Food & Drink

The Thrillist Awards: Louisville's Best New Food, Drink & Everything Else

Published On 12/28/2015 Published On 12/28/2015

​Best new dinner

Artesano Tapas Vino y Mas

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Westport Village

This tapas place in Westport Village has something for everyone: from luscious beef cheek to bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates.

Louis's "The Ton"

Best new hangout bar

Louis’s The Ton

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Clifton

Louis’s looks deceptively small from the outside, but it stretches back into several rooms. It’s a comfortable but classy post-work hangout spot, and they sometimes have a beer float on the menu with Louisville Cream ice cream.

Galaxie

Best new night-out bar

Galaxie

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NuLu

Galaxie is the neighborhood bar NuLu didn’t know it needed. The space is small but the cocktails pack a punch, and the staff are always friendly.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

Best new outdoor bar

8UP

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Downtown

Technically yes, 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen opened in late 2014, but there was no chance to use their primo rooftop bar until 2015, so it counts. Especially in warmer weather, the view from 8UP is unbeatable.

Best new brewpub

Goodwood Brewing Company

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NuLu

Goodwood uses the same pure limestone water used to make bourbon to make their beer. They also wood-age their beer as an homage to Louisville’s favorite spirit.

Aloft

Best new hotel bar

Aloft’s Corner

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Downtown

The lobby, restaurant, and bar at Aloft in Downtown Louisville are connected with an open floor plan and a cool retro-future look to the decorations. Great for a big crowd.

Con Huevos Fresh Mexican Breakfast and Lunch

Best new breakfast

Con Huevos

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Clifton

You heard it here: the best eggs in town. Get there early, the restaurant is tiny and on weekends Con Huevos fills up fast.

Lydia House

Best new brunch

Lydia's House

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Germantown

The griddled bread pudding at Lydia house is beyond compare, and their Germantown Booch-made craft kombucha will really start your morning off right.

Joella's Hot Chicken

Best new lunch

Joella’s Hot Chicken

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Crescent Hill

Nashville-style hot chicken finally made the drive (flight?) to Louisville, and it’s a hit. Go extra spicy and get the JoJo sauce with your fries.

Butchertown Grocery

​Best new dinner and drinks

Butchertown Grocery

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Butchertown

When you’re finished with dinner downstairs (order the gnocchi and the rotisserie chicken) walk around the outside of the restaurant to the bar upstairs and sample some of Butchertown’s best cocktails.

America. The Diner.

Best new late night

America The Diner

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Highlands

America The Diner is primely positioned to suit the needs of Highlands barflies late into the night and early into the morning. The cheese curds and the alcoholic milkshakes at America The Diner are good any time of the day, but there’s something about eating in a diner in the wee hours of a morning that just works.

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