huge. Go for Taco Tuesday if you're looking for deals, but be prepared to wait for a table!
Awesome and affordable Brooklyn style pizza, plus beer. You can seriously get a slice and a beer for like $6. Pro tip: Ask about the slice of the day and the pizza of the month.
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The Post
1045 Goss Avenue
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Awesome and affordable Brooklyn style pizza, plus beer. You can seriously get a slice and a beer for like $6. Pro tip: Ask about the slice of the day and the pizza of the month.
This place puts a hipster spin on traditional German food. I’ve got a buddy who swears by the burger, but I always am too tempted by things like spaetzle and beer cheese to try it.
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EiDERDOWN
983 Goss Avenue
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This place puts a hipster spin on traditional German food. I’ve got a buddy who swears by the burger, but I always am too tempted by things like spaetzle and beer cheese to try it.
Pub fare, good draft list. Amazing veggie burger.
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Four Pegs
1053 Goss Avenue
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Pub fare, good draft list. Amazing veggie burger.
Perhaps the most well-known Germantown staple, this true corner bar is always filled with regulars. The menu is affordable diner food. The bean soup is well known. Pro-tip: You will usually not find anyone under 40 at Check’s. Which you may or may not be looking for. Don’t expect any “fancy beer,” either.
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Check's Cafe
1101 East Burnett Avenue
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Perhaps the most well-known Germantown staple, this true corner bar is always filled with regulars. The menu is affordable diner food. The bean soup is well known. Pro-tip: You will usually not find anyone under 40 at Check’s. Which you may or may not be looking for. Don’t expect any “fancy beer,” either.
Hipster spin on barbeque. Small, always crowded. Expect a wait. But usually worth it. You can get fries fried in duck fat or truffle oil. Pro tip: Get the PBLT.
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Hammerheads
921 Swan Street
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Hipster spin on barbeque. Small, always crowded. Expect a wait. But usually worth it. You can get fries fried in duck fat or truffle oil. Pro tip: Get the PBLT.
Unpretentious Italian food with large portions and unpretentious ambiance.
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Come Back Inn
909 Swan Street
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Unpretentious Italian food with large portions and unpretentious ambiance.
Chef Edward Lee’s concept that combines his Korean and Southern backgrounds. The pork shank over coconut rice is delicious, as are the cocktails.
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MilkWood Restaurant
316 West Main Street
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Chef Edward Lee’s concept that combines his Korean and Southern backgrounds. The pork shank over coconut rice is delicious, as are the cocktails.
This barbeque is Catherine’s favorite in the city, because they offer a vinegar-based sauce. They also offer bourbon slushies and draft beers.
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Feast BBQ
909 East Market Street
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This barbeque is Catherine’s favorite in the city, because they offer a vinegar-based sauce. They also offer bourbon slushies and draft beers.
Edward Lee’s other, more upscale restaurant– be ready to spend an entire evening eating multiple courses from a pre-fixe menu. Expensive, but worth it.
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610 Magnolia
610 West Magnolia Avenue
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Edward Lee’s other, more upscale restaurant– be ready to spend an entire evening eating multiple courses from a pre-fixe menu. Expensive, but worth it.
Hot chicken, bourbon slushies, amazing sides. Pro-tip: Don’t get the gonzo level heat. Or do. You do you.
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Royals Hot Chicken
736 E Market St
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Hot chicken, bourbon slushies, amazing sides. Pro-tip: Don’t get the gonzo level heat. Or do. You do you.
Fine dining at its best. A Louisville landmark.
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Jack Fry's
1007 Bardstown Road
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Fine dining at its best. A Louisville landmark.
Catherine’s favorite sushi place. In fact, Catherine’s favorite restaurant. And before you ask: yes, sushi in Louisville is fresh. Because our airport is a UPS hub. I mean, I guess not all sushi in Louisville is fresh. But it is at Saporro.
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Sapporo
1706 Bardstown Road
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Catherine’s favorite sushi place. In fact, Catherine’s favorite restaurant. And before you ask: yes, sushi in Louisville is fresh. Because our airport is a UPS hub. I mean, I guess not all sushi in Louisville is fresh. But it is at Saporro.
David’s favorite sushi place in Louisville. It’s actually Mexican/Japanese fusion. So if someone in your group is not into sushi, they can get tacos, or other delicious items.
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Dragon King's Daughter
1126 Bardstown Rd
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David’s favorite sushi place in Louisville. It’s actually Mexican/Japanese fusion. So if someone in your group is not into sushi, they can get tacos, or other delicious items.
The best thing about this place is that it delivers burritos until 4 AM, since the bars are open that late as well. The Germantown Getaway is within their delivery zone. They knew Germantown was the place to be for people craving late night delivery. Unless it’s been taken, there should be a menu on the side of the fridge. If you go to the brick and mortar, they also have draft beer and pinball, and usually some cool specials. Like monte cristo burritos or chicken and waffle burritos.
