Down One Bourbon Bar

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115 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Down One Bourbon Bar and Restaurant® is a unique bourbon experience in Louisville, KY. Down One is nestled in the middle of Louisville’s Historic Whiskey Row. Relax on our patio lined with magnolia trees, enjoy a beef brisket biscuit sandwich and sip on a bourbon, beer or one of our delicious cocktails.

This former underground parking garage features one of Louisville’s hottest and only bourbon bar along the historic Whiskey Row in Louisville, Kentucky.

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3.8
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AmyU
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place. Friendly/fun staff, great variety on the menu and, of course, the bourbon. We had a great time! Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great, a very nice Valentine’s Day outing!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Down One Bourbon Bar is a fun atmosphere with great drinks and food. We were there on a special night where we got to celebrate Black History Month with a beautiful tribute to Uncle Nearest Bourbon. My husband says this is the place with the Best Old Fashioned in town.

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vipKelseyS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Down One was very good! The cheese curds were great!!

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KelaiahC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and of great quality. Went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday and everyone was pleased! The service was great and our food came out quickly!

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HopeW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food was good it had long wait for food.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Friendly staff. Unique atmosphere

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vippaulab
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before sporting event. Fun atmosphere, great service and great food.

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OperaGoer
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We are a group of 6 ushers at Actors Theater who typically "grab a bite" before an ushering gig. We pick place within walking distance of Actors so we do not have to move cars. Down One Bourbon Bar is directly across the street, putting it on our radar. The food and service were fine. We tell the wait staff up front that we have to be out in time to make our Actors call and they were very efficient. The only snag was that the water tasted like in had been stored in a garden hose all day. When we asked about it, they brought us new pitchers for the table and it was fine. Fluke? Who knows. But we'll visit again.

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vipChris
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was just ok...not likely to come back.

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EricA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

As a bourbon bar, the few basic cocktails on the menu should be top-notch, but they are not.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Did not like the food. Service was the only thing good.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable. It was our first time there, and liked the casualness of the place. Also the wait staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. It fit our style just perfectly.

MD
MichaelD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Great Bourbon selection. Food was average. Bread was way too dry. Nothing special.

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JenniferT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Cool place. Very limited vegetarian options. Drinks are 11.00 'and up.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place!

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vipJuanita
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The service team and hostess were prompt and professional. The menu looks good online only. The restaurant was empty except for one table. Our food came out luke warm. The brisket platter had no bbq baked beans. We actually went to Doc Crows after which was AMAZING. Manager gave us accommodation on the bill because he felt bad. They need new cooks in the kitchen. Big disappointment

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AmyC
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This was our second visit & we were a little disappointed this time. The food was not as expected. Everything was dry & just sort of blah. Not something I would go back for.
The service was just ok. The staff was friendly, but not very efficient. We were given appetizer plates that had not been washed because we lifted the top plate and there was chips & cheese in the second plate from someone else. I gave them to our waitress and she apologized, but I feel like they should have given us a discount or something more. It was pretty disgusting. She sort of acted like it was not big deal & never mentioned it again.

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Service started poorly, as we sat for 20 minutes before being waited on. We could actually hear two waitresses argue over who was going to take our table. Food was cold. We go here before every concert at The YUM! Center. Really disappointed this time.

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HollyG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service!

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EricaC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for a quick drink and appetizer but not great for dinner. Drinks okay but not hand crafted. More of a college scene vs an adult night out. Not exactly the atmosphere portrayed on the website.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cheese curds ever! Rest of the menu is great, too.

DD
vipDeeDee
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had reservations during a very busy hour and the staff was very accommodating and had our table ready 15 minutes early, great dining!

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EmilyG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It’s a trendy spot right across the Yum! Center. However, the food isn’t great and the drinks are a little pricy. Staff is a bit snooty but the service was good and our server was attentive. All in all, you can’t beat the location if you’re coming in for a concert or event.

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RickA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been enjoying the patio all summer. We had relatives in from out of state this past weekend. We made reservations for Saturday evening. The music by Doug Pinson was great and we had the best server. I don’t recall her name, but she made our evening so enjoyable.

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TinaS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

For happy hour I would. Price wise for drinks was pretty pricey

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Paull
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For drinks. Food ok but wife found French fries in salad. Weird. Service great.

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KristenT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was very good! I had a pork taco & a brisket taco. It was very busy. Our server was NOT friendly. My friend asked if they had a certain liquor. He never came back with an answer, leaving her with no drink. When he finally reappears, she asks him about it & he says I don’t know, I’ve been busy. We believe the appropriate response should have been, I’m so sorry , it’s busy & I forgot to ask. He did not care at all, never offered to go ask bartender, just took a different order from her. We still tipped, but he didn’t deserve it at all. We had to flag another worker for our bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

First time at this restaurant and was really excited to check it out. Overall I think the atmosphere is fantastic and really enjoyed the unique patio with greenery. Additionally the food and quality of bourbon selections were fantastic. Unfortunately a lot of this was overshadowed by extremely poor service. Our waitress not only didn’t check on us often but could easily be seen chatting at the host station while we were waiting to order our food. The bourbon flight that we ordered was delicious but the service in which it was delivered was poor and no identification of the different spirits was given until we asked. Additionally she had to come back and ask us sides for our entrees, one of which was still left off in the end! Then when we finally were able to ask for our check she didn’t seem to even understand what we were saying until it was repeated multiple times. I hate giving poor service reviews as I used to be a server years ago but this was truly poor. Either there is more training to be done or there are some people working there that are better fitted for other, less demanding jobs. Really overshadowed a lovely evening.

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WilsonTC
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was there for lunch - service was good, our food arrived quickly as did the check (they apparently do this to attract those working downtown with tight schedules) it was a good experience - I will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Got here a bit early. There was no clear place to check in. I just stood for a while. Finally someone asked if I needed anything. I said a table and he seated me. From that point one it was a fine experience. I had a selections of tacos which were better than I expected. Other than the beginning, it was a fine experience.

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kdsturson
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Inside and outside options.

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LisaM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner date here with my husband. The service was fast & the food was great. The staff was friendly. I definitely will go back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Great atmosphere and bourbon prices were largely fair. I liked the grouping of bourbons by mash bill. While they have an extensive list of bourbons and ryes, many were not available and the bartender acknowledged the list badly needs updating. Even though there were only a few at the bar, wait staff were more focused on chatting with themselves. I was hoping for some expertise and suggestions to try some new bourbons.

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vipDisappointing
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed in this place; it seemed more like a community pool food window then a restaurant on Open Tables....ugh....... food seemed old and stale....drinks overpriced.

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AudreyS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Definitely disappointed in this experience after Yelp made it seem premiere for bourbon and delicious food. The bourbon was over priced, the food was subpar, and it was not kid friendly - no changing tables in either bathroom.

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Dixiedoodle
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio seating. The fish sandwich and fries were great. The prices were very good.

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diner24
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Prices were reasonable. The old fashioned was not well made. The nachos and brisket grilled cheese were good. The side salad was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great she made sure we made it to show on time.

MM
MarkM
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding brisket! Had the bbq brisket sandwich with the jalapeno coke slaw.

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Down One Bourbon Bar is rated 3.8 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

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