Down One Bourbon Bar

3.6
50 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

Down One Bourbon Bar is a whiskey lover's heaven. This restaurant has an interesting location and aesthetic and leans into its speakeasy theme in more ways than one. Down One is located in a converted underground parking garage, so the entire restaurant itself is underground with the exception of its quaint patio on the surface level.

Down One's menu is primarily elevated American rustic cuisine. Starters include pork nachos, fried green tomatoes, bacon-wrapped Medjool dates and the award winning three little pigs sliders with pulled pork butt, bacon, roasted pork belly, pickles and cole slaw. Entrées include other dishes that go great with a glass of bourbon like barbecue sliced brisket, Cajun chicken sandwich and bourbon glazed salmon with a butternut squash risotto and roasted Brussels sprouts. Of course, any visitors to Down One need to get a glass of bourbon, because the bar carries 107 different varieties.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food too heavy, greasy, and poorly executed. Salad could have been out of a grocery store bag.

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Gtreat food and nice atmosphere. We were in a hurry and the service was slow but our waiter was timely with our check when we asked.

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D
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food with good value for your money ...great place to stop and eat before a concert at the yum ..make reservations

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D
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Second time we have been and both times have been disasters with food. First time the waitress didn’t seem to know much about the menu and the wait time after the orders were placed was an hour. The second time waiter was pleasant but got one order wrong and it it took over 40 min to bring the correct sandwich back. The problem was one person had food and the other waited way to long for the issue to be corrected. Nice downtown location but unfortunately that there seems to be a real issue with the kitchen.

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KG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, this was not what I had expected. I kept feeling like we were at TGIFridays. The food was overpriced and only mediocre. We started with Chips and Queso. This was very straight forward but tasted like melted Velveeta with a little sausage added - nothing special. For my entree I chose the Adobo Chicken Sandwich. The menu was clear that everything was a la carte but I expected at least a garnish on the plate. I was served chicken with a blob of what they called pimento cheese. Being from the area, I expected some tasty pimento cheese. This was not edible - it was very heavy on mayo of some sort and did not have any flavor. The chicken itself was seasoned excellently but was incredibly dry. I was not able to eat more than 3 bites of it. For the price of the sandwich and the fact that it did not come with anything, I expected to be blown away by the taste. That did not happen. In additions, the cost was excessive for a "simple" chicken sandwich.

On a positive note - the drinks were great! I think this is a place to be known for the alcohol beverages, NOT the food.

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TO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well done - they were under pressure, right before a game at the YUM Center steps away, and did a very good job. They take reservations and that's really helpful. The food was fine and the service prompt and that somewhat exceeds expectations an hour before a live event next door

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was horrible. We sat down, our waiter came and we asked for a minute to look at the drink menu, we ordered drinks, then we sat and waited 45 minutes until we actually got our drinks. It was another waitress that brought our drinks and took our food order.

Service was absolutely horrendous especially for a night where not many people were in there at all.

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G
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

It is hard to say. I might recommend, but i would set the expectation low for service. The bar tending was unacceptable. The restaurant was not that busy, yet we waited ten minutes for an Old Fashion. My wife's chocolate martini was a fizzy vodka and nothing close to chocolate. it was horrible.

The menu is limited, but we understood this prior to making reservation. We noticed a lot of people recommended fried green tomato's. Unfortunately, they did not have fried green tomato's which shortened the selection of things on the menu since a few other items require Fried Green Tomato's.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to eat here before a concert at the YUM! Center and for being right across the street from the venue the prices were very cheap and reasonable. Great taste and atmosphere.

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BD
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Solid option for dinner and drinks with friends before a Cards game at the Yum. Brisket grilled cheese was very good, my friends Hot Brown biscuit came out cold and wasnt very good. Our wifes had salads ... average. Sevice was slow but manageable. There are better options around the Yum, but I would come back because of proximity to the Yum.

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FE
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would give it 5 stars except we sat by the hostess stand and she kept bringing people between us and the wall. About a 2 foot clearance and we had to stop eating every time.

