Now that spinach has been deemed a performance-enhancing vegetable, Popeye's future shortstop career hinges on his transition to bourbon. Get a sailor's worth of bourbon and fine fare with today's deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of drinks and gourmet eats at Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, located downtown in the 4th Street Live! complex.
Maker's Mark Bourbon House serves upscale cuisine and, of course, a long list of Kentucky-distilled bourbons. From the classy comfort of the wood-topped bar, warm your whistle with a flight of low-rye bourbons (Jim Beam, Knob Creek, and Woodford Reserve, $12), high-rye bourbons (Bulleit, Four Roses Small Batch, and Fighting Cock, $12), single-barrel bourbons (Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, and Elijah Craig 18 year, $15), or a rich palate of millionaire's row bourbons (Jefferson’s Presidential Reserve 17 year, Pappy Van Winkle 23 year and Parker’s Heritage Collection 27 year, $60). There are more than 60 creamy, smooth, oaky, toasted, and roasted flavors from which to choose.
As you swirl, sniff, and savor diverse and delectable bourbon notes, invite some classy eats to complement the fête. Lunch starters include a warm goat-cheese skillet (creamy goat cheese, fresh herbs, shitake mushrooms, smoked tomatoes, and crusty bread, $13) and a fresh bourbon-grilled-sirloin salad (romaine, grilled sirloin, blue cheese, red onion, tomatoes, Maker's Mark balsamic, and potato frites, $10). Deftly maneuvering hand-held eats such as a pesto chicken panini ($7) or a vegetarian heirloom tomato and goat cheese wrap ($7) helps train for docking with the International Space Station. The extended evening menu offers a fried green tomatoes (cornmeal breaded, with roasted garlic aioli and goat cheese) appetizer ($10), Maker’s Mark barbeque ribs ($30), low country shrimp and grits ($28), and more.
Gambol out with sweet breath after bourbon strawberry scones ($7) or an apple-ginger crumble (served a la mode with caramel sauce, $7). This Groupon can be used for either dine-in or carry-out.
The Courier-Journal recommends Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, and Southern Living calls it a must-visit if you have 48 hours in Louisville. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, TripAdvisors give it an average of three owl eyes and OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 3.4 stars.
- During a dinner visit, a friend and I sipped perfectly crafted Maker's Mark cocktails ($8 each), an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, along with our order of wonderful Low Country fried oysters ($12), served on a bed of bourbon-laced creamed corn. – Susan Riegler, Courier-Journal
- Classy, elegant place. A nice diversion from the regular 20 something 4th Street Live crowd. – A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook