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Nightlife in Louisville

Downtown Louisville Nightlife

When the sun goes down, everything starts heating up in Louisville. The nightlife scene in Louisville is legendary, with everything from live music venues and swanky clubs to iconic dive bars that stay open until the early morning hours. With so many fun destinations to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, the local insiders at Marriott Louisville have you covered. Below you’ll find our picks for the top 5 bars and venues in Louisville for a great night out on the town.


Located at Actor’s Theatre and touting itself as “Comfort bar food with an Asian pantry,” Milkwood offers great food and a dynamic drink menu with cocktails, wines, and beers organized by personal preference. Choose from helpful categories like “delicate,” “sour,” “bitter,” and “umami”. It’s the perfect opportunity to expand your palette.

Proof on Main

With a menu that features over 75 different bourbons and an award-winning wine list, Proof on Main is the perfect destination for a group with varied tastes. The spirit collection emphasizes small batch, artisanal craftsmanship, which also carries over to the bar’s décor – an expertly curated collection of rotating contemporary art from the adjoining 21c museum.

Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar

Serving up five nights a week of live Blues, Rock and Jazz music plus a killer drinks menu, it’s easy to see why Stevie Ray’s is one of Louisville’s most popular bars. There’s a large dance floor so you can show off your best moves, along with ample seating at the bar and a Voodoo Garden outside when you need a little air. Check out the events calendar to see who’s playing while you’re in town.

Haymarket Whiskey Bar

This Louisville hotspot really has it all – a place on the Urban Bourbon Trail, shelves stocked with hard-to-find whiskeys, a vintage arcade with pinball and skeeball lanes, a bottle shop, and a 180-person live music venue. With 400 whiskeys and the city’s largest selection of private barrels, you’re sure to find your new favorite drink. The front bar also hosts free events throughout the week, including Vinyl Night, free pizza on Mondays, Bingo Night, Pirate Night, and more.

4th Street Live!

Of course, when it comes to Louisville nightlife, no list is complete without 4th Street Live! This premier dining and entertainment complex features 20 different venues, including the Hard Rock Café, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, and Howl at the Moon. Catch the latest sports action with over 50 LED TVs at the Sports and Social Club. Release your inner “Urban Cowboy” at PBR Louisville. Or grab some friends and party on wheels with the 16-passenger mobile bar, the Thirsty Peddler.

Spend the Night in Derby City

If you want to experience some of Louisville’s best nightlife, reserve your stay at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. We’re just minutes from some of Louisville’s top bars and nightlife, including Fourth Street Live!, the Haymarket Whiskey Bar and more. Our stellar location also puts you near the city’s top attractions including the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Slugger Museum and more – so you can enjoy the city during daylight hours as well.

As one of the top-rated hotels in downtown Louisville, our guests always enjoy great service and modern guest rooms and suites outfitted with 42” HDTVs, mini fridges and other plush perks. After a big night out, unwind with your favorite coffee drink from our on-site Starbucks® or a refreshing swim in our indoor pool.