New In Town? Maybe just new to Weightless? Get the 411 on the 5-0-Lou.

 

Obviously when you visit Louisville you can go to Churchill Downs, tour the Slugger Museum, tour the Distilleries and sip Bourbon to your hearts content while picking a banjo down Fourth Street Live! but this is a short list of some of the places the people of Weightless patron.  We wouldn't steer you in the wrong direction! 

Louisville's food scene is off the charts! Being nestled in the Ohio River Valley gives this region the prime conditions for growing a wide variety of vegetables and fruit.  So if you're looking for BBQ, tacos, pho, or a vegan menu that spans the globe you are in luck!  These are just a few of our favorite places.  If you enjoy your experience at any of our recommendations please leave them a review! They'll appreciate it!

***if you're looking for Vegan or Vegetarian food YOU ARE IN LUCK! Many of the options below are Vegan and Vegetarian friendly, as well as Gluten Free and LOCAL.  Follow your belly on this one, friends.***

 

Casual, Nice and Delicious (this DOES NOT include BREWERIES!)

Another Place Sandwich Shop - The BEST spot in town to get a sammy. Their menu is classic AND creative so there’s something for everyone. They go above and beyond to put emphasis on local goods, tasty food, and environmentally friendly practices. There’s also a speakeasy style jazz club in the basement (Jimmy Can’t Dance) Located downtown right next to 21C!  

V-Grits - The #1 voted best Food Truck has made a brick and mortar restaurant + brewery!! If you like southern, homestyle cooking done vegan then this place is for YOU. The beer, by False Idols, is delicious, the food is tasty, the place is beautiful, and the patio is where it’s at!

Morels Cafe - Louisville's first destination for vegan food that doesn't involve eggplant and tofu.  They like to indulge in the finer foods, like Philly Cheesesteak Fries and of course, Farbys.  They also offer amazing foods to be taken home in the deli, as well as a full line of Kentucky Kombucha on tap.

Game - Meat! From prime angus to bison, elk, kangaroo, and alpaca, you can have it all at GAME. Trust us.

Ostra - Ostra features a superb tapas style seafood program with oysters, poke, and ceviche coupled with heartier South American-inspired dishes. Ostra is the new restaurant by Chef Adam Burress, recently featured on Food Network’s “Chopped” and the man behind Game, Hammerheads, and Migo. Ostra follows Burress’ classically trained style tied to his quest to innovate in the kitchen. When you’re there, be sure to scope out the bathrooms!

Migo - In addition to a menu that pays homage to traditional latin cuisine, Migo offers several house made creations and cocktails that give every guest an opportunity to make each experience unique to their own personal taste. 

Gravely - local brewery, music venue, and food truck joint. The beer is delicious, the vibe is on point, the music is always good, and the Mayan Cafe food truck is out. of. this. world.

Ramsis Cafe on the World - Ramsis' menu is absurd.  It's so big, so accommodating and has food from every continent ten times over! (exaggerated).  They also serve dinner until 1am and do $10 bottles of wine after 10pm...

Dragon Kings Daughter - If we are going to get sushi its at DKD on Bardstown Rd.  They also have a whole latin american food fusion thing going on there which sounds weird but its not and you shouldn't be scared.  

Queen of Sheba - Ethiopian food.  It's so good.  We dream of Sheba in our sleep.  The lentils, the veggies, the bread... it's incredible.  

Falafel House - The only place to order a falafel in the city.  

Taco Luchador - Short order tacos and other Mexican quick dishes.  

Nam Nam - Don't be fooled by other Vietnamese restaurants selling Pho.  Nam Nam is the best.  They also use local ingredients and no MSG!  

Royals Hot Chicken - They have spicy fried chicken and champagne BUT they also have the dankest fried tofu sandwich in the world! It's like the vegan's McDonalds.  

The Post - Pizza and Beer! Delicious NY style pizza, lots of beers on tap and a badass staff that you just want to give all your tips to!

Kashmir - Indian Food - One of the best lunch buffets in the city! Their patio is great, but their vindaloo is even better!

 

Upscale

swank, but not too too bad on the bank.

Mayan Cafe - The best food in the city. Top 100 in the country.  It'll knock the socks off your date and not the cash from your bank!

Bar Veti - incredible food, beautiful atmosphere, and one of the only NON TIPPING restaurants in Louisville.

Rye - A classy joint with a warm and welcoming bar, enormous spirit collection, and a local food menu that will surely impress a friend, family member or loved one.

Decca - Swank and delicious.  Wine selection is out of control.  Beautiful patio seating and a jazz club in the basement!

Ward 426 - Chef Ward is a magician.  His food is beyond belief and the environment matches when you go out to a nice dinner on vacation.

