"You don't care about what I think, I think I'll just stay here and drink." - Merle Haggard
Bourbon, Beer, and Cocktails

Welcome To Merle's Whiskey Kitchen

Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen is a toe-tappin classic whiskey hall located in Downtown Louisville on Whiskey Row. Featuring an award-winning menu of Southern/American cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. We host live music from local, regional, as well as national artists.

When you enter through our open-air vintage doors, you’ll be transported to a classic western whiskey hall. The historic interior features belt-driven fans and a bar built in the 1920’s. We’ll have you making new friends and having good times. Whiskey Kitchen: Memories are made here! See Y’all Soon!


Grand Opening

We first opened as Manny & Merle's a Tex-Mex style restaurant featuring our famous tacos which remain an important part of our menu today.

Finding Southern Roots

In 2016 we listened to our community and embraced the southern roots of whiskey row, transforming ourselves from a Tex-Mex style eatery into a true southern gem.

America's Best Bourbon Bar

Merle's Whiskey Kitchen remains not just a restaurant but also a cornerstone of whiskey row. We take great pride knowing that we have been honored with this award.
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Better Bourbon

Named one of America’s Best Bourbon Bars, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen has a shelf full of stuff that is sure to wet your whistle.

Fresh Ingredients

Who said bar food can’t be delicious? The chefs at Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen use fresh ingredients to make mouthwatering dishes.

Live Music

Whiskey Kitchen is all about the music. We think it’s integral to your experience when you hang out at our place.

Hand Picked Barrels

We partnered with several iconic distilleries and hand-selected our very own private barrels. These barrels have been manipulated, tasted and selected by Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen and are only available in our house.

Event Pre-Party

We are open two hours prior to all KFC Yum! Center events on Saturday/Sunday/Monday.

Best Bacon In Town

We cut our bacon thick and smoke it before coating it in our famous old forester bourbon maple glaze. You gotta try this!

Since our grand opening in 2012, Merle's has won great awards from food critics and organizations across the country.
  • America's Best Bourbon Bars, The Bourbon Review
  • Great Bourbon Bar of America, American Bourbon Association
  • Stave & Thief Society Member
  • Nominated Best of Louisville
  • Stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail
  • Certified Bonded Premises
  • Official Venue of the Last Honkey Tonk Music Series
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There’s more to us than just a pretty face! Head on over to our main page where you can see our live music line up and more!

Book an event!

From intimate gatherings in our private dining rooms to extravagant buy-outs in our iconic landmark location, your party can be made unforgettable with award-winning Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen

Our Event & Catering team can develop customized menus and offerings that are sure to wow your guests.