Bourbon is the star of the show at Charr'd Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge,?a spot that's won accolades from?the likes of?The Bourbon Review. It's easy to see the reason for the buzz, given the bar's selection of more than?80?bourbons?and the fact that it's located?inside?bourbon-themed?Marriott Louisville East. But beyond these recommendations, there's another reason to visit: a bold, sumptuous menu of bourbon-country cuisine, curated by?executive chef Ryan Montgomery.?"Almost every dish is infused with the sweet and complex flavor of bourbon," wrote one Louisville.com contributor.?
Among?Montgomery's specialties are?cheddar rolls with smoked-bourbon butter, asian salad with chilled bourbon chicken, and?St. Louis?style ribs smoked over barrel wood with a bourbon barbecuce sauce. Desserts?are also infused with the mellow spirit, as in the case of?pecan pie drizzled with?bourbon-laced?caramel.?Even?the?aesthetic here?is bourbon inspired: ruddy woods line?the restaurant's interior, recalling the hue?of whiskey?barrels or bourbon-watered oak trees with a tipsy flush to their bark.
In football, the offensive linemen are the guys assigned to protect the quarterback. As such, they need to be big, and strong. Like really big, and really strong. Judging from its menu?and its name?that's where O-Line Sports Grill draws its inspiration. The restaurant tackles monstrous appetites with appropriately hearty dishes. For instance, its grilled cheeseburger sandwiches a quarter-pound patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches, and the half-pound Juicy Lucy burgers come stuffed with cheddar cheese. O-Line also winds up appetites with finger-friendly platters of pepper jack cheese bites, pepperoni sticks, and other foods that can be used to play baseball.
Inside Siggy’s Pizza & Pub, one might never feel alone. The rustic eatery is populated by not only a lively staff and buzzing crowd, but also a moose, 12-point buck, and cougar. Situated throughout the bar and restaurant, a variety of prized finds are mounted and posed—including an enormous brown bear who holds his arms outward in a never-ending plea for hugs. The wooden bar grows colorful with plates of beer-friendly eats, including wings and pizzas littered with toppings such as green peppers, sausage, and fresh mozzarella.
Set to the warm, soaring treble of carefully selected ballroom music, Ballroom East’s certified instructors, Linda Jackson and Charles Jones, glide across straw-hued expanses of hardwood before the towering mirrors in their studio. The maestros, who have studied in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years, introduce duos to rug-cutting fundamentals in lessons that last between 45–60 minutes on Wednesday or Friday night. Pupils mingle with up to 55 fellow dancers or recruit potential stars for their bubble-wrap-stomping team. After instructors guide male and female students through respective steps, they pair them up to practice. Students can twirl closely with their accompanying partner or chatter with new friends as they switch throughout the class. Each month, curriculums explore a new dance, supplying students with plenty of new moves to whip out during weddings or after procuring a coveted parking spot.
BB Riverboats began with a deceptive motto and a fleet of zero. In 1977, Ben Bernstein opened a restaurant in a converted steamboat, whose motto was ?The Romance of Riverboat Dining.? Intended as tongue-in-cheek, the motto instead confused customers, who arrived hoping for a scenic cruise down the Ohio River. To placate his clientele, Ben Bernstein went into business with riverboat industry veteran Betty Blake, and BB Riverboats?named for their shared initials?was born.
Now run by Bernstein?s son, BB Riverboats has increased its fleet to three vessels, including the Belle of Cincinnati, a riverboat outfitted with Victorian details and two climate-controlled decks. On daily cruises down the Ohio, historical narration compliments the scenery, while passengers play swashbuckling games and learn to read treasure maps on family-friendly pirate cruises. On the company?s dining cruises, visitors drink in the scenery while noshing on a Hawaiian buffet spread or sampling award-winning wines from StoneBrook Winery. Additionally, holiday cruises honor occasions from Valentine?s Day to Thanksgiving.
At Bravo Dance Studio, owners Alex and Svetlana Ioukhnel understand that where learning to dance is concerned there is no single formula. That's why they've gathered a troupe of professional instructors to teach students of all levels and ages a variety of movement disciplines. A Latin-dance instructor teaches the latest moves seen at clubs, from Cuban-style salsa to bachata. The studio?s wedding-dance coordinator helps engaged couples create a memorable dance for their wedding reception. And, beginner students can start the adventure by learning basic steps that lay the groundwork for more advanced moves. Classes are held in the Bravo?s two sparkling ballrooms, outfitted with LED lights that dress the floating hardwood floors in red, blue, and green hues. The voices of Frank Sinatra, Duffy, and Barney the Dinosaur burst through the speakers during any given class, offering a variety of tunes to dance to. To keep toes twinkling, Friday nights feature social dance parties, where guests can practice their skills.