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A Culinary Adventure in Louisville

​One of the best parts about travel is taking the opportunity to experience the culture of each destination, and one of the most fun (and tasty) ways to do that is through food.

Of course, bourbon is a central feature to the Louisville experience and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about this American spirit at any of the incredible distilleries that are part of the Urban Bourbon Trail. When it comes to food, Louisville is home to a strong community of inventive chefs creating new and fun dining experiences at restaurants throughout the metro area.

The Seelbach Hotel is located right on Fourth Street Live!, a pedestrian-friendly arts and entertainment district in the heart of Louisville. Here, you’ll find a selection of amazing restaurants like Birracibo, a hot spot for artisan pizza and craft beer.

Mussel & Burger Bar is just a short walk away in downtown. This restaurant features gourmet burgers and awesome cocktails in one of Louisville’s many historic downtown buildings.

If you’re looking for a more upscale restaurant, don’t miss Proof on Main. Located in the 21C Museum Hotel, you can enjoy art exhibits and a rotating seasonal menu with incredible creations like strawberry rhubarb pop tarts and hen roulade.

If you’re up for a quick Lyft ride, explore some of Louisville’s many unique neighborhoods. Most are less than a 15-minute drive from the hotel, giving you the opportunity to experience the city’s character like a local.

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar on Whiskey Row is a fantastic option if you’re in search of some southern soul food. Here you’ll find oysters, beef brisket, and catfish po-boys.

Calling a former auto service garage home, Garage Bar in Nulu is a fun spot for craft beer, wood-fired pizza, and seasonal offerings that change constantly throughout the year. 

Holy Grale is another Louisville hot spot well worth the trip. Nestled in the Highlands’ bustling restaurant row, you’ll find a former church that is now home to an ever-changing selection of craft beers from around the world and food offerings like green curry mussels and short rib poutine.

If you’re a Nashville fan you won’t want to miss The Silver Dollar in Butchertown, where the staff spins old country/western LPs from behind the bar. With an eclectic menu ranging from veggie tacos to brisket, this spot is sure to please a crowd. If you’re feeling adventurous, order The Ultimate - a double-decker cheeseburger with two grilled cheese sandwiches standing in for a bun.

No matter your tastes, Louisville has an incredible variety of restaurants that are sure to satisfy any appetite and give you a taste of this unique destination. For more foodie travel inspiration, visit the GoToLouisville.com website.

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Director of Client Services - Tempest

Jenny Rose

Jenny Rose is Tempest’s Director of Client Services. She pairs over 10 years experience in the digital marketing industry with her previous career in journalism and public relations to identify successful marketing strategies for Tempest’s clients. Jenny has partnered with more than 150 destinations over the course of her work in the travel and tourism space, and enjoys sharing the unique story of each destination with travelers around the world.

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