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Manny & Merle's fuses a touch of the Old West in the kitchen (with tacos, guacamole and flat-iron steak as quintessential examples) alongside strong select bourbons you could only find in a Kentucky bar. This honky-tonk spot has everything, from amazing Southwestern-inspired food to live bands and even a nice selection of tequilas. Throughout the week, the bar/restaurant hosts live music and though many of the bands are local, on occasion a national or international star will make his/her appearance.
Feeling blue? Stevie Ray's has the cure: signature margaritas, an enthusiastic clientele, and some of the top names in blues music playing every week. Go big on the dance floor and enjoy the tunes of a mixture of well-known and local talent. A small cover charge varies by night of the week, but Thursdays are bike nights - where bikers get in free. Some guests may wish to note that this bar is smoke-friendly.
This scenic riverwalk located beside the Ohio River starts in the east at Beargrass Creek and it runs all the way through downtown into the neighborhood of Portland. It's a popular attraction for tourists as well as locals, and you can easily tell with all the people enjoying the sights and sounds when the weather allows. The Clark Memorial Bridge also spans the river which allows you to traverse into Indiana and back in just a day.
Louisville's Waterfront Development Commission manages this massive park that runs from Beargrass Creek to the underpass of the Clark Memorial Bridge. It's always filled with runners, bikers, dog walkers and anyone else who seeks the sunshine and beauty of the Ohio River. In addition to tons of open riverfront space, the park hosts different events throughout the year. From beach volleyball to weddings, there is always something going on.
Old Louisville just might be one of the grandest old neighborhoods in the South -- if not the world. Ancient mansions and ancient oaks line ancient boulevards and avenues, and they all lead to one place: Central Park. It's a square block shrouded in shade and filled with neighbors enjoying their sunny afternoons. Kids play in the fountain, adults hone their backhand on the tennis court. All enjoy the pathways and shaded picnic spots. During the summer months, an amphitheater draws crowds, and they're kept safe by the on-site branch of the Louisville PD.
Though it's located within mere blocks of Kentucky's largest city, Cherokee Park remains a bastion of rugged tranquility. With miles of trails, a range of interesting topography, and room for every sport or outdoor activity, this park offers a look at the Kentucky backwoods without venturing too far. It contains a golf course and there are facilities for almost every type of outdoorsman. Whether you are an archer, basketball player, jogger, fisherman, grill master, mountain biker, birder, swimmer or plain ol' dog walker, it's perfect.
This local bar in the Louisville exurb of St. Matthews is a place to watch Cardinals basketball, build your own pizza and dance the night away to salsa music. The downstairs part of the establishment functions as Saints, where guests can watch a game and order some pub style American grub. The upstairs area is Sky Bar, a lounge for dancing and drinks. The music isn't entirely Latin either, on certain nights live bands and DJs make their appearance as well. On Sundays, be forewarned if you're a Chicago Bears fan during NFL season, because the Saints pub (despite its name) is known as a place where Packers fans congregate.
Frederick Law Olmstead not only designed the great New York parks, Central and Prospect, but he also created this gem in the Bluegrass State. Though its location may be outside of downtown Louisville, it's a veritable playground replete with locals taking advantage of the amenities when the weather allows. Some park features include the popular amphitheater, an archery range, basketball courts, disc golf course, fishing lake, miles of trails, horseshoes, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, etc. Car access on the road to the top of the park is only open between the months of April to October, but bike and foot access is available throughout the year.
This spa is located in Anchorage, about 25 minutes east of downtown Louisville. And though it may seem far from downtown, the services offered here are well-worth the trip. Some of the relaxing treatments include massage, facials, cellulite reduction, nails and some amazing bridal packages. The owner has more than 30 years experience and the professional estheticians will present options based on your specific needs.