Your Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Welcome to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a premier attraction in Kentucky that offers an enriching blend of culture, history, and the finest whiskeys and bourbons. This trail is a unique journey through various distilleries, extending from Owensboro to Covington, KY, passing through Louisville, Lexington, and quaint towns in between. Due to the abundance of sites along the trail, our guide focuses on key highlights near our bed and breakfasts for a curated experience.

Wondering if you can enjoy the Kentucky Bourbon Trail without driving? Absolutely! There are delightful options for both couples and solo enthusiasts that don't require a designated driver. From cruising on bourbon boats to cycling to distilleries, we'll introduce you to the best travel alternatives for a memorable and safe journey.

Whiskey Row

Begin your journey on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with a visit to Whiskey Row, located in the heart of downtown Louisville. A perfect starting point is the Frazier History Museum, where you'll delve into the history of Kentucky's renowned spirits. And don't worry, you'll have the opportunity to sample some delightful drinks during your visit!

Once you step out of the museum, the adventure continues as you explore the rest of Whiskey Row. Within walking distance, you'll find a selection of esteemed distilleries waiting to be explored. Michter's Distillery, Angel's Envy Distillery, Old Forester Distillery, and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience are all nearby and offer unique tastings that you won't want to miss.

Visit Rabbit Hole Distillery at 711 E Jefferson St, Louisville, KY for a unique experience. This chic, modern environment is ideal for those looking to explore beyond Whiskey Row. Offering a chance to taste four different craft bourbons, Rabbit Hole also provides options for dry gin and Liddel vodka. Enhance your visit with a distillery tour, adding an interesting twist to your drinking experience.
Located at 1500 Parkway Dr in Bardstown, KY, the Bardstown Bourbon Company is a versatile destination for bourbon lovers. Whether you're interested in touring the facility or are more inclined to explore their diverse range of beverages, this spot caters to all preferences. Not just a place for exceptional drinks, the Bardstown Bourbon Company also boasts exquisite food offerings. These culinary delights are thoughtfully crafted to complement their beverages, ensuring a harmonious pairing experience.
Explore the historical Old Talbott Tavern at 107 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY, a site with roots stretching back to the 18th century. The Bourbon Bar at the tavern offers a vibrant experience where you can enjoy drinks, live music, and delicious food. With a selection of over 200 different beverages, the choices are plentiful. Additionally, the tavern offers engaging tours, complete with ghost encounters for those seeking a spooky twist to their visit.
Discover the renowned Bulleit Bourbon at 3464 Benson Pike, Shelbyville, KY, famous for its rich flavor profile. Upon arriving at the distillery, you'll be greeted with the enticing aroma of cocktails and mixes. The distillery's rustic yet modern decor enhances the tasting experience, making it a perfect spot for couples seeking a special outing. Before your visit, consider exploring their array of classes and tastings to tailor your experience to your taste preferences.
At the Woodford Reserve Distillery, located at 7785 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY, bourbon enthusiasts can explore five distinct flavors. The 70-minute tour offers an in-depth look into the art of bourbon crafting for just $30 per person. For those interested in a more exclusive experience, there's an opportunity to meet with master distiller Emeritus Chris Morris for a behind-the-scenes tour. This special encounter, however, comes at an additional cost of $500 per guest.
Town Branch Distillery, also known as Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, is located at 401 Cross St in Lexington, KY. This distillery stands out as one of Lexington's premier spots for savoring top-quality liquor. They offer hourly brewery tours where visitors can enjoy a combination of fine drinks and engaging historical insights. The distillery features an impressive range of options, including whiskey, spirits, beer, and hard teas, all available for guests to indulge in.

Need help finding more distilleries? We were only able to highlight a few of the many bourbon attractions in the area. If you are looking for more distilleries near a different city that you might be staying in, feel free to check out the map.

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