10 Best Cocktail Bars in Kentucky

Cocktails offer the best of all worlds from sweet to sour, strong to mild, herbal to spicy, and everything in between. The best cocktail bars are those that get their inspiration from traditional and time-tested drinks of the past and put a modern twist on them. Check out the 10 best cocktail bars in Kentucky for some truly amazing drinks. 

Brasserie Provence, Louisville, KY

Delicious indulgence is what they serve at Brasserie Provence. Inspired by the French art of cooking, there’s no limit to the palette-pleasing menu and signature European cocktails. The interior has a fireplace that adds to the upscale country feel, and outside seating is available in good weather. There’s also a nice selection of French, Belgian, and Kentucky spirit. 

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Highwater Social Bar, Paducah, KY

What could be better than wine, cocktails, and great Kentucky Bourbon? Highwater Social Bar is a favorite of folks who love to try new things. The list of features that makes this place great goes on and on. Their drinks are delicious and compliment their charcuterie boards very well. They even have fresh French press coffee. 

Gerald’s 1907 Tavern, Bowling Green, KY

Considered a modern American restaurant, Gerald’s 1907 Tavern sits in an historic part of downtown Bowling Green and offers a romantic atmosphere with a menu of Kentucky favorites and classic cocktails. This is a great place to meet friends, and almost everything is locally sourced for the freshest flavor. 

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Covington, KY

Small but cute, Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar is the best place to sample handcrafted cocktails and an extensive selection of whiskey. With a casual and comfortable atmosphere, the service is unbeatable. Check out their Whiskey Sour Wednesday. If specialty cocktails are what you crave, try classic mint julep.

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The Still at AMBRAbev, Danville, KY

Combining several paths into one of the state’s most unique venues, the Still at AMBRAbev has to be experienced to be believed. A Kentucky distillery, great international food, an amazing atmosphere, and Brazilian tiki cocktails collide in one place to provide exciting traditional and contemporary food and drink choices that are revolutionary. 

Hell or High Water, Louisville, KY

Offering a seated cocktail experience, Hell or High Water is a heavenly adventure. Reservations are recommended for this exclusive venue, and visitors can select from savory and sweet accompaniments to their drink of choice. Take a trip down Memory Lane (hell) or feel the Heat Wave (Highwater). It’s all about free will. 

Mr. Lee’s, Louisville, KY

Another of Louisville’s premier bars that serve great handcrafted and signature cocktails, Mr. Lee’s does classic with a modern twist. Low lighting and a casual look and feel to the place make the experience even better, and there’s live music several times a week. You have to try the House Smoked Old Fashioned, a popular favorite. 

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Bourbon on Rye, Lexington, KY

You can’t travel through Kentucky without trying Bourbon, and it comes in many forms. For the best Bourbon cocktails, there’s no place better than Bourbon on Rye. The food won’t disappoint, and the services is exceptional. The barkeeps are some of the most knowledgeable in the business. 

Bourbon on Main, Frankfort, KY

Whether you’re in town checking out the local history of the area or looking for a place to gather with friends, Bourbon on Main is worth visiting. Located in the heart of the historic city district, Bourbon on Main combines the old and new in drink and food. Craft beer, inspired cocktails, and food that’ll satisfy your appetite, this is a great example of what makes Kentucky proud. 

Bottle & Bond, Bardstown, KY

With an impressive selection of more than 400 vintage Bourbons, whiskey, and rye, this’ll be the place where you see the bar raised high when it comes to the best new hotspot in the area. Bottle and Bond creates a special bond between exquisite spirits and the food that goes best with it. The award-winning cocktail dubbed Modern Prometheus is the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Festival Mixed Drink Challenge winner. One sip and you’ll understand why. 

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