Given the sheer size of the Galt House Hotel, it’s easy to see why their small but impressively stocked bourbon bar, Jockey Silks, could be overlooked by locals. Yet there it is, tucked within the depths of this convention hotel, bartenders just waiting to pour you one of the over 150 bourbons on hand. The next time you are downtown, brave the throngs of convention-goers crowding the lobby and make a beeline for Jockey Silks. Order a flight and relish in the glory that is Kentucky’s native spirit.
This upmarket lounge inside the historic Galt House Hotel originally debuted in 1972, and fit right into the cigar-wielding ‘70s scene with its dim lighting, mighty bourbon list, red vinyl bar stools, and rich walnut everything. A late-2019 makeover brought the coveted Bourbon Trail pioneer up to speed aesthetically, but the gist remains the same: 100+ whiskeys flowing amid handsome tufted leather couches, blue velvet banquettes, and hard-carved wood accents alongside a menu of sophisticated light bites. Game day specials are surprisingly affordable here and two large televisions above the bar provide more than enough viewing vantage points—just be sure to leave the foam finger and flip flops at home, as this is one classy joint.