Whiskey Row Tour

Phantoms of Prohibition: Ghosts, Cocktails, & Bites Tour

Discover Louisville’s Prohibition past on a haunted cocktail & food tour down Whiskey Row.

Venture out with us and explore the hidden stories of Louisville’s haunted past. As you eat and drink your way down Whiskey Row, you’ll meet the resident ghosts of Louisville’s historic downtown, trace the footsteps of bourbon magnates and mobsters, see Al Capone’s secret getaway, discover hidden speakeasies, and learn the shocking truth about Prohibition.

QUICK DETAILS

  • Distance: 1.5 miles, flat
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Food Stops: 4 stops for bourbon, cocktails & bites
  • Capacity: 12 per tour
  • Time: Evenings, Tuesdays-Fridays
  • Accessibility: 21+, wheelchair friendly with advance notice

What to Expect

This tour includes 4 stops for libations, as well as an assortment of small bites. Here’s what else to expect:

Bourbon & Cocktails

This is a boozy, 21+ tour, y’all.

Audio Headset​

To help you hear us from a distance.

Small Group

Our tours max out at 12 people.

Walking

1-1.5 Miles. Wear comfy shoes!

Explore Whiskey Row

Distilleries. Speakeasies. Saloons. In the mid-1800’s, this stretch of Main Street was filled to the brim with bourbon barrels – which would soon be considered contraband. While this area nearly crumbled to disrepair, today the historic facades house bourbon distilleries, bars, restaurants and hotels.

Where

Meet at 1st and Washington St, Louisville, KY

When​

Tuesdays – Fridays, 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Cocktails at a speakeasy on the Phantoms of Prohibition cocktail tour in Louisville KY

What’s This Tour All About?

Is it a food tour or a cocktail tour? Is it a ghost tour or a Prohibition tour? The answer, of course, is yes. Like the combination of rye, corn, wheat, and malted barley, this tour is the perfect blend of cocktails, food, ghosts, and Prohibition history.

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

  • 4 Prohibition-era cocktails (and beer)
  • Bourbon tasting on the Urban Bourbon Trail
  • Meet the resident ghosts of Whiskey Row
  • Delicious bites and snacks
  • The surprising true story of Prohibition
  • Jokes that we tested on other people first, probably
  • Audio headset (the better to hear our guide … and those jokes)

Whiskey Row Walking Tour: Sneak Peek

As you eat and drink your way down Whiskey Row, you’ll meet the resident ghosts of Louisville’s historic downtown, trace the footsteps of bourbon magnates and mobsters, discover hidden speakeasies in the belly of Whiskey Row, and learn the surprising truth about Prohibition. Watch this video for a sneak peek!

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FAQ’s About This Tour

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions about the Phantoms of Prohibition tour:

This is more of a cocktail & booze tour than a food tour! That said, we won’t leave you hungry: you’ll be eating almost a full meal consisting of an appetizer portion, entree portion, and dessert. You may still have room for dinner before or after your tour – and we’ll be leaving you at a fantastic place to continue your evening.

This is primarily a drinking tour! In total, you will be drinking 2 small pours of bourbon, a full glass of beer, and 4 half cocktails.

Yes! You will enjoy delicious non-alcoholic mocktails paired with yummy food, fascinating history and ghost stories.

You’ll end about a 10 minute walk from where the tour begins. Because you’ll be drinking quite a bit, we intentionally planned the tour to start and end in different spots to discourage driving. We encourage you to take an UBER or Lyft to and from this tour!

Our tour pricing is based on an operating margin that fairly compensates our hard working tour guides, pays full menu price for our local restaurant partners, and includes a 20% gratuity for the staff at each of the bars and restaurants we visit.

While all of our tours have both food and drinks, the Phantoms of the Prohibition tour is more of a drinks tour than a food tour – and alcohol costs a lot more than food. In addition, since this is an evening tour, we’re visiting places that are more expensive during the dinner hours than our lunchtime tours.

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 winter, 5pm is dark as midnight. But in summer, 5pm might as well be midday. In fact, if you’re taking our tour in the middle of July, there’s a chance it won’t even be twilight by the time your tour finishes. (Luckily, we’ll be leaving you at an absolutely stunning place to catch the sunset.)

Like the combination of rye, corn, wheat, and malted barley, this tour is the perfect blend of cocktails, food, ghosts, and Prohibition history. Each tour group is different, and our guides tailor the balance of ghost stories to history depending on what your group seems to be most into. So whether you want the scariest ghost stories or aren’t’ really into ghosts at all, tell your guide!

For even more grisly history, we also offer a Dark History tour along Whiskey Row. There is no food involved, and no ghosts – just spine-tingling true stories from Louisville’s gruesome past.

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

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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