Kentucky Nightlife

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Famous for their burgers, Dish on Market's chefs hand-form perfectly seasoned patties throughout the day, loaded with top-shelf fixings that include applewood-smoked bacon, housemade bourbon-barbecue sauce, and fried eggs. While the menu recommends trying the sweet-potato fries as an accompaniment to any of their burgers, they also offer a special option for those that would rather sip their side than eat it: the Bourbon and A Burger. This dish pairs a juicy cheeseburger with a shot of any of Dish on Market's bourbons priced under $6.

The rest of the enormous menu is available in the morning and afternoon, with classics such as veggie omelets and bread-pudding french toast. But the star of the breakfast menu is the Presidential Breakfast, described by the Smithsonian as an "ode to Harry Truman," a man of routine who ate this very breakfast every single day. The plate comes with everything one might need to start their day off right: an egg, toast, bacon, milk, a shot of Old Grand Dad whiskey, and the presidential nomination.

434 W Market St
Louisville,
KY
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The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.

300 N Broadway
Lexington,
KY
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It should come as no surprise that Bambooz Bar & Grill is a popular watering hole among Wilder locals. After all, the spot's slogan is "Come booz it up at Bambooz," and on any given night, you'll find bartenders slinging signature shots, margaritas, and cold beer served in 100-ounce towers that make people holding regular-sized glasses weep with envy. But social drinking isn't the only reason to visit—customers also keep coming back for comfort-food favorites such as Angus burgers, chili, and deep-fried Oreos. Large-screen televisions broadcast local sports games, and on certain nights, Bambooz hosts live music, karaoke, and events such as noodle wrestling.

501 Licking Pike
Wilder,
KY
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Baxter's 942 Bar & Grill focuses on the important things in life—beer, music, and grilled meat. As bartenders kick open the kegs to pour drafts, a sizzling grill leaves each burger that walks across its surface lightly blackened, like anything a fireman kisses. Each night of the week, the eatery transforms into a music venue for local bands and DJs to strut their stuff, with karaoke on Wednesdays.

942 Baxter Ave
Louisville,
KY
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There's hardly a lovelier sound than the clear ring of crystal glasses clinking together during a toast—or a lovelier sight than amber liquid spilling through a crystal decanter into those glasses. Add Clink Barware's trademark monograms, and pouring a drink becomes an elegant little piece of dinnertime theater. The company personalizes everything from flutes for toasting with champagne to pitchers for pouring high-grade cement. All pieces are high-quality glass, and most are made from different types of crystal, including the subtly aqua-tinted hand-blown variety and flawlessly clear optic crystal.

225 Gap Way
Erlanger,
KY
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Since 1997, Neil and Rachel Vasilakes have been growing fresh fruit with minimal pesticides on 30 acres of rolling farmland. With the grapes, berries, apples, and peaches that grow there, they craft 22 wines. Included in these are nine dry reds, which range from medium to robust, as well as such dry whites as chardonnay and seyval blanc. Neil, the primary winemaker, also enjoys exploring unusual varietals, fermenting small quantities of inventive recipes for his Black Barrel Reserve collection. Though they frequently rotate, these wines sometimes include peach mead, port wine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, and black walnut wine aged in Maker's Mark barrels. The winery is also known for Neil's blackberry, strawberry, and blueberry wines.

Within their tasting room, they serve up cheese pairings to complement the flavors of the wines, several of which won silver and bronze medals at the 2009 Kentucky State Fair Commercial Wine Contest. Believing that no good thing should go to waste, they repurpose some wines from the tasting room into gourmet cooking vinegars.

5500 Troy Pike
Versailles,
KY
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