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This is What You Do if You Have 24 Hours to Live in Louisville

Published On 09/21/2015 Published On 09/21/2015
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1. White Castle 105 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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2. White Castle 1922 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40208

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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3. White Castle Eastern Parkway 793 Eastern Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40208

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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4. White Castle 7th Street Rd 3701 7th Street Rd, Louisville, KY 40216

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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5. White Castle Bardstown Road 3705 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40218

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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6. White Castle National Turnpike 5520 National Turnpike, Louisville, KY 40214

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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7. White Castle Outer Loop 4108 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast. 

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8. White Castle Greene Way 2350 Greene Way, Louisville, KY 40220

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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9. White Castle Dixie Hwy 7400 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40258

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast.

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10. White Castle Westport Rd 9493 Westport Rd, Louisville, KY 40241

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast. 

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11. White Castle Cedar Springs Blvd 7200 Cedar Springs Blvd, Louisville, KY 40291

Walk into this 24 hour White Castle at any time of day and walk out with anything on the menu -- sliders, chicken rings, and yes, even breakfast. 

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12. 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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13. Against The Grain Brewery 401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Damn good beer and damn good barbeque are the hallmarks of downtown Louisville staple Against the Grain, located right at the famous Louisville Slugger field. Since opening their doors, the creative brewing team at Against the Grain have created over 100 unique beers that are so good they've evolved from local brewery to national beer distributor. With a full range of beer types, from light session ales to hop-full IPAs and smoky stouts, Against the Grain has a beer for every drinker. And if you don't drink, then chow down on their house-smoked barbeque, with favorites like brisket and pulled pork sitting alongside vegetarian options, like a signature chickpea sloppy joe, more adventuresome than just another salad.

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14. Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

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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15. Wagner's Pharmacy 3113 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40214

Located just outside Churchill Downs, the pharmacy/general store opened in 1922 and branched into a cafe to gain the business and friendship of the racetrack workers and horse trainers. You’ll get plenty of history with your huge and cheap breakfast plate (go for sausage & eggs with biscuits and potatoes), and you might also overhear a tip before placing your bet for the day.

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16. Copper & Kings 1121 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40206 (Butchertown)

This distillery is responsible for eight different types of American Brandy, with varieties like Craft Distilled, Absinthe Blanche, and Immature. Pro Tip: Try them out on the distillery's front deck or the top deck with views of Louisville.

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17. Garage Bar 700 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Nulu)

Especially in the warmer months, this renovated garage in the trendy NuLu area is a must-visit. Glowing ping pong tables, Astroturf-covered places to perch, and a consistently ultra-hip crowd make this bar the go-to destination for sticky, hot nights in The ‘Ville. Garage Bar uses local veggies and cured meats to top its pizzas, which bake in a blistering wood-fired brick oven. Be sure to order a tasting platter from the ham bar (yes, it has a bar dedicated to ham) to pair with your pie. It’s got a pretty extensive beer list, too.

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18. Holy Grale 1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This converted century-old church now works full-service as an artisanal pub specializing in beer and food pairings. The space is equal parts ingenious adaptation and gorgeous design and the menu is always changing, as are the beers. Be sure not to miss the choir loft and the beer garden, and if the Scotch quail eggs are on the menu, order them immediately.

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19. Jack Fry's 1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Established in 1933, Jack Fry's has been a long-standing staple of the Louisville fine-dining scene. This Highlands resto features Southern flavors that are showcased using classical French techniques and the atmosphere is always buzzy.

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20. Proof on Main 702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Located in The 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, a boutique hotel and art museum, Proof on Main serves up gourmet meals from Chef Levon Wallace, including a unique and scrumptious burger made out of bison and topped with a Jezebel sauce that gives it a fruity, earthy flavor, plus Tillamook cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon. You'll want to throw in a side of the crispy cauliflower, and top it all off with the s'mores dessert. This trendy spot houses the Proof Bar, too, which offers an enormous bourbon list (we're talking upwards of 50 varieties).

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21. Meta 425 W Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Meta is a wonderful world of contrasts -- a marble-barred, copper-penny-floored temple of swank drinking lodged next to a strip club. But it’s not just bravado and balls that make Meta the best damn cocktail bar in a city that was doing craft cocktails long before they were trendy. The signatures are all grounded in tradition, but with a nice kick in the knickers. Take, for example, The High Pant, which augments some Old Fitzgerald with fernet and ginger to transform the Old Fashioned into something completely new. And hey, with cocktails this good, that strip club next door just keeps getting less lurid by the sip.

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22. The Old Seelbach Bar 500 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Drinking at the Old Seelbach Bar feels like stepping into a scene from The Great Gatsby; which is fitting since the Seelbach Hotel served as inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. The Seelbach’s signature cocktail features bourbon and Champagne, an uncommon but deliciously fizzy combination.

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23. Stevie Ray's 230 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Louisville’s requisite blues bar, where the music and drinks flow. Although a blues bar by reputation, Stevie Ray's also has a number of genres on tap every week from rock to jazz,

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24. 21c Museum Hotel 700 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

A boutique hotel in downtown Louisville that includes an accompanying, open 24/7 museum that focuses on art from the 21st century.

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25. Barbara Lee's Kitchen 2410 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206

A family-owned, classic 24-hour diner in Crescent Hill

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26. Quills Coffee 930 Baxter Avenue , Louisville, KY 40204

It didn’t take long for Quills to establish itself as one of the most legit coffee shops in town, probably because the owners take their love of coffee very seriously. Hand-crafted coffee in the form of unique, signature blended drinks (check out The Alchemist, a soy latte brewed with cinnamon, agave, cocoa and cayenne pepper) is available at their three locations across Louisville, and Quills' own roasting operation makes it your one-stop shop for one great cup.

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27. Carmichael's Bookstore 1295 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40204

A small, independently owned and family-run bookstore with hand-picked titles and next door to excellent coffee.

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28. Guitar Emporium 1610 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Beginners and rock stars alike will find what they need at this guitar haven.

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29. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience 528 W Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Complete with an artisanal distillery, a tasting room, and a historical tour -- the Evan Williams Bourbon experience is the gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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30. Churchill Downs 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40215

You can't swing by Louisville without visiting the iconic Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

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31. Louisville Slugger Museum 800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

The museum is home of the legendary Louisville slugger, the bat used by the greats. The museum allows you to pick up and hold bats used in games by players like Mickey Mantle and watch bats being made in what's been voted as America's most beautiful factory.

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32. Muhammad Ali Center 144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Pay tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Walk through not only exhibits of memorabilia like a replica of his training ring, but of ones that feature values and core principles by which he lived his life.

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