Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Louisville nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Louisville Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Sample more than 70 different Kentucky bourbons, served alongside a Southern-inspired menu.

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Headliners is a newcomer to the nightlife scene in Louisville, but it has made quite a name for itself. Offers two floors that include a large bar and seating for approximately 600 people. Regionally and nationally known names provide entertainment here.

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Comedy Caravan
Photo courtesy of Mike Powell

"Laugh it up, Fuzzball!" You can really have a laugh-out-loud good time at this hilarious hangout located in the Mid-City Mall. First-rate stand-up comedians will tickle your funny bone. Club doors open one hour before scheduled show time, so arrive early for the best choice of seats. Reservations guaranteed until 10 minutes before show time. Groups wanting to sit together must be in line together (no seat holding). Reservations recommended.

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Dance fiends, head to The Connection! This gay-oriented club offers a huge dance floor with ample room for 500 people. Cutting-edge DJs spin the hottest music to get your groove on, and each night, a particular DJ is featured. While most folks come for the dancing, the club's other venues include a theater that hosts drag shows and a video bar that features male dancers. The establishment is comfortably straight-friendly.

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Old World pub style defines Molly's interior, and its outdoor deck is nothing but 21st-century fun. The always-busy establishment takes care of folks from lunchtime until the wee hours, serving everything from live Irish music to shepherd's pie, lamb stew, and poached salmon. Once you've tackled a corned beef brisket sandwich or chargrilled pork chops, cap things off with their lovely bread pudding. Among Molly's perks: televised international rugby and soccer matches and a place to hang out until late.

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