America’s Best Bourbon Bars 2022 – BOURBON COUNTRY


Kentucky is The Bourbon State as it has the Bourbon Bar prowess to match its distilling chops. Here’s your insider’s look at the best watering holes in the Commonwealth including one of the country’s oldest bourbon bars, the Old Talbott Tavern & Inn in Bardstown (it’s said to be haunted – make a special trip for spooky season).

Newcomers to the list include Louisville’s Watch Hill Proper with a staggering list of near 1,900 American Whiskies. The décor more than lives up to the last part of its name, having sleek eye catching leather couches/chairs, whiskey lockers (duh), and even a rickhouse façade hovering above. NEAT Bourbon Bar & Bottle Shop, another new Lou spot, is a must see with a warm cozy vintage vibe to match its outstanding vintage whiskey collection. Reasonably priced. And the Bungalou directly behind the bar is where Bourbon heaven meets AirBnB – a collection of Bourbon décor themed rooms to lay your head after a long day (and night) of Bourbon Country immersion. And check out the rooftop view, trust us.

If you find yourself in Northern Kentucky’s “B-Line” district, check out Smoke Justis who specializes in smoked meats with a massive 400+ Bourbon collection. Goodfellas Mainstrasse has you covered with mouth watering Brooklyn style pizza on the 1st floor and a cool speakeasy vibe lounge on the 2nd armed with a world class Bourbon selection and cocktails. Rich’s Proper is at the top of our list crushing both food & drink. Oysters, huge sammies, massive Bourbon selection, fantastic cocktails.

Come to Kentucky for the distilleries, stay for the bars and restaurants!

Watch Hill Proper – Louisville, KY

The Amdsen Bourbon Bar, Versailles, KY

Belle’s Cocktail House, Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Tavern, Lexington, KY

Bourbon on Rye, Lexington, KY

Carson’s Food & Drink, Lexington, KY

Goodfellas Distillery, Lexington, KY

OBC Kitchen, Lexington, KY

Merrick Inn, Lexington, KY

Justins’ House of Bourbon, Lexington, KY

Whiskey Bear, Lexington, KY

Bourbon’s Bistro, Louisville, KY

Doc Crows, Louisville, KY

Justins’ House of Bourbon, Louisville, KY

Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Louisville, KY

Proof on Main, Louisville, KY

Repeal Oak-Fired Steakhouse, Louisville, KY

The Silver Dollar, Louisville, KY

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar @ Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY

Brown Hotel Lobby Bar, Louisville, KY

Brendan’s Catch 23, Louisville, KY

Goodfellas Pizzeria Baxter, Louisville, KY (NEW)

NEAT Bourbon Bar & Bottle Shop, Louisville, KY (NEW)

North of Bourbon, Louisville, KY (NEW)

Watch Hill Proper, Louisville KY (NEW)

Barn8 Restaurant, Goshen, KY

Bourbon Barrel Tavern, Elizabethtown, 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

Prohibition Bourbon Bar, Newport, KY

Purple Poulet, Newport, KY

Tousey House Tavern, Burlington, KY

Bourbon Haus 1841 , Covington, KY

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Covington, KY

Goodfellas Mainstrasse, Covington, KY

Libby’s Southern Comfort, Covington, KY

Rich’s Proper Food & Drink, Covington, KY

The Globe Covington, Covington, KY

Smoke Justis, Covington, KY

Revival Vintage Spirits & Bottle Shop, Covington, KY

Midway Cafe, Fort Thomas, KY

Bourbon on Main, Frankfort, KY

Barrel & Bond, Paducah, KY

Freight House, Paducah, KY


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