New Louisville: The pace quickens in Derby City
Kentucky Derby fans are finding that the race’s host city gets a little livelier every year, said Ceil Miller Bouchet in The New York Times. The once neglected neighborhood known as NuLu, or New Louisville, added a 152-room hotel and a new bourbon distillery within a week of Churchill Downs’ big day, and the East Market Street strip is now dotted with enough destinations to keep visitors entertained from morning until the DJ spins the night’s last record at the locals’ favorite fusion restaurant.
Feast BBQ The picnic tables outside this three-year-old joint fill up on weekdays with area entrepreneurs and construction workers drawn to locally sourced comfort-food standouts like spicy collard greens and juicy pulled-pork cakes. On weekends, you might have to wait in line before you nab a seat indoors and settle in for a bourbon slushy or local brew on tap. 909 E. Market St., Suite 100, (502) 749-9900
Muth’s Candies None of the strip’s new boutiques can match the ambience at this 87-year-old family-run sweetshop, where the cashiers wear hairnets and know many customers by name. Be sure to try the bourbon balls (chocolate confections infused with 100-proof whiskey) and the marshmallow modjeskas—caramel and chocolate-covered sweets named after a popular 19th-century Polish actress. 630 E. Market St., (502) 585-2952
Galaxie This “groovy” fusion-food spot shares the ground floor of a repurposed 19th-century dry-goods store with an art gallery and a hot-chicken joint. You choose Galaxie when you’re hungry for a sweet potato–and-egg “wakataka” taco paired with a spicy margarita made with fresh jalapeños. It’s also where, four nights a week, you can find local DJs spinning hip-hop and electronica until 2 a.m. 732 E. Market St., (502) 690-6595