Food & Drink

11 Louisville Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/15/2015 Published On 12/15/2015
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Nach Bar
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1. Nach Bar 969 Charles St, Louisville, KY 40204

On the surface, this Germantown drinkery just your run-of-the-mill, neighborhood bar with a good outdoor area (and it’s dog-friendly!), a great beer selection, and inexpensive drinks. But some would say Nach Bar is the soul of young Louisville’s music-loving, sort-of-hipster, just-wanna-hang-out-somewhere-tonight youth.

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2. Magnolia Bar & Grill 1398 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40208

Located within historic Old Louisville, Magnolia Bar and Grill is a dimly lit dive with pool tables, a pinball machine, and a punk-heavy jukebox. The walls are dotted with old-fashioned beer signs, and an old fan provides some relief when the crowds get big. Friendly bartenders make already cheap pints and pours even better, but stop by the ATM beforehand as Magnolia is cash-only.

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3. Outlook Inn 916 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

It may be a bit of a dive, but “Louisville’s oldest tavern” has one fine Bloody Mary, as well as a number of other adult beverages on offer.

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4. The Back Door 1250 Bardstown Rd, #116, Louisville, KY 40204

This Highlands dive(ish) bar is a classic local watering hole with a wide array of fans, from newly-21 frat boys to 60-something bikers, and the walls are decorated with the painted-on faces of patrons past and present, young and old, not to mention a simple drink menu featuring strong, yet cheap libations.

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5. Castaway Lounge 6909 Shepherdsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40219

Located in Okolona, the Castaway Lounge is the prime spot to be for karaoke and cheap drinks.

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6. Freddie's Bar & Lounge 220 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

Affectionately known as Freddie's 220, this Downtown dive bar is friendly and cheap, making it a prime spot for one or three cold adult beverages.

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7. Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Haymarket Whiskey Bar has more than 100 bourbons and almost 200 whiskeys, as well as live music four-plus nights a week. If the extensive liquor selection isn't enticing enough, visit for the décor alone: '80s memorabilia, Star Wars posters, old pinball machines, and a gorgeous green glass bar.

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8. Sergio's World Beers 1605 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

When you get to Sergio's in Louisville, you might not be entirely sure you've gotten to Sergio's, with its unassuming sign-less exterior and windows covered with flags from around the world. Once you get inside you might not be entirely sure what's going on, either: the furniture's mismatched, and there are coolers everywhere. But once you start taking in all the tap handles, glassware, and bottle upon bottle (as in roughly 1,200 of them) of amazing beer, you'll feel like you've stepped into the secret basement hideaway of the world's biggest beer geek -- which is kind of true. Brazilian-born owner Sergio Ribenboim has been traveling the globe for decades making connections with brewers and amassing an unparalleled collection. Bring cash. Ask about what's on tap. Prepare to stay a while.

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9. Big Bar 1202 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

Here for all of your happy hour needs, Big Bar offers deals every night of the week from 4 to 8pm. The small neighborhood bar in the Highlands also features Margarita Mondays, followed by all day happy hour on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, “Basic Bitch” Thursdays, and Sunday Best for cheap brunch cocktails (and by brunch, we mean mimosas and Bloody Marys from 2pm to 8pm). The bar is small, but its spirit is big, welcoming nightclub-sized crowds into the upbeat corner space on Bardstown.

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10. Gerstle's Place 3801 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY

Head to this Crescent Hill drinkery for a divey, but welcoming setting, cheap beers, and live music.

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11. Zanzabar 2100 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40217

Originally opened in 1938, Zanzabar is one of Germantown’s oldest neighborhood establishments, and has been entertaining its patrons ever since. Home to the city’s only vintage arcade, an intimate live music venue, and a Southern-inspired food and drink menu -- chili-smothered nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, and a few dozen bourbon and whiskey labels -- Zbar is a bustling joint for any occasion. Stop by for a bourbon and have a go at the vintage pinball machines, or spend the night dancing to live music, featured multiple nights per week.