Ostra - Ostra features a superb tapas style seafood program with oysters, poke, and ceviche coupled with heartier South American-inspired dishes. Ostra is the new restaurant by Chef Adam Burress, recently featured on Food Network’s “Chopped” and the man behind Game, Hammerheads, and Migo. Ostra follows Burress’ classically trained style tied to his quest to innovate in the kitchen. When you’re there, be sure to scope out the bathrooms!

Harvest - Their mission is to serve outstanding, regionally inspired, seasonal “farm-to-table” cuisine. 80% of their ingredients are sourced locally from within a 100-mile radius and many of their foods are baked, cured, smoked and preserved in-house.

Wiltshire on Market -  Experience the creative cuisine of Chef Rory O’Connell in an intimate restaurant environment. Their menu changes weekly with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Open evenings Thursday through Sunday with unique accommodations for private events.

Breakfast or Brunch

Some are breakfast, some are brunch, some are both.  Don't blame us if you mess this up!!

Con Huevos - The most delicious Mexican breakfast and lunch you've ever experienced.  Located on Frankfort Ave.

North End - A huge menu and a classic breakfast spot. Serving two locations on Frankfort Ave. and Bardstown Road.

Grale Haus - Housed inside an original Highlands Victorian home built in 1905. This former residential home has been converted into a working espresso & coffee haus & cafe on the 1st floor with three guest rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor.  Adjacently located to local favorite Holy Grale, gralehaus shares the picturesque biergarten (the gralegarten), offering beautiful outdoor and seasonal seating.  There really isn’t a better place to relax and enjoy all that gralehaus has to offer!

The Weekly Juicery - If you like to live on fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, and fruit bowls this is your jam!! The Weekly Juicery is so flipping good and good for you. Located in NuLu.

Wild Eggs - The menu is huge, and the food is delicious. Located in NuLu.

21C - A spectacular dining room, delicious brunch, and located in the first floor of the art gallery/hotel 21C. Located in NuLu.

The Silver Dollar - A whiskey Bar with a honky tonk brunch that'll put you in a southern comfort food coma. Located on Frankfort Ave.

The Hub - A hopping video night club and home to a great brunch menu! Located on Frankfort Ave.

 

Coffee/Tea

If Starbucks is your thing, that's cool, but while you're trying out all sorts of new things in a different city give these coffee/tea shops a try while you're at it!

Safai  - where we buy our bulk coffee as well as our cups on-the-go.  They have a great ambiance for working as well as sitting talking with a friend, and there plant game is on point!

Wild Dog Rose - A super rad tea boutique on Bardstown Road that is a must-experience for any tea lover or aficionado.

Louisville Tea Company - A great spot to source tea locally in Louisville.

Quills - Right up the street from Weightless and the establishment responsible for feeding Chelsea's almond laté addiction.

Please and Thank You - Great coffee, cold brew bottles to-go that are like rocket fuel, and they have THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ON EARTH!!

 

Snacks

Sometimes you're not hungry enough for a full lunch or dinner but you could definitely snack on a lil sum'sum'.

Hi-5 Doughnuts - Donuts! The Ladies of the Morning...dem ladies' dough!

Please and Thank You Cookies (at Please and Thank You coffee Shop)

Steel City Pops - You didn't know such gourmet popsicles could ever exist!

Louisville Cream - The flavor profiles of these ice creams are pure insanity! Best ice cream in Louisville-- hands down.

 

Food Trucks 

need we say more? no but we will anyways.  You can find these rolling culinary delights at farmers markets, 

V Grits - Vegan Girl Raised In the South.  V.G.R.I.T.S.  This food truck is sooo dank.  You have no idea its vegan food, and neither did the judges of Cut Throat Kitchen when she won!

Red Top Hotdogs - now a brick and mortar restaurant in German Town!

Louisville Cream - now a brick and mortar restaurant in NuLu!

 

Drinks

Lots of Bourbon to be imbibed in this town.  You can find it on Fourth Street Live or you could find it somewhere else!  We have a wide array of bourbon bars, cocktail lounges, breweries, and dives.  Pick your poison.

Jimmy Can’t Dance - A speakeasy style jazz club in the basement of a delicious, yet unassuming sandwich shop (Another Place Sandwich Shop). You never know what hidden talent, local acts, or world famous stars will be on stage at the best jazz club in Louisville.

The Butchertown Social- A bar, eatery, small venue art gallery with one of the best vibes in town.  'The Ton' is our spot!

Galaxie - Late afternoon margarita or late night dancing in Galaxie's 'Outer Space' back space.

Rye - A classy joint with a warm and welcoming bar, enormous spirit collection, and a local food menu that will surely impress a friend, family member or loved one.

