Down One Bourbon Bar

3.3
35 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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Grill
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Hours of operation
Bar
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(502) 566-3259
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Full Bar
What 35 People Are Saying
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2.9
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3.6
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3.4
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c
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent location, great food! Great value!

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LN
Louisville
6 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
4 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
3 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
3 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
2 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
2 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
11 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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M
Denver
6 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
3 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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FB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

After waiting 20 minutes for a server, we went to the bar to get our own drinks, which was painful to watch, after asking for someone to come to our table twice, and self ordering a second round of drinks, we gave up and left. 90 minutes we will not get back.... Went to Merle’s Kitchen instead, which was awesome!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

All the reviews were excellent so we tried this place. It was the worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time. Service was super slow, they forgot our drink orders. It took over two hours to get our food. They’re known for their bourbon selection. We asked the bartender to help suggest one and he suggested Jack Daniels! What?! Such a disappointment.

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g
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Heard that the menu had been changed and indeed it is an improvement. We went for a before theater dinner. I had the BBQ brisket sandwich with a side salad & a glass of Malbec; my wife had the adobe chicken sandwich with seasoned fries and a Fresh Squeezed IPA (canned - no draft). The meals were tasty and we were quite full. Service was good and friendly, but not bothersome. There is a decent whisky/bourbon list, but we did not partake.

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G
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It seems that the restaurant is under new management. When I first glanced at the menu I thought we had been given the lunch menu in error. I was wrong. It was the dinner menu also. I was taken by surprise by the lack of options. We did have to wait for our server. When the server came the first question was “what do you want to order”, Not can I get you a drink? The chili was acceptable but too spicy for my taste. The server brought me some sour cream to calm it down. The taco was greasy. My husband’s chicken sandwich was bland. He went thirsty for much of his meal as his beer was empty. He finally had to get up from the table and find our server to order another. I like the location but I will not be returning.

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KM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Perhaps the worst service I’ve ever experienced. Food was really good but the service was so bad it distracted from the food. The server did not understand English well. She didn’t know the menu. Brought us the wrong bourbon flights, brought us someone else’s coffee. She didn’t know the menu and couldn’t answer questions. The bartender was equally uninformed. I asked if she had a brown ale and she said she had yuengling which is FAR from a brown ale. I was really looking forward to this restaurant but I would not return unless the whole staff was different

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FF
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This was not a great experience. Food was cool, not hot. Food tasted pretty mediocre. Service was disorganized and slow. I doubt any of the 3 of us will return.

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had tacos and the meat was tough - loved the idea of having the taco bar to add what you want to tacos or salad.

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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

First time at Down One since they re-opened after a remodel and new menu. Honestly, the food was very average. The taco salad was slightly better than Wendy's. The catfish in the catfish sandwich was outstanding but the bread for the bun was poor and compromised the sandwich. I did see some other dishes that looked very good but not sure I will return to try with so many great options in Louisville.

Service was excellent (Sloan). One small issue was immediately resolved with a smile.

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CN
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! Wanted to try it out since just opened up and just steps away from the Yum Center as we were headed to concert. Service was excellent. Waitress was very pleasant and personable, she knew menu very well and made great suggestions. Wish I could remember her name, would ask for her again. We will definitely return for more!!

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TA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing experience. We had advance reservations prior to a concert at YUM Center. We were there for an hour and half and barely had time to eat by the time the food came out. Several food orders came out incorrectly as did the drink orders. But at least we did receive some food as other tables around us never even received their food at all. The toppings bar needed to be refreshed as most of the items were out. The manager did try to compensate by reducing our check, however I really felt bad for the servers as they were completely overwhelmed. Lots of growing pains for this "revamped" restaurant.

On a positive note, the guacamole and queso were really good!

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