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11th January, 2016 by Annie Hayes - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Butchertown Grocery, Louisville, Kentucky

Butchertown Grocery

In the early 1900s, the building was home to a family-owned grocery called Gunkel’s, to which the bar’s name offers a tip of the hat. Now transformed into a speakeasy-like space, musical inspirations run throughout – from co-owner and My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan’s deftly designed stage for performance art, to acclaimed bar director Marie Zahn’s cocktail list of 18 Tom Waits-inspired drinks.

Zahn, previous head of Meat, St. Charles Exchange, and Proof on Main, is hailed a cocktail savant, and her impeccably balanced drinks have made her one of Louisville’s best-known bartenders. The cocktail list includes such creations as Between a Pawn Shop and a Chapel, with bourbon, demerara, house bitters, orange oil and frankincense; Detective Up Late, with Bonal, coffee-infused Cynar, soda, and lemon oil; and Cigar Chewing Charlie, with Tequila, chichicapa, lemon, orgeat and bitters.

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