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« on: August 14, 2006 07:47:01 PM »

We're heading through Louisville on our Labor Day travels- anyone have recommendations on indie shops, bars, fun restaurants for our visit?  Awesome gift/toy shops would be a bonus.  We've already heard about Ko-pilot!

« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006 08:49:02 PM »

Gotta recommend Lynn's Paradise Cafe for food and atmosphere (and the store is cool too). Also, the Nitty Gritty, Cherry Bomb, Queen of Rags and Dot Fox are great to check out, and they're all fairly close to Ko-pilot.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006 07:48:36 AM »

Eats - Cottage Inn on Eastern Pkwy (good home cookin'), Spring St (neighborhood pub fare), Gumbo-A-Go-Go (decent cajun), Flabby's (Germantown goodness), Twig & Leaf (artphag Dennys), Big Hopps (soul food), Ramsis (last resort for the undecided pallete)

Shops - Lonesome Town Records, Underground Sounds, Better Days West, Highland Records, Carmichaels books, Unique thrift stores

Bars - 3rd St Dive (newest hipster locale, not so bad if you get there early, bands/DJs), Freddies, Mag (despite what everyone says, they're jukebox ain't all that), The Tavern (great for karaoke and trannies), The D Marie (I think it was closed or remodled, though), Longshot (unpretentious and ping pong tables), Cahoots (remember when I was in this band in the 90s?), Seidenfadens (other new-ish hopster locale, okay if you go early)
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006 03:08:40 PM »

You can't go wrong with bardstown rd.  Check out Kente, too.  The Louisville Craft Mafia consigns with them alot.  We love them.  And Dot Fox, they're great to work with, too...


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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2006 07:40:14 PM »

Excellent!  Thanks so much for all of your suggestions...we're really looking forward to our trip :-)
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2006 11:31:51 AM »

Argh, don't forget Ear X-tacy and Cafe 360 just because there are usually interesting people to look at there.  I definately do agree with BabyPop to check out Unique Thrift Store because you can always find something...unique...there:)

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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2006 03:50:24 PM »

Bardstown road is the indie and cultural center of louisville: all of the best bars, shops, and people are right around there! The Knit Nook, an AWESOME knitting store which is run by my old english teacher, is on bardstown road right across from a store called Amazing Grace (an awesome health food store) and next to Highland Coffee, a local coffee shop, close to the intersection of Grinstead and bardstown.

As for food, Frankfort Avenue -- pretty close to bardstown and downtown -- is amazing. Try The Grape Leaf, an amazing medditeranean place. Downtown, Kilamanjaro is an amazing african restaraunt next to The Palace on Fourth Street which has Fourth Street Live, the center for clubs and bars downtown. Also, the Kentucky Art & Craft Museum is a great place for local crafters to sell and look at neat things. It's by the Science Museum and the Slugger Museum downtown on Main Street.

Overall Louisville is amazing, and you really can't see it all in enough time!

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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2007 04:22:49 PM »

Oh yes Frankfort Avenue....You gotta try Cafe LuLu (I think that's how it is spelled) on Frankfort Avenue for great food and a cheerful interior...Also Elizabeth's is a pretty neat-o Vintage shop....I'd also check out a thrift shop called the Red Giraffe too...I'm not sure if it is still opened though.... Huh
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008 10:03:57 PM »

I had a speech instructor at UofL who was the owner of Cafe Lulu on Frankfort Smiley

For anyone coming to Louisville in the future, go to the Irish Rover on Frankfort Ave & get the Cottage Pie!!  Mmmm!  The best food ever!
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2008 01:44:47 PM »

A waiter from the Irish Rover actually ran after the man that mugged me at 2 am on Bardstown Road one night.....He heard me scream and like put out his ciggarette in the guy's face when he caught up with him....lol....sorry....Proof on Main Street is pretty amazing....and so is the Mellwood Art Center...

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