Quality Inn & Suites University/Airport
311 E Gaulbert Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 638-6100
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Bars & Cafes
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.
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.
Established in 1944, Check's has been a neighborhood tradition for over 60-years. They offer a full lunch and dinner menu along with a great beer selection. They also offers sports viewing, karaoke and other entertainment.
Four Pegs bills itself as a "Beer Lounge and Social Eatery." It aptly fits the bill because the friendly and knowledgeable staff treat guests to a smorgasbord of great beer and hearty grub that sticks to the ribs. The beer selection is carefully curated (rivaled only by Sergio's World of Beers), it has choices from some of the best regions in the world, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, the list goes on-and-on. Almost every night, there is some kind of special, wings on Tuesdays, pints on Wednesdays and Trivia Sundays are always a blast.
Beer nerds take note: The Nachbar is the place to be for beer selection in Louisville. There's a hefty menu of Belgians, Germans, other imports, and the best of the American microbreweries. There are lots of bottles and plenty of cascading hops out of the taps too. The walls are made of exposed brick, there's billiards and a backyard and a full bar in case beer isn't your thing.
Lisa's is one of Louisville's fine, aged, neighborhood dive bars. It's dark and dank and full of locals. Occasional live music events bring in outsiders from time to time, but this place's bread and butter is cold cans of cheap beer. Located on a stretch of East Oak Street halfway between downtown and the Bardstown Road area, Lisa's is the perfect place to stop for a cold one on the way from one side of town to the other. See website for photos and more.
Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe is lively cafe that serves delectable traditional American food. It is known to be one of the best sports bars in town. Also, it is a good place to be with family and is moderately priced. The staf is very warm and welcoming. For more details, please see the website.
Celebrated by such diverse publications as Spin Magazine and Milkyboots, Seidenfadens is the type of dive bar for which dive bar aficionados search the world over. Located on a spartan little corner in a quiet neighborhood, inside there's cheap beer, sauced locals, good music and a whole lot more. Live bands play on occasion, karaoke takes place on the regular, and there's even a movie night every Sunday, presented by Wild & Woolly Video.
Live bluegrass music, local bourbon and Fried Green Tomatoes, it doesn't get any more Southern than this. The idea behind Monkey Wrench is simple: use quality ingredients, pay homage to tradition and offer guests a reason to come back. The formula works perfectly, where the menu has interesting entrees like Bison Meatloaf and the hardly seen mutton. However, one of the best benefits of eating here is the pork belly Lardo and country ham that comes along with each entree.
Serving classic lunch items with Kentucky flair. They are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you plan to catch a performance at the Louisville Palace, the Marketplace makes for a great pre-show stop. The cuisine on offer is Italian-inspired Southern fare, and there is even a lounge with great drinks and live jazz for your entertainment. The food is absolutely delicious, and dishes like garlic beef tenderloin, balsamic-marinated NY strip and roasted spaghetti and lamb bolognese will definitely leave you wanting more. The patio features a dessert counter where you can enjoy numerous sweet treats.
Of the numerous Irish Pubs along a certain block on Louisville's Baxter Avenue, O'Shea's is the godfather. It was the first to set up shop and remains among the liveliest. Revelers from all over town gather here on many a night for an atmosphere that includes live music and dancing, and a bar and kitchen serving up hot food and cold drinks. See website for live music schedule, menu, beer list and more.