Louisville is bourbon city, and the old fashioned is its official cocktail. From October 13 through 22, Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week is returning to bars and restaurants around the country — including the dozen Derby City spots below. This fourth-annual fete offers old fashioned fans the chance to celebrate while keeping their order classic or discovering new twists to this bourbon concoction. Plus, $1 for every old fashioned sold will support bar and restaurant workers in need — so make your way around town while enjoying an old fashioned or two and supporting a good cause.Read More
12 Old Fashioneds to Order in Louisville This October
Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week returns October 13-22
Neat Bourbon Bar & Bottle Shop
Listed by national travel outlets as the No. 1 recommended bourbon bar in the world for sampling American whiskey, Neat Bourbon Bar specializes in vintage bourbon. But the spot doesn’t just pour the spirit — it offers cocktails in house too. In-store guests can enjoy classics like an Elijah Craig old fashioned during Old Fashioned Week. A wall lined with lighted glass shelves has dozens of one-of-a-kind bottles for purchase, with more available online too.
Repeal Oak Fired Steakhouse
The only oak-fired steakhouse on Louisville’s Whiskey Row, Repeal offers an elevated dining experience in its sophisticated main dining area and private rooms with barrel-lined walls. To pair with the wide array of steak and seafood dishes, the restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, a large collection of hand-crafted cocktails, and more than 100 curated bourbons. Try Repeal’s Signature old fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch, vanilla demerara, and black walnut bitters.
The Old Seelbach Bar
Part of the National Register of Historic Places and listed on the Urban Bourbon Trail, The Seelbach Hilton Louisville is a luxury hotel with deep roots in Derby City. Its restored early-1900s bar specializes in bourbon concoctions, including a variety of cocktails made with Kentucky limestone water that’s dispensed from vintage seltzer bottles. Take a seat at the extra-long mahogany bar to pair your Elijah Craig Small Batch old fashioned with a Hot Brown, Louisville’s iconic open-faced turkey sandwich made with bacon and mornay sauce. Then finish dinner with a slice of Seelbach Pie; the bourbon, chocolate, and pecan blend is served with French-pot ice cream.
Set inside The Myriad Hotel on the site of an old disco ball factory, this metropolitan-style restaurant features dishes inspired by the flavor profiles of Morocco, Italy, and Spain. The menu includes everything from hummus brulee and aged-duck paella to hamachi crudo and wagyu beef loin. The one-of-kind food menu is complemented by a unique cocktail program, which includes a specialty old fashioned for Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week, of course. Dubbed Jack of all Apples, the limited-time beverage boasts Elijah Craig Small Batch, armagnac, apple brandy, cinnamon Demerara sugar, Turkish tobacco bitters, star anise, and lemon oil. Sip it inside the space filled with natural, earthy tones and countless plants, or enjoy your meal in the outdoor dining area next to the hotel pool.
Porch Kitchen and Bar
Inspired by the idea of an old neighborhood front porch, this downtown spot was designed to bring people together. Its elegant-yet-industrial interior provides a cozy space to meet, eat, and drink. The menu offers something for everyone, including a variety of regionally inspired American dishes with an elevated twist, like the Gulf Shrimp N’ Grits made with white cheddar grits, thick-cut bacon, blistered tomatoes, and charred jalapenos. Creative cocktail offerings boast fresh herbs and juices, but don’t miss the Signature Old Fashioned: crafted with Elijah Craig bourbon, vanilla demerara, and black walnut bitters.
Merle's Whiskey Kitchen
Part of the Urban Bourbon Trail, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen has received multiple recognitions for being one of the best bourbon bars around. Outfitted with exposed brick and rows of whiskey barrels, this downtown spot serves award-winning fried chicken and a selection of sides like candied bourbon maple bacon and mac & cheese made with a five-cheese blend and a crispy herb crust. Wash it all down with the special for Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week, a classic old fashioned made with the restaurant’s hand-selected Elijah Craig barrel-strength bourbon.
Open seven days a week, this cocktail lounge offers an array of comfy seating options amid a space that’s filled with unique artwork and photos of Scotland. In addition to pours of whiskey from all over the world, this new spot in the Butchertown neighborhood is known for offering more than two dozen types of Scotch. The cocktail menu offers a selection of carefully crafted beverages, including classic choices like the Elijah Craig old fashioned — which, during Old Fashioned Week, can be snagged for $10.
North of Bourbon
As its name would suggest, North of Bourbon offers an extensive bourbon list, boasting nearly 200 types of the spirit. There’s also a long list of cocktails available, including five versions of an old fashioned. The one to try during Elijah Craig Old Fashioned week, though, is “The Forbidden Fruit.” The Elijah Craig cocktail features a spiced apple cider syrup with cardamom and walnut bitters, and is garnished with a dehydrated apple. Enjoy it in one of the custom-built barrel booths while dining on the restaurant’s most-ordered item: crawfish boudin balls, served with a house-made creole mustard aioli.
This small cocktail bar in the bustling NuLu neighborhood features an eclectic interior, filled with everything from taxidermies, to license plates from around the country, to a wall hanging that features the Louisville skyline. It’s an ideal spot to grab a quick after-dinner drink, or make a night of it while watching a football or basketball game. Taj also hosts live music performances and karaoke nights, with lots of patio seating when Louisville weather allows. Ask for Elijah Craig from the extensive selection, and enjoy an old fashioned or two.
Saints Pizza Pub & SkyBar
This sports bar boasts a large upstairs area dubbed SkyBar, which can be rented for private events but is typically dedicated to viewings of major local games. Regulars rave about the pizza and cheese bread, but the food menu also features flatbreads, wings, salads, sandwiches, and soups. There’s no shortage of drinks, either. Saints offers not only an expansive beer list, but also a special $11 Elijah Craig old fashioned for Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week.
Hell or High Water
Set under Whiskey Row, Hell or Highwater is a completely unmarked, reservation-only cocktail lounge. Like a true speakeasy, this downtown destination only serves beverages. But with a cocktail list that changes seasonally, there’s always something new to try, with specials available every Tuesday from the secret speakeasy menu. The current offerings include about two dozen drinks, but be sure to order Louisville’s official cocktail with Elijah Craig bourbon for Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week.
Seviche A Latin Restaurant
With a menu that combines Latin traditions with Southern ingredients, Seviche offers dishes like Kentucky bison empanadas and “Black” cherry ice cream made with vanilla bean crema, bourbon, and cherry puree. For guests who’d rather drink their bourbon, this well-known Louisville restaurant also offers a bourbon list that includes selections that are only available in limited quantities, such as Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, which can be used in an old fashioned for Old Fashioned Week (and beyond.)