From horse racing and moonshine to bourbon distilleries and fried chicken, the great southern state of Kentucky is known and loved for endless reasons and many of which have to do with cocktails. The Bluegrass State offers some of the best establishments slinging ginger beer cocktails across the country. But don’t take our word for it, check out some of our favorites below or visit the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for a Kentucky Mule from September 18 through the 22.
AZUR Restaurant and Patio
3070 Lakecrest Circle #550
Lexington, KY 40513
An innovative restaurant offering unique cuisine along with a European ambiance, this local spot is known for offering guests a cutting-edge culinary experience. Best of all, their award-winning creations are complemented by a full-service spirits center.
Noteworthy cocktails: Wheatley Mule featuring Wheatley Vodka, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice, and Barritt’s Ginger Beer and the Azur Mule featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fresh Squeezed OJ, and Barritt’s Ginger Beer.
Equus & Jack’s Restaurant and Lounge
122 Sears Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207
Contemporary American cuisine comes alive in this restaurant and lounge most notably known for its bistro atmosphere. The beloved menu at this St. Matthews staple is only elevated by the award-winning wine list, broad range of beers, and our personal favorite, specialty cocktails.
Noteworthy cocktails: Portuguese Sunset featuring El Jimador Reposado, White Port, Simple Syrup, Lemon, Luxardo Cherry, and Barritt’s Ginger Beer.
700 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Former auto service garage turned bar, this local joint is a vibrant nod to a historic saloon. Serving up Southern specialities and wood-fired pizzas, this casual neighborhood spot is known and loved for their moving sculpture out front and their ginger beer cocktails, of course.