The Quirkiest Bars In Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky Skyline ⎸© The Pug Father/flickr
Louisville, Kentucky Skyline ⎸© The Pug Father/flickr
Photo of Kelly Cunningham
12 July 2017

As the largest city in the American state of Kentucky, Louisville has plenty to offer travelers of all kinds. For those looking to stay out all night or simply sit down for a quick drink, the low-key dive bar spots in the town serve as the perfect setting to enjoy a tipple and relax with friends. With everything from large craft beer selections to the latest live music, here’s our guide to some of the best dive bars in Louisville.

Louisville, Kentucky Skyline ⎸ | © The Pug Father/flickr

Nach Bar

Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Fast Food
Nach Bar has outside seating and boasts a large selection of beers and classic cocktails. You’ll find a variety of music genres on the playlist here and although it’s less crowded earlier in the evening, the energy really picks up here after eight. For guests looking for craft beer, good conversation, and friendly service, this is a great place to stop by.

Third Street Dive

Bar, American, Wine, Beer
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky | © Scott Smithson/Flickr
Those looking for a place to see a great punk, mental or alternative rock show should look no further than Third Street Dive, where every touring band teams up with a local act for nightly shows at this cool bar. The staff are known for being friendly and helpful to both customers and the bands playing at their venue.

Garage Bar

Bar, Market, Gastropub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Located in a former auto service garage in the Nulu neighborhood of Louisville, this bar prides itself on its cold beers, Kentucky bourbons and seasonal cocktails. The interior of Garage Baris cozy and comfortable. With an outdoor seating area, wood-fire brick oven pizzas and car collision sculptures, this bar is a perfect combination of history, art, food and, of course, drinks. Reservations can be made and are recommended for large parties.

Haymarket’s Whiskey Bar

Bar, Wine, Beer, Vegetarian, American, $$$
This historic building was built in 1885 and has served the town as a market site, medical plant store and a punk rock coffee shop. It is now primarily known as one of the best bourbon bars in Kentucky. Guests will be charmed by its history and impressed by its drinks and live music. Haymarket’s Whiskey Bar is sure to be a favorite for history buffs and bourbon fans.

The Hideaway Saloon

Bar, American, Wine, Beer
Louisville fireworks
Louisville fireworks | ©LuAnn Snawder Photography/Flickr
Founded in 1996, this bar was established with the intention of giving musicians a place to both play and hang out. It prides itself on its live music acts and amiable staff. For guests looking for a lively place to see some music and grab a few drinks, The Hideaway Saloon is a perfect fit. During happy hour the bar offers deals on shots (including Jell-O shots) and pints.

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