There is no shortage of things to do after dinner. Louisville has a very vibrant night life and the usual closing time / last call for alcohol is 4:00 AM at many establishments! Staying in one of my condo’s will put you right in the Highlands neighborhood which has some of the best venues in walking distance that all the locals celebrate at. For those cold or rainy days, Uber or Lyfts are around every corner and can bring you anywhere in the city in just minutes.
* = Walk-able within half mile if renting one of the condos from this site. The other bars are a 5-10 min taxi ride from the condo.
*Barret Bar – Directly across the street if renting a condo advertised on this website (4PM – 2AM, closed Mondays)
*Shop Bar – Neighborhood bar & a curated boutique on Barret Ave. Well crafted cocktails and sometimes food trucks. Closed Mondays
*Neat Bourbon Bar and Bottle Shop – Very solid spot!
*Akikos – Fun quaint karaoke bar serving Louisville for over 20 years
*Nowhere Bar – Usually a good DJ. LGBT friendly, two sides one for dancing & other a lounge, along with karaoke on Friday nights, & a fun place for anyone
*Highlands Tap Room – Has two sides, 25 beers on tap, brewpub offering comfort food, plus live music, karaoke & trivia nights on certain days
*Baxters 942 – Sometimes live bands. On the weekends usually is packed with a younger 20s-30s like crowd with a DJ
*The Back Door – Diverse dive bar located on the side of Mid-City Mall. Has pool tables, patio, once voted best chicken wings and strongest pours in the city
*Baxter Avenue Theaters – Movies!
*Caravan Comedy Club – Not-just-comedy club mixing stand-up acts with concerts, contests & more. Wed-Sat, schedule/tickets
Thirsty Pedaler – Bike & sight-see downtown Louisville
Sergios – Perhaps one of the best beer bars ever! 1500+ in inventory from around the world and the owner has stories for days. Cash only but has an ATM
The Champagnery – Fun classy atmosphere for all things sparkling wine
Hell or High Water – Downtown, fun speak-easy w/ unique cocktails & live jazz
North of Bourbon – Newly opened for 2022 in Germantown about a mile away from the condos advertised on this site. Vintage-inspired speakeasy with wood-paneled walls
Speakeasy Pin + Proof – Downtown inside new Omnia hotel & a bowling alley!
The Thirsty Pedaler – Bike & sight-see downtown Louisville!
3rd Street Dive Bar – Downtown, live music going on usually
Recbar – Dozens of old-school pinball+classic arcade machines with drinks/food. The New Albany location across the river is my favorite
Hideaway Saloon – Beer tavern, video game consoles, ping pong, darts, etc.
Zanzabar – If you are staying on a weekend & enjoy EDM/house/lasers/a rave atmosphere, come here Saturday night. The DJ starts at midnight. Other days/times check websites for live artists coming through
Galaxie Bar – EDM, has a large back venue called “Outer Space” with a DJ
Gerstles – In the neighborhood of St. Matthews, longtime spot for live blues, rock & cover bands, with a full bar, pub fare & TVs showing big games
Tin Roof – In the neighborhood of St. Matthews, Unpretentious shotgun shack bar & music venue with creative takes on American pub food
Darling’s – A new hip Art Nouveau cocktail lounge opened on Bardstown Road at the end of 2021. Aprox 1.5 mile away from a condo rented from this website
Old Seelbach Bar – Downtown, inside a historic hotel opened in 1905. F. Scott Fitzgerald used it as inspiration for The Great Gatsby. Take a walk around inside!
Fourth Street Live – Located downtown. Many tourists from the surrounding hotels come to it but the locals typically avoid it. Several restaurants, a few bars (although overpriced in my opinion) & occasionally free live concerts. Check their website for calendar and more information.