Phoenix Hill Tavern is Louisville's oldest nightclub, located at the corner of Baxter and Broadway in the Highlands. The two-story club houses five different bars, each offering a different type of music or entertainment.
Three of Phoenix Hill Tavern's bars showcase live, local bands every weekend – typically cover rock bands in the Saloon and Roof Garden and acoustic, original bands in the Taproom. Both the Roof Garden and the Saloon also occasionally have headliner concerts. Phoenix Hill's Deck Bar, the club's designated smoking section, is filled with DJ-played dance music. The front of the club houses a karaoke bar and diner.
As far as a live music venue, Phoenix Hill Tavern is one of the best in Louisville. On Friday and Saturday nights, three of their stages are occupied by live bands – sometimes local cover bands and sometimes national headliners. The best part of having three different bands playing in one venue is that there's always something for everyone. If you prefer acoustic music, then you're probably going to fall in love with the Taproom. If you love head banging, you're probably going to love the Saloon or Roof Garden. If you love to dance, you'll probably spend your time on the Deck Bar.
You're either going to love or hate the crowd at Phoenix Hill Tavern. In fact, most of the local complaints about the establishment are about the bar's crowd. Phoenix Hill attracts a diverse group of customers – you can't really fit its crowd into any one stereotype. You're just as likely to see someone celebrating their 21st birthday at Phoenix Hill as you are to see a senior citizen dancing it up on the Deck Bar.
People are friendly at Phoenix Hill and expect that the other people at the club are friendly as well. Expect to have strangers strike up conversations with you, and expect a lot of those strangers to be fairly intoxicated. Phoenix Hill thrives on noise and interaction, so it's not the place to go if you're more interested in intimate conversation with friends than live music and dancing.
Phoenix Hill seemingly has any liquor you can think of, so the bartenders can likely make you any cocktail you request. The beer selection, on the other hand, is pretty basic. Don't expect to find any rare imports on the shelves. The price of drinks at Phoenix Hill is fair and the drinks aren't overly weak or strong. Expect to find better drinks for lower prices than the Fourth Street Live bars, though the prices aren't nearly as cheap as some of Louisville's hole-in-the-walls.
If you're headed out to Phoenix Hill with plans to have a couple of drinks and hear some live music, then you're probably looking at spending $20, including the cover charge, your drinks, and tips for the bartenders. If you're planning on heading out with a designated driver and drinking all night, then you could be looking at spending nearly $50, depending on what you drink.
The cover charge at Phoenix Hill ranges from $5 to $10, though it could be more if you're there to see a headliner concert. The average drink price is $4.50, with domestic beer on the lower end of the scale and premium liquor on the higher end.