Zanzabar is a local institution. Since its opening in 1938 it has changed templates many times, but it has always remained a local watering hole. The recent incarnation has it all, from old-school arcade games and pinball tournament nights to local farm-to-table food and live music, things have surely changed since those prewar days. The food and drinks are outstanding, but a lot of people come just to revert back to their childhood with games like Paperboy, Asteroids, Frogger and Donkey Kong. When you add the live music, this version of Zanzabar appears as if it is the best one in the last 80 years.
The Back Door is a simple, unpretentious watering-hole located on Bardstown Road and a great place to shoot pool, drink domestic beer and carouse in general with the locals. In addition to domestic drafts, the bartenders here pour strong drinks and there are a couple of dart boards as well. The kitchen serves pub grub like wings, nachos, and quesadillas, and there's plenty of parking too.
Located across Bardstown Road, the Bard's Town is a local restaurant that is popular amongst one and all. What sets it apart from the rest is the fact that it serves artisan food and even the names of the dishes are symbolic, savor the Julius Ceasar Salad or simply order Mushroom of Venice. Right from the dishes to the events held here, everything is in sync with the theater theme of the restaurant. Happy hours, live music concerts and similar events are a regular feature at the Bard's Town. That’s not it, there is another surprise awaiting you on the second floor, the Bard's Town Theatre of the restaurant. This theater showcases works of new play-writers and stages innovative plays. Truly, Bard's Town offers a great mix of entertainment and tasty food.
The Louisville Howl at the Moon is one of eleven that had their beginnings in 1990 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This piano bar packs a punch with a winning combination of riotous entertainment and an extensive drink menu. Of course, audience participation is encouraged and nearly impossible to avoid. The show commences with professional pianists dueling two at a time, interspersed with sequences of four pianos and assorted other instruments. By the end of the evening, the audience has joined the act and is having the time of their lives. It's no surprise Howl at the Moon is popular for parties and has a special deal for groups.