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Old 01-14-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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I will be in Louisville for training for a large healthcare company. Can anyone share what their is to do on weekends ? I assume we will be working on Saturdays.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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For me, our park system is where I'm at during r&r.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I will be in Louisville for training for a large healthcare company. Can anyone share what their is to do on weekends ? I assume we will be working on Saturdays.
Check out 4th St live, it has great resturants. You'll love the views from Riverfront Park.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:45 PM
 
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I will be in Louisville for training for a large healthcare company. Can anyone share what their is to do on weekends ? I assume we will be working on Saturdays.
Well, you are coming from a eastern NC, so I am assuming you come from a pretty rural area. Do you like doing rural stuff? or city stuff? what is your age? What are you looking for? Louisville offers everything any major city does besides pro sports and very high end shopping (like Neiman Marcus, etc, although there are very expensive and upscale boutiques).

Often I find when people come to a place for a brief period they have preconceived notions, and they also want it to be like what they like at home, and they will always compare it to their home, even if they stumble on the wrong stuff. So, maybe if you link me to websites of places you like to go in your hometown, I could offer similar (or better) options in Louisville.
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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We will be staying at the Hyatt and will enjoy the city since I live at the beach and don't get to the big city often, hopefully their are plenty of different places to eat.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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We will be staying at the Hyatt and will enjoy the city since I live at the beach and don't get to the big city often, hopefully their are plenty of different places to eat.
Louisville is one of the top 20 restaurant cities in the nation IMO, acting much larger than its size by population in this regard. The restaurants have been slower than usual, as it has been frigid cold, around 0 degrees at night. A recent fire destroyed a long standing Vietnamese restaurant in the Highlands.

For restaurant advice, you need to join this free forum:

Louisville Restaurants Forum • View forum - Louisville Restaurants Forum

You will be staying in front of the gaudy neon, fourth street live. This area is fun for bars on a Saturday night, but please do not eat at those restauarnts, as there are much better locally owned operations.


http://louisvilleoriginals.com/

This is an alliance of some great local restaurants, but beware there are hundreds of great locals not in that coalition.


There are amazing restaurants withing walking distance of your hotel, even though the best restaurants are really not all downtown. What kind of food do you like? Again, you will need to get more on that forum and ask them, as they are foodie experts. I can tell you there are some great places within walking distance of your hotel, and also some not so great places.

Within walking distance, the five star Oakroom at the Seelbach is historic and the kind of place you wear a jacket or suit to.

The trendy new places downtown are:

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Louisville (http://www.jeffruby.com/louisville.html - broken link)

Z's Fusion at Fourth and Market (so new a website is not yet up)

Catering Louisville Kentucky :: Contemporary Dining

I would say, on the higher end downtown, these three are not to be missed.

On the east end of downtown, Toast on Market is located in the gallery district, and serves a great breakfast:

Toast On Market


A good deli is Stevens & Stevens Delicatessen -- Welcome

It is located in the very urban Highlands, an area not to be missed. Explore up and down Bardstown Road, and dive along Cherokee Road and Willow ave and some of the urban residential streets in between.

You need to research the restaurants first, as there is anything from Vietnamese and Korean to Thai and Senegalese and Ethiopian food in this city.

Frankfort Avenue is another urban strip not to be missed.

Again, this is a strip with another maybe 30-40 solid restaurants, all locally owned, but here are some of my favorites:

Varanese

http://www.basarestaurant.net/

A great, fast casual carry out place is this (think ethnic Panera Bread)

http://www.shirazmg.com/

While on this strip, stop for a drink after here:

WELCOME TO BOURBONS BISTRO

Louisville's inner ring suburbs also have amazing restaurants, just two examples:

http://www.myhavanarumba.com/

http://www.mojitorestaurant.com/

How about German?

http://www.gasthausdining.com/



Some other ideas of stuff to do:

First Friday Trolley Hop
F.A.T. Friday Hop (http://www.fatfridayhop.org/about.html - broken link)
Metromix | Your Restaurants, Nightlife & Events Guide (sort of clubish magazine but lets you know what goes on)
Home | LEO Weekly (the true indie alt weekly paper as you would find in any major city)
Consuming Louisville
www.backseatsandbar.com (good for music)
http://keeplouisvilleweird.com/ (why supporting local business is what makes this such a unique city)
http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Visitors/
http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=2&gl=us
www.thehighlandsoflouisville.com
http://www.louisvilleky.gov/economic...sociations.htm

for bar recs, it depends on your age:

In general, there are three main nightlife hotspots (having strips of dozens of bars), and countless other neighborhoods with some good bars, just inside I-264 alone.