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New Wave Burritos
3311 Preston Hwy
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The best thing about this place is that it delivers burritos until 4 AM, since the bars are open that late as well. The Germantown Getaway is within their delivery zone. They knew Germantown was the place to be for people craving late night delivery. Unless it’s been taken, there should be a menu on the side of the fridge. If you go to the brick and mortar, they also have draft beer and pinball, and usually some cool specials. Like monte cristo burritos or chicken and waffle burritos.
Brick oven pizza, oysters, and a mean gin and tonic. Great patio, great space. (They converted an old mechanic’s garage.) Pro tip: get the ham plate. And ask for the house tonic in your gin and tonic. Lots of things to instagram here if that's your jam.
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Garage Bar
700 East Market Street
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Brick oven pizza, oysters, and a mean gin and tonic. Great patio, great space. (They converted an old mechanic’s garage.) Pro tip: get the ham plate. And ask for the house tonic in your gin and tonic. Lots of things to instagram here if that's your jam.
This is Germantown's quintessential bakery. They are known for their bacon maple donuts.
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Nord's Bakery
2118 South Preston Street
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This is Germantown's quintessential bakery. They are known for their bacon maple donuts.
Hipster coffee, just a couple blocks away.
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Bean
1302 Texas Ave
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Hipster coffee, just a couple blocks away.
We love this place because you can get a variety of sliders, and they're all good, but the pro-tip is to order dessert as well.
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Oskar’s Slider Bar
3799 Poplar Level Rd
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We love this place because you can get a variety of sliders, and they're all good, but the pro-tip is to order dessert as well.
Agave & Rye Tequila and Bourbon Hall
426 Baxter Ave
This is the place you can see down the street from the front porch. It's Creole food that is allegedly delicious, but we haven't had a chance to sample.
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Couvillion
1318 Mc Henry St
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This is the place you can see down the street from the front porch. It's Creole food that is allegedly delicious, but we haven't had a chance to sample.
This coffee is even more hipster than Bean. Catherine likes it because they strive to be plastic-free. They also have food and like a mini convenience store.
Full Stop Station
1132 E St Catherine St
This coffee is even more hipster than Bean. Catherine likes it because they strive to be plastic-free. They also have food and like a mini convenience store.
Drinks & Nightlife
Local brewery, with pub food. They also have guest drafts. Great ambiance.
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Monnik Beer Company
1036 E Burnett Ave
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Local brewery, with pub food. They also have guest drafts. Great ambiance.
Bar food. Known for their garlic tater tots. One of our favorite places because it’s also a music venue (with dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, usually) and an arcade (with a ton of pinball machines). Pro tip: if dessert is your thing, get the Death Star Cookie.
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Zanzabar
2100 South Preston Street
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Bar food. Known for their garlic tater tots. One of our favorite places because it’s also a music venue (with dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, usually) and an arcade (with a ton of pinball machines). Pro tip: if dessert is your thing, get the Death Star Cookie.
This place is primarily a beer bar, but the food is so good, we had to mention it here. A gem of a place if you are a beer enthusiast. Do not miss it, if you are. It’s beer church. An old church that’s been converted into a bar exclusively for the worship of beer. Also has the best burger in Louisville. But they know it and charge $15 for it. But the food never disappoints. Try anything on the menu and you will be delighted. In fact, even if you don’t like beer, go here just for the food.
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Holy Grale
1034 Bardstown Road
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This place is primarily a beer bar, but the food is so good, we had to mention it here. A gem of a place if you are a beer enthusiast. Do not miss it, if you are. It’s beer church. An old church that’s been converted into a bar exclusively for the worship of beer. Also has the best burger in Louisville. But they know it and charge $15 for it. But the food never disappoints. Try anything on the menu and you will be delighted. In fact, even if you don’t like beer, go here just for the food.
Japanese monster-themed dive bar opened by the owner of Dragon King’s Daughter so that her employees would all stop drinking from the DKD bar after work. Rapidly grew into a favorite among young Germantown residents. They have a good draft list, despite being a dive bar and weekly events, such as board game Mondays and Comedy Tuesdays. They also have sake, and a surprisingly large selection of bar snacks.
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Kaiju
1004 East Oak Street
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Japanese monster-themed dive bar opened by the owner of Dragon King’s Daughter so that her employees would all stop drinking from the DKD bar after work. Rapidly grew into a favorite among young Germantown residents. They have a good draft list, despite being a dive bar and weekly events, such as board game Mondays and Comedy Tuesdays. They also have sake, and a surprisingly large selection of bar snacks.
This is a dive bar that arguably began the Germantown Renaissance. It’s been offering an extensive beer selection and draft list since before that was cool. They’re often host to eccentric musical performances. During the summer, a band called Squeezebot often plays accordian covers on the patio. If you’re really lucky, you can catch your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, which is UofL’s band’s way of getting free beer by squeezing into a tiny bar and playing music for the three other people that can fit inside while they’re there.
