9 Best Speakeasies in Kentucky!

Kentucky is known for many things, but among them is its bourbon. It’s not surprising, then, that this state has plenty of places to enjoy an incredible glass of bourbon or your favorite bourbon cocktail. Try any of these top Kentucky speakeasy bars to sip for yourself.

Hell or High Water, Louisville, KY

In Louisville’s Whiskey Row, you’ll find a door marked “Hello Curio.” What looks like the entrance to a classy gallery is actually the entryway to a coveted speakeasy, Hell or High Water. This popular, reservations-only Louisville spot features a luxury lineup of cocktails and an intimate experience.

The Volstead Bourbon Lounge, Bardstown, KY

Historic Bardstown is a fun neighborhood to explore, but when you need a break, head to The Volstead Bourbon Lounge. This chic speakeasy is the perfect place to find top Kentucky bourbon along with a full bar of other liquors and drinks.

Cavern Club, Elizabethtown, KY

The Cavern Club is where the classiest folks in Elizabethtown go to party. This stunning speakeasy has an air of exclusivity and style. Just make sure you go to its website first to get the password so you aren’t stuck at the door.

Prohibition Bourbon Bar, Newport, KY

It doesn’t look like much from the street, located in the rustic Newberry Bros. Coffee cafe, but Prohibition Bourbon Bar features the largest collection of bourbon and rye whiskeys anywhere in the world. Check it out for a Prohibition-inspired atmosphere and top-notch drinks.

Black Rabbit, Louisville, KY

Equus Restaurant is well-known throughout Louisville as an outstanding restaurant, but that isn’t all it holds. It’s also the home of Black Rabbit, a sophisticated speakeasy that’s known for exceptional drinks and a unique vibe.

Wiseguy Lounge, Covington, KY

If you’re in the mood for pizza, grab some slices at Goodfella’s Pizzeria. If you’re in the mood for something more adventurous, take the stairs inside or around the back of the pizzeria to Wiseguy Lounge. This hidden bar encompasses all the excitement of a 1920s speakeasy.

Sal’s Italian Eatery and Speakeasy, Ashland, KY

Sal’s Italian Eatery and Speakeasy is a beloved treasure in Ashland. Whether you have an appetite for pasta or cocktails, you can find the locale you’re looking for inside this cozy local spot.

Expo, Louisville, KY

It looks tucked away and nondescript but EXPO in Louisville is full of charm and a top-quality selection of cocktails. Make sure to try its famous Super Juice when you stop in.

Belle’s Cocktail House, Lexington, KY

Belle’s Cocktail House might not be a secret but it has all the sophistication and excitement (and all the spectacular cocktails) of a genuine speakeasy. Enjoy this Lexington joint the next time you want a fun night on the town.

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