Arete Retreat – Louisville Guide

Louisville Guide

Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and is the host for this year’s Arete / Alcuin Retreat. Below is a guide to the city, grouped into popular areas and their proximity to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The city is filled with delicious restaurants, great coffee, and beautiful scenery. Enjoy exploring this historic city while you are at Arete / Alcuin.

Crescent Hill

Charming Crescent Hill and nearby Clifton are centered on lively Frankfort Avenue, with boutiques, antiques stores, galleries and bookshops. Dining options include Italian, Southeast Asian and Southern-style comfort food, and pub patios fill up on warm evenings. (12-18 minute walk / 5 minute drive from SBTS)

Blue Dog Bakery & Café
Bourbons Bistro
Comfy Cow Ice Cream
Con Huevos
Crescent Hill Craft House
Eggs Over Frankfort
Fork & Barrel
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Heine Brothers Coffee
The Irish Rover
Joella’s Hot Chicken
Please & Thank You Coffee
Quills Coffee
Simply Thai
VINT Coffee
Zoe’s Kitchen

The Highlands

The Highlands and Bardstown Road area is a lively area known for its nightlife and dining, with brewpubs and coffee and celebrity chef eateries. Shopping spans quirky indie fashion and handcrafted leather goods to bookshops and artisan bakeries. (8-10 minute drive from SBTS)

Bristol Bar & Grille
Havana Rumba
Dragon King’s Daughter
Heine Brothers Coffee
Impellizzeri’s Pizza
Jack Fry’s
Lilly’s Bistro
Quills Coffee
Ramen House
Ramsi’s Café of the World
Shahar Cafe
Steel City Pops
Sunergos Coffee

Downtown Area

Lined with Victorian-era buildings, lively Downtown, NuLu, and Phoenix Hill Area is known for its varied museums covering everything from art and science to boxing and bourbon. There are numerous dining options include upscale American and Italian eateries. (8-10 minute drive from SBTS)

Bristol Bar & Grille
Biscuit Belly
Bluegrass Brewing Company
Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse
DISH on Market
English Grill
Feast BBQ
Grind Burger Kitchen
Harvest Restaurant
Mayan Café
Mussel & Burger Bar
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Royals Hot Chicken
Toast on Market
Wild Eggs

Museums & Attractions

Big Four Bridge
Brown Hotel
Cave Hill Cemetery
Cherokee Park
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
The Frazier History Museum
Kentucky Derby Museum @ Churchill Downs
Locust Grove
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Muhammad Ali Center
Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University
University of Louisville
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

* Bold indicates the local’s recommendation *