Remember that New Year's resolution you made? It was to go to more restaurants, right? Well, we're just going to go ahead and assume it was, and that's why we're giving you this list of the best new spots to open up in The 'Ville over the last couple of months...

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8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

Downtown
Located on the eighth floor of the new Hilton Garden Inn, 8UP offers both unique restaurant and bar sides of the floor, so you can enjoy a high-quality meal, then walk a minute over to the bar, where some of Louisville’s greatest DJs spin several nights a week. And with the rooftop bar finally opening, it promises to become a major spring spot to be.

Rumplings

Rumplings

The Highlands
Louisville didn’t have a great place to pick up a giant bowl of ramen and/or dumplings until recently. In hindsight, it makes one question many important life choices, and ask “How did I survive without this until now?” Hearty, nourishing, and so deliciously right, Rumplings packs much into a tiny space. A second location would do quite well, folks...

Kaiju

Kaiju

Germantown
This self-proclaimed and proud “dive bar” is actually a nicely cleaned-up version of the previous dive that took up its space (seriously, nice bathroom!) The Japanimation-themed art demonstrates how much fun the staff has, and how confident it is with doing things its way. Dirty rock shows in the back add to the charm.

The Post

The Post

Germantown
Louisville has plenty of pizza, but can always use more actually good pizza -- and the implosion of Papalinos has made getting a good, big slice even harder. The Post has fixed this, and created a gorgeous space out of an old VFW hall that’s welcoming to hipsters and families simultaneously. Excellent beer options just seal the deal.

Ward 426

Ward 426

Irish Hill
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 to open lately, but if you’re looking for quality and want it done with authority, this is the spot.

For Goodness Crepes

For Goodness Crepes

Irish Hill
Another food genre previously ignored by Louisville’s top chefs, this creperie throws seemingly every item into its various crepes, and lots of crafty art everywhere else. Though run by newcomers to the scene, this place has gotten off to a popular start, and is well-situated in a part of town near many bars.

Louis's "The Ton"

Louis's "The Ton"

Clifton
Next door to one of the best bars in town, Sergio’s, you’ll find its new neighbor/rival. The ambience at "The Ton,” however, is more upscale, friendlier to the older crowd that lives nearby, and has a much less expansive drinks menu. It’s a good-looking place, and well lit... and it’s certainly not Sergio’s!

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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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