I hesitated whether to put this tip here or on the Tourist Trap page, but since I was only here for about 2 hours having dinner at one of the restaurants, I didn't want to really give it a bad rap in that short amount of time. So I'll review it here with a picture and if you want to see more, I took a short little video to give you more of a flavor.
Positives: There are a # of restaurants to choose from in the 2 block area. They do have live entertainment it seems on a lot of nights. It could be an interesting place to people watch, but what I saw were either out-of-towners, like myself, the 20's crowd and business people from the surrounding downtown environs.
Negatives: Very commercial which doesn't appeal to my sense of travel. A lot of drinking places and a party scene although we were there between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. much too early to party. If partying is your thing it may be the place to go, but that isn't my scene.
Conclusion: Give it a try if you are in town to judge for yourself.
Dress Code: Just Keep Cool in the Summer Months
Beautiful venue - hosts the PNC Broadway Across America series, as well as other theatrical, orchestral and dance performances.
Also home to the KentuckyShow!, which is shown on the hour.
Dress Code: Sunday Best to Formal, depending on event. C'mon folks - don't wear your jeans to the theatre!
Fourth Street Live! is a cool one-block dining, entertainment, and shopping mecca!
Restaurant and entertainment venues include Hard Rock Cafe, Lucky Strike Lanes, Red Star Tavern, The Improv Comedy Club, TGIFriday’s, The Pub, Sully’s, and J. Gumbo’s.
Bars and nightclubs include; Tengo Sed Cantina, Angel’s RockBar, Hotel, Saddle Ridge, and Sully’s. Live dueling piano music is featured nightly at Howl at the Moon.
Food court has "fast food" restaurants such as Wendy’s, Subway, and Rocky Rococo’s Pizza. Retail shops Borders Books, Foot Locker, T-Mobile, Hallmark, and GameStop.
Dress Code: Casual - no specific dress code.
4th Street Live has every type of bar imaginable. You're sure to find something that you like.
Dress Code: Some places don't have much of a dress code but others do. So, if you want to be able to go in all of the places don't wear hats, baggy clothes, etc.
I am not sure whether this should be a Sports Tip or not, but since I rarely make it out past 8pm, I thought I better add it into Nightlife!
Lucky Strike is a franchise that is found throughout the US, but the Louisville location has the advantage of being located right in the heart of the Downtown scene. Its Fourth Street location makes it a convienent spot for a drink after work, or a party with a few of your rowdy friends.
You have two options when it comes to the bowling side... per person rates or a lane rental per hour. The per person rate ranges from 3.95 to 5.95 depending on what time, and the lane rental is $45 on weeknights, $65 on weekends. Shoe rentals are $3, and there are also billiards tables.
Bardstown Road has become Louisville's main street. This is where restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment all come together. It runs from Broadway all the way out to Bardstown. Past the city limits, it's called US Highway 31E. Whatever you're looking for, if Louisville has it, then it's probably somewhere along this street.
Dress Code: Most places are casual, but some are more dressed-up.
Its ambience and atmosphere are what make it so special. It's in one of the oldest buildings in the city. This club features live music every weekend, including well-known touring bands. If you visit just one nightclub in Louisville, make it this one.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
D. Marie's was...
not really a hot spot, but a nice place to sample some of the world's largest selection of bourbons
bourbon and more bourbon with a bartender who truly KNEW bourbon (as well as I do, maybe better, and that is saying a lot)
Oh well, there are still a lot of good places to visit in Louisville
Dress Code: casual
4th Street Live is a nice bar district in Louisville. There are several bars, restaurants and clubs in the area and it's kept clean an friendly. The Louisville Hard Rock Cafe is also located here. They is a glass canopy covering the street which help protect from the elements when the weather is inclement.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in Louisville I experienced live music in the fourth street area. Local bars, clubs and restaraunt's in the area were open for eating and drinking while the live music went on. Set up in the form of a block party with the stage in the middle of the street the 4th street area turned into one big party with dancing and singing.
Dress Code: No dress code
There is so much to do down here and so much more coming. Right now there is a TGIF's, a Hard Rock Cafe, a comedy club, an outdoor club, and the Red Cheetah which is a great night club. Coming soon is shopping and a bowling alley. This is a must go to place. It is family oriented during the day and a great place for night life.
I'm not a fan of a bunch of drunkards. This club had lousy music by my standards (dull, monotonous beat- repeated ad nauseum)
Their headlining band wasn't very good- although they do get good bands in occasionally. The theme is country, and you can ride their mechanical bull, or go into various rooms with differing styles of decor. But, (watching most of the people there) standing around, holding a beer and talking to no one while listening to cruddy music is not my idea of a good time. I had earplugs, though, and they have pool tables. A bunch of sleazy guys and slutty girls... maybe that's too harsh...
Dress Code: Whatever...skimpy...
no knives, guns or weapons of any sort
Many great places depending on your age and interest...Dietrich's on Frankfort avenue is a popular drinking place/restaurant with a cabaret atmosphere and sidewalk seating. It is located in a converted theater and has a very unique and interesting interior.
Dress Code: Anything goes..but probably more toward the country club casual
Hey, for decent bar food, and some fun, go to Oliver's Billiards on Dupont Circle, right off Breckenridge Lane. There are over ten tables there, and games cost $3 USD every night except Tuesday and Thursday when they only cost $1 USD. Under 21 allowed until 10 or so.
Nothing special. just a place for 21+ to hang out and play pool.
Dress Code: Casual.
Definitely a locals spot, not for tourists, generally, and if you are clean cut and well dressed, you might not fit in, but I recommend the Back Door Bar. It has atmosphere and doesn't have the rich drunks from the east end.