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8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, Louisville, KY

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

3.8
3.8
898 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Set in the lively entertainment district, our rooftop restaurant in downtown Louisville offers eclectic dining and drinking experiences. 8up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen offers three distinctive atmospheres - the open-kitchen restaurant, swanky lounge, and rooftop bar and event space.

Our restaurant offers a menu of creative American food with a local twist, hand-crafted cocktails, and unparalleled city views. Whether you're throwing a party, meeting friends for dinner, or chilling with a drink after work, enjoy an elevated ambiance the celebrates the spirit of Louisville.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (502) 631-4180
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, LGBTQ+
  • Catering
    Catering is provided for the adjacent Henry Clay event center. Contact the catering sales manager for more information: JCausey@firsthospitality.com
  • Private party facilities
    8UP boasts several unique and customizable event spaces to suit your private event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Jasmine Causey: (502) 631-4175 ext. 5011
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cross street
    Enter Rooftop through lobby of Hilton Garden Inn or in 4th Street garage.
  • Parking details
    Self-parking is available in the Clay Commons Garage.
  • Entertainment
    Live Music on Friday & Saturday!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 898 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot spot

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Central Kentucky

    Great for scenic views

  • Louisville

    Hot spot

  • Louisville

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Louisville

    Great for scenic views

898 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It was a cool evening and we had planned for dining on the roof top patio. The manager stated the patio was only open for viewing, not service that evening. We were sat near a window which wasn’t too bad. The patio doors were locked so even viewing was out for that night. Food was ok. Server did a great job. Probably won’t go there again.

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  2. ErinW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Old fashion was delicious. Food was limited on selection, but very good.

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  3. CraigT

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table was ready for immediate seating when we arrived. We had the kale and artichoke dip, shrimp and grits, the short rib, salmon and a couple pizzas, all were very good and I would defintely recommend. The pizzas are large enough for two people to share. We did not have igloo seating but will definitely visit again for the roof top experience.

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  4. LOUGIRL

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but not great. I could see where being seated in other areas of the restaurant would have been nice but from where we were, you couldn't see the view outside and we were right behind the bar. Our table was so small we couldn't fit our appetizer and meals for just the two of us. We were also seated so close to others, we basically carried conversations with the tables to either side of us. Service was great though.

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  5. RoyB

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is a nice place to dine. Servings are on the small side, but good.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food but thought the menu would have more options.

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  7. Njam

    Louisville

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A few more choices on menu especially appetizers would be more ideal. Otherwise great service by Kylie. Good food from the kitchen and drinks from the bar.

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  8. AlanW

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Placed a reservation at least a month prior to our visit. I was called 2 hours before my reservation and was told the outdoor seating was booked and that I would have needed to go to a different website to reserve one of their rooftop igloos. They told me only indoor seating was available at a bar area hightop table. Upon arriving and during our visit, we observed many more available tables. Our initial waiter, Edwin, was moved to other tables. I have to believe he would have provided much better service than the waitress we were given. Edwin even brought drinks to us that had sat at the bar long enough for him to notice they weren't being served. Food was above average, but too pricey. For an upscale place, I don't expect their to be gnats and/or little fruit flies flying around the dining area. Overall a disappointing experience after being recommended by a trusted source.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I liked the food but some items seemed pricy. We had great service.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the igloo on open table for 8 Up restaurant in Louisville, Ky and on my way there I received a call saying the igloo was not apart of 8 up and sorry for the inconvenience it’s apart of another restaurant. I still go to 8 up and they have the igloos on their balcony but they’re booked. And my names not on the reservation. Book directly with the restaurant and not open table. It was my birthday.

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  11. BrendaG

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, super cool atmosphere. Service was on point very sweet and attentive. We definitely recommend it.

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  12. ZoyaL

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and cocktails were just "ok". Sat at a 2-person table that had tables on either side of ours, so close we could rub elbows. Didn't expect another table to be in my personal bubble. Difficult to hold a conversation with your party when four other strangers were surrounding us and could hear even if we whispered. Server was friendly but over-worked so it took a while to even get drinks. When someone from the kitchen brought out food, they didn't know what table to deliver it to, so they yelled out what the food was and expected different tables to holler back that it was theirs. Strange process. I came here several times when 8up first opened and I was quite pleased with everything. It's def not the same quality of food, and vibe is different. There are lots of better options out there for the price, service and location.

