Now that you’ve knocked some distilleries off on your KBTCT and B-Line passports, it’s time to get your belly full and enjoy some handcrafted cocktails!
In Covington, head to Libby’s Southern Comfort for fried green tomatoes, a Bourbon Cheerwine Slush and vintage bottle pours you’re not likely to find anywhere else. With refreshing cocktails, delicious bites, and several private barrel picks to choose from, Rich’s Proper is sure to hit the spot. Formerly a gentleman’s club, The Globe underwent a complete transformation into a sleek, modern Bourbon bar known for crafted cocktails and locally-sourced ingredients. Head to the Roebling Point area for your next stop – Smoke Justis. This sports bar named after urban legend Walter “Smoke” Justis (who was the opening day pitcher for the Covington Blue Sox on May 9, 1913) features smoked meats, Bourbon and craft beers in their expansive space – great for groups. Check in to Coppin’s at Hotel Covington for their house old fashioned (on-tap no less!) and rest your head in the luxurious boutique hotel.
Lace up your sneakers (or leave those heels on) – your next three stops are within an easy two block walking distance in Covington’s Mainstrasse Village. Settle into Bouquet for an upscale farm-to-table dinner and choose from their extensive Bourbon selection. The knowledgeable bartenders and extensive offerings at Bourbon Haus 1841 are sure to please even the most discerning palate. At Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Bourbon is undoubtedly their passion. With more than 600 Bourbons to choose from, crafted flights, cocktails and OKBB single barrel selections, your decisions will be tough! Squeeze your way through the narrow Goodfella’s Pizzeria “front” and ascend the stairs to reach the speakeasy at Wiseguy Lounge – ask about their flaming cocktail, the Broken Hatchet.
More Bourbon adventures await just across the river in Newport. Coffee shop by day, Bourbon bar by night, you could call Prohibition the superman of Bourbon bars. With more than 2,000 Bourbons, ryes and other whiskeys, Prohibition may well have one of the largest collections of whiskey in the world. If New Orleans-inspired fried chicken and cocktails are more your speed, then the Purple Poulet has your number. Get cozy at the bar or enjoy the large outdoor patio at Three Spirits Tavern. Ask about their black coal ice cubes…and the other “spirits” that inhabit the historic building.
On your way to the Neeley Family Distillery, make reservations at Tousey House Tavern in Burlington and choose from one of their curated Bourbon flights.
From The Old Pogue Distillery, the Beehive Augusta Tavern is just a skip away. Gaze out at the river as you dine in this gorgeous, 200+ year old building – and keep your eyes peeled for the Clooney’s (George’s relatives, of course).