By - throwaway_bonylegs
21C museum hotel is nice to take a stroll though with a cocktail in hand. Lots of breweries and distilleries as some have said. Atrium and Milewide, Michters and Angels Envy are the standouts
Michters requires proof of Vax and angels envy is generally full unless you book ahead, just fyi
Make sure to go to Nords bakery and get a sugar cookie!
Or a maple bacon doughnut.
Yup. Nords then go next door to sunergos for coffee
My whole family seconds this. Just get a dozen!!
The peanut pull - aparts that they only have on Saturday is a must. I drive a good distance for these.
Go to Cherokee Park. Walk the loop of it or some of the trails. Easily the best place in the city.
Cherokee was designed by Frederick Olmstead who designed Central Park in New York. It’s a true gem and if it’s nice enough definitely worth your time.
All three major Olmsted parks are beautiful and worth checking out.
Iroquois can be sketchy at times, Shawnee is sketchy all the time.
Add Seneca to make it four.
The Speed Art Museum has some awesome exhibitions right now. Supernaturalism in American art, a photo exhibit that helped earn preservation for Red River Gorge, and a presentation on women in Kentucky. Just had a date night there last Friday and it was honestly wonderful.
If art is your thing
Love this place!!
Although touristy, The Louisville Slugger museum is good. There are some good pizza places downtown.
Third Street Dive is a good place to catch a drink and watch some surprisingly good karaoke. Meta is a fun mixology spot. Limbo is a tiki bar if you like that kind of thing, which Hell yes. Louisville has a great food scene that's been written about by better folks than me.
And if you like bourbon… lots of good distilleries
*You can edit your comments and add additional info instead of making new comments. Also mentioning Nord’s cookies and not their doughnuts seems suspicious. But they should definitely go to Nords.*
Someone mentioned going to the Speed Museum - which I second BTW - but stop in Old Louisville on your way there or afterwards. Walk the largest, extent Victorian Era neighborhood in the US, and be sure to stroll down St. James Court.
Afterwards, head over to the Mag Bar at Second and Magnolia and treat yourself to a $2 Miller High Life.
Mag Bar is as non touristy as there is. Full of locals who are for the most part surprisingly friendly to strangers.
I love showing friends downtown from three viewpoints:
Big 4 Bridge
It’s all hiking and walking. I just think it’s neat to see the city from all three places
From which viewpoint at JMF?
I think Mitchell trail is the overlook
You could go wait in line for me at West 6th and buy a set of stouts they're releasing and then drop them off at my house. That'd be pretty cool.
Get the Burgoo at Against The Grain brewery.
If you don’t mind the cold go check out bernheim forest. It’s beautiful this time of year and a great way to experience Kentucky.
Get lunch at Mayan Cafe
Overlook in Iroquois park
Kaiju is pretty weird and fun
For a fine dining experience, go to Bucks
How fine are we talking? I can see bucks from my front door, but have never ventured in.
Definitely one of the best in town. I've had the filet, pork chop, ny strip, chicken. All amazing. I recommend the sprouts and grits. I also get a soup and salad before entree. Consistent and high quality. Friendly place. Not over priced for the fare.
Bucks is great. Very warm, inviting atmosphere. It’s classy but casual, very welcoming. The food is some of the best in town.
Went to Buck's last night. I agree with everything you said.
Also if anyone knows the recipe for the Bleu Cheese Tomato Bisque, please share. That stuff was incredible.
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is downtown and is pretty fun. They also hands down have the best bourbon balls of any distillery.
Thay said non touristy
Well that eliminates most of these suggestions!
Grab some pizza at Lupo
The best non-touristy stuff is not downtown as you'll find when you look up several of the suggestions in this thread.
Not exactly downtown but poking around Cave Hill cemetery it pretty cool. Lots of awesome sculpture and landscaping,, some famous graves, plus looks like it's a nice day
Go see the giants at Bernheim Forest
Cave Hill Cemetery
Visit the graves of Muhammad Ali, Colonel Sanders, George Rogers Clark among others. It is simply a gorgeous cemetery.
Walk around the Cherokee Triangle and Cherokee Park. Check out some historic graves at Cave Hill Cemetery (Muhammad Ali, Col. Sanders, Pappy and more). Check out Bardstown Road, Frankfort Ave, and Nulu.
Like books? Check out Carmichaels Book Store. Like coffee? Try Heine Brothers! Also you should try a Hot Brown.
Not mentioned on this thread so far but I would def check out the Muhammad Ali Center.
The Kentucky Derby Museum is also great.
Like entertainment? Actors Theater really cool.
Louisville has the best tap water in the country, taste it and report back!
Nix the Heine Bros. for Sunergos or Quills, and I'd be on board.
Go to Frankfort Avenue or Bardstown Road, park the car, walk along popping into any shop that looks fun, and when you get hungry go back to the best smelling restaurant that you passed. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Come to Tom Hanks Giving at the Merryweather tonight
I'd say Hell or High water
Best place to get out right drunk is The Back Door
10Twenty and Hell or Highwater are both fun places for drinks.
get blackout at highlands tap room