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DJ
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Good news bad news here. Great location between YUM and KY Center, across from ATL. Went there before Broadway show. Not crowded tonight which made the very slow service hard to forgive. I tried to be generous in my assessment, as other reviews have slammed the service, but there is no excuse tonight Waiter was polite but Inattentive, not rude, somewhat poor knowledge of menu. Took forever to get check, Never was offered any refills.

Pimento appetizer was good.
Strangely, our food came out literally 4 minutes after we ordered it, making me think it was sitting in kitchen already made. No problem with speed, just not sure how long it had been sitting
Fries are plentiful, burger was fine not great.
Hot Brown was almost room temperature when I got it which is ridiculous for this dish—cannot recommend

Menu is limited but nice choices. I guess this is a Bourbon Bar. Didn’t seem much different than many other establishments in town

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RK
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and quick service on a night a group of us were headed to see a show at Kentucky Center. Great deals during happy hour on the excellent bourbon cocktails. The food was well priced and delicious. First time back since they reopened and was glad to see a focused menu that was much cheaper but still an outstanding bourbon list.

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FE
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is a nice atmosphere. Got in and out easily the food is good but it is very casual.

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c
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent location, great food! Great value!

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Y
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit here. Glad to find a casual place near YUM Center that takes reservations. Perfect place before game. Nice variety on menu. Good service. Definitely will be back.

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LN
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu is limited. Found chicken sandwich to be extra thick chicken pieces that would be on a salad slapped on a bun with only pimento cheese. Had to eat with a knife and fork. Drink glass was salty, when wiped of salt there was lipstick that came off on the napkin. Gross! Ordered a bottle of white wine and brought us the bottle to pour ourselves. Nothing to chill the wine in as it sat in the table. Won’t be headed back.

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MB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was just mediocre but it’s a good place to get a drink prior to Ky Center for the Arts.

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N
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent but the service was so so
Took forever for someone to take our order

Then our food arrived before our drinks

Then it took forever to pay our bill

We had let the server know we needed to leave around 7 for a ball game but everyone had to leave with one person staying behind to pay so most people did not miss the tip off

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TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fried poutine was great with the fresh ranch. The hot brown turkey was underwhelming. Very dry biscuits and the cheeses sauce cooled very quickly. I suggest Serving it open face. I also tasted my sons brisket sandwich. That was great!
Snaps to the bartender, bourbon he pours was fantastic.

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D
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Don’t Go here for food; it is horrid!

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Server was inattentive, had to be corrected about our order several times, hardly checked on us until the end of our dinner.

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h
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Our reservations were at 6:00 PM and we had an event to be at by 8:00 PM. We didn’t leave til almost 7:30 PM. The food was delicious. According to the group I was with, the bourbon and mixed drinks were very tasty. However, the service was HORRIBLE. We told our waitress at the beginning that we were on separate checks. We waited for refills, one member of the group never got his drink he ordered and she would walk by and completely ignore us. She brought us our check and said that she “didn’t have time” to split it. We made her do it. Nobody was going to pay for the full tab. I will say that the manager was more than generous and apologetic and took our drinks off of our bill which was very nice of him. The waitress definitely needs some extra training. Other than that, we loved our experience and are still talking about the food days later!

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L
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food, very reasonably priced. Loved the atmosphere and the outdoor seating. Would recommend!

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C
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We made our reservation through open table--GREAT but the restaurant on the night of October 20th 2018 before the Keith Urban concert was sub-par.
We arrived a little early 5:50 for a 6:15 reservation and were seated right away.
By 6:10 we still had not seen a server. No water etc. I asked for someone to send them over.
By 6:20 the waiter came and took our drink and food order. By 6:30 still no drink. By 6:40 still nothing and we walked out(after we ordered which I've never done) and went to SideBar for a delicious burger.
So, almost an hour- no water, no drink, no food. Never again.

