New attractions on Whiskey Row
Expected Opening: Spring through Fall
With nine distilleries and counting, Louisville's Whiskey Row along West Main Street is aging as well as the casked liquid gold that it trades on. The trend continues, as this year, the city will see a slew of new distillery tourist attractions, two upscale hotels, retail outlets, mixed-use lofts, and a food hall coming its way. The recent wave of newly opened distillers includes Rabbit Hole, Old Forester, and Michter’s, whose Main Street venue will serve as a showpiece distillery, cocktail bar, and visitors center in the old Fort Nelson building. Hitting up big-name bourbon tastings or a mint julep crawl has never been easier, and you won’t have to leave the heart of the city.
Spring also marks the opening of Logan Street Market, a food hall housing a specialty coffee roastery, craft brewery, art gallery, event kitchen, retail shops, a farmers market and four restaurants. In the fall, look forward to Hotel Distil, which will sport bourbon-themed digs, four restaurants, and a rooftop bar, as well as the debut of Louisville’s music festival Hometown Rising, taking over Champions Park and kicking off three consecutive weekends of music festivals, including Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life. -- Sean Cooley