14 Hidden Louisville Speakeasies And Where To Find Them
Hell or High Water
Hell or High Water is one of Louisville's most acclaimed speakeasies.
Looking for the coolest speakeasies in Louisville? Look no further.
From the cellars of Whiskey Row to swanky new hotels in Nulu, we've compiled the ultimate list of hidden bars and lounges where you can experience the best of Louisville nightlife.
What's more? Many of these spots are decked out with prohibition-era decor. This list includes everything from dimly lit libraries to secret entrances and even a bowling alley.
The 18th Amendment may have been repealed in 1933, but the appeal of going to a speakeasy — or a bar that’s set up to look like one — has never left.
Without further ado, let's take a tour of the city's best speakeasies, hidden bars, and out-of-the-way establishments in Louisville.
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Hell or High Water
112 W. Washington St.
Reservations are required at this swanky speakeasy, which has a discreet entrance and a two-story library, adding to its air of Jazz Age mystery. Go below Whiskey Row for specialty cocktails like Puttin On The Spritz and Calling Card No. 1.
119 S. 7th St.
HereAfter, a sexy new speakeasy underneath the Misfit sandwich shop, recently opened in the former Jimmy Can't Dance space. The 19th century-inspired cocktail parlor is open Wednesday through Saturday offering cocktails, live music and small bites.
730 E. Market St.
Tucked away behind a yellow door covered in stickers, you'll find Hotel Genevieve's swanky and seductive speakeasy, Lucky Penny. At just over 800 square feet, this Nulu spot features plush red sofas, an arched ceiling, and dark blue bench seating. Enjoy an evening drink here Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Gertie's Whiskey Bar
821 E. Market St., Suite 101
This bar, which 'celebrates the art & history of drinking,' is tucked away within NuLu Marketplace behind Torino's Sandwich Bar, and its speakeasy is only open to the public two days a week. Go for the 100 bottles of whiskey they have on offer.
Pin & Proof
400 S. Second St.
This isn't a traditional speakeasy per se, it's actually a Jazz Age-inspired bowling alley that also serves drinks and light bites. You'll find the secret entrance to Pin + Proof left of the lobby of the Omni Hotel. Look for a photo mural of a woman making a shushing gesture.
114 W. Main St.
Bar Expo has no signage but its bright turquoise door will tip you off to a bar known for its friendly staff, cheap yet well-made cocktails and its focus on keeping food waste low.
Black Rabbit Lounge
120 Sears Ave.
Inside Equus in St. Matthews is this speakeasy lounge, which serves cocktails, dinner, and dessert five days a week.
601 W. Main St.
Another hotel speakeasy? No complaints here. Located in the basement of the Grady Hotel, WIld Swann is named after J.B. Wilder who produced medicinal Bourbon in 1883, as well as the Swann-Abram hat company that occupied the space in the 1920s. Dig into culinary pairings featuring Kentucky and Southern-inspired small plates, as well as cocktails featuring local Bourbon.
The Lantern Room at Brooklyn & The Butcher
148 E. Market St., New Albany, Indiana
Brooklyn & The Butcher is a swanky steakhouse in New Albany, worth the trip over the river. But a 32 oz. steak isn't the only reason for a visit. In the restaurant's basement, you'll find a low-lit, subterranean speakeasy with intimate seating called The Lantern Room where you can order an after-dinner dessert and drink. The room is also available to rent.
150 W. Washington St.
You've likely seen the statue of Louie, the troll mascot for this underground bar, showing visitors how to find his namesake home downtown. Go down the stairs to find a brick gastropub underneath the original location of the Galt House. They also have a private room hidden behind a bookcase.