Sure, Louisville may be constantly cited as one of the nation's best destinations for drinking, dining, and all kinds of other stuff, but the rest of the state isn’t too far behind. And if the name "Bourbon Country" didn't sorta tip you off, yes, there is a killer watering hole in every corner of Kentucky -- and these are them...
Lexington Welcome to one of the best (dare we say only) bars in Kentucky in which one can experience craft beer (from 20 rotating taps), an impressive bourbon collection, and handcrafted drinks all while enjoying some old-school arcade games like Altered Beast, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II... the list goes on.
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Lexington In true Kentucky fashion, Belle’s focuses on the drink (not just the drinking) by pouring delicious signature cocktails like The Belle Brezing (vodka charged with lemon) or Gatewood’s Manhattan, whose Buffalo Trace is offset with some Sombra mezcal.
Owensboro If you're human, and have a pulse, you probably like beer. And Gambrinus offers the largest craft beer selection in Western Kentucky, with 100s of bottles, and 15 rotating taps... and that's inaddition to its cocktails.
Convington A Roaring '20s-themed bar above one of the best pizza joints in the state, this no-password-required speakeasy serves up bourbon, craft cocktails, and craft beers on draft. You would be a very wise guy indeed to check it out.
Newport With drink specials seven days a week, happy hour from 3-8pm daily, and the best and cheapest jukebox in town, this local haunt has been a favorite since opening in 1999. It's got pool, darts, pinball, and a jukebox loaded with local artists.
Covington The staff at Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar has a reputation for turning non-bourbon drinkers into bourbon lovers thanks to its extensive knowledge/selection. Already there? Then kick off your weekend early with its “Thrifty Thirsty Thursdays,” sporting $5 craft cocktails and $3 pours.
Lexington Its mission is simple -- provide a beer list that is never the same, but is always local -- and it achieves it, thanks to the fact that it brews its own, as well as happily allowing the competition to fill out its menu, too.