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DN
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Server didn’t come to come to our table for 20 minutes after we were seated. They were busy but since she had 5 minutes to gripe to the greeter about a table I felt like it might have been just her inability to do her job well. The food was fantastIc and will return. Loved the fried cheese curds, not brown biscuit and Manhattan . Prices were quite reasonable. I would charge more and put more meat on the biscuit, it was quite sparse for all the breading. Loved the biscuits, never had any quite like them.

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BL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were seated immediately. Thats when the good times ended. After waiting for 20 minutes a server showed up to our table. After another 20 minutes our food showed up, After the first bit we decided we wouldn't be back.

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ME
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s more like a lunch spot than a dinner place. Food is okayest at best. Bourbon bar?! If you say so...

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CS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Absolutely terrible food. Couldn’t even eat it. Service was equally terrible. Will never return.

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g
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went for pre-theatre dinner. Our experience this time was not as good as last month. Ordered guacamole & chips ($9), chicken adobo sandwich ($9) with fries ($3), pork carnitas & chicken adobo tacos $3.50 each), West 6th IPA ($7 in can) and a glass of malbec ($11 - bill indicated cabernet!). Chicken was very dry which was disappointing since last time it was quite good. Less than half cup of guacamole with a tray full of tortilla chips did not seem worth $9. Even after using the salsas as a dip, we did not eat half the chips! Best thing was the toppings bar. It had lettuce, tomato, limes, 3 salsas. There was an air conditioning system in the outside area that was horrendously noisy and the noise invaded the inside every time the door was opened. The wait staff was trying hard to do a good job, with the noise, she had a hard time. We will probably give it another try since first time was much better. Hopefully, they will have that air conditioning system under control.

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LR
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, good bourbon, and great friends! I totally recommend this. The biscuits are HUGE and delicious!

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We tried to eat prior to a concert at YUM. Drinks were good but waited over an hour for our food that never came. Pretty sure our waiter didn't put in the order. Asked to have it removed from the bill, which they did, and headed to the concert. Disappointing as we were looking forward to a nice meal.

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MN
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very slow service. Two of six items ordered didn’t come out of the kitchen as described in the menu.

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S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Great location. Average food. CRAZY slow service. 20+ minutes after being seated before we were greeted.

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Hostess sat us at our table. After waiting 20 for a waiter/waitress to acknowledge us, we had to ask the bartender to get someone. She took our drink and appetizer order. Drinks came. Appetizer came with no plates to eat from. Then we never had service again. She never came back to take our food order or see if we needed more drinks. So we asked for our bill and left. Too many apologies .

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c
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The service was extremely inattentive. In fact, once we were seated it almost felt like we were being actively ignored. We sat for about 20 minutes after being seated before our table was approached by our server. Drink and appetizer orders were taken. The appetizers arrived relatively quickly, but the drinks did not appear for a full 15 minutes after the appetizers and then only after one member of our party found our server and informed him that we were going to leave (the server had the drinks in hand, but was having a conversation with a coworker). We got apologies at this point, and foolishly decided to stay and have dinner. The bright spot in the experience was the food--a unique take on both the Hot Brown and the BLT, with portions that were large. As we began eating a very large party was seated next to our table, and the tables were so close the server literally could not stand between our table and the large party. Poor planning which resulted in a less-than-stellar environment for us to enjoy our food. The bourbon list here is amazing, they have a small but well-chosen wine list. I'd choose to visit again ONLY if it were a good evening for sitting outside and I really wanted a bourbon I couldn't fine elsewhere. In the interest of fairness, I should add the server discounted our check by 15%, but I truly would have preferred to have been able to enjoy all of this restaurant's potential to small monetary savings.

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TE
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Friendly and attentive staff. Very cool downtown atmosphere- solid local find

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TC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Waitress really didn’t
Know much about the menu and appeared to be
over worked. Will definitely go bad because of the food and ambiance

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CS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Sat down to a horrible buzzing noise that persisted for entire dining experience. People at table next to us complained about it but nothing was done. Service was slow. Food was marginal. No need to eat here. Bar scene might be fun. Looked lively.

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c
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never had the opportunity to dine.. Very unorganized service...never even received water after 30 min of sitting.. got up and left..

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