6 of Our Favorite Dive Bars in Louisville

Food & Drink 12/17/2018

When you’re in the mood for a great hole-in-the-wall place to relax and grab a drink (and maybe even some food), numerous spots around Louisville have you covered. We’ve got six to get you started:


Magnolia Bar

1398 South 2nd Street

Louisville, KY 40208

Don’t let the name fool you; the only thing Magnolia Bar & Grill serves up is some of the stiffest drinks around with a side of the most impressive jukebox in town. It’s consistently viewed as one of Louisville’s essential dives.


Seidenfadens Cafe

1134 East Breckinridge Street

Louisville, KY 40204

Home to one of the best (and no cover) dance parties in the city and some seriously cheap drinks, this spot a go-to for essentially every hipster in Lou.


Bambi Bar

2701 Bardstown Road

Louisville, KY 40205

Perhaps Louisville’s most well known dive bar, the Bambi is always a good idea, particularly if you are looking for something greasy to soak up their dirt cheap brews (opt for the burgers and wings). The time-honored tradition of the ‘Bambi Walk’ is indeed named for this dive considering it’s the official, unofficial, starting point, but don’t ask the bartender if you get a t-shirt once you finish. This isn’t truly their rodeo, they’re just the meeting point.


Third Street Dive

442 South 3rd Street

Louisville, KY 40202

Feel free to judge this book by its cover, as this spot kinda wants you to do that. It's essentially synonymous with the dive bar scene in Louisville, and was always intended to be a dive, which not all of them are...


Kern's Korner

2600 Bardstown Road

Louisville, KY 40205

If you’re looking for a place to grab a cold one watch the game with one of the best burgers in town, then look no further than Kern’s Korner. Make sure you have cash on you, though. No credit cards allowed.


The Back Door

1250 Bardstown Road #7

Louisville, KY 40204

The best part about this place? The bar staff. They’re all old enough to be our grandparents, which adds a certain charm to the place, and it also means they pour heavy -- really heavy. But not to worry, they’ve got a full-service kitchen to help even things out.



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