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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.

Best Louisville Bars, Clubs, & Night Life Recommendations

* = Walk-able within half mile if renting one of my condos from this site, the rest are all about a 5 to 10 min taxi ride

The walk-able establishments…

*Barret Bar – Directly across the street if renting a condo advertised on this website (4PM – 2AM, closed Mondays)

*Shop BarNeighborhood bar & a curated boutique on Barret Ave. Well crafted cocktails and sometimes food trucks. Closed Mondays

*AkikosFun 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 DoorDiverse 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

*Neat Bourbon Bar and Bottle ShopVery solid spot!

*The Wiggle RoomCheck site things going on

*Baxter Avenue TheatersMovies!

*Caravan Comedy ClubNot-just-comedy club mixing stand-up acts with concerts, contests & more. Wed-Sat, schedule/tickets

Other establishments with just a short Uber or Lyft ride…

SergiosPerhaps 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 ChampagneryFun classy atmosphere for all things sparkling wine

Hell or High WaterDowntown, fun speak-easy w/ unique cocktails & live jazz

North of BourbonNewly 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 + ProofDowntown inside new Omnia hotel & a bowling alley!

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 fav

Hideaway Saloon – Beer tavern, video game consoles, ping pong, darts, etc.

ZanzabarIf 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

GerstlesIn the neighborhood of St. Matthews, longtime spot for live blues, rock & cover bands, with a full bar, pub fare & TVs showing big games

Tin RoofIn the neighborhood of St. Matthews, Unpretentious shotgun shack bar & music venue with creative takes on American pub food

Darling’sA 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 BarDowntown, 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: