Bourbon Food Tour

Beyond the Barrel Bourbon & Food Tour

Explore the taste, history, and impact of bourbon on this one-of-a-kind bourbon food tour. Experience bourbon like never before through expertly paired bites and cocktails that highlight the surprising versatility of Kentucky’s beloved amber spirit. As you explore the vibrant NuLu neighborhood, you’ll discover hidden speakeasies, rooftop terraces, and cozy tasting rooms. This guided tour is both a fantastic introduction to bourbon for the uninitiated, and a master class in bourbon and food pairing for experienced aficionados!


  • Distance: 1.5 miles, flat
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Food Stops: 3 cocktails, 2 bourbon pours, and 8-10 small bites
  • Capacity: 12 per tour
  • Time: 5 – 8 PM, Wednesdays-Fridays
  • Accessibility: 21+, wheelchair friendly with advance notice

What to Expect

Each curated stop on this tour offers a unique experience, from sipping straight bourbon to expertly crafted bourbon cocktails paired with a variety of small bites. Here’s what else to expect:


From cocktails to tastings, you’ll be exploring bourbon’s surprising versatility!

Audio Headset​

To help you hear your expert guide, even from a distance or in a noisy bar.

Small Group

Our tours max out at 12 people.


1-1.5 Miles. Wear comfy shoes!

Explore NuLu

As the sun dips below the horizon, you’ll explore the trendy NuLu neighborhood and discover hidden speakeasies, rooftop terraces, and cozy tasting rooms handpicked for their expertise and dedication to crafting bourbon tastings and cocktails.


Meet at Taste Fine Wines & Bourbons, 634 E Market St, Louisville, KY


Wednesdays – Fridays, 5-8 PM

Smoked bourbon cocktail at a speakeasy in Louisville, Kentucky

Your Bourbon Food Tour Experience

This curated experience combines the complex notes of bourbon with cuisine that defines Kentucky, through expertly paired bites and cocktails that highlight the surprising versatility of Kentucky’s beloved amber spirit.

From food pairings that unlock notes of oak, amber and vanilla to surprising cocktails that you’d never guess were made with whiskey, get ready to experience Kentucky bourbon in a whole new way!

Over the 3 hours you’ll spend with us, you’ll enjoy …

  • 3 bourbon cocktails showcasing bourbon’s versatility
  • 2 bourbon pours to sip and savor
  • 8-10 delicious & surprising paired bites
  • Guided bourbon tasting on the Urban Bourbon Trail
  • The unfiltered history of bourbon in Kentucky
  • Jokes that we proof-tested on other people first, probably
  • Audio headset (the better to hear your guide … and those jokes)

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FAQ’s About This Tour

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions about the Beyond the Barrel Bourbon Food Tour:

You’ll be eating 8-10 small, paired bites that will leave you feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. You may still have a little room after your tour – and we’ll be leaving you at a fantastic place to continue your evening!

We’ve designed the portions and food pairings to give you a nice warm “Kentucky Hug” without leaving you feeling intoxicated. In total, you will be drinking 3 delicious half-sized cocktails and 2 half-pours of bourbon.

Yes! You will enjoy refreshing non-alcoholic mocktails paired with delicious food and learn the fascinating history of bourbon. Please note that all participants on this tour must be 21+, even if you won’t be partaking.

You’ll end your tour about a block from where you began. Since you will be drinking, we encourage you to take an UBER or Lyft to and from this tour!

Because we’ll be visiting some of Louisville’s most popular bars and restaurants, our tour starts early to ensure there’s plenty of room for us at each stop. During the colder months, this means you’ll enjoy twilight and twinkling city lights after dark. But for most of the year, your tour will likely begin while it’s still bright out and may end before the sun begins to set, depending on the season. (And we’ll be leaving you at an absolutely stunning place to catch the sunset.)

Have more questions about what to expect on our food tours? Browse the FAQ’s about all of our tours:

Louisville Food Tours Premium Bourbon Package

Elevate your experience with a hard-to-find, top-shelf bourbon pour! You’ll also receive a custom rocks glass, sleek slate coaster, and a set of engraved whiskey stones. The perfect tour enhancement for bourbon enthusiasts and a memorable gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions.

This $75 package includes:

  • Rare, premium bourbon pour
  • Customized rocks glass
  • Engraved whiskey stones
  • Slate coaster

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