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Welcome to Whiskey Row, where the spirit of bourbon flows as freely as the mighty Ohio River. Nestled in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, this historic stretch of Main Street boasts a rich heritage of whiskey production dating back to the 1800s. Today, Whiskey Row stands as a vibrant hub for bourbon enthusiasts and curious travelers alike, offering a tantalizing array of distilleries, bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Join us as we embark on a journey through this spirited destination, curated by Mint Julep Experiences, your premier guide to all things Southern travel.

Immerse Yourself in Bourbon History

Louisville’s Whiskey Row

Whiskey Row stands as a testament to Louisville’s rich bourbon heritage and its pivotal role in shaping America’s whiskey industry. This historic stretch of Main Street in downtown Louisville is adorned with majestic facades of 19th-century whiskey warehouses, once bustling with the aroma of aging barrels and the clinking of glasses. Today, Whiskey Row has undergone a remarkable revitalization, blending the charm of its storied past with modern sophistication. Its iconic buildings house a dynamic mix of bourbon distilleries, tasting rooms, bars, restaurants, and boutique shops, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the spirit of Kentucky bourbon.

Whiskey Row is a one block-long entertainment district in the 100 block of W. Main St. and Washington St. to the north, the neighborhoods and streets surrounding it have blended together to make the area in Louisville a lively hub at all hours of the day. Whiskey Row is located adjacent to the popular Museum Row, along Main Street. “Museum Row” is home to several prominent museums and attractions that celebrate various aspects of art, history, and science.

Notable institutions on Museum Row include: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory – Dedicated to the history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, featuring interactive exhibits and a tour of the bat-making process. Frazier History Museum – Offers exhibits on Kentucky and American history, including artifacts from the American Civil War and the Bourbon industry. Muhammad Ali Center – A museum and cultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Kentucky Science Center – An interactive science museum with exhibits aimed at children and families.

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Whether exploring historic landmarks like the Frazier History Museum or indulging in a bourbon tasting at one of the many acclaimed distilleries, a stroll along Whiskey Row and the surrounding streets offers a captivating glimpse into Louisville’s enduring love affair with whiskey and its vibrant cultural landscape.


The Bourbon District of Louisville

The Bourbon District in Louisville is a vibrant hub nestled in the heart of Kentucky’s bourbon country, renowned for its rich history and thriving bourbon culture. This district is a treasure trove of distilleries, bourbon bars, and historic landmarks, offering visitors an immersive experience into the world of America’s native spirit.

Central to the Bourbon District’s allure is its close relationship with Whiskey Row, a historic stretch of Main Street lined with iconic whiskey warehouses and distilleries dating back to the 19th century. Together, they form the epicenter of Louisville’s bourbon scene, where visitors can explore the whiskey-making process, sample exquisite bourbons, and delve into the city’s storied bourbon heritage. With its blend of tradition and innovation, the Bourbon District and Whiskey Row stand as enduring symbols of Louisville’s pivotal role in shaping bourbon’s legacy.

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The Urban Bourbon Trail

The Urban Bourbon Trail weaves through the historic streets of Louisville, connecting the city’s finest bourbon establishments and distilleries. Whiskey Row and the Bourbon District serve as anchor points along this spirited journey, offering visitors a taste of both the city’s past and its vibrant present. Travelers embarking on the Urban Bourbon Trail can explore iconic distilleries housed in Whiskey Row’s grand buildings, such as the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and the Old Forester Distillery.

Meanwhile, the Bourbon District beckons with its eclectic mix of bourbon bars, restaurants, and immersive bourbon experiences. Together, these destinations not only showcase the diversity of Louisville’s bourbon offerings but also highlight the enduring legacy of bourbon in shaping the city’s cultural identity. Whether indulging in a classic bourbon cocktail or discovering the latest craft distillery, the Urban Bourbon Trail promises an unforgettable exploration of Louisville’s spirited soul.

Any Whiskey Row Experience Starts with the Old Forester Distillery

Old Forester

Old Forester Distillery has been a part of Whiskey Row on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky, since its early days in the late 1800s. When Prohibition hit, like every other distillery, Old Forester abandoned Main Street. Nearly a century later, the brand returned to Whiskey Row on National Bourbon Day 2018 with the grand opening of its new fully operational distillery at 119 W. Main Street, that same location it once operated out of prior to Prohibition.

Premium Tour & Tasting at Old Forester with Mint Julep Experiences

Mint Julep Experiences can help you tailor a tour at Old Forester, curating an elevated experience with a behind-the-scenes tour and premium tasting. Our Old Forester MJE Exclusive Distillery Series Tasting includes premium spirits based on new releases. The option to align a special bottle bundle for purchase is also available— speak with an Experience Coordinator today to reserve a premium experience at Old Forester. *Available Tuesday-Thursday.

