Bardstown Kentucky is the Bourbon Capital of the World and is the second oldest city in Kentucky. This city is a destination that should be on the agenda of every bourbon fan. There are numerous reasons to visit and experience Bardstown not the least of which is Kentucky southern hospitality. There are multiple taglines used when referring to this city, but I refer to it as the ground zero of Kentucky Bourbon.
Wonderful shops, quaint restaurants, museums, and of course bourbon distilleries are all located here. The Old Talbott Tavern was built in 1779 and is located in the downtown courthouse area. This restaurant and tavern have been visited by many historical figures including Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln. Not only is it rumored that Jesse James left bullet holes in an upstairs room but many people claim to have experienced paranormal activity seeing ghostly apparitions. Old Talbott Tavern has a very strong selection of bourbons for you to enjoy during your visit.
In 2012, Bardstown earned the title of “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America,” with the downtown area designated as a Historic District being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival is located here and whose promoters have trademarked the phrase “Bourbon Capital of the World.” Another local landmark is the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey which showcases bourbon history.
Bardstown is home to multiple Bourbon Distilleries including Heaven Hill, Barton, Lux Row, and the not to be missed Willett Distillery. Adding to the bourbon experience are the Jim Beam and Makers Mark distilleries which are located nearby.
Another favorite location to visit is The Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace located on North Third Street. A unique selection of hard to find bottles of bourbon, tee shirts, caps, and multiple bourbon-themed items are for sale.