To get a grasp on it, try this place on Wed:

Brendan's Restaurant & Pub - Brendan's Temporary Main - Brendan's Louisville

This puts you in the St Matthews bar strip, which has several bars for all tastes, from clubs like Skybar to lounges, to dives, to microbrewerys.

On Bardstown Road, start out at Osheas:

O'Shea's Irish Pub - Home Page

This block is heavily populated with bars, and there is more the further south you go down bardstown, with styles ranging from Irish pub, to live music menu to microbrewery to hookah Cafe. The area is better explored by foot, as it doesnt look as impressive from the car (and it is very safe at all hours)

downtown, fourth street live is outside your hotel, and that bar strip can be fun on a saturday night especially

WELCOME TO FOURTH STREET LIVE!

there are several other good bars downtown depending on your scene (a couple examples from dive bar to microbrews).

http://www.bbcbrew.com/updates/content.php?article=23&template=templates/template.php (broken link)

http://www.myspace.com/thirdstreetdive


In the more mature lounge setting, this place is located in an old warehouse district on east main:

http://www.primeloungeky.com/index.html

Call them to ask when their next big event is as it can be hit or miss.

If you are above 30, makers mark or Ri Ra may be more your scene. Hotel is an upscale house music dance club etc, mainly big on Saturdays. Again, this area is most crowded on a Saturday night after 11 PM....bars in Louisville do not close until 4 AM, so many parties get started later. Also, downtown, you will notice many of the coffee shops close early, and there is not much retail. For independent retail, do not miss some of the shops on Bardstown Road, like Ear-X-Tacy record shop or carmichael's book store. Bardstown Road, Frankfort Avenue, and St Matthews (not the mall) all have wonderful and sometimes upscale retail boutiques as well) If you are looking for a good coffee shop downtown, try this:

http://www.myspace.com/derbycityespresso

Here is another coffee chop close to downtown that keeps later hours, and it will allow you to explore old louisville, america's largest district of Victorian Mansions:

http://www.oldlouisville.com/Restaur...ee/default.htm

A fourth and developing bar district is eclectic and very interesting. To get a feel for the neighborhood known as Germantown, check out these spots:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndID=167548389

http://louisville.metromix.com/bars-and-clubs/neighborhood_bar/zeppelin-cafe-central-louisville/543274/content (broken link)

In general Metro mix is good for at least mapping places out. if you discover a place you want to try, run it by me and let me know and I can try to help you.

If I knew your age, I could offer even more ideas, but that is a brief overview.


Are you more the eclectic, indie type? Or would you rather have gay bars? How do you dress when you go out? Chucks and old jeans with a vintage T? Or more corporate? Preppy polos or button downs? What kind of music? Theatre? Arts? Sports? Of course there is the standard museums, zoo, shopping malls, etc like any major city. You really need to be more specific and link me to areas you go to in your hometown. Louisville is a "big" city, but not big and flashy like many of the coastal metropoli or Chicago. In other words, you need to know where you are going or it wont seem like a happening place (and it is when you know where you are going).

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Old 01-18-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I really appreciate the kindness you have shown by listing all these wonderful places, thank you very much. I am not a drinker nor do I eat at pricey places so I love the Chinese and Mexican places. When traveling I love eating local not at chains. So again I thank you for your effort in providing information.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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The previous poster is right; Louisville has an awesome local restaurant scene. It's probably one of the best attributes of the city. Of course there are the national chains found everywhere else, but do yourself a favor and stay away from those.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:54 AM
 
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I really appreciate the kindness you have shown by listing all these wonderful places, thank you very much. I am not a drinker nor do I eat at pricey places so I love the Chinese and Mexican places. When traveling I love eating local not at chains. So again I thank you for your effort in providing information.
So you want cheap Mexican and Chinese? Do you want the real thing? (like where the patrons may be Mexican or Chinese)? Or do you want a more Americanized version? Maybe you should try Thai, Vietnamese, etc?
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Hopefully it has warmed up, looks like the weather reports say it won't be that chilly, I fly in Sunday night. On Trip Advisor I read mixed reports about the Hyatt, oh well should be fun.
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