America’s Best Bourbon Bars 2018

Proof on Main, Louisville KY

It’s time once again to crown and congratulate this year’s list of America’s Best Bourbon Bars. We have identified 101 bars who take their Bourbon obsession to another level. There are a lot of smart, well-stocked Bourbon bars out there in 2018, but while your favorite watering hole may have a decent selection, some go far above and beyond expectations.

It takes a lot to be named one of America’s 100 Best Bourbon Bars, but they’re easy to spot: seemingly endless shelves that are lined of bottles both rare and common, stretching off into the horizon. They feature multiple cocktails that show off Bourbon’s wide range of flavors, and they take pride in educating their patrons about the basics of brown water.

The Bourbon Country Region (Kentucky) is home to 29 of America’s Best Bourbon Bars. Chicago (Midwest Region) was the city that played host to the most of America’s Best Bourbon Bars (10), followed by Louisville, KY (8), Lexington, KY (7), New York City (6), San Francisco (4) and Nashville (4). We hope you have one of these 100 next-level bourbon bars in your area. If not, take this list and get on the move, because the experience is well worth the journey.

Bourbon Country

The Amsden Bourbon Bar, Versailles KY

Belle’s Cocktail House, Lexington KY

Bluegrass Tavern, Lexington KY

Bourbon on Rye, Lexington KY

Goodfellas Pizzeria, Lexington KY

Old Bourbon Country Kitchen, Lexington KY

The Paddock Bar & Patio, Lexington KY

Parlay Social, Lexington KY

Bourbon’s Bistro, Louisville KY

Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge, Louisville KY

Derby Cafe, Louisville KY

Doc Crows, Louisville KY

Down One Bourbon Bar, Louisville KY

Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Louisville KY

Proof On Main, Louisville KY

Silver Dollar, Louisville KY

Bourbon Barrel Tavern, Elizabeth KY

The Miller House, Owensboro KY

The Blind Pig Bourbon Speakeasy, Bardstown KY

Bottle and Bond, Bardstown KY

The Old Talbott Tavern, Bardstown KY

The Rickhouse, Bardstown KY

The Old Owl Tavern, Harrodsburg KY

Jane Barleycorn’s Market & Bar, Danville KY

The Prohibition Bourbon Bar, Newport KY

Tousey House Tavern, Burlington KY

Bourbon Haus 1841, Covington KY

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Covington KY

Wiseguy Lounge, Covington KY

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