It seems as though we’re always looking for a place to go out for drinks with girlfriends, or any friends for that matter, and I, for one, am not well-versed on where to go. I turned to friend Patty Browning, a connoisseur of Louisville’s social life, and gave her the challenge of finding a great spot to go every night of the week. She did not disappoint.
We will start on where to go tonight (Thursday night) and then move on down the week. Be sure to read to the end, where I give you a great cheat sheet of local half-price wine nights.
If there is one thing Louisville is not short on, it is places to eat and drink. And since I do a lot of both, I took the assignment of trying out several of Louisville’s local haunts for the week very seriously. I methodically and fiscally planned out my week. I brought lots of friends along the way and got a much-needed education in the new trendy usage of bitters in cocktails.
A.P. CRAFTERS 1321 Herr Lane, Westport Village
There are a lot of options for wine and drink specials for Thursday nights, but I decided to try a local spot a friend of mine owns that I have been meaning to try for months and what better time than on $5 Signature Cocktail Night!? I convinced a girlfriend to go with me, but I didn’t need to convince her to order one of A.P. Crafter’s signature cocktails. Their cocktail menu is outstanding! Had I not had to drive home, I would have liked to have had three! My body-conscious girlfriend stuck with “Bethenny Frankel Skinny Girl Margarita” while I ordered one of my all time favorite cocktails, a Moscow Mule. No jokes, please! Of course we both enjoyed our drinks, but neither had time to stay for dinner. But after looking at the food being served around us, I won’t be waiting as long to go back for one of those burgers. Editors note: I have had the burger above and it is divine.
MY VOTE: Do you really need to ask me how I feel about a $5 cocktail?
MEAT 1076 East Washington Street, Butchertown
This new Butchertown bar pays homage to the Prohibition era. It’s as if you are entering a Speakeasy with a host greeting that includes a menu while you are directed through a velvet curtain. Once in the bar area, there are several areas with leather chairs, settees, and stools very reminiscent of The Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco. However, in exchange for the musty smell of a Prohibition era bar, a heavy waft of smoked pork arises from The Blind Pig, located downstairs. MEAT offers an extensive wine list, including their own “Howswine” as well as a decent offering of “hipster” beers. My girlfriend and I decided on one of the handmade cocktails from a very extensive and confusing list. When I asked the bartender to describe “The Elegant Mess,” she asked me if I have “ever had a champagne cocktail?” “SOLD!” said the blonde elegant mess to the bartender. It took her a while to make my drink, but it was well worth the wait AND so was the fire show she made by lighting the orange peel on fire before handing it to me.
MY VOTE: Very hip, very unique, yet great hometown, Kentucky feel. Cocktails, $10
BASA 2244 Frankfort Avenue, Crescent Hill
Finally! A date night at Basa! This restaurant has to be one of my favorite places to go on a date. The atmosphere is intimate, the food is fabulous, and if you have never had one of their Aloe Martinis, then you have never had three of them either (yes, one easily leads to three!). The cocktail list is more than unique — ever had a bacon-infused Old Fashioned? The wine and beer lists would appease the most discerning snob. Although the food menu is not lengthy, I wish you good luck making up your mind. Each selection sounds better than the next!
MY VOTE: See you next Saturday!!! (If I play my cards right)
(Later Saturday night)
THE SILVER DOLLAR 1761 Frankfort Avenue, Clifton
After our dinner at Basa, my date talked me into getting a nightcap at the new “gastro-pub”, The Silver Dollar. This place is both a bar AND a restaurant. We chose to sit at the bar, but I have to say, I felt pretty old and there was nothing my ultra mini skirt could do to save me — OR my 7 inch platforms. If you are a bourbon and or tequila fan though, this is your place. Their tequila list is longer than the Guadalupe. I more than settled for one of my favorite treats, a Shiner Bock in a bottle and my date chose the “Hickory Stick” which was a fancier version of an Old Forrester signature cocktail.
MY VOTE: Um… go ahead and ask one of my babysitters. She may have more insight. And if you go, wear plaid.
SEVICHE 1538 Bardstown Road, The Highlands
Of course you can never go wrong when choosing to drink and or dine at Seviche, one of Louisville’s favorite “hot spots.” Couple the new lounge area with their Sunday night specials, half-priced bottles of wine, $6 mojitos, and $6 margaritas and you have the perfect combination for denying that your weekend is over. The food is always fabulous, but when I eat at Seviche, I usually make a meal out of their appetizers, especially when supplementing my caloric intake with a slew of mojitos. Plus, I live for Anthony Lamas’ homemade guacamole and gourmet empanadas.
MY VOTE: Que bueno, no?
THE VILLAGE ANCHOR/SEA HAG 11507 Park Road, Anchorage
Okay, it’s a haul, folks. But, for Tuesday night $10 dinner and drink specials, I don’t mind a few extra songs on the radio. I had never been to the restaurant portion, The Village Anchor, or the pub downstairs, The Sea Hag. I was more than pleasantly surprised that a spot this cool was now an option for East Enders. I met a friend downstairs at the pub. The vibe was fabulous! It was quaint, yet totally abuzz, especially for a cold Tuesday night. The menu was extraordinary and I had a very hard time deciding on what to get. I settled on the Ahi Tuna salad, which was in no way, shape or form, “settling.” AH-MAZING! And since the bottles of wine were half-price, we had two!
MY VOTE: Forget moving to Anchorage for the schools…The Village Anchor rocks!
Since my main priority and job is being a mother, I decided to have a kid-friendly evening and met some other families at DiOrio’s for pizza and half-price wine night. As always, the pizza is perfect to each order, and when you have six kids running around, still needing to take baths and do their homework, the wine comes in handy too! They also offered $2 beers and $3 well drinks. I’m not saying who had what…
MY VOTE: Wine always lessens the whine.
Thanks to our gal about town, Patty Browning, for her investigative reporting of Louisville’s nightlife. Follow Patty’s insights on all things social and funny on her blog “Chatty Patty” by clicking here.
Another great resource is this cheat sheet of which Louisville restaurants offer half-price wine. Click here to read it.
Cheers to you, StyleBlueprint readers.
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