In Louisville For Forecastle? We Know Just The Place!

There’s an electricity in the air in Louisville whenever the Forecastle Festival comes around. Not only will Louisville play host to some amazing musicians, but the festival will also include 75,000+ music lovers, with many traveling to our fair city to attend.

Considering how weird and wonderful the Derby City truly is, we wanted to help visitors make the most of their time here. So Yelp and Forecastle teamed up on a special survey — 15 questions for 15 years of Forecastle — to get locals’ picks for where these visitors should eat, drink and play while in town.

And Louisville made their recommendations known!

Survey Results

Click through to read why these businesses are top spots to visit.

Top restaurants that visitors should go to at least once
Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
The Silver Dollar

Foodie faves:
Pizza: The Post
Tacos: El Taco Luchador
Burgers: Mussel and Burger Bar
Southern fare: Feast BBQ
Food truck: Hi-Five Doughnuts
Brunch: Wild Eggs

Hi-Five Doughnuts, posted by the business on Yelp

Top watering holes
Garage Bar
The Back Door
Holy Grale

Drink faves:
Bourbon: The Silver Dollar
Beer selection: Holy Grale
Brewery: Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

The Silver Dollar, by Yelp Elite Kathy V.

Top attractions
Churchill Downs
Louisville Slugger Museum
Speed Art Museum

Other fave spots to see:
Distillery: Jeptha Creed
Live entertainment: Zanzabar

Jeptha Creed, by Yelp Elite Kelly P.

Top shopping
Butchertown Market
Revelry Boutique Gallery
Carmichael’s Bookstore

Revelry Boutique Gallery, posted by the business on Yelp

The survey included a collection of the highest-rated and most-reviewed places in the Louisville area in each category, and to be included, a business must have had at least a four-star rating when the survey was compiled.

Want to save these picks to remember later? Click here to save and follow a bookmark collection of these spots on the Yelp app. Also on the Yelp Blog, check out great Louisville recs from members of three Louisville bands playing Forecastle.

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