Bardstown Road is a stretch of road in Louisville that is home to the largest number of original restaurants, oddity shops, and hole-in-the-wall bars in the city. While Fourth Street Live! is the typical nightlife destination for out-of-towners, Bardstown Road is a popular nightlife spot for locals as well as one of the best places in the city to get something to eat at any time of the day.
What most people refer to as Bardstown Road actually starts on Baxter Avenue around Phoenix Hill Tavern. Phoenix Hill Tavern is the oldest nightclub in the city. The two-story club houses five different bars, each offering a different type of music or entertainment. Also on Baxter Avenue before the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue split, you'll find Wick's, one of the best pizza restaurants in the city and Outlook Inn, one of my personal favorite Highlands bars.
After the split, you'll officially be on Bardstown Road where you'll find some of the most popular destinations for Louisvillians, such as Comedy Caravan and the Baxter Avenue Theater. Bardstown Road is also home to dozens of unique consignment shops and locally-owned oddity and specialty stores. Just make sure to check the store hours before you head out there for a day of shopping—many shops on Bardstown Road are only open for limited daytime hours.
A trip to Bardstown Road wouldn't be complete without visiting Ear X-Tacy, Book and Music Exchange, Wild and Wooly Video, and Why Louisville. Ear X-Tacy is a two-story music store with new and used CDs from every musical genre. Book and Music Exchange buys and sells used books, CDs, video games, and DVDs for incredibly low prices. Wild and Wooly Video is a video store that specializes in hard to find and unique videos. And Why Louisville is a gift shop with clothes, jewelry, books, and other miscellaneous items, many created by Louisvillians.