TAJ - a unique spirits bar in NULU with a fun, funky history. You will feel like a local.

Holy Grale - A beer haus in an old church! There rotating tap selections spans the globe.

Gravely - local brewery, music venue, and food truck joint. The beer is delicious, the vibe is on point, the music is always good, and the Mayan Cafe food truck is out. of. this. world.

Mile Wide Brewery -  handcrafted interesting and flavorful beer, brewed to the highest standards of quality, right here in Louisville.

Proof - A classy bar where you can get a drink and tour the 21C Art Gallery and Hotel.  If you don't know what 21C is then you should Google that like, now.

The Post - Pizza n Beern Sports (if you want)! The BEST pizza in the city.  NY style, and there pizza menu is as creative as it is gigantic!  Get yourself some!

The Pearl - local neighborhood bar. Nothin’ fancy. Always fun.

Against The Grain - a badass brewery and restaurant attached to Louisville's own Slugger Stadium and the home of The Bats.

 Monnik - A brewpub located in the heart of the Schnitzelburg neighborhood of Louisville, Ky.  Delicious beer, tasty German-style food, and a cozy environment.

Entertainment

If you're trying to catch a big name act or a local rising celebrity at a hole-in-the-wall club or...

Flying Axes - Drink beer and throw axes with your friends at this amazingly fun spot!

Jimmy Can’t Dance - A speakeasy style jazz club in the basement of a delicious, yet unassuming sandwich shop (Another Place Sandwich Shop). You never know what hidden talent, local acts, or world famous stars will be on stage at the best jazz club in Louisville.

Gravely - local brewery, music venue, and food truck joint. The beer is delicious, the vibe is on point, the music is always good, and the Mayan Cafe food truck is out. of. this. world.

Odeon - Timeless mid century vibe bar and music venue in the Butchertown neighborhood. So. Cool.

The Butchertown Social - A bar, eatery, small venue art gallery with one of the best vibes in town.  It's our spot!

Revelry Boutique Gallery - 'Rev' as it's affectionately called in the colloquial circles of social life-- this art gallery will BLOW YOUR MIND.  It's not a stuffy, 'stay-behind-the-tape-line-on-the-floor' kind of place, but invites you to interact with the art, and get a sense of the local art scene in Louisville.

Headliners - Right BEHIND weightless! Awesome shows, big and small, local and nat./internat.  You'll find artists playing headliners floating at Weightless before their shows or after, latenight!

Iroquois Amphiteatre - Located in Iroquois Park, the amphitheater hosts plays, local acts, and world famous musicians.

Mercury - A LIVENATION venue.  They bring in some big acts. Downtown location.

The Palace - A LIVENATION venue.The biggest and most beautifulest venue in this city.  It's where the legends play. And its right next to the Mercury

The Flea off Market - always live music, dance, drum circles and more at the Flea Off!

 

Outdoors

Don't let the nightlife swallow you like one too many Old Fashions! And if it does, at least get outside the next day and nurse your hangover in the sweet embrace of a beautiful Kentucky day.  We have parks, rivers, bike paths, bridges, caves, and outdoor markets!

The Big 4: Walking Bridge - a beautiful pedestrian bridge that stretches from Kentucky to Indiana over the Ohio River, and on both sides are waterfront parks with bikes to rent, food to eat, and music to see.

Cave Hill - a gigantic and historic cemetery housing the likes of Colonel Sanders, the woman who wrote the lyrics to the Happy Birthday song and Muhammad Ali.  You could spend days in Cave Hill. 

Cherokee Park/Loop - one of the many parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (Central Park, NYC).  Cherokee park is a large land reserve of rolling hills with a pedestrian and driving loop as well as biking and hiking trails, creeks, and sports fields.  We always take our dog Ganado to the Dog Hill dog park there.

St. James Court - a dazzling neighborhood of victorian houses and mansions that offer tours as well as house some of Louisville's local college kids.

The Flea off Market - the best flea market in Louisville! It happens month down on the East side of Market Street in the Fresh Start Growers Supply parking lot.  There's vendors, food trucks, drinks, music, and more!

 

Farmers Markets

there are quite a few fantastic farmers markets in this city but these are a few of our favorites.

Bardstown Road Farmers Market (Saturday 8am-12pm)

Douglas Loop Farmers Market (Saturday 10am-2pm)

St. Matthews Farmers Market (8am-12pm)

Schnitzelburg Farmers Market - Germantown Farmers Market

Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market - the best local organic grocery store, with several locations, also has a magnificent farmers market on Saturdays!

The Flea off Market - the best flea market in Louisville! It happens month down on the East side of Market Street in the Fresh Start Growers Supply parking lot.  There's vendors, food trucks, drinks, music, and more!