Bourbon Bachelor Weekend: Destination Bardstown

Story by G. Clay Whittaker

Day Three (Departure Day)

Day Three is going to be a rough one, if only because your time in Bardstown is coming to an end. Rather than trying to cram a ton of activities into a half day, take this time to enjoy the last few hours with your crew and admire the town around you.

For breakfast, hit up Pat’s Place if you have time for a country-cooked meal. They’re known for their killer breakfast food, simplicity, and great service.

If you’re trying to visit one more distillery before you hit the road, we suggest you make Willet Distillery your last stop. There, the picturesque Kentucky countryside will be perfect for a final group photo and you’ll taste both historic and experimental Bourbons straight from the source.

Additionally, anyone who still has space in their luggage will want to roll the dice with whatever Bourbon Willett has on sale that day. Worst case scenario, you’ll get a tasty bottle of 3-year-old rye, but you might strike gold and catch an ultra-rare bottle with 25-years under its belt. Bite the bullet and pony up whatever they’re charging, because just like the weekend you’ll be leaving behind, a rare Willett Bourbon is an experience to remember.


Barrel & thief, at Barton 1792

Heaven Hill Distillery & Bourbon Heritage Center
1311 Gilkey Run Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 337-1000

Maker’s Mark Distillery​
3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037​
(270) 865-2881

Willett Distillery​
1869 Loretto Road Bardstown, Kentucky 40004​
(502) 348-0899

Barton 1792 Distillery​
300 Barton Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(866) 239-4690

Late Night

The Rickhouse Restaurant & Lounge
112 Xavier Drive Bardstown KY 40004​
(502) 348-2832

Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace​
110 W Flaget St, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 348-8611

714 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 350-1010

Moses Black Bourbon Tavern 
131 N 3rd St, Bardstown KY 40044

Where to Stay

Bourbon Manor​
714 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 350-1010

The Talbott Inn​
101 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 348-3494

Mary May BnB at Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace
110 W Flaget St, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 348-8611

The Bourbon Barrel Loft
Main Street, Bardstown KY 40004

Where to Eat and Drink

The Old Talbott Tavern | inn, bar and restaurant

Bullitt’s Winery & Bistro​
126 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 595-8879

Old Talbott Tavern​
101 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 348-3494

Hadorn’s Bakery​
118 W Flaget St, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 348-4407

Harrison-Smith House​
103 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004​
(502) 233-9993

Pat’s Place
125 N 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-0010

Boone’s Butcher Shop
100 Old Bloomfield Pike, Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-3668

What to Do (Besides Visit Distilleries)

Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum
114 N 5th St, Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-2999

Bardstown Country Club
130 Maywood Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004
(502) 348-6600

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Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.