Of all the areas in town, this may be my favorite. I’m probably a little partial since we used to live over here but I think it’s one of the most walkable areas in town. These are just a few of MANY options. You could grab drinks at more than a dozens spots along Frankfort Avenue plus there are shops, coffee spots, record stores, gyms and really whatever you need. On your trip to town, when in doubt go to Frankfort Avenue.
Grab a drink at… Before Dinner at Porcini
Dare I say, Porcini may be my favorite bar in Louisville. Mostly because at my core I’m a 65-year-old woman and also because I love sitting at the bar, ordering apps and enjoying my favorite dish in the entire city – their grilled romaine salad. At Derby time though, it is even more hopping. If you’re looking for a hipster/Instagram-worthy spot, this is not the place.
If you want to bump into locals and track-regulars though, this is it. Hang at the bar long enough and you’re bound to get some good wagering tips. You’re also likely to chat with some true characters while sipping on a great cocktail or cabernet.
For a younger vibe and those ‘gram worthy pics, stop into The Silver Dollar after dinner. Or just eat there and keep the party going at the bar. With enough whiskey by the drink options to keep even the most discerning bourbon drinker busy for hours and the perfect patio, it’s a great spot to get a feel for the local scene.
It’s also a very solid brunch choice. Head over to The Kentucky Gent’s Instagram to see all the swoon-worthy brunch pics.
Breakfast at Con Huevos is so good, they recently expanded the Frankfort Avenue location to accommodate even more breakfast taco lovers. You can’t go wrong with any of their breakfast options but my personal favorite is the Chiaquiles Con Huevos. That and their Cuban Iced Coffee are the perfect combination.
Oh and if there’s a wait, wander next door to Please & Thank You for a cup of coffee and a couple chocolate chip cookies.
This one is for the fellas …. who inevitably forget to pack their tie or the right shoes or socks. You may walk in for an appropriately festive accessory and walk out with a whole new outfit. Personally, I think they carry some of the most fun blazers – in prints, plaids and patterns – to up your look beyond a simple suit.
There’s no better time for the guys to go all out. So if you can’t find anything where you live, give the guys at Him a call and they can probably pull something for your day at the races.
For morning doughnuts… Bussman’s Bakery
You need donuts, Bussman’s has some of the best ones in town. End of story.
It also hasn’t changed in probably 40+ years so it’s a nice dose of nostalgia too.