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Redefining Louisville’s Cocktail Scene at Jockey Silks

January 6, 2020
Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

Tucked away on the second floor of the historic Galt House Hotel is my new go-to spot downtown: Jockey Silks.

Jockey Silks has been a mainstay of the Louisville Bar Scene since 1972. Originally known for its dark corners and hand-carved wood, the bar shut down in July 2019 for an intense renovation. Trust me when I say this, y’all: it’s stunning. The space is chock-full of dark tones, yet they are inviting, warm, and – as odd as this might be to say – seductive.

An upscale bourbon lounge for the modern traveler and bourbon aficionado, there’s a menu offering for everyone. Though not exclusively bourbon (I’m a gin lover, as y’all know), beginners to experts will be impressed by the curation of spirits.

Pro tip: while there, you can order small bites; or, if you’re really hungry, walk next door and dine at the fabulous new Walkers Exchange.

Now — the drinks!

Jockey Standards:

Winter Old-Fashioned (Bourbon, Sugar, Barrel Bitters, Winter Spices — Dark and Warming)

Jockey’s Manhattan (Bourbon, Averna, Vermouth — Boozy and Herbal)

Kentucky Apple Shine (Brown Sugar Bourbon, Spiced Apple Cider — Spiced and Fresh)

Oaks Philly Mule (Vodka, Cranberry, Lemon, Cassis, Ginger Beer — Fruity and Robust)

Smoke On The Water (Rye Whiskey, Brandy, Vermouth, Bitters, Smoke — Smokey and Bittersweet)

Belle View Suite (Blueberry, Hibiscus, Red Tea, Lemon, Prosecco, Gin — Bright and Bubbly)

Oh – and don’t miss the extensive bourbon flights + bourbon pours!

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Mimosas, anyone?

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Oh, and as a gin lover, I have to say this: I was served the best gin and tonic that I have ever had in Louisville (maybe ever). Served in a Spanish/Portuguese fashion, your choice of gin is mixed with my favorite tonic (Fever-Tree) + topped with juniper berries, plus delicious spices and adornments. Not only was it delicious, it was gorgeous!

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

The best part of the evening, however, was the experience itself. I sampled these cocktails with two of my closest friends + had the opportunity to have a great conversation with the bartender. Full of information, jokes, and wit — he made the outing oh-so-special.

Needless to say, I will be returning… for both the impeccable drinks and the immaculate service.

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar: Downtown Louisville Bourbon Bars + Cocktails, Galt House Hotel, shot by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

You can visit Jockey Silks on the Second Floor of the West Tower of the Galt House Hotel:

140 N. Fourth St.

Louisville, KY 40202

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As they say: To Bourbon or Not To Bourbon? That is the question.

(The answer? To bourbon!)

To learn more about their extensive drink menu, click here; for information on the small bites, click here.

Cheers!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Jockey Silks and the Galt House Hotel; all opinions expressed, as always, are my own.

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