Gateway to the South
In the past, the streets of Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood teemed with livestock headed to slaughterhouses, creating a less-than-inviting place. That all changed about twenty years ago when the Bourbon Stockyards closed, rendering it little more than a ghost town. Recently, cheap rents have lured food-centric visionaries to this gritty, industrial district to pursue their culinary dreams, breathing new life into the area. Today, those same blocks buzz with some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and food artisans, and the predominant aromas are of wood-fired pizza, freshly-baked bread, and roasting coffee beans. Some of the must-eat places include Naive, Pho Ba Lu, and Red Hot Roasters Retro Bakery. These restaurants give you the perfect taste of everything Derby City has to offer. Although it might be what it's known best for, Lousville's alcohol scene has more to offer than Bourbon. Some places to put on your sippin’ tour include Copper and Kings, the Champagnery, and Sergio’s World Beers.