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.
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.
While much of Old Louisville can be exactly that, meaning old, Mag Bar takes a step (albeit a baby step) in the direction of the new. That means in a neighborhood full of bed and breakfasts trafficking in chamber music and merlot, this place offers a loud jukebox and Miller High Life. The bar's facade is made up of big plate-glass windows, so the sun shines in warmly right up to the bitter end of happy hour.
Wick's is an independently-operated Louisville establishment serving appetizers, salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, and of course award-winning pizzas. Listen to a variety of live music gigs at Wick's, or watch the big game and take advantage of game-day discounts. Karaoke, trivia nights, DJ nights and more keep the energy uptempo and fun, making this a great spot to unwind with friends. Don't forget to check out their list of over 60 beers and 75 blended drinks for something to wash down that slice of cheesy goodness.
Dance away the evening to the lovely music played in the background as you visit Meta. This peppy bar is known for serving some of the best cocktails in town. In addition to the cocktails, you can choose from various wines, beers, sake and other spirits of your choice. Although they don’t serve food, you are sure to have some good time with its friendly service and lively ambiance. The energy of this place never goes down as they have weekly event plans like their Jazz nights, happy hours and the DJ playing your favorite number on the weekends. Unwind yourself from the hectic week as you sip on to some refreshing craft cocktails at Meta.
8UP is a restaurant and bar offering one of the best rooftop views, paired with a unique dining and drinking experience which will satisfy your palate. Being located just a few blocks away from The Mercury Ballroom and the Louisville Palace Theater, this is a good place to visit either before or after a concert. The seasonal contemporary menu is coupled with a creative cocktail list and promises a dining experience to remember. Savor dishes like the duck confit with pinenuts and sherry vinaigrette; mussels steamed in beer with bourbon butter and green chilies; and flounder with fennel, watercress, and hazelnuts while soaking in views of the Ohio river through the all-glass walls.
Tucked away in downtown, Limbo is a Tiki bar and lounge where guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment ranging from live Hawaiian music, burlesque, DJs, and much more. The joint was founded by the Queen of color, Olivia Griffin who moved to Kentucky from San Francisco in 2014 and realized there was no Tiki bar in Louisville. Be it ladies or gents, this bar welcomes all, especially ladies who can relax, let loose and have a good time. Their cocktail menu is moderately priced and one can enjoy a fine selection of house and signature cocktails. Happy hours are between 4p to 7p daily. It is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a good time in the company of your buddies.
The Spin Nightclub is famous for spinning high intensity DJ music that is enjoyed by the one and all on the dance floor. On certain occasions, there are guest DJs also rocking the club with hip hop music. It is an amazing destination for high-end birthday parties and late night celebrations.