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Nachbar
969 Charles Street
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This is a dive bar that arguably began the Germantown Renaissance. It’s been offering an extensive beer selection and draft list since before that was cool. They’re often host to eccentric musical performances. During the summer, a band called Squeezebot often plays accordian covers on the patio. If you’re really lucky, you can catch your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, which is UofL’s band’s way of getting free beer by squeezing into a tiny bar and playing music for the three other people that can fit inside while they’re there.
A newer dive bar. Often less crowded than Nachbar, and perhaps a little cleaner? One time I had pickled brussel sprouts there and they were delicious.
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The Pearl Of Germantown
1151 Goss Ave
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A newer dive bar. Often less crowded than Nachbar, and perhaps a little cleaner? One time I had pickled brussel sprouts there and they were delicious.
The most authentic dive in Germantown, this place opens at 8 AM in order to serve third shift workers. They serve cheap beer out of coolers, and they only accept cash. Everyone will turn and look at you when you walk in if you are not a regular. But they will warm up to you as long as you aren’t a jerk. Probably.
Huelsman Bar & Grill
1100 Ash St
The most authentic dive in Germantown, this place opens at 8 AM in order to serve third shift workers. They serve cheap beer out of coolers, and they only accept cash. Everyone will turn and look at you when you walk in if you are not a regular. But they will warm up to you as long as you aren’t a jerk. Probably.
This bar is located in the 21C Museum, and Proof is also a high end restaurant. But the best thing is to get a cocktail at the bar and walk around the art gallery. It’s a rotating collection that is always interesting, and it’s free to see the art. Be sure to use the bathrooms while you’re there.
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Proof On Main
702 West Main Street
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This bar is located in the 21C Museum, and Proof is also a high end restaurant. But the best thing is to get a cocktail at the bar and walk around the art gallery. It’s a rotating collection that is always interesting, and it’s free to see the art. Be sure to use the bathrooms while you’re there.
Unpretentious bar with great vibes and events. Great patio when the weather permits. Ask for their punch card if you're bold.
the MerryWeather
1101 Lydia St
Unpretentious bar with great vibes and events. Great patio when the weather permits. Ask for their punch card if you're bold.
Entertainment & Activities
Underground ziplining in some huge caverns where Louisville stores salt. I mean, why not? The world's only underground zipline.
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Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Avenue
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Underground ziplining in some huge caverns where Louisville stores salt. I mean, why not? The world's only underground zipline.
Pretty self explanatory. Also, pretty nearby.
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Louisville Zoo
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Pretty self explanatory. Also, pretty nearby.
During the summer, a theme park and a water park, with a wave pool. Several roller coasters, among other rides. They used to also host Halloween haunted houses, but unsure if that is still true.
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Kentucky Kingdom
937 Phillips Lane
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During the summer, a theme park and a water park, with a wave pool. Several roller coasters, among other rides. They used to also host Halloween haunted houses, but unsure if that is still true.
Catch a Riverbats baseball game or a Louisville City soccer game. The soccer is rowdier than the baseball.
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Louisville Slugger Field
401 East Main Street
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Catch a Riverbats baseball game or a Louisville City soccer game. The soccer is rowdier than the baseball.
Arts & Culture
Science museum geared toward children, with an IMAX theater. (A true IMAX, not the ones they just charge you more for at the movie theaters.)
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Kentucky Science Center
727 W Main St
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Science museum geared toward children, with an IMAX theater. (A true IMAX, not the ones they just charge you more for at the movie theaters.)
A fantastic museum devoted to the Greatest and his accomplishments—both athletic and political. A great way for children to learn about civil rights. Also worth mentioning: you can visit the grave of Muhammad Ali at Cave Hill Cemetery. Which is also the final resting place of Colonel Sanders.
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Muhammad Ali Center
144 North 6th Street
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A fantastic museum devoted to the Greatest and his accomplishments—both athletic and political. A great way for children to learn about civil rights. Also worth mentioning: you can visit the grave of Muhammad Ali at Cave Hill Cemetery. Which is also the final resting place of Colonel Sanders.
Learn how baseball bats are made and get a tiny Louisville Slugger. Just don’t try to take your tiny Louisville Slugger onto a plane.
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 West Main Street
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Learn how baseball bats are made and get a tiny Louisville Slugger. Just don’t try to take your tiny Louisville Slugger onto a plane.
This place is actually more interesting than it sounds, and often has cool traveling exhibits. When things like the dresses of Princess Diana need a place to be showcased, this is the place. Check their website to see what the current exhibit is.
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The Frazier History Museum
829 W Main St
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This place is actually more interesting than it sounds, and often has cool traveling exhibits. When things like the dresses of Princess Diana need a place to be showcased, this is the place. Check their website to see what the current exhibit is.
This may not be for small children, but a great place for older kids to experience art. Recently underwent a renovation and, because of a generous grant, admission on Sundays is free through March of 2021.
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Speed Art Museum
2035 S 3rd St
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This may not be for small children, but a great place for older kids to experience art. Recently underwent a renovation and, because of a generous grant, admission on Sundays is free through March of 2021.