The Complete Guide to Louisville, Home of Connect 2019

By Vicki Arkoff, August 14, 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, is recognized as an international destination for festival events—most notably the Kentucky Derby—and conferences like Connect 2019. As one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains, Louisville was named after King Louis XVI of France, but is celebrated as the all-American home of Muhammad Ali, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Louisville Slugger baseball bats and four of Kentucky’s seven Fortune 500 companies. See what awaits you this August.

Soak it all up while you’re there for Connect in August. Go ahead and live like a local for a little while. You’ll soon see why many folks never want to leave.

The Best of Louisville: Food

The Best of Louisville: Drinks

The Best of Louisville: Shopping

The Best of Louisville: Sites to See

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Know Before You Go

Louisville has an official cocktail (the Old-Fashioned) and is called “Bourbon City” for several reasons worthy of a toast: It’s the largest city on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, has a huge array of bars stocking at least 50 different bourbons, and has award-winning distilleries in the middle of the city. Here are a few ways to quaff the best booze in the Bluegrass State:

Urban Bourbon Trail Passport: This free guidebook from the Louisville Visitor Center or any participating establishment points imbibers to 44 bars and restaurants that specialize in bourbon tastings, bourbon cocktails and bourbon-infused food, all within stumbling distance of one another or a short ride away. Explore at your own pace or join a walking tasting with Sour Mash Tours or Mint Julep Experiences. You can also work off a few calories on the 16-passenger Thirsty Pedaler bikemobile. Collect six stamps from six listed bars during your visit(s) to earn a free Urban Bourbon Trailblazer T-shirt.

Urban Distilleries: Downtown Louisville has several distilleries, most notably Angel’s Envy, Fort Nelson, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole and the venerable Evan Williams, the first to market whiskey here in 1780.

Bourbon Trail Day Trips: For the full experience, ride through the scenic countryside with a group tour or designated driver to visit any number of distillers, mostly 30 to 60 minutes apart. Start at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum to map out a plan for tours, tastings and transportation. Drink responsibly.

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