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  13. JoeML

    Louisville

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent location with a city rooftop view. Food was excellently prepared and a wide selection of menu items

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food came before our drinks that we ordered at the beginning.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks and Food took a while but overall good experience

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  16. jag27

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very ordinary food, don’t ink and service. Not worth a special trip.

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  17. ScottT

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I’ve been to 8 up many times but this was the first time I’ve noticed it was showing “ rough around the edges” The hostess was wearing jeans and had keys dangling from belt buckle….cell phone hanging out of pocket . I thought I was at Texas Roadhouse for a second. Nothing wrong with Texas Roadhouse but if I’m spending “ 8 Up” money I expected a little more polish. The single thing that made my wife and I declare we would not be returning was the bartender eating constantly behind the bar and never washing her hands. I’ve managed a lot of restaraunts and this bartender was in need of management correction. I don’t blame her but rather poor training and management . Sad to say , 8 Up is closed to me.

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  18. abdrury

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent and wonderful, upbeat ambiance. While the menu was interesting, the execution was not great. Salmon and quinoa lacked flavor other than overly fishy taste. Mediterranean Pizza was interesting but floppy and dough was lacking any taste at all. Third visit in 8 years and likely won’t return unless it is very convenient to other plans.

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  19. KaylaC

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is a mess. I was staying at the hotel and just wanted a quick and easy dinner. Although I got my table alright, everything from there was downhill. I had to modify my drink order FOUR times because none of the bourbons I chose on the extensive list was available and they had none of the ingredients for the signature seasonal cocktail. My meal was very mediocre with the broccolini being too tough to eat. Finally, the hostess made a point of seating two single men on both sides of me, fully knowing that they would try to talk to me. I am not a rude person, so I entertained the conversation, but I really just wanted a simple meal in peace. I will never return here ever again and I think all of the front of house staff needs training.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent! Service was incredibly slow. The waitress was really nice but attending service was terrible. I asked for some extra chips for one of our dishes and they told me to ask my waitress. Then they charged me $3.00 for a few more tortilla chips.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We were promptly seated. However, we were waiting for 20+ minutes for a server to come greet us. I had to go to the host station to ask for someone to come wait on us. The server who came to wait on us was fantastic. Apologized for not coming to us sooner. I believe that we were seated in her area and there was no communication to the server that she had been seated guests. She made up for the entire night. The food was okay. We have been to 8UP before and was blown away. Second visit not so much. Short Rib was way too fatty. Server that night was great but that was about it.

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  22. KelseyS

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    It took 4 tries to get a bottle of wine as they were out of most everything. While waiting for our food we were swarmed with fruit flies and had to ask to move tables. The food was meh. Our sever was great but extremely frustrated with their new management and we felt terrible for her. Would not recommend in its current condition.

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  23. VanessaM

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening. Delicious drinks and loved the ambiance.

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  24. SarahW

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We made reservations for four people. Upon arrival there were at least two tables near the bar that were open for four diners, one round table for five was open near the bar as well. We were given a table in the corner by the curtain as far away from the bar as possible. No other diners were by us. We asked to sit near the bar, it was more lively. We were told by the hostess and our server (we made our request to both of them) that our reservation was for this table, in this section far from the bar because the server needed people in that section. We asked to sit in the bar area and let the later arrivals sit in this far away table. No, our request couldn't be accommodated. Also, the outdoor bar was closed when we walked out for a drink after dinner. We asked for the fire to be turned on, was told it would be, and it never was turned on while we had our drink. Disappointing compared to other times at 8Up.

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  25. Justice

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Food was great and the server was a sweetheart and knows the menu and is able to give recommendations.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    For being a rooftop restaurant, the view was horrible. Menu is limited. Chicken sliders were more breading than anything. Would not revisit.

