The first weekend is May means Kentucky Derby time here in Louisville, and with the swirl of events happening city-wide, you are definitely going to work up an appetite! Derby parties, Derby Eve galas and long days at the track can leave you hungry, so we pulled together a quick list of great local restaurants we love — from upscale to beer and pizza – that keep late-night hours during our most exciting time of the year.
SB TIP: Be sure to call ahead for reservations or to verify hours. This is the busy season for restaurants, so double-check to make sure tables are still available or if a special event affects their usual service schedule.
Happy Derby and happy eating!
812 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 749-8128
Decca Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Cellar Lounge Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to midnight; *Open Derby Eve until 1 a.m.
Stop by Decca in NuLu for after-Oaks and Thurby bites until 10 p.m. But stop by on Derby Eve, Friday, May 5, as Chef Annie Pettry hosts fellow competitors from last season’s Top Chef: Charleston for a special Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge. Expect celebrity sightings and great eats as Chef Annie presents a one-night-only late-night snack menu. Find out more about this Derby Eve Beats & Eats at Decca’s Cellar Lounge here.
And find out more about why we love Chef Annie Pettry in her StyleBlueprint FACES of Louisville profile.
1321 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 456-1702
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight
Keeping Louisville fed at all hours since 1977, the Bristol on Bardstown Road is the epitome of a local classic. End your Derby day at Bristol Bar & Grille where a plate of green chili wontons or Teresa’s sweet chili linguine are the perfect original dishes to enjoy post-track, Derby party or Derby Eve gala.
909 East Market St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202 • (502) 749-9900
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
This popular NuLu outpost of the original Feast in New Albany offers late-night hours, brisket pulled pork, chopped chicken and crispy smoked tofu for the vegetarians in your group. Feast also has some of the best sides in town – tater tots, collard greens, slaw and more – and we can’t say enough about their bourbon slushies.
3311 Preston Hwy., Louisville, KY 40213 • (502) 963-2727
Hours: Tuesday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Find this funky, delicious burrito joint when you need post-Derby event fuel. Tucked away in a strip mall but with a pink façade that’s easy to spot, stop by to dine in, get take out or, if you live in Germantown, Old Louisville or Audubon Park, get delivery. Check out their weekly specials for out-of-the-ordinary burrito options like the chicken fried rice burrito, chicken cordon bleu burrito or the “Lunch Lady” with meatloaf and mac and cheese.
1076 East Washington St., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 742-8315
Butchertown Grocery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m | Lola Hours: Wednesday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. to midnight
If you can’t wait for a late-night bite, stop by Butchertown Grocery after Oaks or Derby for a much-needed sit-down dinner. Their selection of dishes created by nationally recognized Chef Bobby Benjamin will be available until 10 p.m. Or keep the party going at Lola, their upstairs bar. Open until 2 a.m., they offer an assortment of bar bites and original cocktails, including the Derby-inspired Butchertown mint julep. If you plan to stop by Lola post-Thurby, keep in mind that they will be hosting the Rainbow & Roses VIP party this year.
127 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 587-1626
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
While the hours at Doc Crow’s can’t be considered super-late, a kitchen that stays open until 11 p.m. is a great option when you have spent your day at the track. Located on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row on West Main Street, the menu features barbecue, Southern specialties and a raw bar with fresh oysters. And if you started your day with bourbon cocktails, the extensive bourbon list at Doc Crow’s gives you the opportunity to end it with the best one of the day. Choose from one of the largest bourbon and whisky selections in Louisville.
1800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 742-2908
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Clifton’s own Hilltop Tavern is a neighborhood favorite, and we are so happy they are back in time for Derby after a few months off for renovation. Famous for serving comfort foods, like house-smoked pulled pork, brisket and wings, they also offer an extensive full bar with a great beer selection. Stay late and be entertained during Derby week with board games and arcade games alike.
1045 Goss Ave., Louisville, KY 40217 • (502) 635.2020
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight
Housed in a restored V.F.W. in the heart of Germantown, The Post serves up New York-style pizza that satisfies cravings late into the night. Be sure to check out their slice of the day and beer list!
1761 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 259-9540
Dinner Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Kitchen closes at midnight. Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A juke joint inside a restored firehouse, inspired by the Bakersfield music sound, the Silver Dollar is home to satisfying Southern food classics with a California twist, and the drinks are out of this world! The kitchen closes at midnight, so don’t wait too long to place your order for their late-night-worthy chili, chicken and waffles or divine cheeseburger with a basket of sweet potato fries. And if your night spills into morning, the Silver Dollar makes a brunch created to help you recover from a night of Derby-inspired celebration.
Eat up and have a great Derby, everyone!
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