Next time you’re planning to grab a drink with friends, why not enjoy your beverages while you check out the view from one of Louisville’s rooftop bars? These four rooftop drinking and dining locations offer decadent cocktails and celebrated craft beers along with some of the most stunning views of the city. Plus, most of these rooftop hotspots provide both indoor and outdoor seating, so they can be enjoyed beyond summer to fulfill your year-round entertainment needs. Here are our picks for the best rooftop bars in Louisville.
Copper and Kings American Brandy Distillery
1121 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 561-0267
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to midnight.; Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Located on the third floor of Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery is ALEX&NDER, a rooftop bar with classic cocktails and one of the best views you’ll find of downtown Louisville. With an international ambiance and great music, ALEX&NDER provides a welcoming atmosphere with good old-fashioned hospitality. As the Home of the Highball, sip on one of their crafty creations featuring Copper & Kings spirits or indulge in one (or more!) of their legendary Sangria pitchers. Plus, all of the gin, brandy, and absinthe at the bar is produced right downstairs.
400 South 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 313-6664
Hours: Seasonal, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening its doors in March of 2018, Omni Louisville Hotel brought more than just a place for guests to sleep. The Water Company, the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, is one of the most luxurious and scenic spots in the ‘ville. Located on the third floor, the pool and poolside bar offer hotel guests a place to relax and unwind with picturesque views of the city and a pool as blue as the Caribbean Sea. Munch on light bites by the water, try one of the bar’s signature cocktails to transport you straight to vacation, or simply celebrate staying in the Bluegrass State with a Kentucky classic like the Mint Julip. The pool and bar area is open to hotel guests or to those who make a purchase at the spa.
350 West Chestnut Street Rooftop, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 631-4180
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A true Louisville favorite, 8Up is home to one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city. Guests can experience the Louisville like never before with an open-air rooftop bar eight floors up, complete with fire pits and lounge seating to make for an elegant stay. Sit at one of their high tables and enjoy items from their lounge menu, or simply order a cocktail at the bar like the 8Up Old Fashioned, complete with 8Up Private Select Old Forester Select, Demerara syrup, Angostura orange bitters. It’s the perfect place to soak up the last of the hot Kentucky sun or watch the city glow once the sun goes down.
1064 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 890-8676
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight
Located on bustling Bardstown Road is the rooftop patio at HopCat, Louisville’s hub for craft beer. The mission of this local hotspot is to bring you great beer along with a great view of the Highlands from their rooftop patio seating area, where you can enjoy a glass from one of their 132 different craft taps. Additionally, their full food menu features pub food they like to call “food your mom would make if she loved craft beer,” aka Meat Head Pizza Rolls and Curd Your Enthusiasm cheese curds.
Time to gather your friends, enjoy the open air and celebrate with a drink or two!
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