Courtesy of 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Rumplings
Kaiju
The Post
Ward 426
For Goodness Crepes
Louis's "The Ton"
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1. 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen 350 West Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Whether you’re looking for breakfast, for a sleek dining experience, or craft cocktails at an open-air rooftop bar, 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen has got you covered. Located on the 8th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, the rooftop restaurant and bar provides hotel guests and Louisville residents alike with progressive American fare, craft cocktails, and some seriously stunning views of the surrounding area. And with a bar program concentrated mainly on bourbon (the list is extensive) and bourbon-based cocktails, 8UP is a solid stop for elevated (literally) New American cuisine and quality drink.

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2. Rumplings 2009 Highlands Ave, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This Highlands resto makes people wonder how they survived without it before it arrived. Rumplings doles out giant bowls of ramen and dumplings, which are hearty, filling, and deliciously right.

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3. Kaiju 1004 E. Oak St, Louisville, KY 40204 (Germantown)

This Germantown "dive" bar is actually relatively cleaned up, and the Japanimation-themed art demonstrates how much fun the staff has, and how confident they are with doing things their way. Dirty rock shows in the back add to the charm.

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4. The Post 1045 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217 (Germantown)

The Post has fixed the lack of seriously good pizza in The 'Ville, and created a gorgeous space out of an old VFW hall that’s welcoming to hipsters and families simultaneously. Plus, excellent beer options seal the deal.

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5. Ward 426 426 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

A dream team of experienced chefs reclaimed this neglected space (a theme these days) and transformed it into something fancy. This is one of the pricier places around, but if you’re looking for quality and want it done with authority, take your date to this special place.

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6. For Goodness Crepes 619 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

This Irish Hill creperie throws seemingly every item into its various crepes, and lots of crafty art everywhere else.

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7. Louis's "The Ton" 1601 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Clifton)

Louis’s The Ton is Butchertown’s self-proclaimed public house located in the space once occupied by The Point. Their beer list -- nearly 150 selections -- covers local, craft, domestic, and imported. Their cocktail list reflects the modern culture of craft beverages. And they provide entertainment through the arts: live music, art exhibitions, and local film screenings. The Ton is a place for high-quality beverage, to be enjoyed alongside their high-quality entertainment, without a cover.

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