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  27. JulieK

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had 8:30 reservations but weren’t seated until 8:45. No one was at the hostess stand and no one said anything to us. Several employees past by us as we stood waiting. I had to ask about being seated (bad sign). I was told they were short-staffed. My husband received his beer in a can without offer of a glass. I had to ask for one. The appetizer was good but the entree, cauliflower steak was a half a head of cauliflower that was warm. Our server, Diamond, presented as if she didn’t want to be there. The premise of 8UP is quite good. However, the service and food were sub par. We will NEVER be returning and I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone! Don’t waste your time or money.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience and food for sure will return.

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  29. DanaB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor service and food was not worth the money.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was a silent disco and it made the night even better ! Great vibes

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  31. AmberC

    Western KY

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    60th birthday celebration! Waitress was amazing!! What a doll. Food was good. I remember the menu being larger but there were still great items on here. The lamb meatballs were good but cold. The salmon was amazing! Really great dish. Burger was great. The short rib was good. The chicken sliders were a no go. The desserts were fabulous! Pineapple upside down cake was amazing and the cream cheesecake was soooo good! Thanks for the great celebration!

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  32. Grace

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambiance were great, service time was not great. Very slow. We waited half hour-45 minutes to be seated after our reservation time and once we sat down we waited another 15 for someone to greet the table. I understand it was busy and short staffed, once the server came to the table everything was good.

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  33. EricC

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for happy hour and sat on the rooftop patio, a great spot. Our server, whose name I forgot, was excellent and always thinking ahead. That is much appreciated, seeing he was dealing with multiple tables. The house salad, cauliflower steak, burger, and Kale/artichoke dip were great. I love that they brought more chips, given there was so much dip to share with a table of four. See you next time!

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  34. MargaretL

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Edwin was our server, and he was fantastic! It seemed like they were short staffed though, because it looked like the poor guy had every table inside and outside the restaurant. The food was pretty good, and the view was great. My main issue with my experience was the bathrooms... they were so disgusting. We were there at 8:30pm, and every restroom (6 or 7 single-room bathrooms) looked like a night club's destroyed and neglected restrooms at 2am.

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  35. AJC16

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Picked this restaurant for the fact that we don’t have rooftop bars near where we live. Food was okay. Drinks were decent. Waitress was inattentive to the point that we just went to the bar to order our own drinks. She apologized for being distracted and absent when she brought us our bill. She only had like 3 tables total so not sure why she wasn’t around. It was a little Chilly and the restaurant didn’t have any of the table fires on, so that was kind of a bummer. Probably won’t return.

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  36. Travis

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    OUTSTANDING! First time there and will go back. Best salmon and veggie dish ever. Upscale but not stuffy. Casual or dressy. Couches and sitting areas. Modern design and open. Chef came to each table to check satisfaction. Individual restrooms. We didn't realize it was on the 8th floor of Hilton Hotel...so, a little hard to find. One block to Louisville Palace Theatre where we saw Diana Ross.

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  37. ReneeD

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place to feel like you are away from it all for just a bit. The $5 margaritas were good but the star was the spinach artichoke dip. They had an amazing duo singing and playing, but it wasn’t so loud that we couldn’t enjoy the company with us.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, drinks and atmosphere. Our waiter was amazing. Highly recommend.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best salmon I’ve ever had. Pineapple margarita was OK, but was on special for only $5, so still a win.

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  40. Jarryw

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food and drinks were great. Service was fantastic. You can’t beat the view from the outdoor area. Our server Carly and other staff were friendly and fun. Def recommend.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 631-4180.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen is rated 3.8 stars by 898 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

350 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Enter Rooftop through lobby of Hilton Garden Inn or in 4th Street garage.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Louisville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Self-parking is available in the Clay Commons Garage.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, LGBTQ+
  • Entertainment
    Live Music on Friday & Saturday!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (502) 631-4180
  • Catering
    Catering is provided for the adjacent Henry Clay event center. Contact the catering sales manager for more information: JCausey@firsthospitality.com
  • Private party facilities
    8UP boasts several unique and customizable event spaces to suit your private event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Jasmine Causey: (502) 631-4175 ext. 5011
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