Don’t Miss Out On An Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (located on Museum Row)

Take a step back in time at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Located on Louisville’s historic Museum Row (adjacent to Whiskey Row), this immersive attraction invites visitors to explore the life and legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller. Embark on a guided tour through reconstructed streetscapes, interactive exhibits, and artisanal distillation demonstrations, culminating in a tasting of Evan Williams’ finest bourbons. From the aroma of charred oak barrels to the smooth finish of aged whiskey, every sip tells a story of tradition, craftsmanship, and Southern hospitality.

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Mint Julep Experiences can help you tailor a Louisville bourbon tour of Whiskey Row, curating the stops to your tastes and bourbon bucket list. Make it a multi-day bourbon tour and visit distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail— book a ticketed bourbon tour online to visit three distilleries or customize your bourbon experience.

Savor the Flavors of Local Cuisine on Whiskey Row

After a morning of exploration, treat your taste buds to the culinary delights of Whiskey Row. From classic Southern fare to innovative fusion cuisine, the dining options here are as diverse as they are delicious. Indulge in hearty comfort food at Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, where smoky barbecue ribs, fresh seafood, and craft cocktails reign supreme. For a taste of Louisville’s culinary renaissance, head to Number 15 or Repeal. Whatever your palate desires, Whiskey Row promises a feast for all the senses.

Sample Small-Batch Spirits on Whiskey Row

No visit to Whiskey Row would be complete without a tour of its esteemed distilleries. Step inside the historic walls of Old Forester Distilling Co. and witness the artistry of bourbon-making up close. From the mash bill to the barrel aging process, every stage of production is steeped in tradition and innovation. After your tour, linger in the tasting room and savor the complex flavors of Old Forester’s signature expressions. For a more intimate experience, venture to Angel’s Envy Distillery, where small-batch bourbon is crafted with meticulous care and attention to detail. With guided tastings, behind-the-scenes tours, and exclusive barrel selections, Angel’s Envy offers a truly unforgettable journey into the world of whiskey.

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Mint Julep Experiences can help you tailor a Louisville bourbon tour of Whiskey Row, curating the stops to your tastes and bourbon bucket list. Make it a multi-day bourbon tour and visit distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail— book a ticketed bourbon tour online to visit three distilleries or customize your bourbon experience.


Explore Louisville’s Cultural Heritage

Beyond its whiskey-soaked streets, Whiskey Row is a treasure trove of cultural landmarks and historical attractions. Take a leisurely stroll along Museum Row and discover a wealth of museums, galleries, and performance venues celebrating Louisville’s diverse heritage. Step inside the Frazier History Museum and immerse yourself in the story of Kentucky bourbon, from its humble beginnings to its global impact. Then, venture to the Muhammad Ali Center and pay tribute to the legendary boxer and humanitarian whose spirit embodies the heart and soul of Louisville.

Historic Buildings of Whiskey Row

Louisville’s Whiskey Row boasts a rich tapestry of historical buildings that stand as testaments to the city’s storied bourbon heritage. Dating back to the 19th century, these buildings once housed distilleries, warehouses, and whiskey-related businesses, playing a pivotal role in the development of Kentucky’s signature spirit. Among the notable structures are the iconic facades of the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Building and the Old Forester Distillery, which have been meticulously restored to their former glory, offering visitors a glimpse into the past. Walking along Whiskey Row, one can marvel at the architectural beauty of these brick-and-mortar landmarks, each bearing witness to the resilience and craftsmanship of a bygone era in American whiskey history.

Stay On Whiskey Row, Choose From a Variety of Accommodations

Louisville’s Whiskey Row offers a diverse array of accommodations, catering to the tastes and preferences of every visitor. For those seeking luxury and historic charm, the 21c Museum Hotel stands out, blending contemporary art with southern charm. The Grady is a popular upscale boutique hotel in the Whiskey Row area, along with the Omni Louisville Hotel which boasts elegant rooms and easy access to nearby attractions— the Omni is about a 3-block walk from Whiskey Row.

For travelers on a budget, the Louisville Marriott Downtown offers comfortable rooms and convenient proximity to Whiskey Row’s lively atmosphere. Additionally, boutique hotels like the Hotel Distil and Moxy Louisville Downtown offer unique experiences, blending modern amenities with nods to the area’s whiskey-making history. Whether you’re in search of upscale elegance or boutique charm, Whiskey Row has accommodations to suit every traveler’s needs.

Experience Southern Hospitality with Mint Julep Experiences

At Mint Julep Experiences, we believe that every journey should be as unique as the destination itself. That’s why we offer personalized tours and curated experiences designed to showcase the best of the South. Whether you’re a bourbon aficionado, a foodie or a history buff, we’ll create a custom itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences. From private distillery tours to exclusive dining experiences, let us be your guide to the sights, sounds and flavors of Whiskey Row and beyond.

Plan Your Whiskey Row Bourbon Tour of Louisville Today

Ready to experience the magic of Whiskey Row for yourself? Contact Mint Julep Experiences to start planning your Southern getaway. Our team of Experience Coordinators and expert guides will handle all the details, from reservations to transportation and insider tips. Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends or as part of a group, let us craft an unforgettable journey through the heart of Bourbon country!