If you’ve recently awaken from a 20 year coma, then the popularity of Bourbon amongst bar-goers is something you’d probably be surprised about. For the rest of us, it’s no secret that bartenders have been shifting their customer’s drinking interest from vodka to Bourbon for a while which is one of the driving catalyst in the recent Bourbon boom.
There are several really good Bourbon bars out there these days. But we feel there are 80 bars in America who take their Bourbon obsession to another level with a combination of their selection, cocktail offerings and general knowledge of brown water.
America’s 80 Best Bourbon Bars
Bourbon Country Region
Bluegrass Tavern, Lexington, KY: While their old-fashioned cocktail is very popular, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to try one of the 600-plus Bourbons unadulterated they currently house.
Belle’s Cocktail House, Lexington, KY
The Paddock Bar and Patio, Lexington, KY: Hovering around 100 Bourbons, the Paddock’s prices are hard to beat. $7 Basil Hayden, $7 Willett Pot Still, $10 Jefferson’s Ocean . Even the $20 for 10-Year Old Rip Van Winkle is a good deal these days.
Old Bourbon County Kitchen, Lexington, KY: 260 of their total 475 whiskies are Bourbon. They also have an astounding 70 private barrel selections to choose from.
Enoteca, Lexington, KY
Derby Café, Louisville, KY: Housed inside the Kentucky Derby Museum at the historic Churchill Downs, the Derby Café often has events that feature some of the most well-known Bourbon personalities hosted by its Bourbon Authority, author Fred Minnick.
Silver Dollar, Louisville, KY
Char’d Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge, Louisville, KY
Down One Bourbon Bar, Louisville, KY
Proof on Main, Louisville, KY
Bourbons Bistro, Louisville, KY
Doc Crows, Louisville, KY
Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Louisville, KY: This dive bar is the perfect venue if you want over 300 Bourbons to choose from. You can also wondering into their music venue in the back that plays hosts to genres from punk rock to bluegrass.
The Rick House, Bardstown, KY
The Old Talbot Tavern, Bardstown, KY: This place has poured a lot of Bourbon in Bardstown AKA the “Bourbon Capital of the World” since 1779.
Kentucky Bourbon Market Place, Bardstown, KY
Harrison Smith House, Bardstown, KY
The Miller House, Owensboro, KY: Who doesn’t love old mansions that are converted into restaurants that house 400 Bourbons?
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Covington, KY
Wiseguy Lounge, Covington, KY: Great pizza, over 100 Bourbons and award-winning cocktails.
The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros Coffee, Newport, KY: Over 300 Bourbons. Enough said.
Jane Barleycorn’s Market and Bar, Danville, KY
Old Owl Tavern, Harrodsburg, KY: Located in the historic Beaumont TavernInn, this quaint inn now boasts a prestigious James Beard Award, to complement their great Bourbon selection.