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National Bourbon Day in the Capital City

If we’re talking Kentucky…we’re talking bourbon, and Kentucky’s capital city is no exception!

You could say we’re #KYDistilled.

Frankfort is home to 4 unique distilleries, all offering various tours and tastings, including the World’s Most Award Winning Distillery!

But we offer more ways to experience the Spirit of America. From river adventures and bourbon festivals to downtown bars and the original Bourbon Ball, Frankfort has it all.

Whether you’re a connoisseur or just starting your bourbon journey, there’s something here for everyone.

So raise your glass, savor the flavors, and toast to #NationalBourbonDay in Frankfort, where the spirit flows as freely as the Kentucky River.


Tour Frankfort’s 4 bourbon distilleries.

Celebrate America’s “Native Spirit” by visiting the places where it all begins! From the oldest continuously operating distillery in the USA to a family-owned craft distillery founded in 2012, while in Frankfort, visitors can enjoy distillery tours, bourbon tastings, and more.

Frankfort is home to Buffalo Trace Distillery, Castle & Key Distillery, Whiskey Thief Distilling Co., and Glenns Creek Distillery.

Photo: Castle & Key Distillery

Attend Frankfort’s Bourbon on the Banks Festival.

If bourbon is more than just a drink to you, then you won’t want to miss this event. The Bourbon on the Banks Festival is a premier bourbon event that takes place along the Kentucky River. Attendees will be able to drink and learn about a variety of bourbons, enjoy live music, taste offerings from a wide range of food vendors, shop the handmade collections of bourbon-themed artisans, and more.

Photo: Bourbon on the Banks Festival 2022

Drink it neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail.

No matter how you enjoy your bourbon, you’ll find your perfect drink at one of Frankfort’s local bars or restaurants.

  1. Bourbon on Main
  2. The Brick Alley and Patio Pub
  3. Capital Cellars
  4. The Cooperage
  5. Limewater
  6. Mortimer Bibb’s Public House
  7. Serafini

Stay tuned for some new bourbon bar experiences popping up in Frankfort soon!!

Photo: House Old Fashion at Limewater

Looking for something else? Find all of Frankfort’s restaurants here, our breweries here, and wineries here.

Explore the beautiful historic town of Frankfort and learn about our bourbon history.

Sign up for a Bourbon and History Walking Tour in historic downtown Frankfort led by none other than the Father of Modern Bourbon, E.H. Taylor Jr! In addition, you can now tour downtown at your own pace with our E.H. Taylor Jr. Audio Tour! Just look for the QR Codes on the sidewalk. You can find the first stop just a few steps away from the visitor center, on the corner of St. Clair Street and W Main Street. Afterwards, head over to Capital City Museum and take a look at the Kentucky Bourbon exhibit.

*Reservations required for the Bourbon & History Walking Tour.

Photo: Local Resident as E.H. Taylor Jr. for the Bourbon & History Walking Tour

Score a bottle of specialty bourbon.

Located in the heart of historic downtown Frankfort, Capital Cellars brings an unparalleled selection of specialty bourbon and more. Stop by to purchase some bottles to bring home or enjoy a drink on their patio.

Photo: Capital Cellars

Float down the Kentucky River.

Kentucky River Tours offers a unique experience to see the Kentucky River, learn about its history, and discover why it was and still is so important to the bourbon industry. They offer a variety of tours and a chance to take in just how beautiful Kentucky truly is.

In addition to their smaller vessel, the Bourbon Belle is now available for tours!

Photo: The Bourbon Belle on the Kentucky River

Come Find Bourbon in Frankfort.