Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, Kentucky (Kentucky Tourism)

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What to do in Louisville

Louisville may lack the distilleries to be included in Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, but it certainly has the chops to be considered the capital of Bourbon Sipping Country. Thanks to the sheer volume of hip and historic bourbon bars in downtown, Louisville could be the best place to sample the state’s finest export in style. Follow the Urban Bourbon Trail, which links nine downtown bars that serve at least 50 different whiskeys into a seamless cultural tour. You’re sipping in the midst of American culture here. One of the bars on the trail, Old Seelbach, actually helped inspire the decadent mood in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The trail oozes history yet has a shockingly progressive vibe, with a foodie scene that is decidedly hearty and inventive, a much-needed cap to the trail. 

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I live in Louisville, am quite social, and am still shocked at the number of really interesting little restaurants, bars and coffee shops popping up everywhere. I'd recommend MEAT or St. Charles Exchange for great Prohibition-style drinks, Proof, the Garage Bar, Rye, Ramsi's, El Mundo, and the Grape Leaf for amazing food. For local entertainment, there's KCA (pictured), Actor's Theater, The Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Science Center, Speed Museum, Fraiser Arms Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, or have a drink while exploring the art gallery at Proof in the 21C Hotel. You can also wander around the Highlands for great people watching!
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